A slice of culture in the garden

From santoor to Kathak performances by renowned artistes, don’t miss Mumbai Sankriti, the annual music festival at the Horniman Circle Garden this weekend

The annual musical festival, Mumbai Sanskriti, organised by India Heritage Society will be recreating a charming affair this year as well. The line-up includes eminent artistes like Dhanashree Pandit-Rai (Thumri singer), Aditi Bhagwat (Kathak), Rahul Sharma (santoor), Pt Bhavani Shanker (pakhawaj) and Satyajit Talwalkar (tabla) who will take over the steps of Asiatic Library. The two-day fiesta will delight audiences with a separate Kathak concert featuring Pandit-Rai and Bhagwat, while Day Two will have Horniman Circle Gardens reverberating with the soulful notes of Indian Classical music. 

Aditi Bhagwat and Rahul Sharma
Aditi Bhagwat and Rahul Sharma

“I am looking forward to our performance at the Asiatic Library as performing at heritage structures always adds a charm,” conveys Sharma. He cites the pleasant weather of the city a supporting factor where the performers and the audience can together be mesmerised by the magical ambiance. “I am looking forward to performing with a pakhawaj and a tabla with the santoor as the former adds a meditative aspect being so ancient and unique,” informs the 41-year-old.

Bhagwat who is known as an exponent of fusing Kathak and Odissi, is embracing the pure classical performance of Kathak for this event. The danseuse speaks of how Thumri and Kathak have been sister arts, a thought Pandit-Rai echoes later. “Kathak is complementary to the singing form for its adakari and subtleties adequately express the song. We have planned pieces on Holi and Baramasa (12 months) among others in our synchronised performance,” shares Bhagwat.

Pandit-Rai, who has taken the onus of taking Thumri to platforms such as Ted, informs "Thumri and Kathak have grown together from the court of Wajid Ali Shah. This will be the first time that Thumri and Kathak will be sharing equal space on stage unlike the singer sitting in a corner. There will be explanations between performances to educate art lovers across the city.”

On: January 11 and 12
At: Asiatic Library, SBS Marg.
Passes at: Rhythm House (Kala Ghoda), Maharashtra Watch Co (Dadar) and MTDC Counter (Madame Cama Road, Nariman Point).

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