Decoding the forms of classical dance – the Hindu

Prominent dancers decoded the nuances of classical Indian dance forms during a workshop held here on Friday as part of the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Chetana Center for Culture and Communications.

Odissi dancer Vrindha Chadha adopted a very simple and interactive approach in her demonstrative lecture on Odissi.

Strong interest

Young audiences, including students from various schools, were keenly interested in the video presentation she made as well as the live demonstration of the typical Odyssey characteristics and its socio-religious significance in Odisha.

She made the presentation extremely interesting by comparing the mudras, pirouettes and other techniques of Odissi with Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi with which a majority of the young audience was familiar.

Ms. Chadha also presented large-scale dance performances as a follow-up to the demonstration conference, which captivated everyone.

Kathak dancer Adhithi Bhagwath, explained the evolution of dance in her demonstration lecture. The audience got to witness Kathak’s quick footwork and beauty when she did a live performance.

The program ended with a performance of Bharatnatyam by Fr. Saju George, a Jesuit priest from Elanji, Kottayam, who is popularly known as the “dancing priest”.

Students play

The show started at 7 p.m. and was a treat for classical dance enthusiasts. Bro. Saju was accompanied by members of the ‘Kalahridya’ dance troupe, Kolkata, which he founded. Previously, the students of the Chetana Sangeet Natya Academy presented various forms of classical dance.

TK Narayanan, Vice Chancellor of the University of Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed, officially opened the events on Friday. Bro. Paul Poovathingal, Director of Chetana Collective and Chairman of the Silver Jubilee Committee, chaired. Ms. Bhagavath was congratulated on the occasion.


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