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Hampi festival promises to be a cultural extravaganza

Staff Correspondent

Pandit Jasraj and Hema Malini are going to give performances



Perfect setting: Workers give the final touches to the main stage at Hampi.

BELLARY: Artistes of national and international repute, including Hindustani vocalist Pandit Jasraj and actor and Bharatanatya danseuse Hema Malini will perform during the 500th anniversary celebrations of Sri Krishnadevaraya’s coronation that will begin at Hampi on January 27.

Well-known dance exponent Sonal Mansingh, troupes from Sri Lanka and China, Vidyabhushan (Carnatic vocal), M.M. Keerwani and Hamsalekha are also scheduled to perform at the main stage, set up at an estimated cost of Rs. 5 crore. The stage, named after Sri Krishnadevaraya, will also be the venue for the introductory and valedictory ceremonies.

Six stages

In all, six stages have been erected, each dedicated to a particular genre of music or dance. The stage on the premises of the Sri Virupaksha Temple, named after Gangubai Hangal, will showcase vocal and instrumental music. Among the artistes scheduled to perform at the venue are Rajashekar Mansur, Muddu Mohan, the Kasarvalli sisters, Sangeeta Katti Kulkarni,Vani and Veena Mardur, T.S. Satyavati, Jayateerth Meundi and Balchandra Nakod.

The stage named after Tirumalamba, Sri Krishnadevaraya’s consort, near the Yeduru Basava Mantapa, will host dance performances from across the State.

Sugama Sangeet and folk songs will be performed at the stage named after playwright and gamaka exponent Joladarashi Doddanagoud and actor Bellary Raghava, situated near the Hotel Mayura Bhuvaneshwari in Kamalapur. Well-known singers Archana Udupa, Appageri Thimmaraju, Kumar and Malashri Kanavi, Puttur Narasimha Nayak and Yeshwant Halibandi will perform there.

The stage, Bhuvana Vijaya, near Sasivekal Ganesh will be venue for dramas.

The stage named after Purandaradasa will be devoted for “harikathe”, “rangageete”, ‘tatvapada’ and gamaka performances.

The event will also showcase rural sports, particularly wrestling, adventure sports, book exhibitions, and history symposia.

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