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A cultural extravaganza

If you are fascinated by classical music and dance, then a festival being held during this weekend in the city might prove to be the perfect fix for you. The festival, titled Bharatha Bharathi, a part of the Parampara series, is held each year in the Capital by the dance school Natya Tarangini.

art and culture Updated: Sep 03, 2012 01:54 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

If you are fascinated by classical music and dance, then a festival being held during this weekend in the city might prove to be the perfect fix for you. The festival, titled Bharatha Bharathi, a part of the Parampara series, is held each year in the Capital by the dance school Natya Tarangini. And this year too, it aims to showcase some of the most culturally rich and vibrant performances on stage.

“Our country has a rich history of music and dance and this year’s theme revolves around that,” says Raja Reddy, the founder of Natya Tarangini.

The festival will begin with a performance titled, Jai Jai Bharatavani, which is a tribute to the different Indian religions and cultures that co-exist. The act, which also has the message of world peace, will see students of Natya Tarangini performing Kuchipudi dance with Raja and Radha Reddy. “It’s so overwhelming to see the dedication of these young girls who along with their studies and exams are taking out time every day to practice and learn this rich art form,” says Reddy. The opening day will also see a performance by santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma.

Hindustani classical singer Pandit Channulal Mishra will open the second day of the festival. There will also be an act by Manipuri dancer Poushali Chatterjee, who will perform Pongchalam — a vibrant Manipuri dance form, along with her troupe.

Other artists lined up for the festival includes tabla maestro Pandit Ram Kumar Mishra, Bharatanatyam dancer Padma Subrahmanyam and Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna. “The festival has been planned in a way that it brings alive the old traditions with a touch of modernity,” says Reddy.

FACT FILE

WHAT: Parampara Series National Festival of Music and Dance 2012
WHERE: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg
WHEN: September 7 -9
ENTRY: Free passes (For more info on availability of passes log on to www.rajaradhareddy.com)
NEARESTMETROSTATION: Mandi House on blue line