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Dancing for the Goddess

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
By Vijay Shanker

Shree Paavitra Arts Academy (Bandra) presented one of their senior disciples, Devika Rajgor at the Shivali festival, which was organised at the Mysore Association Auditorium. Devika's performance was noteworthy for the thematic content and dramatic quality.

Devika Rajgor is the disciple of accomplished Bharatanatyam exponent, Guru Nandhini Ashok who heads the Shree Paavitra Arts academy and is credited for having trained several aspirants in the field of Bharatanatyam. Nandhini has performed at various festivals and has also produced dance-dramas.

The thematic content selected for the festival was 'Devi' (goddess) that portrayed varied aspects and manifestations of the goddess through varied dance numbers, commencing with 'Ashapura' – the 'kuldevi' of Kutch – who is seen and worshipped by the people with complete devotion, followed by 'Mate Malaya' and finally 'Nav Durga' – the benevolent protector of all mankind and the destroyer of the evil, the killing of the demon Mahisasur and the Goddess that bestows blessings on her devotees. Blessed with striking features and a fine personality, Devika can really move forward as a dancer with immense ability and consistent 'sadhana'. A promising dancer indeed.

The Shivali festival is an annual festival, especially for young dancers, started by late dance critic C.M. Rana. A rare platform for upcoming talent.

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