To promote cultural development Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, one of the leading educational institutions in the country, recently hosted a Cultural Fest in Kolkata at Bhasha Bhavan Auditorium, National Library.
The Cultural Fest started with the ‘Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan- Infosys Foundation Cultural Outreach Programme’. This event of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is aimed to fulfil their mission to inspire young talents in Indian music and dance.
The programme was inaugurated by Justice Dr. Manjula Chellur, Chief Justice, High Court of Calcutta in presence of the chief guest Dr. P.Y. Rajendra Kumar, Director-General, National Library, Kolkata and presided by Justice Chittatosh Mookerjee, Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kolkata Kendra.
The inaugural concert featured a Sitar Jugalbandi by Ustad Rais Bale Khan and Ustad Hafiz Bale Khan. The second performance of the evening was a Folk Dance performance by artists of the North Eastern state of Tripura, who performed the famous Hojagiri Dance.
The ‘BharatiyaVidyaBhavan- Infosys Foundation Cultural Outreach Programme’ is an initiative to inspire young talents in Indian music and dance.
On the second day of its cultural fest , legendary artists Padmashri Smt. Rani Karnaa and Odissi Danseuse Smt. SutapaTalukdaron were honoured on the eve of International Women’s Day. Dr. Manjula Chellur, Chief Justice, High Court of Calcutta felicitated these stalwart women at the event held at BhashaBhavan Auditorium, National Library.
The felicitation ceremony was followed by a unique dance performance “PurandaraNamana” performed by the artists of Nupura School of Bharatnatya, Bengaluru.
Directed and choreographed by Dr. Lalitha Srinivasan, Director, Nupura School of Bharatnatya, “Purandara Namana” featured songs of Saint PurandaraDasa. The performance includes pieces Ugabhoga, Sulalitha Nrithya and a Devaramana and Krithi turned into a Tillana, all of which are penned by Saint PurandaraDasa.
The 3-day Cultural Fest concluded at Shantiniketan with dance recital by the artists of Nupura School of Bharatnatya, Bengaluru.