A celebration of dance
Students of Tansen Sangeet Mahavidyalaya present Indian classical and western dance forms
Dance has given me purpose in life and is a part of my identity. I am inseparable from dance anddance is inseparable from me,” Bollywood choreographer and Dance India Dance (DID) judge Master Marzi told 600 dance students of the Tansen Sangeet Mahavidyalay as they celebrated their annual festival in Delhi.
These students presented varied forms of dance, music and instruments to enthrall an audience of 2000 and impress Master Marzi himself at the Airforce Auditorium, Subroto Park, Gurgaon Road.
Tansen Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, a private institute founded by Sangeet Acharya RS Verma, has been imparting training in all forms of performing arts - dance, music, theater etc. for the past 14 years now. It has nurtured professional performers as well as hobbyists over the years. It has 26 centres in Delhi and 40 all over India today.
To promote traditional music and dance culture, the school conducts music and dance festivals on a regular basis. The past festivals have seen legendary names like music director Ismail Darbar, playback singer Kavita Krishnamurthy, music director Jatin (of Jatin and Lalit fame) and famous choreographer Saroj Khan participating and encouraging the students.
Director of the school, Sirisha Rao, says, “We feel it is important to hold such programmes from time to time to give our students the opportunity to showcase what they are learning. It gives them stage experience and improves their confidence as well.”
“Every time, we call over acclaimed artistes from Mumbai to witness the programmes as that provides an additional enthusiasm to the students. In the past years, these artistes have been so impressed by our students’ talent that they have even taken them to Mumbai.”
This time, the students performed everything from Indian classical dances, folk dances, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Punjabi, Haryanvi, Rajasthani, Manipuri, Gujrati, Maharashtrian, Bollywood, Freestyle, Salsa, Jazz, Hip-hop, Cha-Cha-Cha, Belly dance, Ballroom dance, Rock n roll, Rumba and Samba, Swing, Ballet, Break dance, Tap dance, Flamenco dance, Locking dance, Popping dance, Robotic dance, Street dance and Contemporary style.
The youngest student performer was of age 3, while the oldest was 25 years. The teachers and chief guest Master Marzi also asked the parents to join in from time to time which increased the fun quotient manyfold. Over 2000 guests witnessed the programme.
Master Marzi exclaimed, “I appreciate this initiative taken by the Tansen Sangeet Mahavidyalay to encourage kids in the field of music and dance. It is a wonderful opportunity and children must make the most of it. I also feel very happy to have the occasion to guide them today.” He gave away certificates of appreciation to all the students at the end of the programme. †