Dancers bring alive history

Dance Drama

As the 68th Independence Day draws closer, the City is getting into a celebratory mood, all geared up to mark the day in full patriotic fervour.  

Recently, choreographer Santosh Nair and his team –Sadhya presented a riveting piece of performing arts in an event ‘Jashn-e-Azadi’- a dance performance organised by Nehru Bal Sangh at Sri Sathya Sai International Centre, Lodhi Road. 

Dancers through their act in different pieces took the audience on a journey from India’s golden era to the British rule, the struggle for independence, the progress thereafter and the present scenario of the country. 

It started with a piece composed on Vande Mataram followed by another patriotic act on the best-loved song of yore Jahan daal daal pe sone ki chidiya. Thereafter, a group of students presented a strong narration on how the British controlled the Indian populace. It was enthralling for the audience to relieve the pre-Independence era which witnessed many uprising to oust the colonial rulers from the country. 

Through old patriotic Hindi songs, dancers depicted the sacrifice made by the martyrs. Both music and dance left the audience emotional and misty-eyed. The post-Independence era was also enacted where the young generation made an instant connect with songs from the movie Rang de Basanti and A R Rehman’s popular track Vande Mataram. 

Each dance piece highlighted various emotions reflecting the journey from peace and serenity of the golden age to the pain and humiliation of suppression, the passion of Independence and the enthusiasm of progress of the present.

This patriotic performance, choreographed by Santosh Nair, also emphasised the absolute need of the hour for the nation to come together yet again and convert their concerns into actions. On being a part of this celebration, Nair said, “The idea behind the production is to celebrate the spirit of freedom. It is also to emphasise the need to strongly pay attention to the fact that with freedom come responsibility.”

Speaking to Metrolife, the national president of Nehru Bal Sangh Ashok Sahota said, “‘Jashn-e-Azadi’ has been noticed not only by sensitive citizens but by all, this is exactly what NBS aims at – that every Indian should celebrate this day with full zeal and belongingness like we celebrate other festivals.”

Also present on the occasion were Dr Karan Singh (MP), president – Indian Council for Cultural Relations, and a host of political leaders, parliamentarians, film actors, producers and industrialists among others. 

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