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Atal Kavya Kala Nartan
- Raakhee Mahi

January 7, 2021

'Atal Kavya Kala Nartan' was recently organized by International Arts and Cultural Foundation, Bangalore, headed by Srivatsa Shandilya. This unique festival was conceived to salute and showcase the rich poetry of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, celebrating his 96th birth anniversary. This event was a part of the exclusive All Women World Arts Festival series and was held in three cities of Gwalior, New Delhi and Bangalore.

The festival which was held on 25th Dec 2020 at Indian International Centre, New Delhi, curated by Srivatsa Shandilya presented the poetry of Atal Bihari Vajpayee (former Prime Minister of India and a celebrated poet) in five Indian classical forms which were choreographed by the artistes themselves adding the navarasa aptly to the poems. The artistes from New Delhi who presented were Vani Madhav for 'Sapna toot gaya' through Odissi style. Vani Rajmohan performed to 'Aao phir se diya jalaye' through Bharatanatyam style. Megha Nair portrayed 'Ek baras beet gaya' in Mohiniattam. Meenu Thakur performed 'Amar aag hain' in Kuchipudi. Monisa Nayak depicted the poem 'Diwali' through her Kathak performance. After all the beautiful solo performances, the icing on the cake was a group performance of Tillana, an amalgamation of all the dance styles performed, presenting 'Geet naya gaata hoon' in raga Dhanashree, adi taala. The art of communicating emotion through the dances maintaining the aesthetics and techniques of the art forms by all the talented artistes was commendable. The rich music was composed and sung by D.S. Srivathsa and Ganesh Desai of Bangalore.

Vani Madhav

Megha Nair

Vani Rajmohan

Meenu Thakur

Monisa Nayak

The program was attended by Para Krishnamurthy and Pt Chetan Joshi (eminent flautist) of Sanskara Bharathi. Due to the current pandemic, this program was held following COVID guidelines. The event was supported by the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India; and The Department of Kannada and Culture, Government of Karnataka. The objective of the event was to involve a larger section of society and better communicate the nuances of Vajpayee's poetry to the audiences. It was well received and appreciated by one and all.

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