First performances under Raza Foundation’s Aarambh initiative on Sep 27

Hindustani vocalist Mandar Gadgil and Odissi dancer Paridhi Joshi to perform in Delhi

New Delhi, September 21: Hindustani classical vocalist Mandar Gadgil and Odissi dancer Paridhi Joshi will be the first artists to perform live on stage under The Raza Foundation’s new Aarambh series aimed at providing a platform for promising young Indian artists from classical music and classical dance.

Aarambh will invite two artists from different genres from various parts of India every month to perform before discerning audiences in Delhi. A total of 25 artists will perform under the series in the next one year.

Mandar, a Pune-based artist specializing in Khayal gayaki, and Paridhi, a dancer with the Bangalore-based Nrityantar Dance Ensemble, will perform for 45 minutes each at the Triveni Kala Sangam on Wednesday, September 27.

The Raza Foundation will organize and fully support the performances of the artists. Aarambh is in keeping with the mission of its founder, the late artist S H Raza, to support and nurture young talented artists.

"Excellence is not confined to seniority or experience: so the Raza Foundation while celebrating seniors is forever making opportunities for the young available both for expression, dialogue and debate,” said Ashok Vajpeyi, Managing Trustee of the Raza Foundation.

Mandar has been training in Hindustani classical music for the past 16 years under the tutelage of from Pt. Vijay Koparkar (a disciple of Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki and Dr. Vasantrao Deshpande). He has previously performed at classical music concerts, sangeet sabhas and baithak in several cities.

Paridhi is currently learning Odissi under the guidance of Smt. Madhulita Mohapatra at the Nrityantar Academy of Performing Arts in Bangalore. She has performed as a solo artist at the Pankaj Charan Das Award Festival 2016 in Bhubhaneswar, Vasanthothsava 2016, Ananya Nruthyollasa-35 2016, India International Dance Festival 2016, Tarang Utsav 2016 in Bangalore and the Odissi International 2015 in Bhubaneswar, where she was recognized as a Top Ten Talent Awardee in the Senior Group.




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