Fete Masters of dance and music take centre stage at the Nishagandhi Festival.

The annual Nishagandhi Festival is back at Kannakakunnu, Thiruvananthapuram. A festival that has a slot dedicated to cultural performances, ‘Nishagandhi Festival 2010' promises to bring a host of masters of dance and music to woo audiences this time around too.

The festival began with a Kathak performance on January 20 by Nirupama and Rajendra along with members of their troupe Abhinava. The following day saw a Bharatanatyam performance by Alarmel Valli and a Mohiniyattam performance by Pallavi Krishnan.

A Carnatic percussion ensemble by Aridwaramangalam A.K. Palanivel and troupe is the highlight for today (January 22) at 6.45 p.m. This is followed by a jugalbandhi by Ustad Dilshad Ali Khan and Begum Parveen Sultana at 7.45 p.m. on January 23.

Vilasini Natyam by Yashoda Thakore (6.45 p.m.) and Odissi by Sutra Dance Theatre, Malaysia (7.45 p.m.) are the highlights on January 24.

There is a Mohiniyattsm recital by Sunanda Nair and a Manipuri performance by Liyanda Folk and Classical Academy on January 25. The timings are 6.45 p.m. and 7.45 p.m. respectively.

The final day (January 26) has a fusion of Carnatic, Hindustani and Western music by Rajhesh Vaidya, Bickram Ghosh and Purbayan Chatterjee at 6.45 p.m.