Performing Arts Festival ‘Navras’ at JKK
Jaipur, 9 March. A nine day long performing arts festival “Navras” will be organised by the Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur from March 18. The festival will present a bonanza of theatre, contemporary dance and Sufi, classical, pop and fusion music.
The festival will open on 18 March with a performance by noted singer Shubha Mudgal and her band Koshish.
The days that follow will witness many artistic presentations including dance productions – Ganapati by Adishakti and Timeless by Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company, theatre productions – Kaumudi by Abhishek Majumdar and White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour, and music – sufi Kalam by Zila Khan and classical by Shruti Sadolikar and Vidya Shah.
The premier of Phool Kesula Phool, a theatre production commissioned by JKK and directed by Rajasthan’s Rajendra Panchal will also be hosted during the festival.
Key to this year’s programming is a shift from proscenium based theatre. In an attempt to introduce the audience to alternative viewing strategies, several experimental productions have been invited to Navras.
Dil -o- Danish, a long durational reading of Krishna Sobti’s celebrated novel about Delhi and the Ganga-Jamni tehzib of the city will be held in a specially conceived tent outdoors.
In addition to the various performances, there will be a small food court offering local food and a session of ‘Meet the artist’ facilitating interaction with the audiences and media.
An exhibition, ‘Women on Record’ curated and designed by Parthiv Shah is also scheduled on 26 March. This will be enunciated by a performance of classical music by Vidya Shah.
On 27 March, “The Theatre of Alkazi” exhibition curated by Amal Allana and designed by Nissar Allana will open as part of the Rajasthan Divas Celebrations and World Theatre Day.
According to the Director General, JKK Anuradha Singh, “JKK is proud to present yet again, a variety of nationally acclaimed performances in music, dance and theatre to audiences in Jaipur. If Navras means to have new experiences, then it is our endeavor that the audiences in Jaipur enrich themselves in experiencing theatre dance and music in new and diverse ways.”
‘Navras’ was launched in 2016 with music, dance and theatre programs spanning over a period of 8 days.