Belated Indian Spring Festival celebrated at Sagohuset in Lund
In South Asia, the Spring Festival (Holi) was celebrated on 8–10 March 2012. In order to adapt to the climatic difference, a Holi concert to celebrate Spring in Sweden was held at Theatre Sagohuset in Lund on Friday 4 May 2012, at 19.00.
The concert was organised jointly by Sagohuset and the Association for Indo-Swedish Cultural Exchange, and featured Bharata Natyam dance performances by Anna Kav and Annemette Karpen (photo) from Copenhagen, and Rabindrasangheet singing by Bubu Munshi Eklund. Venue: Sagohuset, Revingegatan 8, Lund.
See the poster.
Holi is a most popular spring festival in India, and the programme is connected to its legends and stories.
Indian Spring is symbolically told about in the epic on Kamadeva, the god of love, who shoots his arrow right into the heart of Shiva, which makes him return home from his deep meditation to his wife Parvati. The story of the young Krishna child sucking life out of the demon woman Putana’s poison smeared breasts, symbolising the victory of light over darkness, is also connected to Holi, as well as the grown up Krishna’s joyous life with the milk maids.
Bubu Munshi Eklund (photo to the right) sang a number of Krishna songs composed by Rabindranath Tagore, whereas Anna Kav and Annemette Karpen performed dances with Holi themes. Anna Kav comes from Minsk in Belarus, and has studied Bharata Natyam in Minsk and in Varanasi. She is now a dance student of Annemette Karpen in Copenhagen – while she is also completing an MA in Sanskrit at University of Copenhagen.
Annemette is Danish, living in Copenhagen. Over the years, she has given a large number of dance performances in Europe, USA, and India. During nine years she also had Bharata Natyam dance classes for children in Lund, an activity carried out in collaboration with Bubu Munshi Eklund and her husband Lars Eklund.
The audience who came to Sagohuset on 4th May enjoyed a wonderful atmosphere of Holi.