A classical warm-up for freezing Delhi

  • Torsha Sen, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2015 16:46 IST

While the winter spell continues to grip the Capital, the intense classical performances at Sharad Utsav promise to treat Delhiites with some warmth.

The two-day festival - a celebration of Indian classical music and dance - will feature eminent artists along with new talent from within the Indian classical art fraternity.

"Every year, we celebrate Sharad Utsav when winter approaches. This time, however, we are hosting it when the cold is at its peak," says Anshuman Pandey, the festival organiser.

"There will be performances by young artists, dance students and disciples of great masters. We want to showcase the works of those who have been learning from the great masters, but haven't got a big platform yet. Since these budding artists improvise and create their own styles, their music is fresh."


From L to R: Lakshya and Aayush Mohan Gupta and Swarnima Gusain will bring alive the festival

The first day will see Swarnima Gusain (vocal), a disciple of Kishori Amonkar, performing ragas and taranas.

"I will sing vilambit and dhrut forms and perform the semi-classical forms, thumri and dadra. My show will be a combination of pure classical and semi-classical," says Gusain, who belongs to the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana.

Day one will also see performances by Lakshay Mohan Gupta (sitar) and Aayush Mohan Gupta (sarod) - grand disciples of Pt Ravi Shankar. On day two, Rashmi Khanna will treat the audience to bharatanatyam.

"I will start with a pushpanjali, followed by Marathi abhang, which depicts Ganesh in tandav nritya. The third piece is a swagatam Krishna set on mohanam ragam, and I'll perform it along with my students," says Khanna. Vocalist Sunanda Sharma will also perform on day two.

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