Monday 3 August 2015

Dance in the Rain- DAY 632

The 25th Raindrops held a three day festival featuring varied classical styles of Indian dances, namely Bharatnatyam, Mohinattam, Odissi, Kathak and Manipuri. Held at Ravindra Natya Mandir it was exhilarating to watch different styles of art form come together.  Conceived by renowned Kathak exponent Uma Dogra, who heads the Sam Ved Society it is an annual event artistes look forward to during the monsoon season. Over the period of three days the audience was mesmerised  by Kathak performed by Rina Mehta, Vishal Krishna and Anuj Mishra. Namrata Gupta and Rajashri Praharaj danced Odissi, where as Suhani Dhanki and Mrinalini Biswas performed Bharatnatyum. There was also Radhika Nair dancing Mohiniattam and Shreya Ayyub dancing Manipuri.

In the august presence of classical dancers like Kanak Rele, Nilima Azim, Jhelum Paranjape, Darshana Jhaveri, was also renowned Ballroom and Latin dancer guru Sandip Soparrkar. His presence defined that dance is universal. Soparrkar was full of praise for Uma and said “Very few people in this world are like Uma Dogra who give platform to young dancers and do not differentiate between a western dancer and an Indian dancer."

Call it co-incidence that Raindrop held the festival amidst heavy rains in the city but Ravindra Natya Mandir
was house-full with dance lovers and clapping. An overwhelmed Uma Dogra said, “As long as art exists love
and peace will prevail.”

Bhawana Somaaya/ @bhawanasomaaya

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