The Delhi-based NGO Sunaina brings the five-day grand children festival Bal Kala Utsav, once again. The festival begins tomorrow (Nov 9) and will culminate on Nov 14, the Children’s Day. There will be an array of competitions in which thousands of children from across the country will participate, including the Divyangs sponsored by the Department of Disabilities, Ministry of Social Empowerment and Justice.
The festival is a celebration of artistic excellence in the country offering inspiration, well-deserved platform, coverage, felicitation and honorarium to all participants. Competitions will be held in Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattam, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Folk, Semi-Classical, Bollywood, Hindustani Vocal, Carnatic Vocal, Light & Filmy Vocal, Classical Instrumental, One Act Drama, Mono Act Drama, Painting and Rangoli.
The children, aged between 5 and 18 yrs, will show their skills at Akshara Theatre on Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Delhi Tamil Sangam in R K Puram. The Indian Classical & Semi Classical Dance competitions at Delhi Tamil Sangam will be held from Nov 9-12, while Akshara Theatre will play host to Folk, Bollywood, Drama and Music competitions on Nov 11 and 12. The grand finale will be held on Nov 14.
“Initially we conducted only Indradhanush Dilli, but in 2011 we decided to conduct another one for children, and named it Bal Kala Utsav. The response in the first year itself was overwhelming. At that time we conducted Indradhanush Dilli in January and Bal Kala Utsav in November. But later, due to organizational and financial challenges we decided to conduct both the festivals together in November when Delhi is in its most pleasant weather,” says Guru Kannaka Sudhakar, the woman behind Sunaina.
Some glimpses of Bal Kala Utsav-2015
Bal Kala Utsav will also include workshops and competitions in dance, drama, music and arts. “Our aim is to spread Indian classical arts to the grassroots level. So, workshops are taken by exponents in different fields of performing arts. Our seminars discuss the importance of learning these art forms for spiritual, aesthetic and therapeutic advantages. This year Arts for All will be presented by Ms Nalini , Smt Swagata Sen Pillai, Sh Syed S Pasha and Ms Shreyasi Gopinath and myself,” says Sudhakar.
Ms Sheela Unnikrishnan will conduct Bharatanatyam workshop on Nov 11 and12, while National School of Drama alumni Manish Mishra will hold a theatre workshop on November 13.
“In the past, the festival has proved to be a ‘life changing experience’ for many by positively impacting the cultural and social consciousness while bequeathing ‘high-quality entertainment’. Hence, we are looking forward to making the experience ‘bigger than ever,” she says.