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The youth gala

The youth gala
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The youth festival 2013, that is going on in the Capital, is empowering the country’s young achievers. It is also providing them with a national platform to showcase their talent. The festival is bringing together a truly Indian extravaganza of dance, drama and music for youngsters.

The festival stages together an array of dance forms that depicts the flavour of India. Young and talented artists and groups, from all over the country, are participating in the event. Be it contemporary, classical or folklore – there’s a lot of action to watch out for in every segment of the festival. Youth bands selected from different states and cities are set to take the festival on a much higher note.

‘We are extremely overwhelmed to see the kind of acknowledgement this festival is receiving from people of all ages in the city. The crowd, the hoots and the appreciation from the audience on each day, says it all’, said Sindhu Mishra, Deputy Secretary of Sahitya Kala Parishad.

She moves on to explaining the concept of the festival further. There are many independent groups/institutes in our country who are continuously helping the youngsters with adequate training in different art forms. Then, there are youth bands who have their own unique take on music and a huge fan following. ‘Our country has a bunch of talent waiting to get explored. At the same time, these young dancers, musicians, cultural groups and trainers, need support and the right kind of exposure. The youth festival acts like their backbone and give them the platform to showcase their talents and the culture,’ she added.

Giving the ongoing festival a much-needed edge, an exhibition showcasing the best artworks by young artists from various art colleges of Delhi is also up for display and exploration.

As part of their many endeavours to keep the roots of our country intact, the Delhi government’s Department of Art, Culture and Language celebrates this festival annually to make sure that our young achievers are recognised and encouraged and take their talents seriously. It also, in turn, brings a reason for celebration.

Groups like Sadhya, Bhoomika, ASPA, Abhinay dance company, Tapasya among others are taking on the contemporary juncture in full swing. Music bands including Secret Weapon, Indian Saber, Three the People, Daksha, to name a few, will musically empower the festival in coming days.

In the classical segment, dance forms like Kathak, Oddissi, Manipuri, Mohiniattam, Chhau, Kuchipuri, Bharatnatyam and Kathakali will be performed by young birds from all across the country, reflecting the true culture of our country.

Also Murad’s Sarangi, Akram Khan’s Tabla, Ajay Kumar’s ritual drum, Anupriya’s Parinday band playing the violin and Pt Bhajan Sapoori’s Santoor will ensure classical music gets its due at the Youth Festival, on all days.

When: Till 1 December
Where: Central Park, Connaught Place
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