Mumbai: Party in the seaside Priyadarshini Park

  • Apoorva Dutt, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Nov 22, 2014 19:19 IST

Dance performances, pottery, paper-quilling, Warli paintings, music, and art displays — head to Priyadarshini Park this weekend to watch it transform into an arts and culture venue, for the second edition of Art in the Park: Kala Utsav.

Spearheaded by the Indian Heritage Society (IHS) and the Malabar Hill Citizen’s Forum, the festival aims to bring together experts of various art forms.

Spread over Saturday and Sunday, highlights include a fusion performance by tabla virtuoso and percussionist Anuradha Pal, who describes her concert as a ‘tabla jugalbandi with herself ’.

“There will be two aspects to the performance. The first, a blend between traditional and contemporary; the second half will be a performance with my all-female band, called Anuradha Pal’s Stree Shakti,” she adds.

Pal will incorporate various percussion instruments such as the salsa bongo and the African udu drum into her performance too.

Visitors can also attend workshops on Warli painting, paper-quilling and flower-making, as well as pottery demonstrations and sessions on clay-moulding and puppeteering.

Tabla player Aditya Kalyanpur (right) will perform with his troupe on Sunday.

“I have invited three musicians to play with me, and the music will include the use of an electric sarod and a Carnatic guitar,” he says.

Differently abled children from institutes such as the Rochiram Thadani School for Hearing Handicapped and the Salaam Bombay Foundation Academy will also stage their music.

“The children of the Rochiram Thadani School, famous for their silent rendition of the national anthem, will put up a truly touching sight,” says Anita Garware, the chairperson of the IHS.

“The effort with this festival is to get communities in Mumbai to take ownership of their public spaces. We have limited green spaces, but what we do have isn’t being used. We need to use this space for community building and participating in creative activities together. Last year, which was our trial year, it was wonderful to see the Malabar Hill residents working together with slum children in different workshops and discussions.”

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