Nishagandhi Festival , the nine-day festival of music and dance at Thiruvananthapuram

Nishagandhi festival, the annual dance and music festival organised by Kerala Tourism will be held from January 20-28, 2015 at Kanakakkunnu in Thiruvananthapuram. 

On Tuesday, Tourism Minister Shri A P Anil Kumar unveiled the brochure of the festival. Kerala Tourism Director Shri P I Sheik Pareeth said the Nishagandhi festival this year will be even more splendid and colourful than before.  

Some of the biggest names in the world of art and entertainment including sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, singer Kailash Kher, Padmasree Sudha Raghunathan, Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Manju Warrier and dancers Gopika Varma, Krithika Subramanian,Yamini Reddy are among the star-studded lineup of the nine-day long Festival.

The fest will kick off with Kailash Kher’s band performing Sufi fusion music, Kailasa, on January 20. The second day of the fest will see a Kuchipudi dance performance by actress and dancer Manju Warrier and Manipuri performances by Nimita Devi and group. 

Arushi Mudgal, a promising Odissi dancer, and the Carnatic Vocalist Padmasree Sudha Raghunathan will take to the stage on the second day of the fest.On January 23, Nishagandhi will see performances by Kuchipudi dancer Payal Ramchandani  and a concert by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his sons, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan.

A classical fusion by upcoming Veena artist Nisha Ponni and a Bharatanatyam recital by dancer Sridhar of Manichithrathazhu fame and his wife Anuradha, will be the highlights of day four.
Mohiniyattam dancer Methil Devika and Dehi-based contemporary Kathak artist Aditi Mangaldas will perform on the fifth day of the fest. The following day will see Arya Jayadevan rendering Carnatic vocals and a joint Indo-Malaysian Bharatanatyam performance by Rama Vaidyanathan and Ajit Bhaskar Dass.

A collage of classical dance and theatre, ‘Antharam’, will be staged by the renowned cine artist Suhasini Maniratnam in collaboration with celebrated dancers Gopika Varma, Krithika Subramanium and Yamini Reddy on January 27th.

The fest will conclude with the presentation of the specially choreographed programme ‘Bharatam Keralam’ by the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Chairman Soorya Krishnamoorthy.

In addition, Kanakakkunnu Palace will host a Kathakali fest from January 27 to February 1, as part of Nishagandhi. Kathakali masters Padmasree Kalamandalam Gopi, Padmabhooshan Madavoor Vasudevan Nair, Prof. Kalamandalam C M Balasubramanian, Dr. Ettumanoor P Kannan and Sadanam Krishnankutty will be among the performers.

The Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) will organize a food fest along the sidelines of the Nishagandhi festival.

Nishagandhi Festival , the nine-day festival of music and dance at Thiruvananthapuram Nishagandhi Festival , the nine-day festival of music and dance at Thiruvananthapuram Reviewed by Welcome Kerala on 08:30:00 Rating: 5

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