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Dance ode to the motherland

Wednesday, January 03, 2018
By Vijay Shanker

Nrithyodaya presented the ‘Swatantra Bharat 70’ Festival at the Mysore Association Auditorium, Matunga, wherein seven dance groups presented dance numbers with patriotism as the subject,This festival was aimed at bringing to light the works of those great heroes who used their pen as their weapon to protect and re-establish the lost glory of our motherland and the dignity and spirit of her children. The chief guest for the function was Suprabha Agarwal (Director, Rajmata Jijau Mother Child Health and Nutrition Mission, Govt. of Maharashtra). Eminent Manipuri exponent Guru Darshana Jhaveri was also honoured.

The values of integration and interaction were further strengthened by collaboration and participation of ABHAI (Association of Bharatanatyam Artites of India) represented by 7 established gurus who opened the show to a soulful ‘Vande Mataram’. Draped in different regional traditional attires, they brought together the 'soul of Bharat' on stage.

Guru Jyoti Mohan’s Bharatanatyam group presented works of Mahakavi Subramanya Bharati, Veer Savarkar and Bankim Chandra Chattopadyay, the group of six children was very motivating and charming.

Representing the East was the Odissi presentation by disciples of Guru Asha Balan Nambiar. They presented two favourite numbers of the Mahatma-Vaishnava Janato and Vande Mataram. The involvement of the dancers brought out the meaning of both songs well. Students of Swaralasika, under the able guidance of Guru Hema Balasubramanian, rendered patriotic songs. Students of Guru Padmini Radhakrishnan brought to life the works of Tagore and Dwijendralal Ray through their Bharatanatyam performance with lilting music, graceful movements and suitable costumes. Guru Dr. Jayashree Rajagopalan’s troupe of 8 dancers, presented Bharatanarityan in the famous works of Kavi Subrahmanya Bharati, where he dreams of a glorious India post-independence, was enacted in proper style. Besides the sparkling performance by the students of Guru Sila Mehta, the program concluded with a short skit by the NYC cadres of SIES of Arts as a mark of tribute to the martyr Major Parameshwaram.

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