The Cultural Gala Nishagandhi Festival 2013 opens in style

  Article by | Jeeth Yesudas
Nishagandhi Festival 2013 started off in great style on a promising note here at the Nishagandhi open-air auditorium, Kanakakunnu Palace. Popular actor Suresh Gopi was the Chief Guest. Shri.K. Muraleedharan MLA presided over the function. Shri A.P.Anilkumar (Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Castes & Backward Classes and Tourism) inaugurated the Fest by lighting the lamp. In his inaugural address honorable Minister stressed the importance of the expansion plans of the festival of making it more appealing with an Indian touch. The announcement of introducing Nishagandhi awards for the artists in classical dance & music field was well received by the audience.

Dr. Omanakutty, Mayor, Adv. K. Chandrika, Kalamandalam Kshemavathy, Tourism secretary Suman Billa and Tourism Director Smt. Rani George were present at the dais and spoke about the importance of this fest during their addressing. Chief Guest Suresh Gopi was silent because of some voice therapy and conveyed his message through a written note which the anchor Thara Kalyan read out to the audience. The ambience was terrific at Kanakakunnu palace premises as it was the inaugural day of 7 days music & dance night. Nishagandhi Kathakali festival also started today. It seemed Thiruvananthapuram is more likely to be called as the cultural capital of Kerala.

The cultural gala started off with the specially choreographed show led by Jayaprabha Menon (Mohiniyattam), Malti Shyam (Kathak), Kavita Dwibedi (Odissi/Odishi), Priya Venkataraman (Bharatanatyam) & Bimbavati Devi (Manipuri.). It was a unique experience as it proved to be an unprecedented audio-visual treat for many. Rarely one would witness such eminent dancers performing together, so it formed a perfect blend of music, dance, costume & traditions of different forms which elated each art form to a supreme level.



Following the initial combination sequence with five leading members, was the display of each art form in its true form where the popular dancers lead their respective teams. The five dance forms represented a cultural expression in different styles.  Towards the later part the five dancers shared the stage displaying an elegant pattern of the dance combo. The show had a perfect culmination when around 20 dancers joined together to conclude this unique dance performance.

Mohiniyattam by Parvathy (Aswathy Jayaram) was another highlight of the star studded event. She was making a comeback under the guidance of Padmashri Kalamandalam Kshemavathy teacher. The performance started with the dancer stepping the tune of Navarathri Keerthanam and the next segment was the portrayal of different facets of Goddess in the form of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Durga. The portrayal was related to Kannagi’s story. Considering her comeback after a gap of fifteen years and since it’s the re-entrant phase to the dance world, her efforts are appreciable. She portrayed the various expressions of Goddess to near perfection.



Kathak performance by Vikram Iyengar & Renon India team (Kolkata) was the final event of the opening day. Renon India was formed in order to provide access to classical dance by the global audience in a modern way. The Kathak performances provided a vivid style of dance expression as it went through the various segments Gindhi, Lepak (Persian: Bravo), Trivert and Abhinaya. The portion where it had the background score of Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo the famous Ghazal song written by Fayyaz Hashmi was the most enchanting. The last segment was 'Shoonya Se' which was inspired by the five elements in Indian thought namely Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Void. 


All present there were spell bound with the splendid performances on Day 1. It is sure to make the art lovers expect more in coming days

Article by | Jeeth Yesudas
Photos by | Amal Raj V R



3 comments :

  1. nice post! Really it's one of the best events in India. Indian cultural festival are more attractive than any other nations. I once participate in a Drama. in the drama I was a devotee of Goddess Durga and my character is to sing durga mantra in front of Goddess Durga statue so that Goddess will be pleased and appear in front of me and give her blessings.

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  3. nice program! It was actually conducted in south India for the event of Logitech of lord Shiva Nata-raja Dance of lingashtakam in cultural programs

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