Pune, February 06, 2019: The 18th edition of Shaniwarwada Dance & Music Festival, a blend of music, ghungroos, rhythm, beats and lights will take place on Sunday, February 10, 2019, 6:30 pm onwards at the historic Shaniwarwada.
The entry pass of the festival will be available from February 5th to 9th at Balgandharva Rangmandir, Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruh and The O Hotel – Koregaon Park. The entry passes will also be available at the venue from 11.00 am on the day of the event. The Gold entry pass will cost Rs. 500 & the Silver entry pass will cost Rs. 300, seating on a first come first serve basis. One can also book the passes online through the Book My Show website.
The festival will be inaugurated by Lightning of Lamp at the hands of renowned actress Padmini Kolhapure which will be followed by Ganesh Vandana by renowned Bharatnatyam danseuse Swati Daithankar and eleven disciples of her ‘Nupur Naad’ group. The main attraction “Mahabharat Reinterpreted – Ateet ki Parchhaiyan is a 105-minute long production conceptualized and choreographed by Nrutyaguru Pt. Shama Bhate. The ruminations are executed through powerful dances, strong music and exquisite expressions in this dance-drama which uses a blend of seven Indian classical dances viz: Odissi, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam, Kathakali, Bharatnatyam, Chhau and Kathak. Each dance form has a different style of music. Narendra Bhide has homogenised the music and the lighting is by Harshavarhan Pathak.
The great war of the Mahabharata has ended and each character is looking back and introspecting and analysing “Was what I did the reason this destruction happened could it all have been avoided” they ask themselves. This is depicted through the amalgamation of dance forms in one story. Each dance form has a different tempo, a different aesthetic, different music and different costumes. The inclusion of seven dance styles incorporates all the conflicting values, ideals and philosophies that these characters represent. The epic’s main characters will be performed by prominent dance masters like Draupadi (Ameera Pathankar – Kathak), Kunti (Vyjayanthi Kashi – Kuchipudi), Gandhari (Gopika Varma – Mohiniattam), Yudhisthir (Ramli Ibrahim – Odissi), Bheeshma (Dr Kannan – Kathakali), Karna (Vaibhav Arekar – Bharatnatyam) and Duryodhan (Rakesh Sai Babu – Chhau) disciples of ‘Nadroop’ will be the co-artists.
This year the festival will be supported by Indo Schottle Auto Parts Pvt. Ltd as the title sponsors. Jhala Group, 5F World, Weikfield, Radio One and Pure Gold Fine Chocolate will be Associate Sponsors of the event.
The Shaniwarwada Dance & Music Festival executive committee comprises of Jackie Shroff, Sabina Sanghvi, Gayatri Devi Patwardhan, Maneesha Sathe, Varsha Chordia, Neelam Seolekar, Parul Mehta, Rekha Krishan & Festival Coordinator Vinesh Pardeshi.
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