Organised by the Delhi Government's Department of Art, Culture and Languages, the six-day long festival would stage performances of various new young bands and dance groups from across the country.

The festival is being organised by the Sindhi Academy onbehalf of Sahitya Kala Parishad.

This year the festival has many new things to offer which includes two aerial dance performances and a group composition of music performed by seven sarangi players.

"For the first time in the youth festival, we would see aerial dance performances by Santosh Nair and Sangeeta Sharma with their separate groups and a musical composition involving seven sarangi players," says Sindhu Mishra, Secretary Sahitya Kala Parishad.

An exhibition showcasing best artworks by young artists from various art colleges of the capital is also set to be showcased.

"This year we would have an exhibition of paintings. We have involved all the art colleges of the capital and asked them to send five of their best artists with two artworks each," said Mishra.

Among the other new things this year is the "Ritual drums of India" by Ajay Kumar and his group which is expected to a dd
zing to the festival.

Many new youth bands selected from different states and cities would be performing too. Bands like Secret Weapon, Indian Saber, and Three the People, Daksha and Agam among others will be performing.

"Young dancers, musicians, cultural groups and trainers, need support and the right kind of exposure. The youth festival acts like their backbone and give them the platform to showcase their talents and the culture and feel of our soil together at one go", says S S Yadav, Secretary Art, Culture and Languages.

Students of eminent dance personalities like Sonal Mansingh, Deepti OmCherry and others are expected to perform at the festival. Besides, International Kathakali Centre’s students will perform Kathakali and noted Kathak dancer, Kavita Thakur's students will perform too.

Renowned puppeteer Dadi Pudumjee is expected to present a special puppet show at the festival.

On the musical front, besides bands, acclaimed soloist, Akram Khan’s Tabla ensemble, violin maestro Anupriya's Parinday's violin performance and instrumentalist and composer, Abhay Sopori's students' Santoor performance are likely to take place.

The six-day extravagana which begins today is set to continue till December 1.

(Agencies)

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