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Festival of Folk and Classical Dances

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
By Vijay Shanker

Saraswathy Kala Kendra presented the Nritya Tarangini Utsav featuring classical and folk dances of Asian countries at Prabhodhan Thackeray Sabhariha In Borivali, last week. It was interesting to watch as to how classical dances merged with folk dances, performed by artistes from Nepal, Bangladesh and India.

Saraswathy Kala Kendra and Research Centre (Mira Road), is headed by accomplished Bharata Natyam and Kuchipudi exponent Subitha Murali, who has had the privilege of dancing in varied prestigious festivals, both on the national and international level. Subitha also won the Mrs India Intellectual title in the contest organised by Perfect Woman magazine. This is the first time that the Kendra has taken the initiative to organise the festival of Asian arts.

Besides the dances performed by the students of the Kendra, the main performers were Tapan Kumar Pattnaik for Chhau dance, Praful Singh Gehlot for Kathak, Ajay Shendge for Odissi, Shashi Ramesh for Bharata Natyam, Roshna Mahajan for Nepalese dance, Sachi Khare for Kathak, Dr Surabhi Lakshmi Sarada for Kuchipudi, Ramya V Jagdish for Mohiniattam, Ritika Banerjee for Odissi, Sanchaiyata Singha for Manipuri, Mufassal Hasan for Bengladeshi folk dance and Suman Mondal for folk dance of Bengal.

While most of the performers were trying to do their best, some of the performers like Chhau dancer Tapan Kumar, Kuchipudi dancer Surabhi from Hyderabad and Mufassal for folk dance created a lasting impression with their vibrancy and expressional quality.

Padmashir Gopal Prasad Dubey praised the efforts of Subitha Murali in promoting classical dance. Other guests included,Bhrata Natyam exponent Sushama Bane,  Nirmal Shresta from Nepal and singer Sivaprasad from Mumbai.

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