The millennium city of Gurgaon had a date with one of India’s most renowned Kuchipudi danseuses, Meenu Thakur, who presented a Kuchipudi choreography Shakti Aur Samarpan, the saga of strength and surrender depicting the tale of Durga and Meera. As is expected from an artiste with over two decades of stage experience, Meenu’s choreography was flawless. Depicting tremendous energy and scintillating body movements, Meenu’s portrayal of Durga matched her innovative choreography. The highlight of the performance was the depiction of Durga’s acrobatic duel with the dreaded Mahishasura (played by Dwivedita), that drew applause.
The second piece that saw Meenu Thakur portraying Meera, the singing bard, was in absolute contrast to the fiery Durga. Subdued, calm and serene to the core, Meenu succeeded in narrating the devotional tale of Meera Bai, in a choreography that was quick paced.
Meenu was ably supported by her disciples, with Ritika and Doyel, delivering standout performances.
The chief guests of the programme were renowned Kathak exponents Nalini-Kamalini who complimented Meenu Thakur for her excellent portrayal of Durga and Meera. The guest of Honour, Atul Sobti, felicitated Meenu Thakur and her disciples.