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     Evening Performances
     6:30 to 9:00 pm at Crafts Museum Amphitheatre

 

friday 4th march at 6:30 pm
Shye Ben-Tzur 'Shekhinah' The Feminine Attributes of God -  A Collaborative musical performance with , Fernando Perez and Rajasthan rhythms.

Musicians:
Shye Ben-Tzur  composer & flautist
Fernando Perez  classical guitar from Spain
Rajasthani musicians
- Chuga Khan - Khartal, Bhpang, Morchang
- Nihal Khan -  Dholak.
- Munshi Khan  - Vocal, Harmonium

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friday 4th march at 8:00 pm
 'Lai Haraoba' Merrymaking of Gods & Goddesses
a Manipuri dance recital by Meitei Jagoi

Lai haraoba is an ancient traditional festival of the Meiteis living in the fertile valley of Manipur. The Meitei culture of Manipur is unusually rich having its own language and cosmology and producing a range of artistic expressions in dance, music, theatre, literature, film and even television, little known even in India. When the Meitei converted to the Bhakti sect of Vaishnavite Hinduism they retained their earlier belief?s and rituals which came to co exist with Vaishnavism.                        

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Ranjani - Vocal
Gayatri - Vocal
H N Bhaskar - Violin
N. Manoj Siva -
Mridangam N. Guruprasad - Ghatam

saturday 5th march at 6:30 pm
'The Mystic Force of Devi a Carnatic' vocal recital by Ranjani and Gayatri
 

One of the most striking characteristics of the ancient and multi-faceted Hindu religious tradition is the importance of Goddess worship. From the earliest Hymns of the Rig-Veda to the popular films of Bollywood the number and popularity of goddesses are remarkable. In spite of the theological assumptions that all female deities are different manifestations of an underlying feminine principle, Hindu 'Devis' are very different from each other. Some have very strong maternal natures; some are strong, independent and are great warriors; others are domestic in nature and closely identified with male deities; some are associated with wild, untamed fringes of civilization; others are the very embodiment of art and culture.                                                                                                                            More

saturday 5th march at 8:00 pm
'Saraka'- Sacrifice

Traditional Griot, Kora and traditional songs and dancing of West Africa by Dafra Accoustics of Burkina Faso

Djeneba Kone of Mali Griot, storytelling and dance
Dembele Flatie from Burkina Faso - Grandmaster griot,
                   Balafon, Kora, Djembe, vocal and acoustic guitar.
Wilfried Souly  from Burkina Faso  - Calabash and Dundun
Olivier Tarpaga  from Burkina Faso -  Composer,
              Choreographer, Djembe, Tama and Calabash

 

Saraka, translated in Bambara as The Sacrifice, is the event that always takes place at all traditional and familial ceremonies such as coronations, coming of age ceremonies, baptisms, etc. The Saraka have been an ancient tradition for centuries, and are led by Griot or feticheurs (sacred magicians) in the Manding Empire.

The word Saraka is a derivative of the Arabic 'Sadakat' and variations of this word exist in at least 50 languages stretching from West Africa to Sudan. Sacrifices are common in all cultures. Human sacrifices have given way to other animal sacrifices or vegetables (water melons) and the use of wine and bread in Christianity.                                                                More                                                                                            

sunday 6th march at 6:30 pm
'Bhagavathy, the Devi of Kerala' a Mohiniattam performance by Neena Prasad

C.P. Madhavan Nampoothiri (Vocal)
P M Satheesan (Mrudangam)
P.P. Subramanion(Edakka)
P.N. Murali Krishnan (Veena)
 

Bhagavathy is the way that Hindu goddesses are referred to in Malayalam. The name can refer to any of the goddesses Durga, Kannaki, Parvati Saraswati, Lakshmi or Kali. Their temples are referred to as Bhagwaty temples. The most famous are the Attukal Bhagwaty temple, Kodungalloor Bhagavaty temple and Chottanikkara Amma. Kerala is a land of villages and every village has its Kavu, the sacred grove, the abode of the mother goddess, Kavilamma. People worship her in her various forms as Devi,  Kali, Durga or Chamundeswari, as kind, angry, protective or benevolent. Both the Shakti cult and the Tantric practices strongly influenced the various ritual and folk traditions leading to an outpouring of art, music and dance forms dedicated to the mystical power of the feminine.                                                                                                                                                                            More

sunday 6th march at 8.00 pm
'Tara Goddess of Compassion' ancient songs & hymns from Tibet by Ani Choying Drolma

Ani Choying Drolma is an exceptional singer with a purity of voice given only to the truly gifted. Her haunting melodies based on ancient songs and hymns from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition gives her music a spiritual resonance which comes from an inner core of truth and beauty.

Born in Nepal, she joined the Nagi Gompa, a Buddhist nunnery in the mountains of the Kathmandu valley at the age of 13. Her education and spiritual training was supervised by the renowned meditation master, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.  She was educated in Buddhist meditation, chants, rituals and ceremonies and quickly advanced to the position of the chanting master in the nunnery.                                                                      More