A three day festival on Bhand Pather at IGNCA, 1, CV Mess > 6:30pm on 5th-7th April 2013

Time : 
6th to 8th April : 6:30 pm
6th April : 5:30 pm - Panel Discussions

Entry : Free (Seating on First-Come First-Served basis)

Place : Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), 1, Central Vista (CV) Mess, Janpath, New Delhi-110001
Landmark : Opp. National Archives, adjoining India Gate Lawns
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Metro : Nearest Metro Station - 'Central Sectt.' (Yellow Line and Violet Line)

Inauguration and Discussions at Auditorium, IGNCA
Performances: Amphitheatre, C. V. Mess, IGNCA 

Event Description : A three day festival on Bhand Pather under the ongoing Silver Jubilee celebrations of the establishment of the IGNCA. The three day event, hosted by the IGNCA will focus on the present state of affairs of the Bhand Pather of Kashmir which is an age-old traditional Natya-Prayoga (dance-drama) of Kashmir, but presently its existence is threatened due to various socio-political, economic and other factors. The programme is being organized in collaboration with Mr. M. K. Raina, who will direct these performances.

M.K. Raina is an eminent theatre, cinema and television personality. A graduate from the National School of Drama, he has been working as an actor, teacher and director for over 35 years. He has many prestigious awards and felicitations to his credit. He was a fellow at the Stanford University in 2011 and is currently a scholar in residence in the Central University of Jamila Milia Isalmia.

The three day evening performances will be as follows:

5th April : 
Gosain Pather: It is a traditional play from the Bhand Pather repertoire performed by Bhands for many centuries. The play deals with the concept of realizing God's ultimate truth. The play operates at many levels of consciousness from physical to abstract through the teachings of indigenous Shaiva Rishis and Sufis of Kashmir represented by Lal Ded and Nundrishi. 

6th April : 
Shikargah Pather: It is a traditional Bhand Pather play revived after 30 years, although the play has been in the Bhand tradition for centuries. It deals with the kingdom of Pashupati, the Shiva and his forest beings – the trees, humans, animals and the birds.

7th April : 
Badshah Pather is based on King Lear of Shakespeare and it narrates the story of two fathers namely, Badshah and Bedar and their sons. The play talks about the relationship between a father and a son and puts in perspective the duties and responsibilities they have towards each other. 
Traditional dance-drama form of Kashmir – Bhand Pather 
Panel discussion on Bhand Pather.

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A three day festival on Bhand Pather at IGNCA, 1, CV Mess > 6:30pm on 5th-7th April 2013 A three day festival on Bhand Pather at IGNCA, 1, CV Mess > 6:30pm on 5th-7th April 2013 Reviewed by DelhiEvents on Sunday, April 07, 2013 Rating: 5

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