Tradition of classical dances sparkles with beauty of evening

  • Second day of 50th Khajuraho dance festival, confluence of various art forms

Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal
With the joint efforts of Madhya Pradesh Government, Culture Department and Ustad Alauddin Khan Academy of Music and Arts and with the cooperation of Archaeological Survey of India, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department and District Administration – Chhatarpur, Confluence took place on the second day of the world famous 50th Khajuraho Dance Festival at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Khajuraho in various dimensions of art. On this occasion, Director Culture N.P. Namdev, Deputy Director Culture Directorate Vandana Pandey and Director Ustad Alauddin Khan Academy of Music and Arts Jayant Bhise welcomed the invited artists by presenting them a bouquet. While on one hand there was a breeze of dance on the main stage along with the beauty of the evening, on the other hand, in the morning and afternoon, dialogues on music were organized in Kalavrita and dance in Lyashala. The colors of senior painter Shankar Shinde’s imagination were spread in Pranati. In the courtyard of the world famous temples of Khajuraho, such a cultural fabric is being woven whose memories will remain alive in the minds of Kalarsikas for a long time. On the second day, four performances were given as part of the dance program. In this, Kathak dance was first presented by Pandit Birju Maharaj’s disciple Shenki Singh, Delhi. He started the presentation with Ganesh Vandana, which was written and composed by Pandit Birju Maharaj. After that he showed the dance aspect of Kathak in three taals. He ended his presentation with a ghazal – today he remembered the picture of that sadness very much but ended it with a dance.

Shiva Shakti together creates the universe

In the next sequence of dance performances, Bharatnatyam group dance was presented by Sayli Kane, Kalavardhini Dance Company, Pune. First of all, he presented Hari Har, in which he offered floral tributes to Lord Rama, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, which was choreographed by Arundhati Patwardhan. After this, in the Ardhanarishwar presentation, it was shown that Shiva and Shakti together create, destroy and reconstruct this universe. They are Shiva and Shakti, Purusha and Prakriti Swarup. This presentation was also choreographed by Arundhati Patwardhan. Thereafter, Ram Navarasa Shloka was presented, in which nine rasas and nine emotions were expressed through various scenes from the life of Lord Ram. Shiva is incomplete without Devi, the same sentiments were expressed in the next presentation. This Thillana raga was composed in Revati.

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