The much awaited musical retreat from the stalwarts of music and art at the grand Elephanta Festival, organized by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), is just a week away. The two-day Festival on March 2 and 3 at the heritage site of Elephanta caves will mesmerize the art lovers from the city and the world alike.
This year’s edition of Elephanta Festival will witness the performances in the categories of Indian Classical to Western ‘Fusion’. Dr. Jagdish Patil, Managing Director, MTDC, said, “While the festival will include some of the best performers from across the globe, the theme will retain its objective to promote Indian culture and expose it to the world and the nation.
The participation by international artists in Indian art forms will position the festival as a leader in promoting Indian heritage not only in the state but across the nation and in the international circuit, putting the Elephanta Festival on the international tourism map.”
The cultural festival does not stop here and also invites professional as well as amateur painters irrespective of age bar. Organised in association with the reputed J.J. School of Art, the theme of the competition is to paint the Elephanta caves/ statues etc. at the location on both days from 10am to 2pm.
The art materials would have to be carried by the participants, register at the venue and submit the entry at the location itself. Top three prizes would comprise cash amounts of Rs 50,000, Rs 25,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively.
For the enthusiasts of history and heritage, guided tours of the Elephanta caves will offer a dip-stick in the glory of the monument. Dr. G.B. Deglurkar, President in Deccan College in Deemed University, has been invited by MTDC for the same.
Dr. G.B.Deglurkar will share his rich knowledge on detailing of the sculptures and caves of Elephanta Island. Also, a noted artist, Chandrajit Yadav will be making the cave sculptures with mud during the Festival.
PROBABLE ARTIST LINEUP FOR ELEPHANTA FESTIVAL
2nd March 2013 – Day 1
• 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Shweta Pandit (opening ceremony with Saraswati Vandana)
• 7:30 pm – 8:15 pm
Sannidhi – Confluence of 7 Indian Classical Dance Performances by Parvathy Dutta`
• 8:45 pm – 10:00 pm
Shujaat Khan (Sitar & Vocals)
V Selvaganesh (Kanjira)
Ganesh & Kumaresh (Violin)
George Brooks (Saxophone)
3rd March 2013 – Day 2
• 7:00 pm – 7:45pm
• Hindustani Classical Vocals
• 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm
• Sufi Kathak
• Awadh Gharana Musicians
• 9:00 pm – 10 pm
Ranjit Barot, Punya Srinivas, Elie Afif, Harmeet Manseta, Aditya Benia
• Ranjit Barot on Drums
• Punya Srinivas on Veena
• Elie Afif on Upright & Electric Bass
• Harmeet Manseta on Keyboards
• Aditya Benia on Guitars