The Central park at Rajiv Chowk in Delhi is lit up every evening, music and dance of young artistes transcends the audience and people nearby into a much needed tranquil that the capital needs now-a-days.

From classical vocal piece Raag Bihag by the brother duo Akshay Gupta and Vishal Gupta accompanied by Neeraj Kumar on Tabla to Tanya Gambhir’s mesmerising Bharatanatyam dance consisting Padam followed by a Thillana — the fourth day saw an interesting line-up of artists performing on a single stage at the ongoing Sopan festival.

Organised by Art Culture & Language department Delhi government along with Sahitya Kala Parishad. The six day long fest saw scholarship students from across the country performing in the city “Earlier young artists used to live in the shadows of senior artists but now things have changed. I feel privileged to see the government taking initiatives for us,” Tanya Gambhir tells us. While, the artists seek more opportunities as such and hope that the Government work towards it. Parishad’s Programme Officer Vineet Palyaval said, “The Parishad is trying to set a platform for these young artists and revive the lost culture and traditions.

Though the young scholars believe that organising more of such events really help spread the art and their word they feel the millenial attitude is the actual problem. “Only thing that hinders the cultural landscape of classical music and dance form is the millenials urge to be westernised.” Elaborating on the same, the brother duo said, “People consume what they’re given. Youngsters are attracted to commercial music because that is what they listen to every now and then. Organising such festivals more often with a larger audience base might paint a better scenario for young artists in our country.”

The six day long festival saw various forms of arts like classical music, Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Odissi and more.



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