Triveni Kala Sangam has an open stage with grass covered steps as the seating area. The simplicity of this arrangement was very enticing and we yearned to see a program here. During one of our recent visits to the Terrace Cafe we by chance came across a Bharatnatyam recital by the students of Jayalakshmi Eshwar . Our wish was fulfilled.
Bharat Parv is a festival being organised to showcase the cuisine, craft and culture of the various states of India. It is being held at Rajpath lawns in Delhi from 12-18 Aug. It’s an excellent option for upcoming Independence day long weekend. Not just for food an entertainment, we welcome the initiative as it’s a celebration and reminder about the advantages of living in a free state.
Rachana Yadav recently performed Samvet – A 70 minute programme of Kathak based on Five Elements of nature. We in Gurgaon, don’t get to see a lot of classical art based programmes. Hence it’s no surprise that the auditorium was full even on a week evening.
Jayabrabha Menon, a much felicitated Mohiniattam dancer performed at India Habitat Centre recently. She enthralled the audience with her aesthetic movements and meticulous mudras. Mohiniattam of Kerala, one of the eight classical dance forms of India is not very well-known in Delhi. Hence we look forward to more such performances in future.
The Contemporary Arts Week is an yearly arts festival organised by Friends of Art. Their programs cover music, theatre, paintings and other visual arts etc.) It is on from 3rd to 10th October at various venues across Delhi. The inaugural evenings were at Nehru Park and had a moderate entrance fee.
Kathak dancer Uma Sharma and her troupe from Bharatiya Sangeet Sadan presented a dance ensemble “Giridhar Gopal” at India International Centre (“IIC”) to commemorate Janmashtami. Dr. Sharma’s dances, Pt. Jwala Prasad’s vocals as well as the performances by the troupe kept the packed audience spell bound. Dr. Sharma organizes this program at IIC every Janmashtami and we hope to be back for many more such performances.
Classical dances of India have mesmerised the world. Manipuri is one of the classical dances originating eponymously from Manipur. In the course of the performance by Sovanabrata Sarkar and Nutan Sovan Sarkar, we witnessed the grandeur of this dance through gorgeous but tasteful costumes, soft and lyrical dance movements and the rhythmic accompanying music characterised by hymns, taals and drums. The performance was interspersed with candid chitchat by Sovan about Manipur dance form and Manipur. On hearing him speak, we had a strong urge of planning the next holiday at Manipur.
Delhi Drummers recently had a jamming session at the picturesque Zorba the Buddha, Mehrauli Gurgaon Road. This was an open event where anybody was free to get his musical instrument of choice and play along. The viewers swayed to the music and some of them formed circles around the drummers and danced with gusto. Overall, a very pleasant fuss free and “cool” do on a very warm summer evening.