Chandigarh, 16 September, 2020: Online Kala Mahotsav ‘Nayi Umeed Nayi Pehel’ organized by North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala (Ministry of Culture, Govt of India), entered Day 3 on Wednesday. The event is an amalgamation of artists from all genres.
The first slot beginning from 2 pm showcases the works of five painters and five sculptures. They gave a glimpse of their style, followed by live demonstrations of the making of their respective creations.
The painter’s Ms. Kadambari, Bhupinder Dhutti, Abhishek Rathi and others continued with the Ganesha theme. Sculptor Rajender from Chandigarh is working on a wood installation that shows seven chakras in the human body.
Kashmiri Folk Theatre
The performers from Aziz Folk Bhagat Theatre, Anantnag, presented Shikargah Pather, a play in Bhand Pather style, lead by Gulam Rasul Bhagat Yaar. The artistes brought awareness of animal and forest conservation. The traditional art form of Kashmir is being practiced in the state for generations. The group not only performs at social functions in their state but also in different parts of the country.
In the evening slot, leading writer Dr. Uma Shankar Rahi shared his research work on poet Raidas of the Bhakti Movement. The poet wrote on devotion and brought awareness to the issues of caste-based discrimination. His preferred languages were Khadi Boli, Urdu, and Brij Bhasha.
Rahi is based in Vrindavan and has a khand kavya (collection of poetry) Sachhe Patshah and Chamkaur ka yudh to his credit.
Folk music of Punjab
Folk artists from Sukhdev Singh and the group presented folk music of Punjab in the evening slot. Three artistes played folk instruments like Algoza, Bugchu, Sikke, and Dhol to entertain the audience. They also presented Malwai gidda, Boliyan, Dandas, Luddi, and Bhangra, presenting the rich tradition of Punjab.
Veteran theatre artist and Chairman Chandigarh Sangeet Akademi Shri Kamal Arora narrated a story Antar Duand. Based on true-life events, the story is about a college student who remains quiet on a sexual assault of a young woman, fearing for his life. The storyteller explains the mental turmoil and feeling of regret as the boy wants to bring justice to the girl but prefers to save his own life. Arora has directed more than 60 plays and acted in about 120 plays. ‘Jis Lahore ni Vekheya Oh Jameya Hi Nahin’, ‘Kajrivan’, Kankaal to name a few. He also created dance ballets like Heer Ranjha and Shiri Farhad among others.
Online classes for classical music and dance
Kathak Guru Ms. Shobha Koser is taking classes for primary learners in Jaipur Gharana style in the first week of the Mahotsav. She taught the footwork, hand movements, and ‘todas’ besides discussing the basics of the art form.
Director NZCC Prof. Saubhagya Vardhan addressed the dignitaries and artistes who attended the event and expressed his gratitude. He said that 2700 artistes from the region and other parts of the country, including 750 from Kashmir, are participating in the event.
The online program is being telecasted on NZCC’s youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq_X24pO3vqmtWInY2660tQ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/North-Zone-Cultural-Centre-904148889629673/ as per following time slots:
2:00 to 2:30 pm Painting and Sculpture
2:30 to 3:00 pm Artistes and performers from Kashmir (J&K)
6:00 to 6:30 pm Works of research scholars on Medieval poets of the Bhakti Movement
6:30 to 7:00 pm Folk Music and Dance
7:00 to 7:30 pm Storytelling and different aspects of theatre
7:30 to 8:30 pm Teaching sessions on classical dance and music by the Gurus