Dance first, think later
Dancers from different dance styles ranging from traditional to contemporary took the stage at a grand held at Kamani Auditorium on April 29 to celebrate World Dance Day . The show titled No Boundaries was organised by Sadhya. The purpose of the event was not just to celebrate the art, but also to bring the dance exponents and upcoming talent on one stage. This year, it brought together 130 artistes in a unique manner to create a visual treat of different dance styles from traditional to contemporary forms.
The dancing extravaganza began with Aayam Dance Company’s beautiful classical performance. They struck the chord with the audience and the momentum was maintained until the very end. Later, one participant from each dancing group came forward and created a colourful canvas of art.
Sadhya, presented two performances, while their first performance was inspired by ancient tradition of yoga, where the artistes challenged themselves to create difficult poses with much ease; their second performance took inspiration from Mayurbhanj Chhau, where the artistes reflected the movement of birds.
The crowd went ecstatic when the young girls took over the stage and performed ballet. In their beautiful ballerina costumes and shoes, they mesmerised one and all. The next was an Odissi performance, performed by the students of Odissi exponent Guru Ranjana Gauhar. The composition
was marked by beautiful poses and neat lines, which were based on Raag — Shabkrabranam.
Urshilla Dance Company took the audience by surprise with their aggressive yet passionate contemporary dance. Apart from the performance, the black and white dresses of the artistes too expressed this element. The audience was enthralled by the foot-tapping Jazz performance by Big Dance Center.
Then came the two visually appeasing performances, as performed by Danceworx and Banjara School of Dance. The dance school of two exponents, Pt. Birju Maharaj (Kalashram) and Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan’s troupe reaffirmed the status of Kathak and Bharatnatayam, respectively. At the end, the Invincible took everyone by storm with their Michael Jackson move.
The finale performance brought the 130 artistes on the stage that created an awe-inspiring and breath-taking visual. Pt. Birju Maharajji said, “One should know how to celebrate music and dance. God has created beats and music for everyone, one need to find it within oneself.”
Santosh Nair, Artistic Director, Sadhya said, “World dance day to me is a day where you rise above the self…there is no you or me...it is only we. With this event we wanted to spread happiness, and we can see the happiness on the face of the audience.”