This weekend, plan a visit to the CP’s Central Park for a cultural extravaganza

Ahmad Khan of Dilli Gharana

The Youth Festival at Central Park, Rajiv Chowk is back with an exciting lineup of artists and shows that are sure to turn your evenings magical. Organised by Sahitya Kala Parishad, the Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Delhi Government in association with NDMC, this year’s festival is being held from the February 22 to 27, from 6.30 pm onwards.

Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia inaugurated the 6-day extravaganza of music, dance and arts featuring a wide variety of talents from across genres. As with the previous editions, entry to the festival would be free at the open-air venue above Rajiv Chowk Metro Station.

From dance and music to special acts, this year’s Youth Festival packs in a comprehensive itinerary for all six days. Featuring both renowned and upcoming artists, the festival puts the limelight on young performers who are raring to showcase their talents. Organisations and art societies have also pitched in their contribution with young members/students stepping up onto the stage.

Some of the renowned artists who would be performing at the festival include disciples of Kathak maestro Pt Krishna Mohan Mishra, the eldest son of Pt Shambhu Maharaj; leading Pakhawaj player Mohan Shyam Sharma along with his team; Kathak exponents Richa Jain (disciple of Guru Nalini) and Mujaffar Mulla (a senior disciple of Pt Rajendra Gangani) and Kuchipudi dancer Suramya.

Sadhya Group

A contemporary dance group Tanva Creative Dance Ensemble will perform “AB-NAHi” based on the process of evolution and its effects on nature. Sadhya another contemporary dance company will present dances inspired by Mayurbhanj Chhau. Kuleshwar Kumar Thakur and his team will perform a contemporary dance on “Swachh Bharat – the Clean India’ at the festival.

Sursagar Society of Delhi Gharana would be presenting a Bandish written by Ustad Chand Khan Sahab and Tilelana written by Hazrat Ameer Khusro in raag Chandni Kedara, and then a trivat written by Hazrat Ameer Khusro in raag Adana. Sammohan, the indie-experimental rock band from Delhi will perform commercial tracks as well as fuse Electronic Rock with Indian classical and Bollywood music that defines their genre.

Children of NGO Salaam Baalak Trust will perform various activities through the medium of Yoga. The children of another NGO Prayas JAC Society will present a show choreographed by Kathak exponent Neepa Ghosh. Children from NGO Bal Ashram will also perform a group dance to the song ‘Jai Ho’.

Street play Who am I by Ibtida

The festival will also feature performances by Khirkee 17 a Hip Hop collective from South Delhi; street play by Ibtida, the Dramatics Society of Hindu College; contemporary dance routine title ‘Freedom’ by Aadhunik Society of Krishan Kumar Sharma; play ‘Eden Garden’ by Sifar, the Theatre Society of Maharaja Surajmal Institute; a Bengali folk presentation by Nazaakat, the Indian Dance Society of Gargi College and contemporary dance pieces in Uday Shankar style by disciples of dancer Pt Manish Pandey.

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