Alva's Virasat from Jan 13 to 15

The 23rd edition of the annual cultural extravaganza of Alva’s Education Foundation — Alva’s Virasat — will be held at Vanajakshi K Sripathy Bhat stage in Moodbidri from January 13 to 15.

 Alva’s Education Foundation Chairman Dr M Mohan Alva said Alva’s Virasat, which has emerged as a major cultural extravaganza over the years, will be a treat for music and dance lovers this year as well. The Alva’s Virasat 2017 Award will be conferred on V P Dhananjayan. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, a memento and a citation, he added.  

Vannadil Pudiyaveeettil Dhananjayan, popularly known as V P Dhananjayan, is a native of Payyunur in Kannur district, Kerla. Dhananjayan is also prolific writer who writes on social and political issues and apart from books related to dance.

He is known in the field of Kathakkali and Bharatanatyam and has received several awards, including Padma Bhushan.

Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari Dr D Veerendra Heggade will inaugurate the programme and Nitte Education Trust Chairman N Vinay Hegde will preside over the programme.

Cultural programmes

The inaugural ceremony will be followed by flute-Bansuri jugalbandi by Shashank Subrahmanyam and Praveen Godkhindi at 7 pm.

A dance variety by Alva’s institutions’ students will be held from 9.15 pm. Fifty-five students will present Gotipua dance of Odisha, 50 students will present Neo Kathak dance, 40 students will present Hudoras dance of Gujarat, 35 students will present Badagu Yakshagana ‘Madhumasada Roopaka’ while 30 Muslim students of Kerala will present ‘Arabana Muttu’ on the occasion.

Day two will begin with ‘Nada Madhurya’ by Purbayan Chatterjee (sitar), U Rajesh (mandolin), Ranjith Berat (drums), Gulraj Singh (key board), Mohini Dey (base guitar) and Bhushan Parchure (Tabla). A Devaranama recital by Rahul Vellal will be held at 8.50 pm. Fifty artistes from Aradhana Dance Academy, Bhuvaneshwar, will present Gotipua dance at 9.15 pm.

About 80 students of Alva’s College will present adventure in rope and Mallakamba, followed by Kathak by 35 students, Dhol Cholom of Manipura by 35 students and Sri Lankan dance by 60 students.

Day three will begin with the presentation of Alva’s Varna Virasat award on Reva Shankar Sharma from Rajasthan. The award will carry a cash prize of Rs 25,000 and a citation and a memento.

The award programme will be followed by musical evening by playback singers Shaan and Payal Dev at 6.05 pm. ‘Ganarchana’ by Gargi Archana and Samanvi will be held at 8.55 pm. The audience will be entertained by the students Bharatanatya-Pushpanjali (40 students), stick dance of Manipura (30 students) and Srilankan folk dance (60 students).

Alva’s Shilpa Virasat

Dr Alva said Alva’s Shilpa Virasat is under way. Tribal artistes from Bastar are engaged in metal art works while artists from the region are engaged in sculpting a wooden art work on Koti-Channaya. The Alva’s Shilpa Virasat will conclude on January 15. 

More than 20 artists will take part in Alva’s Varna Virasat which will be held from January 11 to 15.

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