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Culturally Bonding!

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Culturally Bonding!

Season 5 of Hyderabad Arts Festival, over three-month India’s longest performing Arts Festival, came to an end following the performance and mega felicitation of the living legend Padma Vibhushan Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. Like all other seasons, HAF Season 5 too had artistes of repute perform at non-ticketed events to celebrate the spirit of Hyderabad across many venues in the city of Nawabs. There was Music, Dance, Art, and Comedy in HAF Season 5 bouquet. The programmes left the Hyderabadis mesmerised.

Curtains came down on Season 5 of Hyderabad Arts Festival with the flute recital of Padma Vibhushan Hariprasad Chaurasia. A 2,000 strong crowd turned up to hear the great flautist. Many of them were seen standing in the corridors to hear the great maestro. Man of many performances and living legend Hari Prasad Chaurasia was honoured on the concluding day, when HAF through young city flautists gave their salutations by presenting ‘Endaro Mahana Bhavulu …’ In turn the youngsters got special gifts (flutes) from the great maestro, a treasure one would keep for ages to come.

Hariprasad Chaurasia applauded the work done by Hyderabad Arts Festival in bringing to town artistes of repute, week after week, without any glitches. He compared it to one getting their daughter married. He stated that organising one programme itself took lot of efforts and organising programmes every Saturday for over three months needs to be commended. The flautist appreciated Hyderabad Arts Festival in hosting non-ticketed programmes, where entry was free. The Hyderabad Arts Festival concept is to bring in good music to Happening Hyderabad.

Culturally Bonding!

Celebrating the Spirit

The Hyderabad Arts Festival, which ended on July 22 this year, saw the participation of many renowned artistes like Padma Vibhushan Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Padma Bhushans Radha and Raja Reddy, Pandit Niladri Kumar, and Euphoria Band among many others to celebrate the spirit of Hyderabad.

The festival which took birth in 2012, as Hydourite thanks to the efforts of A.V. Ramakrishna from Hyderabad, C.S. Manoj from Kerala and Capt. Anand from Chennai,has now become India’s longest performing arts festival and popularly known as Hyderabad Arts Festival. “It has gained national importance and we have artistes calling us up to find out if they can perform in HAF. In short, it has become a name to reckon with in the industry,” says Manoj.

“HAF is part of the Happening Hyderabad initiative of the Telangana government and has support from the Govt. of Telangana and many other organisations. In fact, thanks to the State government, we got Shilpkala Vedika as complimentary for two of our concerts – flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia’s and sitarist Pandit Niladri Kumar’s,” says Ramakrishna.

Interspersing between classical performances, the penultimate programme was the Masala Coffee Band, a young and energetic band that performed foot tapping numbers in the genres of Indian folk, pop and rock. Masala Coffee Band burst into the independent music scene with its eclectic mix of songs, just a couple of years ago. Their lead singer Sooraj Santosh has lent his voice in Tamil industry.

Culturally Bonding!

Highlight on Environment

Young Bharatanatyam dancer Kiranmayee Madupu brought to life Porous Earth, the Journey of a River, a thematic solo dance presentation based on an English poem by the same name written by Tejdeep Kaur Menon, a senior IPS officer was performed at Hotel Minerva Grand at Kondapur. Choreographed by Guru Hemamalini Arni, Porous Earth was the journey of a river portrayed through contemporary Bharatanatyam. The river originates from the mountains and encounters mankind, various flora and fauna, pollutants and social evils and finally merges to be one with the sea. Its captivating journey addressed various compelling issues of the society like water pollution and women empowerment through its narrative. At the end of the event, Tejdeep Kaur Menon asked the audiences present to do their bit for environment. “Make your balconies green,” she said.

“This year another new genre was introduced in HAF Season 5 - Stand Up Comedy. It was a rib-tickling comedy all the way when this bunch of crazy, creative and gutsy group of youngsters, Bhargav Ramakrishnan and Alexander of Evam Standup Tamasha took centre-stage,” says Manoj.

Culturally Bonding!

Soul Stirring Performance

On the other hand, Pt. Niladri Kumar enthralled the audiences with melodies to foot tapping tunes. Inventor of Zitar, Pt. Niladri Kumar has given several tracks in films such as Dhoom 2 and Omkara. Beginning his humble journey as a musician with tabla, Kumar moved to sitar.He has worked with directors like Laxmikant- Pyarelal, Jonas Hellborg, V.Selvaganesh, John McLaughlin, A. R. Rehman, Pritam and many more.

Padmabhushans Radha and Raja Reddy, along with their daughter Yamini Reddy and disciples presented Bhagawadajjukayam, a dance ballet at Cyber Conventions. The Reddy couple is known to have put Indian Classical dance Kuchipudi on the world map. Produced by Kaushalya Reddy, Bhagawadajjukayam, was a satirical drama written by Bhodhayana around the advent of Christian era with a stress to ridicule the then living style of monks. Yamini played Vasantsena, while her father Raja Reddy played the Buddhist Guru. The interchanging of souls with the interpolation of bodies left a note of mockery and fun. The mockery ended with the Yamadoota restoring the souls into the respective original bodies in a melodramatic style.

Culturally Bonding!

Bringing Smiles

HAF in association with Ohri’s group organised HAF Smiles which was supported by JCI Trends and Star Care Foundation, where 300 underprivileged children were given a royal treatment and fed sumptuously. “Apart from giving kids from orphanages a great day, they were also provided with a Power Packed Goodie Bag as a remembrance of the day. The bag they are proud to own,” say Ramakrishna, Manoj, Anand, the trio behind the HAF. “The bag contains personal hygiene and educational products,” adds Anand.

Tejdeep Kaur Menon, DGP - Special Protection Force, Telangana State, engaged the kids on environment to sensitise the kids towards a greener tomorrow. Organisers provided the kids a fun-filled day with lot of games, interactive engagement, food, entertainment and much more.

‘Love - An Endless Journey’ is one such programme performed as part of the festival at Phoenix Arena, Hitech City to give encouragement to local talent. It was a multi art form expression of LOVE through Sand Art, Kathak, Vocals, Violin and Painting.  Painter and sand artist Kanth Risa and Kathak dancer Nishi Ratnam, combined their magical art forms along with Gopi on violin and Sravanthi on vocals, to explore different aspects of Love - visible and invisible, material and spiritual. A fine blend of varied art forms came together to decipher the true meaning of love.

Culturally Bonding!

Euphoria Rocks

The HAF Season 5 began on a rollicking note with performance by rock band Euphoria from Delhi. The band put together by Dr. Palash Sen and his friends in 1988 swayed the Hyderabadi audience with their catchy and peppy numbers, mainly of the Yahoo guy Shammi Kapoor.

After pop music, it was Fusion Music, a beautiful blend of instrumental and vocal. Purbayan Chatterjee’s mesmerising sitar combined with Bollywood singer Mahalakshmi Iyer’s melodious Voice, as Ojas’ magical fingers played the tabla and Sanjoy joined with his guitar, to create music that mesmerised everyone in the audience at Botanical Club House, Kondapur.

India’s Longest Performing Arts Festival has been giving platform to many local artists to come out with unique programmes. “Local artistes have been given the stage to share with artistes of national repute. For this, an advisory board had been constituted which has patiently sat and peered over the videos, before selecting the final performer,” says Manoj.

He says, Vijay Marur Communication Professional & Performing Arts Evangelist, would initially streamline the artistes, before presenting it to the board for a final decision. “The Honorary Board of Advisors for HAF Season 5 were JayeshRanjan, IAS, Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce and ITEC Department, Government of Telangana; Tejdeep Kaur Menon, IPS Director General of Police – Special Protection Force, Telangana; Mohan Krishna, President, Hotels & Restaurants Association of Telangana State; and Vijay Marur,” says Manoj.

The HAF Season 5 festival formally began with a curtain raiser event, on  Second Saturday of April with Paintings Exhibition by Kanth Risa at Phoenix Arena. IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan and other dignitaries unveiled HAF’s Season 5 Logo on that day. This was followed by an evening of Sufi and Ghazals by Pooja Gaitonde at the Chowmahalla Palace. Pooja’s ghazal renditions created a mystic impact and mesmerised the listeners. She held her audience spellbound.

Culturally Bonding!

Unlimited Entertainment

The Hyderabad Arts Festival Season 5 concluded successfully and grandly. To sum up, HAF is over a three-month-long non-ticked festival conceptualized to celebrate the spirit of Hyderabad. “In the last four years, HAF has put together 50 cultural events of varied size and artists according to the preferences of local audiences. Nearly one lakh art and music lovers have witnessed these programs for free.  It has been the endeavour of the organizers to provide unlimited entertainment to the people of the city at no cost and culturally bond them,” says Manoj.

Before signing off, Manoj says that HAF would be back next season with artistes of national repute and living legends. “Bringing in living legends is to thank them for their immense and valuable contribution to the music and dance industry, and help encourage young Hyderabadi enthusiasts to learn and see them perform live,” adds Ramakrishna.

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