NRI dance and music festival

NRI dance and music festival

Delhi is witnessing a vibrant NRI Dance and Music Festival. Non-Resident Indian artistes have flown in from various countries to perform alongside several celebrated resident Indian artistes at the fest.

The festival – started by Delhi-based Swaranjali school of music – is in its fifth year now. Its founder Subrata Dey, who has himself travelled and performed around the world, says, “In my 36 years of sitar playing in different countries, I have seen how NRI artistes are dedicated and determined to keep Indian art traditions alive.

While we Indians today are more inclined towards contemporary, freestyle and fusion forms of dance and music, they are the ones preserving the original forms of these arts. It is an inspiration to see them perform here.”

“Also,” he adds, “They are most happy to perform in India. For them, it is like a homecoming - performing in the midst of their brethren, refreshing their knowledge of Indian arts as well as learning some new tricks. They clinch the opportunity immediately whenever we invite them.”

This year, Subrata has scheduled the fest to coincide with the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas being held in Kerala currently. This has been done so that maximum number of NRI artistes can participate in and be an audience at the festival.

Bharatnatyam dancer Tanya Saxena, disciple of Padamshree Saroja Vaidyanathan, opened the festival on January 9. She performed Aigiri Nandini – an invocatory dance, followed by Vadakayilayil – a lyrical section.

Then came US-based Kathak teacher and disciple duo Prachi Dixit and Khalil Alashar respectively. The two first rendered a Ganesh Vanadana, followed by technical teentaal and dhamar, and abhinay in thumri style, closing their performance with a composition on Rajasthan’s Kesariya Balam.

Finally, Mansi Verma – Bharatnatyam disciple of Padmabibhushan Yamini Krishnamurthy presented compositions Jati saram in taal mishram and raag mallika, Manikka veena in raag neelambri and taal aditaal and concluded the evening with a Tillana on raag hindolam and taal aditaal.

Today, Subrata will perform a solo sitar recital accompanied by Tansen Shriwastava on tabla. The festival will be closed by eminent Odissi dancer Kavita Dwibedi. Daughter of Odissi legend Guru Hare Krishna Behera, she has performed the world over and recently concluded an ICCR sponsored tour on the occasion of India’s 50 years of independence to Scandinavian countries, UK, USA and Australia.

Catch the fest at Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon today at 7:30 pm.

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