The two-day free music and dance festival ‘Antarang 2019’ was inaugurated by V Srinivas Goud, Minister for Excise & Prohibition, Sports, Youth Affairs, Tourism, Culture and Archeology. Over 400 people attended the day 1 of Antarang 2019 held at Ravindra Bharati.
The first day of event concluded with the Kathak dance performance by Nalini Kamalini Awasthi (duet) and Prahar by Aakruti Kathak Kendra (Kathak Group) and day 2 will be filled with music and dance performances.
Commenting on the programme, Kathak exponent, guru, choreographer and director of Aakruti Kathak Kendra, Mangala Bhatt said, “After witnessing the success of Antarang in past years, we are honoured to have the presence of so many dignitaries during the full event who encourage art and literature in the city. We, as a team are committed to performing arts and showcasing the culture and heritage of India through these art forms.”
The annual music and dance festival is held in memory of Kathak maestro Pt Durga Lal in the city. The event is organised by Aakruti Kathak Kendra supported by Department of Language and Culture and Kathak Kendra, New Delhi.
Antarang festival provides a platform for young and established artists representing the rich cultural heritage of India to present their artwork to the people of Hyderabad. Over the years, numerous artists from different parts of the country have performed and enlivened the stage of Antarang. First initiated in the 1990s, Antarang was conceptualised as an annual showcase for Kathak artists to present their creative talent.