Passing on the passion

Celebrating Dance

Passing on the passion

It was surely a treat for Delhiites when they witnessed a three-day festival of Indian classical and folk dances, Indradhanush 2013.

Organised by Sunaina, a Society for the Upliftment of National Arts of India, the festival on day one began with performances by the Odissi dancer Sarita Mishra, a Manipuri performance by Sohini Ray and Kuchipudi dance by disciples of Guru Jayarama Rao.

Sarita captivated the audience with her abhinaya ‘Ganga’ performance, depicting the descent of Ganga from the heavens onto the earth. On the second day dazzling performances were presented by Natalia Dits, a Kathak dancer from Russia; Pranamaya Suri from USA who performed Kuchipudi and Lavanaya Devi and Group from Delhi performed Mohiniyattam.

Divya Shiva Sunder from Chennai performed Bharatanatyam, while Odissi was performed by the disciples of Guru Madhavi Mudgal.

The final day concluded with Bish, Jangali Nritya and Koli Nritya by Nrityanjali Performing Art Academy, Mumbai, followed by Bharatanatyam by Sathvika Shankar and Medha Hari from Chennai and Purulia Chhau Folk Dance by Mukta Bharat from West Bengal. The three-day long festival concluded with a Kathakali performance by students of International Centre of Kathakali from Delhi.

“This three-day festival was aimed to celebrate India’s vibrancy through dance and to encourage young artists from across India and the world to showcase their talent,” said Kanaka Sudhakar, founder-director of Sunaina.

“This annual festival began in 2008 in a bid to encourage youngsters not belonging to families of professional classical and folk dancers but who have the talent and passion for the art. This concept also gives a chance to youngsters who have been practicing these dances as a second career but are professionally qualified as doctors and choreographers etc,” added Kanaka.

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