With an aim to preserve and propagate the age old tradition of Indian classical music and dance, the Parampara - Dance and Music Festival is back in the Capital. Organised by the dance institute, Natya Tarangini, the festival is a 15 year old affair that has seen some renowned artists from India and abroad bring the best of artistic forms to the city.
This year, too, the festival promises a lot. To begin with, the festival has been named, Trailokyam, which means a combination of Nritya (Dance), Sangeet (Music) and Sahitya (Literature).
“The festival has been planned in a way that it brings alive the old traditions with a touch of modernity, so that it’s relevant in today’s times,” says Raja Reddy, the founder of Natya Tarangini. Further, explaining about the festival, Reddy says, “Trailokyam is an exceptional philosophical synthesiser of the enchanting world of dance, music and literature.”
The three day national festival, which opens today, will see a Kuchipudi performance by Raja and Radha Reddy. Titled, Mahanatam, the performance depicts the life of Lord Shiva and his creation of two dance forms — Tandava and Laasya — that are totally opposite to each other.
“Tandava is a majestic dance, whereas Laasya is more of a graceful lyrical performance,” says Reddy. The performance is based on five different Jatis or rhythms. The performance will be accompanied by Shujaat Husain Khan on Sitar.
The second day of the festival will see a Hindustani vocal recital by Kolkata-based artist Ulhas Kashalkar and a Bharatnatyam performance by Mumbai-based dancer Sandhya Purecha. “Purecha is one of the foremost exponents of Tanjavur style. He has done extensive research on Natyashastra and Abhinayadarpan,” says Reddy.
The festival will end with a contemporary Kathak dance performance by Aditi Mangaldas and a Jugalbandi of Hindustani and Carnatic music by Anuradha and Sriram Parshuram.
Watch them live
What: Parampara 2011, a national festival of music and dance
When: September 10 - 12
Where: Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg,
Timings: 7 pm onwards
Entry: By invitation only.
Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House on the Blue Line.