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Bhaava fete brings all artforms together

Bhaava’, a three-day dance, music and theatre festival, co-curated by Anandi Arts Foundation and Swaralaya is on from May 17 to 19.

Being the first edition this year, ‘Bhaava’ aims to bring divergent art forms under one roof.

The festival is expected to be an amalgamation of dance, music and theatre streams, ranging from classical and folk to contemporary and experimental. 

Talking to Metrolife, Apurva Kasaravalli, filmmaker and the founder of Anandi Arts Foundation says, “As an organization, the main idea is to revive the arts. We are concentrating on classical arts this year and are planning to take up folk next year.”

Anadi Arts Foundation, run by Apurva and Vandana Supriya Kasaravalli, houses young girls from government schools and provides them opportunities to interact and learn from experts in the field.

“We have curated many such festivals just for the girls. Through these festivals, they get to share the stage and learn from the best of the best,” adds Apurva.

About the host organisations

Anandi Arts Foundation: Anandi Arts Foundation is a Bengaluru-based cultural organisation 
that has been working towards preserving and promoting art and art forms.

The institution also works towards empowering young girls from government schools and lesser privileged backgrounds by aiding them by providing education and assisted learning.

They also help them pursue different art forms like dance, music, kalarippayattu martial arts, 
yoga and more. The foundation presently houses 150 girls. 

Swaralaya: Swaralaya is a cultural organisation based in Bengaluru, dedicated to music and allied arts. The organisation works to promote and revive music.

Schedule

May 17: A dance featuring the production ‘Oddissi On High’  by Datuk Ramli Ibrahim of Sutra Foundation ( Malaysia) and Guru Bichitrananda Swain of Rudraksha Foundation (Orissa). ‘Odissi on High’ showcases compositions, inspired by the concept of ‘Pallavi’- considered an important genre of the Odissi repertoire.

May 18: Theatre featuring the production of ‘Bali’, by Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Art Research.

Adishakti’s ‘Bali’ is a retelling of the various events that lead up to the battle between Bali, the ruler of Kishkindha and Sri Rama, the King of Ayodhya and eventually, the death of Bali. The play weaves multiple stories through the point of views of Bali, Tara, Sugreeva, Angadha, Rama and Ravana and talks about how each of them makes decisions and takes actions based on the ethics that define their lives.

May 19: A few classical numbers of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia followed by their felicitation, noting their contribution towards music.

A fusion music concert by Padmavibhushan Ummayalapuram K Shivraman, Stephen Devassy, Srinivas, Giridhar Udupa and A Balasubramanium. 

Where: Ravindra Kalakshetra, JC Road 
Time: 6pm to 10 pm. 
The entry to the event is free.

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