Ten days of multicultural events await Bangaloreans

The 10-day annual art and culture festival, Bengaluru Habba, got off to a colourful start here on Friday with three parallel events showcasing the traditional and modern aspects of the city's cultural landscape.

A five-day jazz and rock festival took off at the UB City amphitheatre with a performance featuring Sanjay Divecha and the fusion band Moon Arra. Simultaneously, the Indian music festival, Sangeetha Sambhrama, at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath and the Sankranti Sambhrama, at Basavanagudi, featuring folk music and dance were inaugurated.

At the Acharya Patshala Grounds in Basavanagudi, the audience got an opportunity to experience the State's folk culture with Janapada Dindima led by Bandaru Kempaiah and his troupe, including eminent folk singers such as Jogila Siddharaju, Appagere Thimmaraju and Narasimha Murthy.

This was followed by a dance ballet, Suvarna Karnataka, directed by Padma Shri recipient Guru Maya Rao, who is also the founder of Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography.

At UB City, Mr. Divecha, who hails from Mumbai, and considered one of the foremost jazz musicians in the country, enthralled the audience with an unplugged concert.

Moon Arra, who describe themselves as musicians on a journey of discovery, regaled the audience with their niche, rhythmic and harmonic rendition of jazz. Aditi Prahlad Rao, an accomplished Carnatic musician and Pandit Vidyabhushan, kept people riveted to their seats at the Chitrakala Parishath.

Chief Minister opts out

Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda was to have inaugurated the habba at Basavanagudi, but did not turn up. It was Home Minister R. Ashok who did the honours.

For complete details of the Bengaluru Habba calendar of events, log onto www.bengaluruhabba.co.in

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