Ode to Indian Arts: Reviving the Legacy of Classical Music and Dance


When performing arts maestros come together to collaborate with young and emerging artists, it should be a treat for lovers of the classic arts. The 26th edition of Natya Tarangini’s Parampara series, which kicks off today, is set to mesmerize audiences with captivating performances by sarod exponent Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Kuchipudi maestros Raja Radha Reddy and their troupe, singer carnatic Aruna Sairam, the exponent of Bharatanatyam Rama Vaidyanathan, Kathak dancer Aditi Mangaldas and Pt Jayateerth Mevundi (of Kirana gharana).

Marked as the National Festival of Music and Dance by the dance institute – founded by legendary artists Raja Radha Reddy – the event offers classical arts students a unique platform to showcase their skills. Noor Kaur Chopra, who will perform as part of the repertoire, says, “The performance I’m part of is called Universe that is God. He praises the omniscient almighty and creator of the world. Elaborating on the performance theme, Kuchipudi dancer Yamini Reddy, adds, “It is based on the principle that the supreme being resides in every being. We reside in Him too. All life on Earth is connected. Through dance we will also explore sacred shapes such as the square, circle and triangle.

With the dance invoking the Gods, the music must not be far behind. Bringing the audience closer to the supreme will be the notes of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan’s sarod. “This event is a great initiative to bring artists together and share our musical journey with future generations. It is a timeless legacy that spreads a message of hope, harmony and solidarity, he says.

“We are all excited. This year is special because we are opening the event to the public for the first time since Covid,” says Kuchipudi exhibitor Kaushalya Reddy. “Our effort is to bring the best of maestros to the audience to witness live,” she explains.

Adding to this, Raja Radha Reddy shares, “We are dedicated to Bharatam. Bha means knowledge and Ratam is to immerse oneself in knowledge. We are devoted to Kuchipudi natyam and believe that our future generations should experience the greatness of our Bharat.

Catch it live

What: 26th Parampara series

Where: Raja Radha Rangmanch, Natya Tarangini Performing Arts Centre, Sector 6, Pushp Vihar, Saket

When: November 12-14

Hours: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Nearest metro station: Saket on the yellow line

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    Naina Arora writes about City, Art and Culture of Gurugram, for the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplement, HT City
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