Indian maestros will collaborate with internationally acclaimed artistes at the upcoming Kala Viraasat festival. The event, now in its second year, hopes to achieve a confluence of Indian and Western cultures. It will showcase traditional Indian artistes alongside those from the West. The focus will be on performing arts such as dance and music.
The two-day extravaganza will feature performances by noteworthy artistes like Pandit Shivkumar Sharma with his ensemble on the santoor, and Ustad Shujaat Husain Khan, who will team up with Prasanna and George Brooks for a performance on world music.
Ustad Shujaat Husain Khan says, “It’s important for Indians to open up our horizons and share thoughts with people across the world. We have a great heritage, but so do other cultures. We’re using this opportunity to come together and have fun. The music will be simple with straightforward themes.”
Among the most renowned traditional singers of the Manganiyar community of western Rajasthan, Kachra Khan will perform on local folklore as well as the Sufi repertoire of Rajasthan. He will also sing Sufi Kalams by famous Sufi poets of the Sindh area.
Also on offer will be an interesting collaboration of dancers called Samanvaya. The performance will see noted Odissi danseuse Madhavi Mudgal performing alongside Alarmel Valli, a Bharatanatyam exponent.
Kala Viraasat started in 2009, is a unique, first-of-its-kind endeavour, that aims to spread culture among the city audience. “There is a stark void in the cultural calendar of Mumbai due to the absence of a comprehensive festival to showcase these arts,” says Mahesh Babu, Director of Banyan Tree, who is organising the event. “This is an initiative to showcase an amalgamation of the country’s myriad art forms, in their splendid hues and varied flavours.”