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Invoking rain gods

art and culture Updated: Jul 07, 2012 00:55 IST
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While Delhiites pray for a respite from the searing heat in the city, a cultural show will aim to resonate the traditional belief of invoking the rain Gods, with the upcoming Malhar Festival.

Held annually by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, since 2004, the fest will commence tomorrow, and will feature a host of eminent vocalists and dancers who will perform at the three-day festival.“The festival will give national and international audiences an insight into the complexity of Indian performing arts traditions, which will vary at the fest from session to session,” says Suresh K Goel, director general, ICCR.

The festival opens with Hindustani music vocalist, Meeta Pandit and Bharatanatyam dancer, Rama Vaidyanathan. Their showcase will be followed by performances by vocalists Uma Garg, Madhumita Ray, Oddissi dancer Shubhada Varadkar, and Kathak dancer Vidha Lal. The name of the festival alludes to raga Malhar — which is a part of Indian classical music and is traditionally associated with monsoons.