Brilliant act let down by organisers

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At 24, Vyshnavie Sainath is a dedicated Odissi exponent who has performed numerous times on the international front and has made the country proud overseas. Someone who started performing at the age of 15, Sainath is nothing but an epitome of elegance and charm who dances like no one’s watching her!

She recently marked her debut performance in the city at the Azad Bhavan Auditorium of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). While Sainath gathered all her enthusiasm to bring out the best in her performance, the event organisers failed to support her and justify her hard work.

From the delay in raising the curtain, to the failed audio arrangements, ICCR hugely disappointed the few people who had gathered to attend the event. The lack of sufficient audience was the result of poor advertising and spreading the word about the event, which was ICCR’s responsibility, an organisation which is known to foster and promote cultural exchanges with other countries of the world. The ill-organised event, notwithstanding Sainath’s brilliant performance, was utterly unexpected and disappointing.

However, despite these technical faults and lack of audience, Sainath managed to live an experience of her own. “I performed in the nation’s capital for the first time and I had a very different experience. As a South Indian, dancing Odissi in a place where Kuchipudi and Bharata-natyam are the prevalent dance forms, it was pretty challenging,” she told Metrolife.

As an artiste, she seemed convinced of the way ICCR took care of her. “For me it was all about coming to a new place and performing to a more learned audience for the first time,” she said. “While the initial audio disturbances distracted me a little while performing,” she continued, “I eventually regained the flow in performance and danced with my regular zeal in the later parts of the act.”

Well, it came as a relief to learn that the performer felt encouraged at the end of the event, which failed to impress and sustain audience interest to attend the entire show. Nonetheless, “I got a good feedback for my performance,” said Sainath on a
humble note.

Despite the poor turnout at the event, the young artiste exuded positivity and confidence at the end of the show. “For me it was nothing less than a big stepping stone in my career, and I cherish every part of it,” she said.

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