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Enlivening the cultural scene

`Anubhav', a new institute of music and dance started by Anupama Kylash and Anasuya Murthy, will be inaugurated tomorrow with a unique presentation titled `Anubhav - images of art' based on life's varied experiences by young artistes of the twin cities.

ARTISTIC EXPERIENCE: A unique blend of genres.

IN TODAY'S age when cinema and other forms of entertainment are in the forefront trapping the young generation, the awareness and appreciation of classical music and dance seems to be dwindling. Efforts by organisations like SPIC-MACAY and innumerable music and dance institutes and individuals have helped in spreading awareness. With multi-disciplinary approach being the order of the day, there is a holistic treatment to the fine arts.

Any new institution and efforts at promoting of the arts are welcome and necessary for educating the young about the rich tradition of art and culture of the country.

In this regard, it is heartening to know that dancer Anupama Kylash and vocalist Anasuya Murthy have jointly started Abhinav, an institute of music and dance in Hyderabad. The objective of the institute is three-fold: (i) systematic teaching of classical music and classical dance, (ii) conducting lecture demonstrations and workshops at school and junior college levels, to inculcate an appreciation of the aesthetics of classical music and dance amongst the younger generation and (iii) the constitution of Anubhav Artists Forum which includes musicians and dancers from all disciplines of classical music and dance. Having a strength of 15 founder members, Anubhav Artists Forum aims to conduct performances showcasing young talent, stage shows with innovative themes and also conduct seminars and workshops connected with varied theoretical and practical aspects of classical music and dance.

As part of the inauguration of Anubhav, (Institute of Music and Dance) Anubhav Artists Forum premieres Anubhav - images of art, a unique music and dance presentation based on life's varied experiences, featuring eminent young artists of the twin cities on June 19 at Ravindra Bharati at 6.30 p.m.

Watch out for this unique presentation featuring two singers, two violinists, a flautist, a sitar player, four percussionists and three dancers. It will be presented in two parts.

Part 1 is more technical and deals with evolution of life on the cosmic and human level. Man observes nature and this induces a curiosity element in him which leads to discoveries and inventions. Man is sensitised to naada or sound. His observation of several small incidents around him gave rise to invention of musical instruments of several varieties, string, wind, percussion and so on. The sounds of animal and bird sounds got converted into the saptaswaras and his imitation of shapes and objects in nature gave rise to mudras and body movements. Thereby, the twin arts of music and dance evolved and grew taking refuge in anukarana or imitation of sound and shape.

The second part lays stress on literature as well as music and dance. As man evolved, art evolved. Man needed to express himself even more clearly, he used words to convey his respect and devotion and experiences of life. The Vedic texts constituted the first literature where man prayed to the forces of nature. Then came the Puranas where the concepts of Brahma, Vishnu, Maheshwara were firmly established in the minds of people.

One hopes that the artistes with their sincerity and dedication fulfil their objectives. At the same time, people of the twin cities should come forward to encourage any artistic and cultural endeavour. Hyderabad can match the cultural cities of the country only if such activities are sustained and appreciated.

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