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Power of women in dance

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
By Vijay Shankar

In order to celebrate the International Women's Day, Smitalay and P.L.Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy presented a festival of music and dance, at the Ravindra Natya Mandir auditorium. On  the first day, Sharmila Mukherjee and Uma Dogra presented the dramatic version of 'Kaikeyi' and Jhleum Pranjape and her disciples enacted 'Sita Haran'.

Veteran Bharatanatyam exponents Shanta and V P Dhananjayan were expected to perform but could not make it due to certain inevitable reasons. The programme commenced with kathak exponent Uma Dogra enacting Kaikeyi through the medium of gestures, gesticulations and powerful dialogues written by Chiraarth Singh and rendered by Uma Dogra, who succeeded in projecting the varied emotional layers of both Manthra and Kaikeyi.

Bangalore-based Odissi exponent Sharmila Mukherjee created a lasting impression with her powerful 'abinaya' in projecting Kaikeyi as the loving and doting wife, dutiful queen and brave warrior who saved and nursed Raja Dashrath at the time of the calamity. With wonderful music by Bijoy Jena and script by Pandit Nityanand Mishra, Sharmila's performance was refreshing for its dramatic and stylistic quality.

'Sita Haran' by Jhelum Paranjape and senior disciples like Ankur Balal, Dipali and Rupali created a stir with their dramatic and vibrant performance. Ankur as Ravana did a great job and Rupali as the golden deer was amazing. While Sanjay Singh played Ram, Sita was enacted by Dipali. Jhelum Pranjape as Jatayu was brilliant in displaying the typical 'angika abhinaya' of the bird and the tragic end. A befitting tribute to the power of women.

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