The third Chandigarh Arts and Heritage festival will take off from 25th March to 29th March at Tagore Theatre Chandigarh.  This festival is dedicated to showcasing the best of  performances in genres like Music, theatre, literature, painting etc.It is a festival committed to establishing Chandigarh as a global destination for the arts and driving cultural tourism. Being organised by the Chandigarh Administration, the five day festival will have a gamut of activities like Classical vocal recital, Bharatnatyam dance
performance, theatre pieces, literary interactions and other activities like painting , Art workshops etc for the art and theatre lovers. This time too, festival will be emphasising on Classicism and the purpose is to promote and put forth classical art in front of art
inclined people. The intellectual component of the Festival is that there will be a collision of minds with lot of interactions, discussions by the renowned Artists with the audience at Government Museum and Art Gallery Sector 10.
The inauguration of the Chandigarh Arts and Heritage Festival will be held on March 25th at 6.30 pm with staging of the Hindi play, ‘Blood Wedding’, directed by Neelam Man Singh Chaudhary. Blood Wedding is Federico Garcia Lorca’s poetic drama in which two young men tragically kill each other in a fight for a woman, who has love for Leonardo. Blood Wedding is translated into Hindi by Dr Mahendra Kumar from the Punjabi version by Surjit Patar.
On March 26th at 6.30 pm, there will be performance by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan a noted sarod player and one of the foremost classical musicians. He will be accompanied by his sons Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan on stage. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan was born at Gwalior Madhya  Pradesh in 1945. He belongs to the illustrious Bangash lineage rooted in the Senia Bangash School of music and is the sixth generation sarod player in his family. Amjad Ali Khan learnt Sarod under his fatherAli Khan’s tutelage, who was a musician to the royal family of Gwalior.
Amaan Ali Khan is the elder son and disciple of the Sarod Maestro
Amjad Ali Khan and grandson of the Haafiz Ali Khan. Initiated into thefine art of Sarod playing at a very tender age, Amaan began his public performances as early as eight. Accompanying his father to various music festivals in India and abroad, he has today, carved out a niche for himself. His performances have evoked creditable applause. His precision in tunefulness and his bold and resonant strokes are all pointers to importance of tradition and continuity in Indian Classical Music. Ayaan Ali Khan represents the seventh generation of a musical lineage known as the Senia Bangash School. The younger son and disciple of the Sarod titan Maestro Amjad Ali Khan, Ayaan stepped into the world of music and the Sarod with confidence, clarity, consistency and technical mastery that he learnt at his father’s knee.After giving his solo debut at eight, Ayaan has been performing concerts world wide ever since. He has given many solo performances and also assisted his illustrious father at concerts all over the world.
On 27th, there will live performance by Rashid Ali Khan of “Aao Ge Jab tum saajana” fame from Jab We Met movie. Ustad Rashid Khan is anIndian classical musician in the Hindustani music tradition. He belongs to the Rampur- Sahaswan Gharana, and is the great grandson of Gharana founder Ustad Inayat Hussain Khan. On 28th March, art lovers will have great opportunity to witness the delightful Bharatanatyam Recital by Vani Ganpathy at tagore theatre who started to learn Bharatnatyam at the age of four. She has workedin two Hindi films and a dance number in a Tamil film. During her childhood, her guru was Smt Rajalakshmi in Calcutta. Later in Bombay.she learnt from Guru Govindraj Pillai, Guru Mahalingam Pillai and guru Kalyansundaram Pillai.
On the concluding day 29th March, a historical play titled Chanakya byManoj Joshi will bestaged at 6.30 pm. Manoj Joshi began his career in Marathi films and in Marathi Theatre. He has acted in over 60 films since 1999.. In addition to this Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi would be organising an artists camp cum workshop as part of Chandigarh arts and Heritage Festival 2011 from 25th March to 30th March 2011 at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, Chandigarh. Mumbai based Internationally renowned artist Atul Dodiya will be leading the workshop with participation of ten local artists.Apart from this Atul Dodiya will be giving a lecture cum slide show on 28th March at 5.30 pm.Atul Dodiya will also be giving a demonstration of painting to general public

To involve the mass participation, the passes for this festival will be available at the Tagore Theatre for the general public on first cum first served basis from next week onwards


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