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CLASSICAL DANCE SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE ACADEMIC CURRICULUM: VIKRAM KUMAR

Tuesday, August 08, 2017
By Vijay Shanker

Jaihind Parivar, Bharat and Life Star Welfare Global Foundation organised the 3rd Bharat Darshan festival at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru auditorium. The festival showcased varied types of art forms that included classical and folk dances.

Special guests were renowned Bharata Natyam mentor Guru Deepak Muzumdar, Kathak exponent Guru Shama Bahte, BR Vikram Kumar, Editor of 'Dance India'(English monthly from Vishakapatnam). and other dignitaries from the social and political field. During the felicitation function, Vikram Kumar stated that he along with others had initiated the Andhra Pradhesh Government to introduce classical dance in the academic curriculum of the School Education. Today, 12,000 Government schools have introduced classical dance in the schools and 200 dance teachers have been appointed.
Several performers from Mumbai and other cities performed different classical dance styles like Bharata Natyam, Kathak and Odissi, including Takshashila nrityakala mandir. They performed Bharata Natyam with invocatory Todaya Mangalam of Lord Ganpati  and concluded with Adi Shankaracharya’s Pancha akshara shlokam 'Namah Shivay', choregraphed by Kashmira Trivedi, who also co-ordinated the dance part of the festival.
Other performers included Kala Srinivasan, disciple of Guru Jayashree Nair of Mumbai, Madhuri Pratap, Bhawna Lele, Vijayashree Pillay, Kathak dancer Cheten Saraiya from Mumbai. Kathak dancer Ajay Shendge from Aurangabad. Ajay and his group that consisted of female dancers and Ankit interpreted the throught provoking number 'Khud Ke Khoj Me Nikal, Tu Kis Liye Hatash Hai’ (Move forward to discover yourself, do not be disappointed), Bangalore’s Lakshminarayan Jena, disciple of Guru Mysore Nagaraj was the best Kathak dancer of the festival, his lively performance of Ananda Tandavam, was noteworthy for its expressive and rhythmic quality. Female impersonator Bharat Jethwani(Nanded) appeared in the traditional attire of nine yard saree to perform Lavni, performed in the “lokadharmi” style quite well.  

Classical dance exponents who won the Kala Ratna award for their invaluable contribution were Guru Shama Bhate, Deepak Mazumdar, Archana Sanjay of Madhurita Sarang School of Kathak (Pune), Kashmira Trivedi from Thane and others.

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