Unique 'jugalbandi' comes alive on stage

Unique 'jugalbandi' comes alive on stage

Unique 'jugalbandi' comes alive on stage

Graceful: Sandeep Mahavir

Presenting a unique combination of Rajasthani folk dance and Kathak on stage for the first time in the City is Sandeep Mahavir and his team of dancers through a production called ‘Nupur’.A Kathak exponent and actor, Sandeep has descended from an artistic lineage going back to many generations of classical music.

He is one of those dancers, who would like to revive the lost glory of Indian classical dances. “People are not aware of the diverse dance forms our country has to offer and through this production, we hope to bridge gaps and inform people about them,” says actress Bhavana, Creative Head of ‘Home Productions’, which will unveil the different rhythms of Rajasthan through ‘Nupur’.

There are huge challenges when one attempts to blend traditional and folk dance forms.
“Firstly, there is a wide gap between the two forms. While folk is free and has no restrictions, classical is very rigid and structured.

Blending the two was a challenge but using different elements of the two, we have put together a great production,” says Sandeep.

Over the years, traditional dance, according to Sandeep, has not lost its appeal amongst the youngsters. “Though we live in a world where salsa and hip hop are the flavours of the
season, I believe in India, they are only temporary.

The proof of this is the number of youngsters getting into classical dance classes. The contemporary dance forms are only good for parties but classical dances help one get in touch with one’s roots,” he explains.

‘Nupur’ will be staged at Chowdiah Memorial Hall on February 11 at 6.40 pm. Entry for the event is free and the passes are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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