A tribute through classical music and dance
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