Lalit Arpan Festival brings together theatre and music

ANI | Updated: Sep 25, 2017 17:45 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept. 25 (ANI): For over 37 years, Kathak Guru, Padmashri Shovana Narayan, through her Asavari Society, has been holding Festivals and programmes that focuses on the spread of awareness of India's rich heritage of old classical music and dance tradition, which ensures its preservation.

The 16th Edition of Lalit Arpan Festival organised by Padmashri Shovana Narayan, Dr. Jyotsna Suri, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, and Harish Narula opened on 21st September at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi to a packed auditorium, in the presence of Hon'ble Chief Guest Padma Vibhushan Dr.SonalMansingh, the Austrian Ambassador Her Excellency Brigitte Oeppinger-Walchshofer and DG, ICCR Amb Reva Ganguly-Das.

The next day, despite heavy rains and traffic snarls, the audience along with Chief Guest Shahnawaz Hussain (BJP Sokesperson) and His Excellency Mr GyulaPetho, Ambassador of Hungary were there to witness the show.

This festival was 'An Ode to Bahuda' wherein the term Bahuda, taken from the Vedic verse 'ekam sat viprahbahudavadanti' exemplified the spirit of Indian philosophy, denoting plurality of expressional genres that is visibly practiced in the field of arts.

For the first time, the event showcased theatrical element with classical theatrical genre of Dastangoi and a musical play, in addition to classical dance and music.

On Day 1, the virtuoso performance 'Shadowed Colours' by Kathak dancer SanchitaAbrol, an evocative 'View on the Mahabharata' by AustraianBharatnatyam dancer Radha Anjali &NatyaMandir Dance Co. from Austria and a pulsating 'ChhandPravah' featuring a Tabla-PakhawajJugalbandi with footwork executed by members of the extended Gangani Parivar, were scintillating.

On Day 2, a riveting performance of "Dastan Goi" narrating Ismat Chugtai's story Lajo by Sunil Mehra and Askari Naqvi, a violin recital by AzharShakeel and an evocative musical on Zafar bringing out various anecdotes in his life and his ultimate exile and pain at leaving his motherland by Zakia Zaheer, Syeda Hameed and Rene Singh, kept the audience enthralled.

'Lalit Arpan Samman' was constituted as a humble gesture to those artists who have consistently worked on promoting classic art in different forms.

The Lalit Arpan Samman awardees this year were:

Guru Tirath Ajmani (Kathak guru)

Varinder Wadhwa (technical light-sound)

Pandit Jwala Prasad (Music composer)

Naresh Kapuria (installation and environmental artist)

Ustad Shakeel Ahmed Khan (tabla player)

Harish Jain (light designer)

The two days of the Festival saw several eminent personalities and luminaries in attendance.

The personalities included Padma Vibhushan Dr.SonalMansingh and Sayed Shahnawaz Hussain, Fashion Designer Christine Storm, Entrepreneur Rajeev Anand, Kuchipuri Dancer Rashmi Vaidialingam, Art Curator Naresh Kapuria, Dr. Jyotsna Suri, classical vocalist Padma Bhushan Shanno Khurana, classical vocalist Padma Shri Madhup Mudgal, and others. (ANI)