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A METICULOUS STUDY: D. Veerendra Heggade (right), Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala and chief coordinator Surendra Kumar looking at the plan of the Mahamastakabhisheka venue at Dharmasthala on Friday.
A METICULOUS STUDY: D. Veerendra Heggade (right), Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala and chief coordinator Surendra Kumar looking at the plan of the Mahamastakabhisheka venue at Dharmasthala on Friday.

Special Correspondent

DHARMASTHALA: It will be a wide canvass of cultural programme at this temple town at the foot of the Western Ghats for seven days during the Mahamastakabhisheka to Lord Bahubali beginning Sunday. Dance, music, light and sound, ballet, yakshagana, folk, instrumental and light music are on the cards.

The culture fete will open with a Bharathnatyam recital by well-known film artiste Shobhana on January 28, which will be followed by Anuradha and Kavita Paudhwal performing bhakti and light music.

It is appropriate that the history of Bahubali to be depicted in a befitting manner on the occasion of Mahamastakabhisheka. U.K. Praveen and his team will present the Bharata-Bahubali dance ballet. Mr. Praveen is the son of late U.S. Krishna Rao. Mr. Praveen is known for his dance ballets on Yesu Christa, which has seen many experiments not just in Dakshina Kannada but also throughout the State. The Bharata Bahubali dance ballet will be held on Monday.

Yamini Mutthaiah will give a Bharatnatyam dance recital, which will be followed by another dance drama "Kaanda" by Maya Rao and her troupe on Tuesday.

The Dharmasthala Yakshagana Mela, which is known for its innovative Yakshagana ballets and Prasangas, its youthful group of artistes and senior interpreters and singers will give a yakshagana ballet followed by an Odissi ballet by Nritya Grama of Bangalore on Tuesday. On February 1, well known musicians like Puttur Narasimha Nayak, Archana Udupa, Premalata Diwakar, Kikkeri Krishnamurthy, Ramesh Chandra and Y. Muddu Krishna will render "Sugama Sangeetha" (light music) concert.

A special session of "Bhanamathi Bharathanatyam" will be featured on February 2. On the same day, film playback singer S.P. Balasubramanyam will perform.

The highlight of the programmes on February 3 will be the jugalbandhi between saxophone player Kadri Gopalnath, Narasimhalu Odavatti and Hariharan of "Colonial Cousins" fame.

Film personality and music director Guru Kiran and playback singer Udit Narayan will give a joint concert on February 4. This will be preceded by "Geetha Namana" and "Janapada Vaibhava" programme in which a number of artistes will take part turning the large stage into a riot of colour and action. The organisers have thought of everything to put together a comprehensive cultural fare. Well-known Kannada film artiste Bank Janardhan will stage "Nanna Ganda Bhalu Bhanda", a comedy.

Best part of the festivities will be the folk and performing art from eight States, including Suggi Kunitha and Yakshagana of Karnataka, Gummata and Lavani from Maharashtra, Gajja and Holi dances from Madhya Pradesh, Kalbelia and Bawai dances of Rajasthan, Mayoor Nrithya, Bihoo, Lathmaholi and Charkula dances of Uttar Pradesh and Assam, Gotipuva folk dances from Orissa. A special programme on "Cherolia Puva" dance from West Bengal will be featured on February 3.

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