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A Classical weekend

Look forward to Amritanjali festival, a grand two-day festival of Classical dance and music that will be held in the Pune

Catch the two-day fiesta of Classical dance and music, titled Amritanjali Festival that will be held in the city, this weekend. Committed to the cause of keeping the age-old tradition and culture of India alive, Bharatnatyam dancer Shashikala Ravi started the festival in April 2012.

Shankarnarayan
Shankarnarayan 

Ravi also happens to be the founder-director of Amritanjali School of Bharatnatyam in the city. "Classical dance and music is a part of our rich culture and it is our duty to make sure that it is not lost by the western influence. Our tradition is deep-seated in devotion and helps in elevating one to higher spiritual levels", says the renowned danseuse.

Since the last two editions, the festival has been a great success and Ravi is determined to conduct the festival every year. She adds, "This time there will be Kathak and Kathakali performances that rarely happen in the city as well as taal wadan (rhythm-based performance) by a Mumbai-based group.

Shashikala Ravi
Shashikala Ravi 

I personally enjoy this event a lot and feel good when my students are given a chance. I also appreciate meeting a lot of people who perform different art forms at the event."

Ravi promises that it will be an exciting programme decked with performances by stalwarts such as Kathakali dancer Prabal Gupta and Vadyalaya performer Shankarnarayan and Troupe.

Prabal Gupta
Prabal Gupta

On April 19 and 20, 6 pm to 8.30 pm
At Amritanjali Dance Studio, 407-409, Lunkad Skymax, Viman Nagar.
Entry Rs 300 for adults, Rs 150 for children below the age of 12

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