will form part of the world renowned Salzburg Festival of
Austria this year for the first time in its 95 years history.
Festival, July 18 to August 30, will include Ensemble Nepathya
in Kutiyattam, Dhrupad classical music, Khayal music, Bharatanatyam
dance and Morning Ragas. Per a Festival announcement, "The
Ouverture spirituelle... focuses on Hinduism this year".
Festival, which claims to be "greatest and most important
festival in the world", includes 293 performances of
opera-concert-drama with over 288,000 visitors from 73 countries.
Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler is the Festival Board President, while
"inequality" is the Festival's theme this year.
dance, by tradition, was invented by Lord Shiva who danced
the cosmic tandava. The elements of musical theory were first
established in Sama-Veda. By the end of the 11th century,
there were reportedly several hundred distinct schools of
Hindu music - one expert gave the precise number as 784.