And yes, they've been pretty choosy about who performs at the inauguration.
The Lahoti Foundation, in association with Kalakriti Art Gallery, is organising the 4th Krishnakriti Art And Culture Festival 2007, at various venues, from 7th to 11th January. A series of art and cultural programs will be organised during this period. Today, the inaugural day, Vidya Shah will be presenting some sufi and bhakti sangeet from her music album Mohe Apne Hi Rang Mei - a series of sufi ghazals written by Amir Khusrau.
Born into a family with a rich musical heritage, Vidya began her journey into the world of music at the age of 12, when she learnt South-Indian classical music, and as a young Carnatic vocalist, had several concerts to her credit. She experimented with tribal music, and a cassette of songs based on the local music with social messages was produced and used extensively for advocacy and awareness in the area.
With her love for and exposure to the North-Indian style of classical music, she decided to make a foray into this style of vocal music. She trained under Shubha Mudgal in Khayal Gayaki, and with Shanti Hiranand in Thumri, Dadra and ghazal.
Vidya has a rich and captivating voice. With her ongoing training in Khyal Gayaki, she has, under the guidance of her guru, gained a rich repertoire of sufi and bhakti music. She also enjoys composing on her own. She has performed in various national and international forums, and has worked with international labels. She has composed and sung for radio and TV programs, as well as for documentary films.
The Krishnakriti Art And Culture Festival is being organised every year by the Lahoti Foundation, which was established by Prashant Lahoti in memory of his father Krishnachandra B Lahoti. On this occasion, art camps are organised by eminent artists and the works are auctioned off at the end of the festival. The proceeds from the sales go to The Krishnachandra B Lahoti Scholarship, which sponsors holistic education for deserving and needy students. Last year's proceeds have gone a long way in supporting 70 children.
The detailed list of programs for the 4th Krishnakriti Art And Culture Festival is as under:
7th January 2007
04:00pm - Inauguration of the festival at Kalakriti Art Gallery
05:00pm - Reading of poems by Ranjit Hoskote at Kalakriti Art Gallery
07:00pm - Sufi and Bhakti Music by Vidya Shah at Durgam Cheruvu
8th January 2007
07:00pm - Discussion on "Pursuit Of Value - Where Is The Indian Art Market Going", at Novotel Hyderabad, Hitex, Madhapur
9th January 2007
07:00pm - Galib in New Delhi - A play by Pierrots Troupe at Secunderabad Club
10th January 2007
07:00pm - Jazz concert by Jeo Alvarez, Louis Banks & Shefali at Durgam Cheruvu
11th January 2007
03:00pm to 06:00pm - International Art Camp at Kalakriti Art Gallery
06:00pm - Digital Art presentation by French artist Beatrice de Fays at Kalakriti Art Gallery
07:00pm - Khatijabai Of Karmali Terrace - A play by Q Theatre Productions
Entry to all the above programs is by invitations, which can be collected at Kalakriti Art Gallery, Plot No. 468, Road No. 10, Banjara Hills. For further details, please contact 6656-4466.