A tribute through clas­si­cal mu­sic and dance

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To cel­e­brate the 100th birth an­niver­sary of Indira Gandhi — first woman Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia — artists from the clas­si­cal mu­sic and dance world will come to­gether in the Cap­i­tal. At the event, ti­tled Indira Priyadarshini, th­ese ex­po­nents of clas­si­cal per­form­ing arts will pay a tribute to the leader who was known for her charis­matic per­son­al­ity.

The cul­tural treat will be­gin with the Na­tional Song Vande Mataram, which will be sung by the Gand­harva Choir, com­pris­ing stu­dents of the Gand­harva Ma­havidyalaya.

This will be fol­lowed by solo clas­si­cal per­for­mances by young In­dian clas­si­cal dancers, in­clud­ing Arushi Mud­gal (Odissi), Aranyani Bhar­gav (Bharatanatyam), An­wesa Ma­hanta (Sat­triya) and Eshani Agar­wal (Kathak).

Danseuse An­wesa Ma­hanta says, “I will be per­form­ing Nrisimha Lila, a dance nar­ra­tive in­spired from Sanka­radeva’s Prahlada Char­i­tra.”

The mel­liflu­ous voice of Mir Mukhti­yar Ali will fill the misty evening with med­i­ta­tive Sufi mu­sic. “I hope my tribute reaches the great leader through the com­po­si­tions of the great Sufi po­ets like Kabir and Amir Khus­rau, that I will sing,” says Ali.

The evening will bring to­gether peo­ple from all walks of life, and the young and old alike will pay a col­lec­tive tribute to Indira Gandhi’s keen in­ter­est, love, and re­spect for the rich cul­tural tra­di­tions of In­dia, which in­clude its mu­sic and dances.

The Na­tional An­them sung by mem­bers of Gand­harva Choir will be a be­fit­ting cul­mi­na­tion to her birth cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions.

(Top) An­wesa Ma­hanta; (above) Arushi Mud­gal

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