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TRIBUTES TO MANIPURI MAESTRO

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
By Vijay Shanker

Abhinaya Institute Of Research and Fine Arts(Vasai), Gandharbi India with the support of Sangeet Natak Akademi organised the 2nd Guru Padmashri Th Babu Singh National Dance festival at Bhandari Samaj Hall, in Vasai last week. It was an unusual festival of Manipuri performers who are veteran teachers and performers, as a mark of tribute to the great Manipuri master Padmashri Th Babu Singh.

Padmashri Th Babu Singh was the leading teacher for Jawaharlal Manipuri Dance Academy In Manipuri and he had several choreographies to his credit. He had written book of Manipuri dance known as ‘Meite Pungton Raga Ahouba’  and won the prestigious Sangeet Ntak Akademi award in 1990 and the Padmashri in 2007 for his invaluable and rich  contribution to Manipuri dance.

The top Manpur performers of the festival included Reepa Devi, Amusana Devi Devi, Latasana Devi, The young talented Manipuri dancer Sujit Kumar Ghosh who performed Krishna Nritya with lot of excitement and involvement. it was a pleasant surprise to witness the exqusite Odissi performance by Sharon Lowen who performed an extract of Kalidas Kumara Sanbhavam incporporating the love relationship of Shiva and Parvati.

While Vaidehi Kurkarni performed Kuchipudi with elegance, Venkitt of Hyderabad performed Ardha Narishwar portraying the twin concept of both Shiva and Shakti and creating  a lasting impression. Varsha Vishwanathan. disciple of Sudip k Ghosh and daughter of Dr Chitra Vishwanathan was quite pleasing in the Manipuri dance. Students of Dr Chitra performed Bhrata Natyam with lot of enthusiasm. Students Of Geeta V, Shanker performed Mohiniattam with grace and involvement.On the whole it was an unusual and unique festival.

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