Swartaal: Bengaluru’s Vibrant Dance and Music Celebration

The Swartaal Dance and Music Festival Presents a Diverse Lineup of Female Artists

Rebecca Spurgeon, the festival director of Jagriti, Whitefield, is excited to present the highly anticipated three-day dance and music festival called Swartaal. The festival, curated by Rebecca herself, will showcase an exceptional lineup of talented performers. From Odissi dance recitals to a Carnatic music concert and a captivating presentation of storytelling and conversations, this festival promises to be a unique and unforgettable experience.

Prithvi Nayak: A Rising Solo Performer

Kicking off the festival is Prithvi Nayak, a skilled dancer and student of Bijayini Satpathy. Prithvi has received training in Nrityagram and has been a part of the dance school’s ensemble. Currently transitioning to a solo performer, Prithvi’s impactful dance style and thought-provoking interpretations have earned her a prominent place in the lineup. Her performance will set the stage for an enchanting evening filled with grace and beauty.

Sangeetha Sivakumar: A Celebrated Carnatic Musician

Adding a melodic touch to the festival is Sangeetha Sivakumar, a Carnatic musician with a remarkable career spanning three decades. Sangeetha is not only a seasoned performer but also a valued member of the core team that organizes the ‘Chennai Kalai Theru Vizha’ – a festival aimed at promoting the arts and fostering inclusivity. Her soulful music and unwavering confidence on stage make her a true standout in the world of music.

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Katha, Kahaniya and Guftagu: An Intimate Journey with Priyadarshini Ghosh

Bringing the festival to a close is Priyadarshini Ghosh, a multi-talented artist proficient in Mohiniattam, abhinaya, Chau dance, and music. Priyadarshini’s performance, titled “Katha, Kahaniya and Guftagu,” will immerse the audience in a captivating narrative experience. Her extensive training under the legendary Kalanidhi Narayanan and her dedication to her craft have made her a deeply respected artist in the dance community.

Rebecca Spurgeon’s Vision for the Festival

As the festival director, Rebecca Spurgeon emphasizes the importance of understanding Jagriti as a theater and what it represents. Having been with Jagriti for 12 years and organizing the festival for the third time, Rebecca wanted to bring women artists to the forefront. Witnessing women take the stage as a young girl had a profound impact on her, and she has always admired and looked up to women performers. Therefore, it was her goal to center women in this festival.

Rebecca also emphasizes the need to stay up-to-date with the diverse creative works across India. She consumes a significant amount of art and culture, which strengthens her understanding of the artistic landscape. It is through this familiarity that Rebecca discovered Prithvi Nayak, captivated by her ability to ask thought-provoking questions through her dance. Similarly, Sangeetha Sivakumar’s innovative approach to music and her unwavering self-assurance attracted Rebecca’s attention and added a fresh perspective to the festival.

Experience the Swartaal Festival

The Swartaal Festival will take place at Jagriti, Whitefield, between September 22nd and 24th. All three shows will start at 7:30 PM, offering a delightful evening of exceptional performances. To secure your spot, tickets are available on BookMyShow.

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Related links:
1. Jagriti
2. Nrityagram
3. Chennai Kalai Theru Vizha
4. Kalanidhi Narayanan
5. Shashadhar Acharya



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