Milap, Britain’s leading Indian arts and culture company, has announced a music and dance program called ‘The Diwali Series’ which will run from November 1-5, 2021.
Diwali is the Indian festival of lights, which usually lasts for five days and is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika. One of India’s most popular festivals, Diwali symbolizes the “spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance”.
For last year’s Diwali festival, Milap took its celebrations online, and this year the virtual festivities will continue with a lineup of rising stars and internationally renowned artists.
The Music for the Mind & Soul series will return with two concerts during the week. This national concert series is designed for audiences to relax and forget their worries and focus on their mental health and well-being.
Smt. Shirin Sengupta Nath
The first of the concerts, on November 1, will be Smt. Shirin Sengupta Nath. Shirin Sengupta Nath, an internationally acclaimed Hindustani classical singer from Kolkata, has performed at major music festivals and performance venues in over 25 countries around the world.
Made especially for the festival, the performance was recorded at On Air Studio in Kolkata and will feature accompanying artists Gourab Chatterjee (harmonium), Sandip Ghosh (tabla), Soumyajyoti Ghosh (flute), Poulami Dasgupta (backing vocals and swaramandal) and Dipita Bhattacharya (backing vocals and percussion).
On November 3, Snehasish Mozumdar will perform as part of Milap’s Music for the Mind and Soul concert series. Mozumdar will explore the rich melodic sound of the mandolin, a rare instrument in Hindustani music. Traditionally used in Carnatic music, Snehasish has integrated the mandolin perfectly into the Hindustani style.
Dr Janaki Nair
On November 4, a video performance by Kathakali artist Dr Janaki Nair will tell the story of Poothanamoksham – the story of a demoness, her evil motives, motherly love, anguish and eventual surrender to the Supreme Being.
Poothana is often misinterpreted as an “evil witch”, but this performance portrays her as a rounded character reflecting various shades of femininity. Disguised as a beautiful woman, Poothana reaches Ambadi to carry out King Kamsa’s order to kill all newborns including Lord Krishna. But when she reunites with the charming Krishna, she is overwhelmed with maternal love. Caught in a deadly trap, she must make the difficult decision between saving the child or saving herself.
Rithvik Raja and Shweta Prachande
The final concert on the program will see Carnatic singer Rithvik Raja team up with award-winning Bharatanatyam dancer Shweta Prachande for a ‘conversation through dance and music’.
Rooted in the South Indian classical music tradition known as Carnatic music, Raja is one of the most famous and respected artists of his time.
Archana Shastri, Director at Milap says: “Diwali is the perfect time to get together with loved ones and immerse yourself in the richness of Indian culture. That’s why we’ve curated a five-day virtual festival experience featuring a beautiful variety of artistic works that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. From the soothing sounds of the mandolin and tabla to a fun dance class for the whole family, there’s something for everyone. So kick back with a nice cup of chai (and a samosa or two) and transport yourself to India, as music and dancing fill your homes with light, love and kindness – the essence of Diwali..”
Monday, November 1, 2021
Hindustani song | Music for the mind and soul
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Divas Dance Workshop with Sheetal Maru | Health and Safety Policy here
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Mandolin & Tabla | Music for the mind and soul
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Janaki Nair | Kathikali
Friday, November 5, 2021
Rithvik Raja & Shweta Prachandé | Carnatic Voices and Bharatanatyam
You can access all the online events taking place from November 1 to 5, 2021 by going to www.youtube.com/milap.
Author: World Music Central News Department
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