Banyan Tree announces Kala Viraasat schedules for 2010 Cultural fest featuring a `Medley of Maestro

Spurred by the encouraging response of the Inaugural Kala Viraasat in 2009, Banyan Tree Events, announced the dates for Kala Viraasat 2010, a comprehensive festival showcasing the finest of classical dance, ballet forms, classical music, world music, fusion ensembles, folk and sufi music.

Online PR News – 09-September-2010 – – The two day cultural festival, sponsored by IndusInd Bank, will be commence on September 23, 2010 at Nehru Center, Worli, Mumbai and will feature a confluence of acclaimed international artistes with Indian maestros. The audiences still reminisce of the earlier festival about the scintillating performance of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia's performance with European Harp artiste, Gwyneth Wentink of The Netherlands.

Mahesh Babu, Director, Banyan Tree, said, “Our objective is to spread the culture across audiences by providing them an incentive to view some of the rarest, fines and most evolved acts in the performing arts space from across the globe in general and the country in particular. We want to expand the scope of audiences, and attract them with finest programmes year after year."

The opening day will witness two performances, with the first one featuring ‘Samanvaya - Coming together", of two of India’s most eminent classical dancers, Alarmel Valli (Bharatanatyam) and Madhavi Mudgal (Odissi), where the dancers have tried to find a common ground for dance articulation - to discover new dimensions, while at the same time retaining the uniqueness of their respective dance styles. The second performance features Pandit Shivkumar Sharma’s Santoor ensemble.

On September 24, the programme features Kachra Khan, one of the most renowned traditional singers of the Manganiyar community of western Rajasthan. He sings a variety of songs related to local folklore as well as the sufi repertoire of Rajasthan. He also sings “Sufi Kalams” of famous sufi poets of the Sindh Area. The festival concludes with a performance on World Music, featuring a fusion performance by Sitar Maestro, Ustad Shujaat Husain Khan with George Brooks on Saxophone and Fareed Haque on Guitar.

Banyan Tree Events is a leading cultural organisation of the country working towards the active promotion and popularisation of India's vast treasure of rare performing arts. Its belief and motivation through its trajectory over the past fourteen years has been to uphold this rare heritage and bring it face to face with audiences across the nation in almost twelve major cities spanning the country.

With most of its leading annual festivals recognised as premier national concert properties, some prominent names include Ruhaniyat - The All India Sufi & Mystic Music festival, Barkha Ritu - The biggest all India monsoon music festival, Dakshinayan - A treat of Carnatic music, Anant – A rare concert with Pt. Ravi Shankar & Anoushka Shankar, Splendor of Masters – featuring all time greats, Tere Shehar Mein - Ghulam Ali live among others.

Kala Viraasat tickets priced at Rs 500, Rs 400, Rs 300, Rs 200 per day.

Available from 16th September at :

* Nehru Centre, Worli: 022-24964680
* Rhythm House: 022-43222727
* For details, contact Banyan Tree on 022-32972584
* Online booking on