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Kalayatra 2020: A Journey Through The Epics

Kalayatra 2020 promises to enthral the audience with mesmerising dance performances and lectures on Ramayana and Mahabharata 

Come October, in India it is not only the change of season from long four months of monsoon spell to autumn, but also the beginning of much awaited season of festivals.

Season of Festival is complemented by festivities added to it with the start of six month of cultural calendar.

Breaking the monotony of pandemic infested 2020, here begins a two-day Kalayatra 2020, a fascinating cultural feast beginning 10 October. Two-day cultural journey promises an insight into the Ramayana and Mahabharta, and their famous characters through a spree of dance performances and lectures from eminent scholars and professionals in their own right.

Dr Sonal Mansingh
DR SONAL MANSINGH

The two-day kalayatra 2020, starts at 6:30 Pm on 10 and 11 October and will be an online event to accommodate the covid 19 precautions.

The event is presented by Centre for Indian Classical Dances, a cultural institute of famous dancer and Hon’ble Rajya Sabha MP and Padma Vibhushan Dr Sonal Mansingh.

Kalayatra 2020, is a deep-down journey into the epic of Ramayana and Mahabharata through dance performances choreographed by three famous groups and a series of lectures by eminent scholars adding on to this cultural journey through explanations of the characters and their relevance in the epic tales.

Kalayatra truely seems to be a journey into a cultural exploration inspired by the immense richness and wisdom of Indian performing arts and literature and their myriad forms of expressions through dance, music, theatre etc.

Through Kalayatra 2020, one shall get to see the breadth, depth and the magic of these ancianet Indian epics and their perennial influence on Indian art traditions through ‘virtual feast of the arts’, replete with ‘entertainment, information and knowledge’!

The diva of Indian dance, Dr Sonal Mansingh dons several hats. She is a globally renowned odissi and Bharatnatyam dancer, guru, choreographer, scholar, author, orator, social reformer, art connoisseur and founder president of the oldest cultural centre for Indian Classical Dances (CICD), hauz Khas, New Delhi.

At CICD one finds a confluence of dance, music, yoga, Sanskrit, literature and the way of life in an inspiring ambience since its inception in the 70’s, CICD has shaped the outlook and life of many young students as well as inspiring talented artists.

An erudite artist, Sonal Mansingh is the youngest recipient of Padma Bhushan in 1992 and in 2003, she became the first Indian women to be awarded Padma Vibhushan.

A versatile dancer, she is trained in Bharatnatyam, Odissi and also in many other dance forms such as Manipuri, Kuchipudi and Chhau.

Kala Yatra Programme Schedule
KALA YATRA PROGRAMME SCHEDULE

Presently, Dr Sonal Mansingh is a Rajya Sabha MP and a strong voice in support of Indian cultural traditions and their artists across all generes.

(The views expressed in the article belong solely to the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion, beliefs and view point of the owners of asiannewsmakers.com)

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