Understanding a heritage better

Cultural Evening
Last Updated 18 February 2013, 13:04 IST

The ‘Indian Cultural Evening’ organised by Global Adjustments at Prestige Ozone Club House recently was a quite a feast showcasing dance, music and yoga.

The programme started off with a kuchipudi recital by Nancy Abraham, which was a delight in itself. Portraying the best in flair and style, this young dancer amazed the audience with her flexible and charming movements.

“There are eight classical dances in the country, out of which I am depicting three from the South — bharatanatyam, mohiniyattam and kuchipudi. I begin the programme with Brahmanjalli, a piece dedicated to Lord Shiva for the smooth functioning of everything,” details Nancy.

After this, a classical music recital was presented by Raji Vidhyashankar and her students Varshini, Vasanth and Krithik. This included notuswarams and a geetham in bilahari raga.
Transcending from an artistic mood to something personal, Neetu Singh and Manish Pole, then demonstrated some yoga movements. They talked about the importance of yoga in today’s life, and how it revitalises and energises people who practise it on a personal level.

“We’ve tried to present the mythological side of the art form, and engaged the audience in some steps of yoga that they can include in their daily schedules,” says Manish. Depicting how yoga came into form from the time of Lord Shiva, both Neetu and Manish performed a short play that depicted different movements that came together to be known as this art form.

They explain how this was derived from nature and animal movements.

The event also included Nancy’s dance piece Swathi Thirunal Padam in mohiniyattam and a Pushpanjali and Thillana in bharatanatyam. Apart from the three dances by Nancy, there was a piece performed by her students in contemporary costumes that talked about the importance of nature and its various forces.

“The way the story of yoga was told to the crowd has interested me to explore it more. I’ve been thinking of practising the same, and the small movements that Neetu and Manish shared with us have impressed me,” comments Manisha K, a guest.

“The depiction of the Indian art scene via its various classical dances, music and even yoga is clearly mapping the culture of our country. It is impressive that children these days are also interested in art forms, which clearly shows the undying spirit of the country’s heritage,” exclaims Chintana M G. The event also saw a lucky draw event.

(Published 18 February 2013, 13:04 IST)

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