Lalit Arpan Festival 2016

by Ekatmata Sharma
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15th Lalit Arpan Festival presents ‘Nayikas of Vidyapati’, a two day festival of six classical dance styles performed by eight Padma Awardess dancers. The ‘Nayikas of Vidyapati’ is a theme based festival on the love songs of Maithil poet Vidyapati. The influence on eastern Indian languages of this Maithil poet from the 14th-15th century (1352-1448) was so great that it earned him the reputation of being analogous to ‘Dante of Italy’ and ‘Chaucer of England’. He is also known as ‘Abhinava Jayadeva’ for similar to Jayadeva of a century earlier, Vidyapati’s love-songs re-create and reveal the world of Radha and Krishna, through motifs that are sensuous and sensual, descriptive and dramatic.
For its 15th year, six classical dance styles will be featured with performances by eight Padma Awardees. They include Shovana Narayan, Madhavi Mudgal, Bharati Shivaji, Guru Singhajit Singh and Charu Sija Mathur, Guru Jayarama Rao and Vanashri Rao, Prathibha Prahlad, Geeta Chandran and Ranjana Gauhar.
Date:- 22 and 23 Sept 2016
Time:- 7pm onwards
Venue: – Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre

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