The third day of the Chandigarh Arts and Heritage Festival saw an enthralling Kathak performance by Aditi Mangaldas,a renowned Kathak danseuse and choreographer.
Mangaldas,the artistic director and principal dancer of Drishtikon Dance Foundation,Delhi,works with the traditional repertoire of Kathak,infusing it with a modern sensibility. Called Uncharted Seas,the performance of Mangaldas and the dancers of Drishtikon Dance Foundation depicted through the techniques and pure grammar of Kathak a search for the self,for the true essence of being and becoming. The dancers weaved in and out of the shadows with grace,poise and a stunning sense of rhythm. The search for the intangible God,truth,beauty,love and freedom was the essence of Uncharted Seas.
Dressed in traditional and stunning costumes,the sounds of the ghunghroos with live music created a distinct percussive beat that added a unique flavour to every performance. Through the leitmotif of the ocean vast,unfathomable,unknown Mangaldas embarked on an introspective flight into the mysteries of creation.
Earlier,Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi held a slide lecture Landscape after Battle – Nature in Transit by Johny ML,an art critic,curator and writer at the Government Museum. The managing editor of Art and Deal Magazine and a visiting professor at the National Institute of Design and CEPT University,he has done extensive research on art education in small-town art colleges in India and strives to bring forth art that is on the fringes,and not only in the galleries. Johny ML invests his creative energies in directing documentaries on art,translating international literature into Malayalam and believes art criticism in regional languages should be encouraged.
On the concluding day of the festival (Saturday,April 28) there will be a face-to-face interaction with Gopal Das Neeraj,an eminent Hindi poet and lyricist at the UT Guest House,from 11 am to 2. The musical evening at 7 pm will have a dramatised storytelling Dastangoi by Mahmood Farooqui and Danish Husain,who will narrate Dastan-e-Taqseem-e-Hind,Dastan-e-aazar Jadu at Tagore Theatre.