BANGALORE: Of late, the party city has evolved into a land of many cultures and traditions because of the grandest festival in town — Bengaluru Habba.
The ten-day festival started off as an idea initially that was aimed at breaking monotony from our everyday lives and transport us to a world of art. “The festival was born, when the Artist foundation in 2003 decided to have an event, which was one of its kind. The idea of having a festival for our city, which is beyond any religion or language and at the same time encourages performing arts in Bangalore was one of the factors that led to the birth of Bengaluru Habba,” says, Padmini one of the co-founders of this festival.
The festival was inaugurated on January 13 and has attracted large numbers. Even though it is in its early stages, there has a been positive response and everyone in the city is seen enjoying the festival.
Says Padmini, “We have several artistes performing in Bengaluru Habba this year. Being in the field of Bharatanatyam for over 25 years, I just love being a part of this event.”
The festival will provide you with a heavy dose of art, cinema, music and other events. It is also living up to its expectations by introducing a variety of art forms apart from catering to every age group.
Bengaluru Habba has all the right ingredients — from Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Odissi and Mohiniattam dancers, Hindustani classical artistes, to head banging metal musicians.
It stresses on cultural and performing arts and will gather all the renowned artistes from all over India to Namma Bengaluru.
Also, you can indulge in a wide variety of films by eminent personalities like Girish Karnad, Kasaravalli, etc that will be screened at various locations throughout the city Apart from entertainment, the talented but unheard artistes too have a great platform to showcase their talent.
Padmani says , “We do have a criteria to select the artistes who will be performing. However, we try to give each and every person an equal opportunity to be a part of this festival.”
Bengaluru Habba has a lot more to offer in the remaining days. So gear up to be mesmerised by artistes from across the world. The festival will go on till January 22.
Chronic Blues Circus, 8.30 pm, UB City (Amphitheatre), Vittal Mallya Road
■ Groove #3, 7 pm, UB City (Amphitheatre), Vittal Mallya Road
■ Shri Sanjiv Korti (sitar), 6.30 pm, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Kumarakrupa Road
■ Shri Parameshwara Hegde (Hindustani vocal), 6.30 pm, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath
■ Vandana and Group (Odissi), 6.30 pm, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
■ Vyjayanthi Kashi (Kuchipudi), 7.30 pm, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
■ Bangalore Mohan and Group (Remembering Vishnuvardhan - Musical Orchestra), 6:30 pm, Samsa, Kalakshetra Complex, JC Road
■ Kasaravalli Connect (Gulabi Talkies, 11 am) Kanasembo Kudureyaneri (2 pm), Alliance Francaise de Bangalore
■ Kasaravalli and his Films, Curator - Prof. Manu Chakravarthy N.Coordinator - Shri Prakash Belawadi, 4.30 pm, Alliance Francaise de Bangalore
■ Robert Bolt’s Man For All Seasons, Direction - Arjun Sajnani, 7 pm, Chowdiah Memorial Hall
■ Sabhshivaprahasana Direction - Ramakrishna Beltur Troupe - Janapadaru, 6.30 pm, Seva Sadan, 14th Cross Road, Malleswaram
■ Shri H R Vinay and Shri K V Krishna Prasad(Carnatic Vocal), 6.30 pm, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath
■ Shri Sridhar Sagar (Saxophone) and Shri Bharath (fl ute), 7.30 pm, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath
■ Aishwarya Nityananda (Bharatanatyam), 6.30 pm, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
■ Nirupama Rajendra (Bharatanatyam), 7.30 pm, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
■ Krishne Gowda and Group, 6.30 pm, Samsa, Kalakshetra Complex, JC Road
■ Shivaratri Direction - Krishna Murthy Kavtar Troupe - Prayogaranga, 6.30 pm, Seva Sadan, 14th Cross Road, Malleswaram
■ Amritha - A Sublime Love Story, Direction - M S Sathyu, Performance - Impressario Asia, 7 pm, Chowdiah Memorial Hall
■ Shri Chintan Vikas and Group, Mysore, 7.30 pm, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath Kum. Malasri Kanvi & Shri Kumar Kanvi, Gulbarga, 6.30 pm, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath
■ Manjula and Group (Mohiniyattam), 6.30 pm, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
■ Praveen Kumar (Bharatanatyam), 7.30 pm, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
■ Singers- R. Paramashivan, Nagarajachar (Mysore) Lakshman Dass (Tumkur), Prathibha,Bhagyasri, Sheela Naydu, Rama Bai, Ravindra Sorgavi, Siddarama Kosapura and Sangita Khakandaki,Kallooru Srinivas - Harmonium, Shokesh Kumar - Saxophone, Narasimaiah- Casio, Ramakrishna - Tabala Coordination - Mallikarjuna Mahamane, 6.30 pm, Samsa, Kalakshetra Complex, JC Road
■ Girish Karnad’s Hayavadana, Direction - Pushan Kripalani, 7 pm, Chowdiah Memorial Hall
■ Nayikathe Direction - Ravindra Poojari Troupe - Samashti, 6.30 pm, Seva Sadan, 14th Cross Road, Malleswaram
■ Kum. Malasri Kanvi and Shri Kumar Kanvi, Gulbarga, 6.30 pm, Vachana Gayana
■ Sridevi Kalasad, Dharward (Hindustani Vocal), 6.30 pm, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath
■ Ustad Rais Khan, Pune Ustad Hafi z Khan (Sitar), 6.30 pm, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath
■ Prathama Prasad - Kathak and Mr Soorya - Kuchipudi, 6.30 pm, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
■ Madhu Natraj (Kathak), 7.30 pm, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
■ Rendering of Humourous Kannada Limricks by Dundi Raj, 6.30 pm, Samsa,Kalakshetra Complex, JC Road
■ Prakash Shetty,Champa Shetty and Group, 7.30 pm, Samsa, Kalakshetra Complex, JC Road
■ Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point Someone Stage Adaptation - Evam, 7 pm, Chowdiah Memorial Hall
■ Beppu Thakkadi Bole Shankara Direction - Pramod Shigaov Troupe - Vishwalaya, 6.30 pm, Seva Sadan, Malleswaram
■ Baa Illi Sambhavisu Songs dedicated to Shri C Aswath Design and Direction - Shri Sudarshan, 7.30 pm, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath
■ Kumari Varija Shree and team, 6.30 pm, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath
■ Karnataka Kaladarshini Presents Jambavati Prasanga Yakshagana by Child Artistes, 6.30 pm, Nayana, Kalakshetra Complex, JC Road
■ Pooja Kunitha - Savitha Chinkurali, Jogeraata - Shankaraiah, Bees Kamsale - Lingaiaha, Dollu Kunitha - Boodyappa, Veeragase - Jagadish, Yakshagana - Srinivas Sastana, Patada Kunitha- Prakash, Suggi Kunitha - Ganapu Gowda, Dancers Choreographed to Folk Songs - Usha Datar and troupe, Sneha Nanda and Troupe, 5 pm, Tripura Vasini, Palace Grounds
■ Presentation and Design - TV Artistes Association, 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm, Tripura Vasini, Palace Grounds
■ Indian Art Trail, Taj West End Art Corridor, Gallery Time and Space, Sublime Galleria and Mahua Art Gallery, 11 am onward.