Starting on February 25, the festival will see Ahalya as its opening performance. Ahalya, the wife of the sage Gautama Maharishi, believed to be seduced by Indra (the king of the gods), cursed by her husband for infidelity, and liberated from the curse by Rama. The performance is portrayed by Arupa Lahiry - disciple of Guru Chitra Visweswaran.
The next act for the day will be Draupadi. Chaste and virtuous, divinely beautiful, endowed with youth and intelligence, she was a warrior princess whose anger destroyed the sinful Kauravas dynasty. This act is portrayed by Soundarya Srivathsa - disciple of Late Guru Narmada.
The second day of the festival will open with Soorpanakha. Soorpanakha was the sister of the main antagonist, Ravana, King of Lanka, is the catalyst of the chain of events leading directly to her brother's demise. This production is portrayed by Dakshina Vaidyanathan - disciple of Gurus Saroja Vaidyanathan and Rama Vaidyanathan.
The next act is Karna. He was the son of Surya and one of the greatest warriors in the Mahabharata,
who fought against misfortune throughout his life and kept his word in every circumstance. Karna is portrayed by Sathyanarayana Raju - disciple of Late Guru Narmada.
Usha Rk : Arts Consultant: Dance became her companion during her schooling days. Training under the venerable Gurus of the Raja Rajeshwari Bharata Natya Kala Mandir, Gurus CR Acharya and Vempati Chinna Satyam, Usha chose to take up research and academic aspects of dance that enabled her to develop her dance writing skills. A pioneer in the sphere of organising cultural and artistic initiatives, Usha Rk has carved a niche for herself as a nurturer and propagator of immense talent.
Conceptualising and creating some of the path breaking dance and music festivals, Usha worked with many of the legends in the music, dance and film worlds. Whether it was thematic festivals like “Swarna Sankhya” or the grand music festival “Raga Tala” and “Nritya Dhara” celebration of International Dance day, featuring over 175 dancers or the PR led concerts of music and art, almost all her endeavours have been successful and appreciated.
Interesting thematic dance programs like Thyagaraja Vaibhavam, Margam – a festival of varnam, Rama Katha, Diksha - based on the compositions of Muthuswamy Dikshitar, Padams and Javalis, Dwaaram, Radha Madhurya etc by Usha have attained exceptional success.
Her complete dedication to promoting and propagating the arts is significant and noteworthy, where for the past seven years she has been presenting artists and performances with a view to preparing the next line of superstars in classical dance basis goodwill and personal resources primarily.