As a part of its ‘Save the Language’ campaign, Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust launched a unique fest ‘Cultural Cocktail-Youth for Art’ a confluence of artistic and cultural talent that aimed to promote and popularise literature through its adaptation into vibrant art forms across the world. It endeavoured to showcase young artists, in their pursuit of expression and bring culture at the centre stage through art innovation.
The cultural extravaganza is a part of KVM Trust‘s 5-City Concert Tour that strived to showcase the talent of young performers. One of the successful shows of the KVM Trust, ‘Cultural Cocktail: Youth for Art’, was curated by Ayushman Jamwal, author of Chameleon Lights; and was conceptualised with the help of young International artists whose roots go back to the city of Jammu.
The mammoth event of art, poetry, dance and drama brought together Theatre director Aarushi Thakur Rana, Kathak dancer Sanchita Angel and Jazz dancer Anmol Jamwal on a common platform and gave them the opportunity to enthral the audience with their mesmerising performances.
Sanchita Abrol’s performance, ‘Ghar: Prem ki Gaagar‘, was based on Kunwar Viyogi’s award-winning long poem, ‘Ghar’. To know more about her performance, click here.
Anmol Jamwal’s performance was entitled ‘Taboo’ in tribute to his Grandfather Kunwar Viyogi. To know more about his performance, click here.
Shakespeare’s huge fan Aarushi Thakur Rana adapted Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in Hindi. To know more about her performance, click here.
During the event, the Trust also marked the formal inauguration of Prem Jamwal Youth Art Innovation Award PAN India, instituted in the memory of Kunwar Viyogi’s wife Mrs Prem Jamwal, a par excellent painter and stage performer. Mrs Jamwal was the youngest daughter of Joint Commissioner Hira Singh and niece of a national hero Martyr Brigadier Rajender Singh. This award is bestowed on a youth who has shown remarkable innovation in the field of performing arts. The first recipient of this award is Aarushi Thakur Rana for having adapted, directed and staged William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ at the Kunwar Viyogi Utsav in 2016.
- Event Place :
Showshaa Hall, Kingdom of Dreams, Gurugram, Haryana
- Date : 17-06-2017
- Time : 6:00 PM
- Sanchita Abrol: Sanchita is a disciple of venerated Kathak Maestro, Padma Shri Guru Shovana Narayan. In early 2014, Sanchita founded Rasadance, an organisation in Australia building a bond with the centuries-old tradition of storytelling through dance. For the ‘Cultural Cocktail: Youth for Art’, Sanchita will perform Kathak on Kunwar Viyogi’s poetry from his award-winning book Ghar.Sanchita has performed on the international stage, most notably at:
- Ganges-Danube Cultural Festival of India in Hungary 2016,
- Parliament House India 2012
- Indian Youth Delegation Program to China 2011
- Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, New Delhi 2010
- ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) Festival of India in Italy 2016
- ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) Festival of India in Morocco 2016
- Aarushi Thakur: Recipient of first Prem Jamwal Young Innovation Award for staging the Hindi adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s popular English play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the 2016 Kunwar Viyogi Utsav, Aarushi is the daughter of Padma Shri awardee Balwant Thakur. She has worked in more than ten plays as a child artist and has participated in various national festivals organised by National School Of Drama and Sangeet Natak Akademi. Arushi has acted in major nationally acclaimed productions like Ghumayee, Bawajitto, and Richard III and has established herself as a theatre director to reckon with by adapting and directing a full-length play based on Charles Dickens’ Classic, “Great Expectations”. The young theatre director has written, designed and directed ‘Henry & Anne’, a play based on the life of Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn.Aarushi has also been conferred Young Women Achiever Award and Certificate of Excellence by the Nirvana Academy.At the Cultural Cocktail: Youth for Art’ event, Aarushi will showcase the Hindi adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
- Anmol Jamwal: Anmol Jamwal is a Jazz dancer. He has over 6 years of work experience with the Danceworx Performing Arts Academy. He was a part of the main dance troupe of the musical, Jhumroo for 2 years in Kingdom of Dreams.Anmol is the creator of Tried & Refused Productions Youtube Channel that has over 75,000 subscribers and a total of 30M views which focuses on dance collaborations with artist all over India.At the Cultural Cocktail: Youth for Art’ event, Anmol will perform a stylised Jazz and Funk Choreography titled ‘Taboo’. The dance I performance fuses contemporary Indian and international music. It’s a celebration of expression with no inhibitions or fear presented through the medium and theme of underground jazz clubs and free conversation-like style movement.