Swartaal was conceived in 2017. Since its maiden edition, the platform has hosted performances by artists including Bombay Jayshree, National Awardee Bindhumalini Narayanswamy, Gundecha Brothers, Mallika Sarabai, Revanta Sarabai, and Kalamandalam.
Yakshagana, a Karnataka-native traditional folk dance and theatre form, is reputed to have originated in the 16th century. Sri Idagunji Mahganapathi Yakshagana Mandali, the group presenting the artform Swartaal, is situated in the cultural village of Gunavante and has a rich history spanning more than 85 years. It was founded in 1934 by the illustrious performer and National Award winner, Late Keremane Shivarama Hegde.
Pandit Venkatesh Kumar is a Padma Shri awardee (2016) and a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2012). He has also been awarded the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award (1999), the Karnataka Sangeet Natya Academy Award (2007), the Vatsala Bhimsen Joshi Award (2008) and the Krishna Hangal Award (2009).
Rani Khanum, a renowned Kathak artist, is currently one of the most sensitive and wise interpreters of Kathak from the Lucknow Gharana. Her approach demonstrates a thorough understanding of the dance tradition. Kathak dates back to the fourth century BC, and statues of Kathak dancers were found in ancient temples and written texts.