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Three-day ‘Gurgaon Utsav’ to start from March 15

The eighth edition of the art and culture festival to be held at Aravali Biodiversity Park

The eighth edition of the three-day art and culture festival, ‘Gurgaon Utsav’, will be held at Aravali Biodiversity Park here from March 15.

Organised by Arts and Literature Foundation in partnership with the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram every year, Gurgaon Utsav is the romance of sitting under the stars in the amphitheatre surrounded by the wild natural beauty of the Biodiversity Park. With spring in the air, Gurugram will hear the best in Sufi, fusion and the poetry of Kashmiri bard Lal Ded.

On March 15, Hari and Sukhmani will regale the crowd with their unique music. Hari Singh Jaaj is the producer and backing vocalist and Sukhmani Malik is a trained classical vocalist from the Rampur Gharana. Explaining their choice of genre, Sukhmani said: “The idea was to do old folk songs because the new generation does not get to hear them.”

“Traditional folk has never been hardcore; it is very easy going, you never hear big dhols. The idea was to keep that vibe,” Hari elaborated.

On March 16, Hans Raj Hans will delight the audience with his repertoire of Sufi lyrics. For him, interaction with live audience and the energy that flows between him and them is what matters the most. He looks forward to his “guftagoo” (interaction) with the discerning audience at the Utsav.

On March 17, Parvathy Baul, a well-known artist and internationally renowned musician and singer, will perform.

On the same evening, Meeta Vasisht will enact the life and work of the fourteenth century Kashmiri poetess Lal Ded. Lal Ded’s presence has continued to reverberate in the hearts of the Kashmiris for seven hundred years. Mita’s solo performance unfolds Lal Ded’s story through commentaries, anecdotes and 30 poems in Hindi, English and Kashmiri. In her own words, she will be creating an evening of a play of 60 minutes in Hindi, English and Kashmiri that would lead to an engagement with the persona of the poetess. Lal Ded’s poetry and her life is an affirmation of all that is worth affirming in the times we have to deal with today.

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