La Jolla, CA
The Indian Fine Arts Academy of San Diego (IFAASD) held its annual North American Youth Festival from September 1-3 at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theater, here.
As noted by the Chief Guest, Sangita Acharya T.S.R. Krishnan, this festival demonstrated IFAASD’s commitment to cultivating a new generation of artists and connoisseurs of Indian classical music and dance. The young performers were selected competitively to perform in front of over 3,000 attendees over the course of this three-day festival.
The lineup featured talented young artists between the ages of 15 and 27 who live in North America and India. The concerts themselves showcased talented vocalists and instrumentalists – including violinists, a pianist, and a saxophonist – performing both Carnatic and Hindustani music, as well as exquisite dancers performing Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, and regional folk dance styles.
The festival also shone a spotlight on dedicated music and dance students from San Diego and celebrated exemplary achievement in arts through three special concerts: a vocal concert by Vignesh Ishwar, a Bharatanatyam duet by Renjith and Vijna, and a dance production by 16 students of Guru Rathna Kumar of Anjali Performing Arts.
Indian Fine Arts Academy of San Diego (IFAASD) is a non-profit community-based organization with the mission of promoting Indian classical music, dance,and arts in San Diego and in neighboring communities It’s mission is to create an environment of learning and appreciation of Indian classical music, dance, and arts. The goal is to promote events that are intellectually stimulating, culturally enlightening, and emotionally therapeutic.