Devoted to classical music and dance

The Kathak dance institute of Guru Shovana Narayan presented its annual ‘Lalitarpan Festival 2013’ recently.

Lalitarpan is a festival devoted to classical music and dance and was started by late tabla maestro Ustad Shafaat Ahmed Khan and Guru Shovana Narayan. The festival is now organised by Asavari, the Kathak dance institution and is in its 12th year.

Held on September 17-18 at the India Habitat Centre, it saw performances by the acclaimed singer, Pt Shrinivas Joshi and Deepak Maharaj. An upholder of the tradition of Kirana gharana, Pt Joshi has been acclaimed by critics as an original vocalist with an original voice. His recital was followed by a Kathak performance by Pt Deepak Maharaj, Birju Maharaj’s son, otherwise popularly known as the torchbearer of the Kalka-Bindadin gharana Kathak tradition.

The second day of the festival saw performances by two senior artists, both acclaimed in their respective fields. Dr Kumud Diwan –a versatile Indian artist skilled in the Thumri-dadra tradition. Her voice has a rare timbre and her charming personality makes her a delightful performer to watch. Performing alongside was Vyjayanthi Kashi, who besides being a reputed Indian artist, is also a dance-bridge between the classical dance style of Kuchipudi and more contemporary dance styles. She is also the Chairperson of Karnataka Sangeet Natak Akademi.

After the event, Shovana Narayan, said, “This is the 12th year of this festival and the kind of response we have been getting is tremendous. I am really happy with the way things have shaped up. We also has an overflowing house on the first day and this shows how people still love classical performances. The first day had the first performance by four boys from Asavari doing Ullas.”

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