Tag: Bharatnatyam

Tata Medical Center’s Flame of Hope; An Event For Underprivileged Cancer Patients


Tata Medical Center, a not-for-profit facility providing cancer treatment and care at Kolkata, announced a performing arts evening titled Flame of Hope. The event will take place on January 21, 2017. The event will kick off at sunset at Princep Ghat along the Hooghly River and will pay tribute to art, artists, and art enthusiasts and will help raise funds for underprivileged cancer patients.

Flame of Hope, an evening inspired by the Ganges, will begin with a resonance of Vedic Chants, Hymns, Azaan and Gurbani. Classical music maestro Ustaad Rashid Khan’s alaap, infused with beats of Tabla by noted percussionist Pandit Bickram Ghosh, will keep the audiences engaged. Bharatnatyam danseuse Padma Shri Malavika Sarukkai will invoke peace with an Aarti following a dance performance that reflects on life and death. Usha Uthup, the popular and versatile singer will be serenading the hymns.


Deeply influenced by Benares, Padma Shri Paresh Maity will create magic on canvas at Princep Ghat. His work of art, to be named Flame of Hope will be auctioned to raise funds for the treatment of underprivileged cancer patients at Tata Medical Center. Paresh Maity, who has also created the logo for ‘Flame of Hope’, has been supporting Tata Medical Center since its inception by donating many of his paintings to raise funds for the hospital in the past. Ravi Shastri, ex-cricketer will be the guest-of-honor for the event.

Tata AIG is the principal supporter of Flame of Hope. This event is also supported by Tata Capital, Tata Metaliks, Rallis India Limited and Vodafone. Vodafone has joined the “Dil Sey Deejiye” initiative and will be putting up “Dil Sey Deejiye” selfie zones across their stores in Kolkata. People who donate money at these stores will get a chance to click their selfies and post it on social network sites to spreading the idea of giving back to the society.

Priyanka Dutta

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Glimpses from Shambhu Nath Nritya Utsav 2013


The Shambhu Nath Nritya Utsav 2013 was held in Kala Mandir Kolkata on the 8th and 9th of March, 2013. It was a 2 day artistic extravaganza that also saw the presence of celebrities like Dolon Roy.

  Smt. Tanushree Shankar and her trope also graced the occasion with a grand performance.

Right from the works of Tagore to some mesmerizing Santhali Dance performances, all formed a part of this festival.

The main highlight of the event was the dance performance depicting Delhi Gang Rape Victim Nirbhaya’s plight and the general wrongs that have now become rampant in the society. As the event commenced on International Women’s Day i.e March 8th, this attempt to coax the society to protect and respect women was highly appreciated by the audience present.

Such beautifully organized events only keep the spirit of Kolkata alive!