Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The majestic Chowmahalla Palace, emerging as a cultural centre in the old city, will come alive with strains of music and dance by legendary musicians and artistes when its three-day Music and Dance Festival commences from December 21.

The festival being organised by Chowmahalla Palace in association with Laxminarayana Global Music Festival will feature experts in various genres of music and dance from different parts of the country.

The yearly festival organised by violin masetro L.Subramaniam in memory of his late father, brings musicians of different genres together across the world to different cities including Hyderabad.

At a press conference here on Friday, the Chowmahalla Palace Director (Culture), G.Kishan Rao, said the Ghazal maestro, Vittal Rao, will perform on the inaugural day, followed by Sufi music programme with dances by Kavita Seth, Krishna Kumar and others from Mumbai.

On Dec.22, Padmavibhushan Mangalampally Balamurali Krishna will present a Carnatic music concert, while Saraswati of Vipanchee Natyalaya, Chennai, will present a dance recital.

The highlight of the festival on the concluding day will be a unique programme, ‘Visions of India’, a fusion of different genres of classical and folk music from across the country, conceived, written and composed by L. Subramaniam.

Line-up of programmes

Apart from solo performances by renowned musicians, including Subramaniam, Balamuralikrishna, Purna Das Baul (leading exponent of Baul), Pankaj Udhas (Ghazals), Kavitha Krishnamurthy (film music), Richa Sharma (Sufi music), Sikander Khan Langa (Sindhi Sarangi and Algoza), Bindu Seetha Subramaniam (vocalist) and Ambi Subramaniam (classical violin), it would have percussion instruments (traditional and folk) symphony .