Natya Tarangini, Raja & Radha Reddy's Institute Of Kuchipudi Dance, is back with the 2008 edition of Parampara - National Festival Of Music And Dance, from the 3rd to the 4th of October 2008, at Ravindra Bharathi. Natya Tarangini has been annually organizing the national music and dance festivals titled Parampara for the last 10 years in Delhi. Last year (2007), Natya Tarangini organized the series titled 'Andhri', for the first time in the city of Hyderabad from 31st August to 2nd September 2007 at Ravindra Bharathi and was inaugurated by the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Y S Rajasekhar Reddy.
This year's festival is being inaugurated by Shri Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Minister for Major Irrigation, Government of Andhra Pradesh.
On 3rd October, the first day of the festival, there will be a Kuchipudi dance performance by Raja-Radha Reddy and their disciples, and a sarod recital by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.
Raja - Radha Reddy
The world-renowned dancing couple, Raja and Radha Reddy, have given a new dimension to the age-old art of Kuchipudi. Through their perfect unison, they have portrayed the charm of the classical pairs of Hindu mythology - such as Shiva-Parvati, Rama-Sita and Krishna-Radha - thus identifying themselves with the twin concept of Purusha and Prakriti, the male-female principle in Indian philosophy.
Raja and Radha Reddy popularized the Kuchipudi style of dance by performing all over the world. Most of their performances have been under invitation by various Governments and cultural institutions.
They have conducted charity shows for Red Cross Society, Blind Relief Association, the Home for the Aged in Bombay, and CRY. They had the honour of being the first Indian dancers to be invited to participate in the International Dance festival of Avignon in France and Salzburg in Austria. The couple's contribution in the Festivals of India in the USA and the UK were considered outstanding. In 1996,they were the star attraction of the All Star Ballet Gala festival in Japan. In November, 1996, they inaugurated the India Festival at Bangladesh.
They were the first couple to receive the Padamshree and Padmabhushan award individually and together. They have also been recipients of the International Meridian award and the Sangeet Natak Academy award.
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan was born to the illustrious Bangash lineage rooted in the Senia Bangash School of Music. Taught by his father Haafiz Ali Khan, a musician to the royal family of Gwalior, he today shoulders the 6th generation inheritance of this legendary lineage.
After having given his first recital of the sarod at the age of 6, Ustad went on to give some memorable performances at the WOMAD Festival in Adelaide and in New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand; the WOMAD Rivermead Festival in UK; the Edinburgh Music Festival; the World Beat Festival in Brisbane; the Summer Arts Festival in Seattle; the International Poets Festival in Rome; the UNESCO; the Hong Kong Arts Festival; the Adelaide Music Festival; the 1,200 Years Celebration of Frankfurt; and Schonbrunn in Vienna.
Amjad Ali Khan has the privilege of winning the kind of honors and citations at his relatively young age which for many other artistes would take a lifetime. He is a recipient of the UNESCO Award, the Padma Vibhushan and the UNICEF's National Ambassadorship, to name a few. He has also been conferred upon, the Forum and Honorary Doctorates from the University of York (England), the Delhi University and the Vishva Bharti University (Shantiniketan), and the Commander Of The Order Of Arts And Letters by the French Government.
Two books have been written on him - "The World Of Amjad Ali Khan" by UBS Publishers in 1995, and "Abba - God?s Greatest Gift To Us" by his sons Amaan and Ayaan. A documentary on the Ustad called Strings For Freedom won the Bengal Film Journalist Association Award and was also screened at the Ankara Film Festival in 1996.
In 2007, Mr. Khan featured in the Southbank Centre?s recently launched Royal Festival Hall hoardings project 'Rankin?s Front Row', where his photograph is included in the frieze that will run the length of the river faç¡¤e of the Royal Festival Hall.
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