The lull in the art world is over. With the first signs of rain,the artistic world also seems to be stirring back to life. Coming up is the Summer Theatre Festival,with its cornucopia of plays,dance and music among others.
The festival will begin on June 14 with a performance by Ahmed Hussain and Mohammed Hussain from Jaipur. Sons of the famous ghazal and thumri singer Ustad Afzal Hussain,the duo sing Indian classical vocal,bhajan and ghazal. Their first album Guldasta was released in 1980 and,since then,they have released about 50 albums. The second day will feature a presentation of Gaudiya Nritya,a dance form from Bengal,by Gaudiya Nritya Bharati. For several decades,Mahua Mukherjee and her husband Amitava Mukherjee have been attempting to revive this dying dance form that had been made famous by scholar Bratindranath,Mahuas mentor,in the 90s.
Mahua has taken this dance form around the globe by performing,
presenting and teaching as a visiting professor. A documentary film,Dance of the God,has been produced by the film division of Government of India. The Gaudiya Nritya performance at the Summer Theatre Festival will be followed by a sarod recital by Kaushik Mukherjee.
Theatre lovers can look forward to director Salim Arifs play Hum Safar,a complex narrative of human emotions. The story revolves around Sonal and Samer,who are getting a divorce after 15 years of marriage. The audience meets the couple at crossroads,travels with them down the years,and explores the complexities of contemporary lifestyles which creep into relationships. The play is as much about love as about urban alienation,family and relationships.
The curtain comes down on the festival with a performance by Ananda Shankar Jayant,who is among Indias leading classical dancers,choreographers,and teachers. Performing in the two classical styles of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi,Anandas critically acclaimed productions include Sri Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum,Bhuddham Saranam Gachchami,and Taalapatra: Hymns from the Hills.