A celebration of dance

Nrityanjali

A celebration of dance

Nrityanjali, a salutation to dance, was organised recently by Kristu Jayanti College.

More than 26 colleges participated in this one-day fest, which was dedicated to promoting and popularising all forms of dance.

The fest had nine categories of dance such as eastern solo dance, classical solo dance, eastern group dance, western solo dance, adaptune, western group dance, folk and tribal dance, retro duet dance and theme dance.

The participating students came in colourful costumes and in some cases, elaborate hairdos as well.

Since the event was a celebration of dance, the emphasis was on artistic integrity, rather than high-strung competition.

Every college sent its best team and the result was a display of amazing talent. This is one fest that the college management and students look forward to. Principal Fr Sebastian Thekkedathu says, “This fest gives a lot of exposure to the students. They learn how to plan and manage things. Students compete with the best of talents from across the City colleges.”

Anand and his team from Indian Academy, who performed a free-style hip hop in the western group dance category, says, “The competition was tough since we had to compete with some of the best dancers. This is the only college that dedicates an entire day toward dance. This encourages the spirit of dancing among young people.”
A bunch of girls from Baldwin Women’s Methodist College performed a mime and introduced a scary laugh toward the end of the performance.

Vidya, one of the members of the group, says, “In addition to various dance styles, we decided to introduce some emotion into the performance with the scary laughter. This adds charm to the show.” Nandish, a final-year commerce student of ICAT, who participated in the solo dance category, says, “I chose to dance to a couple of Tamil and Bollywood songs. I got some wonderful encouragement from the crowd.”

The dancers from Indo Asian Academy came up with a unique concept, mixing Indian popular songs and nursery rhymes.

Dressed in black shorts and yellow shirts, the boys had the audience cheer the loudest for them. Aravind, the team leader, says, “The idea was to mix and match fusion dance and I think it has worked really well. We’ve tried to bring some childish ways into our performance. And we’ve mixed hip hop and Indian fusion steps.” The dance group from Jyoti Nivas College, called Adavaiya, showcased contemporary and classical dance. The overall trophy for the fest went to by St Joseph’s Evening College.

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