The third edition of the Performing Arts Festival of Jawahar Kala Kendra – ‘Navras’ opened on 17 March with vibrant and energetic percussion performance – ‘Dhamaal’. Curated and directed by musician and performer, Aneesh Pradhan, ‘Dhamaal’ was an eclectic display of drummers from across the country. The performance was also a celebration of drumming traditions from across India, representing the cultural diversity of the country.
As a surprise element, Hindustani Classical Singer, Shubha Mudgal enthralled the audience with her mellifluous rendition. She began the performance with the song Dharti Ke Darbar Naubat Baj Rahi Hai. Drummers in Dhamaal come from various parts of the country to weave a tapestry of rhythm with other musicians. They bring to the collaboration a special language and technique that does not conflict one another but lives together in harmony. While the focus of Dhamaal is on percussion traditions, the performance is equally grounded in melody and song-text.
Tomorrow there will be ‘Morning Raaga’ by classical singer, Jayateerth Mevundi at 7 am at JKK Lawns. This will be followed by ‘Ek Madhav Baug’ by Vijay Kenkre ft. Mona Ambegaonkar at 5pm at Krishnayan. To conclude the day, theatre performance, ‘Elephant in the Room’ by Yuki Ellias will be staged at Rangayan at 7 pm.