On January 17, there will be Sampoorn Craft Mela and Folk and Tribal Performances, from 11 am at Chitrakala Parishat. According to Padmini Ravi, the mela will incorporate all those artisans whose works are fast disappearing. “The rate at which these art forms are vanishing, the younger generation would soon lose their cultural identity and will not know where they come from. That’s when melas like these help. Not only do people get to have a peek into our cultural past and become sensitive to them but also encourage artisans to continue their work,” she adds.
The highlight of the mela will be tribal and folk performances. The first three days will showcase different troupes from various parts of Karnataka and the last four days will have a tribal troupe from Manipur performing live for the audience at Chitrakala Parishat.
At 6.45 pm on the same day, there will be a Hindustani vocal recital by Keerti Kumar Badseshi and at 8 pm, a Hindustani santoor performance by Pandit Shivkumar Sharma at Chowdiah Memorial Hall. The common perception that classical music is only for those who know the technicalities will be removed through these two concerts, says Pandit Shivkumar.
“People should break free from such mental blocks. Music is an expression of human emotion, spirituality, peace, romanticism and many other things. Youngsters need not know the raag or taal but can connect to the spirit of the music and that will be enough to enjoy the music,” he adds.