Sanskriti Mahotsav 2003, the 4th in the series was organised by the Nupur
Zankar Academy of Performing Arts and Research Centre on the 13th and 14th
of December. This year’s Mahotsav also marked the inauguration of its new
premises, Nupur Zankar Centre, BMC Social Welfare Center at Kandivali (E),
Mumbai. It is also this year that Nupur Zankar Academy of Performing Arts
and Research Centre has diversified its activities from teaching classical
dance and folk dance to encompass the three elements of Performing Arts
– Gaayan, Vaadyam and Nrityam (vocal, instrumental and dance).
It is towards the objective of keeping the Indian art and culture alive and its proliferation especially amongst the masses that has spurred Shila Mehta, Artistic Director of the academy who conceived the Mahotsav three years earlier. The Mahotsav is organized annually with the objective of creating an opportunity especially for the future generation and for the masses to get better exposure and understanding of our rich cultural heritage. It also aims to nurture and further develop the interest of the students and give them a platform to interact with the senior artists and Gurus and learn from them directly.
The performances by eminent and renowned artists in the Mahotsav were held on 2 consecutive days at the Academy premises. The first evening’s program opened with a Kathak Dance recital by Shila Mehta who has trained under celebrated Gurus like Prahlad Das, Pt. Vijai Shankar, Pt. Birju Maharaj and Pt. Suresh Talwalkar. Pt. Kalinath Misra accompanied her on the tabla. Her vibrant stage presence, excellent command over rhythm and felicity of expression held the audience spellbound. The second half saw a sitar recital by renowned sitarist Ravindra Chari, disciple of Ustad Shaheed Parvez accompanied by Aditya Kalyanpur on tabla. His performance enthralled the audience with melodious sound.
The 2nd evening’s
program featured Ramdas Palsule from Pune in a tabla Recital. He is one
of the senior disciples of Pt. Suresh Talwalkar. His presentation and dancing
fingers on tabla held the audience spellbound. The concluding program saw
Dr. Sri Ram Deshpande take center stage for a vocal recital. His mellifluous
voice kept the audience rooted to their places.