Dances on a platter

Dances on a platter

Artistic renditions

Dances on a platter

Celebrating the occasion of ‘World Dance Day’ (on April 29), Shristi Center of Performing Arts and Institute of Dance Therapy is hosting a 10-day festival titled ‘Shristi World Festival of Dance Drama and Music’.

The vibrant festival was inaugurated on April 29 at Ravindra Kalakshetra by Radha Sridhar, director of Sri Venkateswara Nattya Mandira; Dr Suma Sudhindra, renowned veena player and director of Outreach Center for Indian Music Research; B V Rajaram, director of Kalagangotri and Dr Sathyabhama Badhreenath, director of National Gallery of Modern Art.

Dr A V Satyanarayana, director of Shristi, also inaugurated a dance yoga therapy workshop with a demonstration by students from the institute as well as a dance appreciation workshop. The workshops will be conducted at Ravindra Kalakshetra from May 1 to 8 from 10 am to 11 am and 11 am to 1 pm respectively.

The programme for the evening began with a bharathanatyam dance performance by Manjushree Santhosh’s (student of senior dance guru Bhanumati) students. The delightful ‘abhinaya’ by the group on the song ‘Shriman Narayana’ impressed the spectators. Following that, odissi dancer Sarita Mishra presented a solo recital and received great appreciation for her graceful movements on stage.

The Kathak dancers from Nadam also held everyone’s attention with their fine footwork and skilled display of talent. The colourful costumes and vivid arrangement set
the mood for the evening.

Dr Suma Sudhindra mesmerised the audience with some familiar ‘ragas’ on the veena and concluded with ‘Swathi Thirunal Thilanna’ composition in Raga Dhanashri. The strains from the instrument wove a soothing effect on the audience.

The last presentation for the evening was the drama ‘Mysore Mallige’, a beautiful thematic presentation derived from the poems of Prof K S Narasimhaswamy. Directed by B V Rajaram, the play had an ideal message for married couples — how they should maintain a good understanding and harmonious relationship, both in times of happiness and adversity.

The festival will showcase a plethora of music, dance and drama performances till May 8 at various venues across the city. Artistes from across the country, including cities like Bengaluru, Thrissur, Chennai, Hyderabad, Nanded, Pune, Mumbai, Surat, Delhi and Kolkata, will be performing at the event.