The Bansilalpet Step Well in Hyderabad witnessed “an “Gudi Sambaralu” Temple Festival series artistic spectacle on the New Year, January 1, 2024, as Parampara marked its 10th year of promoting cultural heritage through music and dance.
The Parampara Foundation, in collaboration with the Kavuru family, set the stage for a series of over twenty “Gudi Sambaralu” events at iconic heritage sites, from Siddarameshwara Stepwell Temple to Golconda Fort, emphasizing the revival of dying art forms. The event attracted the art, music and architecture connoisseurs and who is who of the city.
The vision of Paramparaa and Gudi Sambaralu founders, Shashi Reddy and Dr. Sri Nagi aimed at not just showcasing classical art forms but also reviving dying cultural legacies, resonated strongly in their performances. Through mythological dance ballads, their aim was to familiarize audiences with the richness of Indian mythology while celebrating figures like Meera Bai and drawing strength from historical icons like Rani Rudramma Devi and Jhansi Lakshmi Bai.
Gudi Sambaralu Enchanting Musical Evening at Bansilalpet Step well marks mesmersing beginning on New Year 2024
Renowned artists like Peri Thyagaraju and K. Nand Kumar graced the occasion, enchanting the audience with their seamless fusion of classical tunes and global music influences. Thyagaraju’s legacy in blending Carnatic and Western music was evident, while Kumar’s mastery of the sitar painted melodic stories that transcended borders.
Shashi Reddy, Co-Founder of Gudi Sambaralu said “Stepping into 10 years, our performances resonate with the essence of our heritage, reviving ancient tales through the magic of music and dance. The peeling of temple bells, sound of Gungroos will now vibrate in many more areas. The kavuru family with Parampara foundation will be hosting over twenty events in Heritage spaces. The journey begun with Lalitha Sahastranamam dance ballad at DharmaPuri Kshetram on Dec 15.”
Gudi Sambaralu 2024, Music and Art Temple Festival Calendar
Here’s a glimpse of the programmes scheduled to be held in the coming year! 4 Th January at siddarameshwara stepwell temple… at Bikanoor ,kamareddy – by Ananda shaker group,Feb 11 .. at Britishresidency , king koti women’s college, Hyderabad, March 8 Shivratri night at Dharmapuri kshetram , Miyapur , Hyderabad, March 8 Shivaratri night – keesaragutta – shiva temple
The line up for 2024 further include art and musical performances at the Siddarameshwara stepwell temple, Buddha statue, British residency, Golconda fort, Kurnool fort , Ontimetta, lepakshi , and ahobilam”
“As a promoter of our culture through performing arts we take pride in hosting the events in places steeped with a historical background like forts ,stepwells in temples. Our vision continues to be in reviving the dying art forms like puppetry, Hari katha, Yekshagnanam, Kuchpudi dwelling in subjects portraying the valour and culture like the Chola Kakatiya kings.” Dr. Sri Nagi Reddy, Co-Founder of Gudi Sambaraalu said.
Dr. Vinaya, a well known classical music vocalist who performed shlokas, bhajans and light music songs said “Performing at the Bansilalpet Stepwell brings alive the forgotten stories, echoing the valor and cultural richness of our ancestors through vibrant art forms. She cited the presence at the site as majestic as it is surrounded by nature’s five elements and performing at the site is truly energising.”
Peri Thyagaraju, Renowned Indian Violinist: “The melodies that filled the historic spaces were a celebration of our cultural legacy, blending tradition with innovation. This site is unique and a spectacular revival story of a forgotten step well.”
K. Nand Kumar, Sitar Maestro”The notes played at Bansilalpet Step Well were a tribute to our cultural heritage, each string resonating with tales of our past.”
The impact of Paramparaa’s efforts was visibly profound, evident in the increasing influence on people’s lives. From conducting weddings in temple courtyards to nurturing local artists and boosting the economy around these heritage spaces, the cultural renaissance sparked by Paramparaa was palpable.
As the event came to a close, attendees were left in awe, feeling the harmonious blend of tradition and modernity, celebrating art that transcends time and space. The Bansilalpet Step Well stood witness to a musical journey that not only celebrated the past but also paved the way for a culturally rich future.