|Trivandrum: Amjad Ali Khan, singer Kailash Kher, Sudha Raghunathan, Suhasini, Manju Warrier and dancers Gopika Varma, Krithika Subramanian, Yamini Reddy are among those who would perform at the nine-day long Nishagandhi Festival that begins January 20.
While speaking at a function organised by the government to announce the annual dance and music fest, Tourism Minister A P Anil Kumar said, “Kerala Tourism has been reaping the benefits of holding such a prestigious cultural event here. It is today an important part of our tourism calendar and of the itinerary of both domestic and foreign tourists.”
The fest will kick off with Kailash Kher’s band performing Sufi fusion music, Kailasa, on January 20. The second day of the fest will see a Kuchipudi dance performance by Manju Warrier and Manipuri performances by Nimita Devi and group. Arushi Mudgal, a promising Odissi dancer, and the Carnatic Vocalist Sudha Raghunathan are expected to perform on the second day of the fest according to a press release.
On January 23, Nishagandhi will see performances by Kuchipudi dancer Payal Ramchandani and a concert by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his sons, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan.
A classical fusion by Veena artist Nisha Ponni and a Bharatanatyam recital by dancer Sridhar of Manichithrathazhu fame and his wife Anuradha, will be the highlights of day four. While Mohiniyattam dancer Methil Devika and Dehi-based contemporary Kathak artist Aditi Mangaldas will perform on the fifth day of the fest. The following day will see Arya Jayadevan rendering Carnatic vocals and a joint Indo-Malaysian Bharatanatyam performance by Rama Vaidyanathan and Ajit Bhaskar Dass.
A collage of classical dance and theatre, ‘Antharam’, will be staged by the renowned cine artist Suhasini Maniratnam in collaboration with celebrated dancers Gopika Varma, Krithika Subramanium and Yamini Reddy on January 27.
The fest will conclude with the presentation of the specially choreographed programme ‘Bharatam Keralam’ by the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Chairman Soorya Krishnamoorthy.
Minister releasing the official brochure of the fest
In addition, Kanakakkunnu Palace will host a Kathakali fest from
January 27 to February 1, as part of Nishagandhi. Kathakali masters
Padmasree Kalamandalam Gopi, Padmabhooshan Madavoor Vasudevan Nair,
Prof. Kalamandalam C M Balasubramanian, Dr. Ettumanoor P Kannan and
Sadanam Krishnankutty will be among the performers.