Witness Kuchipudi and Kathak performances at this festival

Feb 01, 2018, 09:32 IST | Vishakha Dugar

The guru-shishya relationship is considered to be one of the most sacred bonds of learning in Indian culture

Mangala Bhatt
Mangala Bhatt

The guru-shishya relationship is considered to be one of the most sacred bonds of learning in Indian culture. For noted Kathak artiste Uma Dogra, it is the late Kathak maestro Pandit Durgalal who has been the guiding force in her life. In an effort to pay tribute to her guru's undying spirit, she has been organising the festival under the Sam Ved Society for Performing Arts for the last 27 years.

Vyjayanthi Kashi and Prateeksha Kashi
Vyjayanthi Kashi and Prateeksha Kashi

The festival has become a cultural hit over the years with classical maestros like Pt Jasraj, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Ustad Rashid Khan, Sitara Devi, Pt Birju Maharaj, and Madhavi Mudgal performing at the event. "This year the second generation of masters, the mother-daughter duo of renowned dancer Vyjayanthi Kashi and emerging artiste Prateeksha Kashi will be showcasing a Kuchipudi act, and I have invited another senior disciple, Mangala Bhatt from Hyderabad, to come and perform at the festival," says Dogra.

The late Pandit Durgalal
The late Pandit Durgalal

The Hyderabad artiste reciprocates the emotions. "It's in my guru's memory so it feels great to perform at such a prestigious festival that has been previously graced by other famous artistes. I am looking forward to it," shares Bhatt.

On: February 4, 6.45 pm
At: Kalaangan Amphitheatre, Sangit Mahabharati, JVPD Scheme, Juhu
Call: 9819387077
Entry: Rs 300

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