At the festival, which is being held in association with Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth (SPICMACAY) and Maharashtra State Convention, one can get a chance to catch a recital of the rare rudra veena, by Bahauddin Dagar. Carnatic violinst Lalgudi GJR Krishnan and Kutiyattam performer Kapila Venu, among others, will also feature in the line-up. Performances by dhrupad vocalist R Vedavalli and Bharatanatyam exponent Rama Vaidyanathan are also scheduled. Besides attending sessions on Hindustani and Carnatic vocals, Kathak and Bharatanatyam, students can also choose to learn the Gond tribal art, wood-carving and Rajasthani tie-dye.
“We have experts coming from across the country for these workshops. The first one started on September 24 and the response from students has been very good so far. More than 250 people have registered and participated,” says Poorna Chandra, general secretary, cultural affairs, IIT-B. Chandra expects the attendance to swell during the concerts that will be held from Thursday till Sunday. “Performances by renowned artistes usually witness a huge turnout. I am expecting a packed auditorium,” he says. With almost 300 outstation students set to attend the festival, Chandra says that the time is ripe for cultivating IIT-B as a culture hub for Indian arts. “We want to make this an annual affair,” says Chandra.
Get your culture fix on the campus
Subhendra Rao (sitar)
R. Vedavalli (Carnatic vocal) and Rama Vaidyanathan (Bharatanatyam)
Lalgudi GJR Krishnan (Carnatic violin) and Kapila Venu (kutiyattam)
Bahauddin Dagar (Rudra veena) and Uday Bhawalkar (Dhrupad vocal)
All performances and workshops will be held at IIT campus, Powai.
Call 9773555864 or 9820915810 for details.