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Cultural Events

Raas Garba by Gujarati Folk Performances by Panghat Kala Kendra, Gujarat

25th January 2019

Time: 19.00 pm – 20.30 pm

Garba is a dance form which originated in the state of Gujarat in India. The name is derived from the Sanskrit term Garbha “womb” and Deep “a small earthenware lamp”. This lantern represents life and the foetus in the womb in particular. The dancers honour Durga, the feminine form of divinity. Many traditional Garbas are performed around centrally lit lamp or a picture or statue of the Goddess Shakti. Garba is usually performed during the nine-day Hindu festival of Navratri. Either the lamp (the Garba Deep) or an image of the Goddess, Durga (also called Amba) is placed in middle of concentric rings as an object of veneration. Garba is performed in a circle as a symbol of the Hindu view of time. The dance suggests that God, represented in feminine form in this case, is the only thing that remains unchanging in a constantly changing universe.

Soulful Sufi: Electronic Performance by Kanishk Seth, Devashri Manohar & Adwait Kashikar

26th January 2019

Time: 19.00 pm – 20.00 pm

Kanishk Seth is a young experimental musician blending the timeless with the contemporary. After producing and composing songs for India’s first Sufi-Electronic album called Trance with Khusrow that was nominated for GIMA and Mirchi Music Awards under the Best Fusion Album Category, Kanishk Seth has been performing at various venues and festivals across the country performing alongside Devashri Manohar, a trained classical singer & Adwait Kashikar, a classical flute player. Along with his band members he performs classics of the renowned poet Amir Khusrow and his original songs to create a surreal musical experience.

Cultural Evening: Stand -Up Comedy by Arnav Rao, Suhas Navarathna & Suman Kumar

27th January 2019

Time: 17.30 pm – 18.30 pm

A delightful finale to the festival an evening of tongue – in – check with  humour, brought to you by stand up comedians

Kommu Koya

Every day at 1.15 pm

In every HLF, the Dept of Language & Culture, Govt of Telangana showcases folk dances of Telangana. This year we have Kommu Koya dance of tribals that is performed in a complex of small steps in a rhythmic beat. The dancers wear horned head gear and hence the name of Kommu (horn) Koya (tribe).