Lalit Arpan Festival of Asavari organised by Guru Shovana Narayan and Dr Jyotsna Suri hosted in New Delhi

Guru Shovana Narayan (Padmashri) and Dr Jyotsna Suri hosted the cultural evening of the 17th edition of the Lalit Arpan Festival of Asavari at the Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road New Delhi on September 27, 2018. Amidst the presence of eminent people and critics from the art and culture fraternity, the event witnessed the scintillating performances of the nationally and globally acclaimed artists on one platform. The event was graced by the Chief guests Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, Chairperson of IIC Asia Project and Nadir Patel, High Commissioner of Canada.

While speaking on the occasion, Shovana Narayan said, “It was wonderful to see such a beautiful audience appreciating the classical dance and music performances of dedicated artistes such as Mrinalini, Shalluji, Ragini, Kristina, Aayush and Lakshay and Mithilesh Jha on both days of the LalitArpan Festival. Our classical performing arts heritage is safe in their hands.”

Photo Caption: Left to right: Dancers Urvi Mishra and Shallu Jindal, Shovana Narayan, Ambassador of Bhutan, Honorary Consul General of Comoros, dancer Mrinalini and painter Shruti Gupta Chandra.

The performances were a complete amalgamation of spiritual music and dance synced with beautiful expressions and gestural movements. The productions were so mesmerising that one just can’t take their eyes off. The artists who performed were Mrinalini (Kathak), Shallu Jindal (Kuchipudi), Ragini Madan (Kathak, London, UK), Kristina Dolonina (Vilnius, Lithuania) and duo Lakshay Mohan (Sitar duet) and Aayush Mohan (Sarod).

Lalit Arpan Festival is jointly conceptualised by Kathak maestro, Padmashri Guru Shovana Narayan, Dr Jyotsna Suri and one of the most renowned tabla players, late Ustad Shafaat Ahmed Khan. It has been presenting a feast of performances by national and international artists. Organised by the dance institution Asavari and its volunteers, this festival has till date, presented over 90 torch bearers of Indian classical performing arts.