Kalanjali: an offering of art at Kartavya Path

Kalanjali: an offering of art at Kartavya Path

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India is celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav commemorating 75 years of its independence. It is the time for renewing our connection with our ancient and glorious past and for committing ourselves to the task of nation-building towards a greater tomorrow as we march onwards towards an aatmanirbhar India.
Date Name of event Overview
5th – 6th November 2022 Nari Samman The program focuses on the contributions of Raja Rammohan Roy in the eradication of social evils such as child marriage, illiteracy of women, and the upliftment of the degraded condition of women in society at that time.
12th – 13th November 2022 Cyber Crime The program highlights the problem of cybercrime and spread awareness of ways to avoid getting trapped. The program includes drama and music performances along with live portrait sketching sessions for the audience.
19th – 20th November 2022 Children as the Future of the Nation The program showcases the hopes and dreams of the children of the country as future citizens through performances.
26th – 27th November 2022 Tribal Pride The program involves tribal dancers from across the country proclaiming the pride of their communities and the pride of being a part of our great nation. The event also highlights the contribution of the tribal leaders in the freedom struggle of our country
2nd – 4th December 2022 Swar Dharohar Festival The program showcases the iconic art and culture of India and in particular, the rich literary art and heritage of the Indian States. Multiple cultural/engaging activities will be organized for the audience.
10th – 11th December 2022 Story Telling The program highlights the oral tradition of storytelling in India. It highlights different arts of storytelling through drawings, paintings, dance and puppet shows, etc. The event invites various renowned authors to interact with the audience.
16th - 30th December 2022 AKAM Delhi International Arts Festival The program paints Delhi’s skyline over two weeks with various genres of art being organized in multiple stages and cultural spaces across Delhi. Kartavya Path is the main venue for this event.
7th – 8th January 2023 (I) Musical program on poems composed by Late Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee (II) Ballet performance (i)The programme showcases a musical rendition of the poems composed by the Late Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee by SCZCC. (ii)Ballet dance performance by a dance institution
6th – 8th January 2023 Astronights - Skygazing The evenings are dedicated to night sky gazing.
4th – 5th February 2023 Musical band performance by a North-Eastern group The program showcases an evening filled with musical performances by a band from North-East India
11th – 12th February 2023 Folk Music performance The event showcases a musical night with performances of folk music.
18th – 19th February 2023 (i)Performance by Kalakshetra (ii)Mushaira and poetry The program shall showcase a performance by Kalakshetra. The event shall also include mushaira and poetry recitation.
25th – 26th February 2023 (i)Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose (ii)Rishi Aurobindo (i)The program shall showcase a dance performance by SNA awardee and Manipuri dancer, Priti Patel. (ii)The program shall showcase a production by Shyamal Mullick
4th – 5th March 2023 Youth Festival
11th – 12th March 2023 Women Warriors The program shall showcase a theatrical play on women warriors of India
18th – 19th March 2023 Women and Children The program shall showcase various events focusing on the theme of women and children
25th – 26th March 2023 Events by women folk singers The program shall showcase a musical event by women folk singers
1st – 2nd April 2023 Dhitang Dhitang: Tribal Fusion The event showcases tribal fusion musical performances on six songs from Odisha by Sushmita Das and her team
8th – 9th April 2023 Choreography on the Life of Mangal Pandey The program is a dance theatre production based on the life of Mangal Pandey. The production has elements of the folk theatre form of Jatra of Bengal. Choreographed by Neelay Sengupta
15th – 16th April 2023 Theater Show on Jallianwala Bagh and Shaheed Uddham Singh The program showcases a play by the National School of Drama to commemorate the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre. The event also includes a screening of a short film by EZCC
22nd – 23rd April 2023 1. Punjabi Cultural Extravaganza
2. Ekaatma…One Souls
1. The event showcases the culture of the state of Punjab through spectacular performances of folk dances, folk singing, and folk-art forms.
2. ‘EKAATMATA….One Soul' is a production based on the rich traditions of Indian dance forms that include tribal and folk traditions from Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan. An ensemble of 75 artists will perform in the 75-minute-long performance to commemorate the 75th year of Indian Independence.
29th – 30th April 2023 Amrit Yuva Kalotsav ‘Amrit Yuva Kalotsav’ is a series of festivals showcasing young artists and the continuum of our myriad performing art genres, traditions, and expressions
6th – 7th May 2023 Agricultural Folk Dances of North East India Many of the folk dances of India are related to agriculture -- depiction of sowing and harvesting -- as well as the joy of a good harvest. Many of these are prayer dances, seeking the blessings of the gods for a good harvest. The program will showcase the traditional folk dances from the two states viz:- Sikkim & Manipur
13th – 14th May 2023 Puppet Play on Kabuliwala and Swami Vivekananda The program showcases two puppet plays on Kabuliwala (a short story by Rabindranath Tagore) and Swami Vivekananda. The production will be presented by Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal, Udaipur. The program will also include live portrait sketching sessions for the public
20th – 21st May 2023 Saree ek Dharohar – Fashion Show The program showcases a fashion show featuring sarees from around the nation and depicts India’s fashion heritage
27th – 28th May 2023 Theyyam Performance – Folk Drama The program showcases folk performances from Southern India
3rd – 4th June 2023 Patriotic Performance by Transgenders The program features transgenders performing on themes highlighting patriotic fervor toward the country
10th – 11th June 2023 Tribal Fashion Show The program showcases tribal attires through a fashion show
17th – 18th June 2023 Children’s Play and Magic Show The program aims to engage children through plays and magic show
24th – 25th June 2023 1. Yoga Sessions
2. Musical Performance by Violin Brothers School of Music
1. The event will include yoga sessions for the public
2. The program showcases a musical violin performance

Kalanjali, an offering of art, is a series of programs, being conducted in the amphitheaters of the India Gate lawns at the newly refurbished Central Vista, New Delhi. These programs aim to enhance interactions among people and art forms and promote awareness about India’s rich cultural heritage.

India Gate has been an important public place, inviting visitors from around the globe. This footfall has increased substantially after the refurbishment of Central Vista and the lawns of India Gate. The programs under Kalanjali are being specially curated, and are being expressed through music, dance, theatre, story-telling and visual arts The shows are open to all and it is an opportunity for the visitors to experience the traditional culture while on an outing with family and friends. The open ambiance also allows visitors to interact with nature and artists from all over the country and learn about their traditions and culture, thereby enhancing their cultural awareness.

The programs are designed in a way that all spectators, particularly children and young adults, will grasp the knowledge about our traditional, folk, classical and contemporary art forms and appreciate the world of arts, music, and literature through pleasant experiences. Understanding the strengths of our cultural background as well as that of our brothers living in different parts of the country gives us a better understanding of the culture of our great land.

All organizations under the Ministry of Culture, including Sangeet Natak Akademi, Lalit Kala Akademi, Sahitya Akademi, Zonal Cultural Centres, and others will work in unison towards conducting these theme-based programs focusing on areas such as Women and Child Development, Tribal Development, Water, Lifestyle for Environment, Life, Health and Wellness, Inclusive Development, Aatmanirbhar Bharat, Cultural Pride and Unity.

The setting of these events in the vicinity of Kartavya Path holds crucial significance, especially in the context of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. As India transcends into the journey of Amrit Kaal, Kartavya Path shines as the new beacon of freedom and Kalanjali is our collective salute to the spirit of free India.

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