The Indian Heritage Center’s diverse and eclectic range of programs at CultureFest 2020 revolves around the epic Indian literary work – The Ramayana. From September 5 to 20, CultureFest 2020 brings a wide variety of performances, exhibitions and workshops to the public in its first-ever digital edition via the Indian Heritage Center Facebook page.

Part of the festival includes daily cultural showcases, presented digitally – all around the central theme of the Ramayana. On Thursday evening, the audience was treated to a folk dance performance called Kuravai.

VK ARTS Presentation of Kuravai folk dance enhanced by melodious classical music. Courtesy of IHC

Brought to you by VK ARTS, the Kuravai folk dance presentation gave the audience a glimpse into the mystical side of Dandakaranya forest, further enhanced by the melodious classical music.

VK Arts performs folk dance praising Lord Rama at IHC Culture Fest.  Courtesy of IHC

VK Arts performs folk dance praising Lord Rama at IHC Culture Fest. Courtesy of IHC

Musicians from Bhaskar Arts Academy provided the musical backing for the classic song praising Sri Rama through its repetitive lines that almost sound like chanting.

To classical music, this Kuravai folk dance at IHC Culture Fest 2020. Photo courtesy: IHC

To classical music, this Kuravai folk dance at IHC Culture Fest 2020. Photo courtesy: IHC

A unique feature of the performance was the placement of the musicians in the foreground with the dancers forming the backdrop.

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Traditional costumes, which are actually worn by the people of Tamil Nadu, added color to the forest setting, which sought to represent the Dandakaranya forest.

Watch the full performance by VK Arts on the Indian Heritage Center Facebook page here.

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