A day dedicated to dance

'Nrityanjali'

Nrityanjali, a salutation to dance, was organised by Kristu Jayanti College in the City recently where about 30 colleges participated in full strength. This one-day fest 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 students had come in colourful costumes and in some cases with elaborate hairdos as well. This celebration of dance ensured that the atmosphere was not just one of high-strung action but also focussed on artistic
integrity.

 Each college sent its best team and one got to see some amazing talents perform. This is one fest that the college management and students look forward to. One got to see professionals and amateurs sharing a stage. Some of the students said that they’d been learning dance since their childhood, a few others said that they got hooked on to dance out of sheer interest.

 The fest was inaugurated by popular actress Bhavani Ramnath. Addressing the students on the occasion, Principal Rev Fr T A Sebastian said, “Dance as an art form belongs to a niche category. It is an indispensable part of our rich culture and the students have worked very hard to put their act
together.”

The students were thrilled that a day was dedicated to dance. Vinita Varghese, a first-year degree student, was bowled over by the incredible performances. “It’s not only the effort put in by the students but a lot of hard work and planning has gone into pulling off a great festival exclusively for dance. Only this college seems to organise a festival of dance.”

Arunima T, a student of second-semester BCom, felt that such fests give students the confidence to perform on bigger stages. “It instills in students a sense of competition to better their performances. The students are inspired to bring out the best in them simply because they compete with some great talents,” she said. 

There was a sizable number of students from the other colleges as well. Tejaswini S, a student of St Anne’s College, participated in the ‘folk dance’ category. Talking about why she chose this category, she said, “We always wanted to showcase our culture and tradition through the dance, especially folk dance. This also helps students stay rooted to their
tradition.”

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