Emotions at play

Emotions at play

brilliant show

colourful Students presenting a kathak recital.

After praying to Goddess Saraswathi, the students presented a brilliant recital to a packed audience, which comprised their parents, friends and dance enthusiasts. Vijayadashami is regarded as an auspicious occasion to learn new things. 

Hence the students of the academy decided to celebrate their journey so far and share their love for dance. They presented 11 pieces choreographed by their gurus Nirupama and Rajendra.

“Earlier, one used to start learning new art on this day. But we thought our students can showcase what they have learnt so far. There is a reason behind organising this event here in the studio. Performing in front of the audience at the place where they have learnt the art form will boost their confidence. And it also evokes a sense of belonging and unity,” said Nirupama, one of the directors of the academy.

   The recital started off with a guru vandana by the youngest students of the dance school who presented fast-paced dance steps with ease.

Next, the senior students of the school took the stage for a Shiva Stuthi, which comprised complex rhythms, intricate footwork and whirling pivots. ‘Enchanting Melody’, a non-narrative pure dance (nritta) format, which was set to the music of the flute, was one of the major attractions of the event. The students also presented a dance choreographed to the bhajans of Tulasidasa.

They elaborated on the meaning of the bhajans and evoked everyone’s emotion. Tarana, a technical piece of kathak in darbari, was also captivating.

Chaturang (four colours), another kathak performance, was also carried out in a unique manner.  “I am an ardent fan of kathak. I love the interpretative pieces such as thumri and bhajan. My all-time favourite sequences are the ones involving Krishna and Radha.

I am really fascinated by the way in which a kathak dancer enunciates the rhythmic patterns through the sound of anklets (ghunghrus). Today, I was able to watch some of the finest kathak pieces thanks to the Abhinava family,” said Mohini Shankar, a member of the audience.

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