Milapfest and The Bhavan present a spectacular New Festival in London celebrating the next generation of Classical Artistes.  Today is the final day of the Yuva Mahostsav which is a celebration of youth – Sunday 17 July – 7.30 pm …reports Asian Lite News

Bhavan Yuva Mahotsav promo Asian Lite Logo 3The final day of the Yuva Festival has Hindustani music concerts and kuchipudi dance. The afternoon showcase starts at 4:00 PM with Prabhat Rao on Hindustani vocal and Kousic Sen on Tabla and Rekesh Chauhan on Harmonium. Prabhat Rao, of the Patiala Gharana, is a leading Hindustani Classical Vocalist of the younger generation. Based in London, he has had rigorous training under Guru Chandrima Misra of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, UK.

In addition to his understanding of the Raagas and command over Laya, his focus has always been around the aesthetics of Khyal and bringing out the Bhava in every composition that he presents. He demystifies this ancient art form and ensures that both learned and new audiences leave with an appreciation of his Khyal. Prabhat presents a beautiful afternoon Raaga along with much loved thumri’s and bhajans. Prabhat will be joined on stage by tabla maestro Kousic Sen and accomplished Harmonium artist Rekesh Chauhan.

Arunima Kumar
Arunima Kumar

This will be followed by a kuchipudi performance by Arunima Kumar, who is an award winning and versatile Kuchipudi performer, choreographer and teacher. She is known as a thought leader of her generation for her innovative, cutting edge and engaging performance style.

Arunima showcases Sthree – The Divine Trio, in the idiom of neo-classical Kuchipudi, features specially commissioned text and music. Rati, Sita & Sati are worshipped as Goddesses in Hindu mythology. Each is different in Her identity, physicality and mythical journey, yet, as wives and women, they are united in a shared narrative of love, duty and self-sacrifice. The Bronte Trio have reflected the same ethos through their moving poems and this will be woven through Arunima’s Sthree and celebrate womanhood, especially the Bronte sisters.

The evening showcase, which starts as usual at 7:30pm will have a violin concert by the sisters Ragini Shankar & Nandini Shankar, accompanied by Kousic Sen on Tabla.

Ragini Shankar & Nandini Shankar
Ragini Shankar & Nandini Shankar

Born into a family with a rich musical lineage spanning over seven generations, Ragini and Nandini Shankar began their training in Hindustani violin from a very young age, learning from their mother Dr. Sangeeta Shankar and illustrious grandmother Padmabhushan Dr. N Rajam, ace violinists of India. Ragini and Nandini are unsurprisingly highly gifted in their talents, showing brilliance in their performances with astounding accuracy, tonal quality, exceptional fingering and break-neck bowing techniques. The celebrated sister perform a dazzling set of compositions accompanied by virtuoso tabla artist Kousic Sen.