GUWAHATI, Dec 8 - The Festival of Music and Dance � Nad 2017 � got under way at the Rabindra Bhawan here today. Under the aegis of the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Government of Assam, and in collaboration with Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, the three-day festival (December 8-10) will showcase a repertoire of instrumental and vocal music, and various dances from different parts of India.
Nrityacharjya Jatin Goswami inaugurated the festival and highlighted the importance of such a programme in making interested students, culture enthusiasts and the new generation of artistes aware of the latest developments in the field of art and culture across the country. Raju Das, deputy secretary, Sattriya Kendra (Guwahati), Sangeet Natak Akademi, also attended the programme. Deba Prasad Misra, Director, Cultural Affairs, felicitated the guests.
The programme started with a Borgeet performance by a group of students from Luit Konwar Rudra Barua State College of Music, Guwahati. It was followed by a solo Hindustani vocal rendition by Debangbhushan and a Kathak dance performance by Rupa Rani Das, both from Guwahati.
Artistes from different States, including award-winning vocal artiste Omkar Dadarkar from Mumbai who specializes in Hindustani style, young exponent of Manipuri dance Sinam Basu Singh from Imphal, leading exponents of Dhrupad style of music Umakant Gundecha and Ramakant Gundecha from Bhopal �known as the Gundecha Brothers � also took to the stage. The first day�s programme winded up with an instrumental rendition by Sarangi player Murad Ali Khan of Delhi.