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 Talented: A bharatanatyam performance by Shilpa.The fest was organised by Natyasaraswathi, a non-profitable organisation contributing to the field of dance for the last 15 years. This was a unique fest as it presented eight classical dance forms on a single stage.

The fest began with a kathak dance by Jayanthi Mukherjee. It continued with the kuchipudi performance by Bala Tripura Sundari from Tenali. She presented the kuchipudi masterpiece tarangam, which is dancing on a brass plate. The item Krishnam Kalayasakhi Sundaram with gathi bedhas and jathis showcased the abilities of Bala. The next performance was by Soumya Bose, a male artiste from Bhubaneshwar. He presented Matru Bandana, a salutation to Devi Durga.

Divya from Kerala began her mohiniattam with Mukhachalam, an invocatory piece.
She then performed Karukare Karmukil Padam with amazing abhinaya. Adding a special spark to the fest was the Natyasaraswathi Ensemble comprising Neha, Shamitha, Anjana, Vishnavi and Divya, who performed Pradosha Samayadi, a Kannada composition on Shiva which delighted the audience.

Later Debanjali Biswas from Kolkata performed Prabandha Nartan, a composition describing Radha’s journey to meet Krishna and Krishna’s beauty through her Manipuri dance. Shilpa began her bharatanatyam recital with the traditional Mallari. This was followed by the padham Aadikondar. Sattriya dance by Mridusmitha from Guwahati also enthralled the audience with her Krishna Vandana, Gopi Naach and an abhinaya piece called Pekho Modono Gopalo.

The Kathakali artiste from Bangalore, Prabal Guptha, performed Panchali Vilapam — Paripahi Mam Harae Padmalaya Patae, an excerpt from Duryodhana Vadham.

The grand finale ended with the Vande Mataram, a tribute to Indian dances with all the eight artistes. Natyasaraswathi is headed by  Saraswathi, who is a
kuchipudi guru herself.

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