Press Release

The 4th edition of the Performing Arts Festival of Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) – ‘Navras’ kicked off today evening with a Sufi-Kathak performance by the renowned dancer, Manjari Chaturvedi. On the occasion, Additional Director General, JKK, Mr. Rajendra Vijay said that in light of the recent terrorist attack in Pulwama (Kashmir), JKK and the artistes have dedicated the festival to the families of the martyrs. The performing artistes donned black attire as a tribute to martyrs. A 2-minute silence was also observed before the programme.

The evening began with the popular Punjabi track ‘Jugni’. It was followed by compositions like ‘Mera Piya Ghar Aaya’, ‘Rabba Lakh Lakh Shukra Manawa’ and ‘Tere Ishq Nachaya’. The performance concluded with ‘Damadam Mast Qalandar’ and ‘Ni Main Jana Jogi De Naal’. During the mesmerizing dance performance on live qawwali, storytellers narrated the popular hymns and poetries of the poet, Bulleh Shah.

The performance staged the folklores of the celebrated land of Punjab. It incorporated live music, dance and storytelling narration through the character of ‘Jugni’ who signifies the free-spirited feminine energy in a largely patriarchal society. The show incorporated mystical dance on the poetry and heritage of the spiritual traditions of Punjab.

On the occasion accompanying artistes were – Vikramjeet Singh and Balkar Singh (Storytellers); Ranjhan Ali (Lead Vocals) and Sanjana Shehnaz, Sonu, Gurdeep Mahi and Mausam Ali (Supporting Vocals). Musical instruments were played by Boota on Tabla, Dilbagh on Harmonium and Ashwani on Dholak

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