Several movements come together

Several movements come together

Gandharam festival showcased contemporary dance forms in a different style

It was a beautiful amalgamation of the Eastern and Western art forms at the Gandharam festival held recently. Choreographed by Soorya Krishnamoorthy, the show was houseful and a perfect beginning for the weekend. The festival showcased contemporary dance forms in a very different style.

What was more interesting was how martial arts from across the country were blended with yoga in a ballet form by Samudra, the dance troupe. A contemporary ballet marked the beginning of the show. “This form of dance demands that we are fit as it has been influenced by yoga. We have to maintain correct postures or else we might get injured. It is a contemporary dance and the act has a lot of ballet steps along with some martial art moves,” explained a member of the team.

Next in line was a unique mix of kathak and bharatanatyam by Gayatri and team. While one half of the team showed bharatanatyam steps, the other half matched the steps with those of kathak. A treat for dance lovers, the blend portrayed two dance forms from different parts of the country. Interesting formations throughout the performance made it all the more appealing. The dancers made sure that they didn’t miss out on coordination.
The Nair Sisters were equally encapsulating as far as their performance was concerned. The performance was dedicated to Lord Ganesha and the coordination was just right.
The audience could not stop applauding. The variety in the programme kept the audience thinking and the lights added to the suspense.

“It is a very unique programme and the artistes are great. I hope we get to see more such programmes in the future. We have a lot of bharatanatyam and kuchipudi performances in the City but not always do you see a kathak recital,” added Lavanya Krishnaswamy, a member of the audience.

But what stole the show was the violin fusion by the band Trishakti. A 15-minute performance by the band kept the audience hooked on to it. The popular Carnatic song Maha Ganapatim was rendered flawlessly on violin and had a mix of drums, nadaswaram and tabla and keyboard. The jugalbandi of tabla, nadaswaram and violin was the high point of the show.

The performance by the Manipuri band, which consisted of only percussion instruments like dhol, dholak and cholam, was a hit with the audience. 

The shadow magic performed by Prahlad Acharya became an instant favourite of children and got an enthusiastic applause from them. “The shadow dance was my favourite.
I would love to learn it as well. We have such performances at school as well but not as great as this. The performance lasted for a very short duration, I wish it was longer,” said Ved Sharma, a member of the audience.

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