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Heritage School of Performing Arts’ delightfully diverse recital

July 2019
Heritage School of Performing Arts’ delightfully diverse recital

 

(Left) Parag Anamika Pal awarding a student at the 2019 annual recital of Heritage School of Performing Arts.

Heritage School of Performing Arts organized their 3rd annual recital at Berkmar High School on May 18, 2019. The wonderful event was filled with Hindustani and Carnatic classical and semiclassical music, Bollywood music, Bharatanatyam and Bollywood dance, and guitar performances.

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About 100 students performed that afternoon. The opening segment began with Hindustani and Carnatic vocalists performing a shloka for peace from the Upanishads, with a high vibration. The second performance was by Bharatnatyam students who presented the dance form Shiva stuthi, a prayer and offering to the Lord of dance, that breathes sophistication and grace. The third performance was by Bollywood dancers on a song from the movie Bajirao Mastani.

The teachers of the school were recognized, and the guest of honor was greeted. Various genres of songs, dances, and guitar performances were then beautifully arranged one after another.

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Hindustani vocal students performed various types of semiclassical songs: Kajri, Dadra, Meera Bhajan, Jhoola, etc., and the pure classical Chota Khayals to represent 4 prahars of the day through 4 ragas: Bhairav, Brindavani Sarang, Khamaj. and Bageshri.

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Carnatic students performed semiclassical songs: “Rara Venu,” “Vara Leela,” “Garuda Gamana,” “Bho Shambho,” etc., based on ragas such as Shivaranjani, Mishra Yaman, Bilahari, and Shankarabharanam.

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The Bollywood students performed soothing new and old Bollywood songs like “More Rang Do Laal,” “Bahara,” “Isha Sufiyana,” etc., and the audience enjoyed it a lot. The Bharatanatyam and Bollywood dance students’ performances added a different dimension, and the program ended with guitar performances by young budding guitarists, along with a couple of English songs to bring in diversity.

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Parag Anamika Pal awarded each student received a certificate, medal, or trophy based on achievements and accomplishments throughout the year.

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The school gives its students a strong musical foundation by teaching Indian classical music so that they can pick up any genre of song—Bollywood, folk, Sufi, country, ghazals, etc.—easily in the future and so that music will become an integral part of their life.

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