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The spirit of patriotism

  • The spirit of patriotism

    Summary: Three disciples of Guru Asha Balan Nambiar presented verses from Vaishnava Janato and Vande Mataram in Odissi style. Young, sprightly disciples of Guru Jyothi Mohan offered patriotic songs of Bharatiyar, Veer Savarkar and concluded with ‘Vande Mataram.’ It was a well-choreographed and well-delivered segment . Some senior members of Mumbai Chapter of ABHAI (Association of Bharatanatyam Artistes of India) opened the morning of Gandhi Jayanti with Vande Mataram and Asatoma Sadhgamaya in the bright glow of candles and eelectric bulbs. This invocation ushered in ‘Swatantra Bharati’ hosted by Guru Jayashree Rajagopalan, director of Nrithyodaya and convener of ABHAI, Mumbai, at the Mysore Association auditorium, Matunga. In a deviation from patriotic songs, disciples of Kathak exponent Shila Mehta presented a tarana in raga Kalavati in teen taal, dhrut laya.

    It was dancers’ day out. Some senior members of Mumbai Chapter of ABHAI (Association of Bharatanatyam Artistes of India) opened the morning of Gandhi Jayanti with Vande Mataram and Asatoma Sadhgamaya in the bright glow of candles and eelectric bulbs. The seven dancers were attired in the traditional costumes of Tamil Nadu, Kerala , Maharashtra, Punjab and Bengal. This invocation ushered in ‘Swatantra Bharati’ hosted by Guru Jayashree Rajagopalan, director of Nrithyodaya and convener of ABHAI, Mumbai, at the Mysore Association auditorium, Matunga. Young, sprightly disciples of Guru Jyothi Mohan offered patriotic songs of Bharatiyar, Veer Savarkar and concluded with ‘Vande Mataram.’ It was a well-choreographed and well-delivered segment , As Reported By Hindu.

    According to the Newspaper,Their energy was contagious. Three disciples of Guru Asha Balan Nambiar presented verses from Vaishnava Janato and Vande Mataram in Odissi style. Odissi with its inherent grace conveyed the patriotic message and the music enhanced the dance. Singers from different age groups, trained by Guru Hema Balasubramanian, supported by Aditya Rajagopalan (mridangam) and Sharanya (flute) sang in unison, in a remix mode in different octaves,oft-heard songs. The senior disciples took charge in the absence of the teacher and gave impeccable introductions in English and Marathi and concluded with ‘Shanti Nilava Vendum’ and ‘Manadil Urudi’. Their mentor Sumithra Ramesh, who received the honours in place of Hema, praised their discipline and dedication. Disciples of Jayashree Rajagopalan showcased the images of our ‘Punya Bhoomi’ that forges ahead in spite of vicissitudes. Moving in harmony Using Bharatiyar’s lines, the presentation focused on the growth of industry, technological progress, unity in diversity and caste and cultural differences. Every dancer matched steps in ‘Onnum Onnum rendu.’ The dancers moved in perfect harmony, creating a beautiful visual. This sequence showed how a simple piece can be reworked and enhanced with intelligent choreography. In a deviation from patriotic songs, disciples of Kathak exponent Shila Mehta presented a tarana in raga Kalavati in teen taal, dhrut laya.

    Source: http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/dance/abhai-dancers-remember-father-of-the-nation-on-gandhi-jayanti-through-their-performances-and-songs-of-patriotism/article19845301.ece


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