Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda presents
Nritya Parva
CC Mehta Auditorium, 7.30pm
Feb 10 & 11, 2015 Vadodara

February 7, 2015

What happens to the young and aspiring dancers?  What opportunities are there for these very well trained, bright and vibrant performers from cities like Baroda, Khairagarh, Raipur, Savantwadi, Jammu, Udaipur and such? They have no family background and tradition, no influence, no support, no godfather, no government grants. They are away from the metropolis where most of the dance and specially performance related activities are centred. Most of them come from backgrounds not so cohesive to nurturing of dance. It is their sheer will, desire, passion and love of dance that have made them take this path, road, MARG!

Being a conscious part of this ephemeral but tough and highly demanding field of dance, we are concerned with its sustenance, transmission and propagation.  We believe it is time for change.  This year the Nritya Parva focuses on our contribution to this change. We have 7 artistes, coming from five streams of dance training, seven diverse social-cultural-economic backgrounds, joined in by their hard work and fierce love for dance.

Ashish Mohan Khokar, dance historian, scholar and editor Attendance is the mentor for this Nritya Parva. NRITYA PARVA 2015 is dedicated to the fond memories of Dr. Mrunalini Devi Puar, Chancellor, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and Prof. R.C. Mehta.

Dates: 10, 11 February 2015                             
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: CC Mehta Auditorium, MS University, Baroda

Tuesday 10 February 2015, 7.30pm
Dr. Vidhi Nagar: Kathak
A promising artiste of Kathak as well as a highly educated personality, Dr. Vidhi Nagar is technically versatile and immaculately proficient in her expertise. She has specialized in bhava elements of Kathak dance. Since the past few years she has been deeply involved in reviving the Baithiki style of traditional Kathak, thus innovating to go back to the roots of Kathak styles. Dr. Nagar is a recognized academician, teacher and performer.  Rigorously trained for several gruelling years and received a vast treasure of knowledge about The Lucknow and Jaipur Gharanas of Kathak from Prof. Purnima Pande and Late Guru Subhash Dixit. She is serving as a senior Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance, BHU, and is empanelled Artist of I.C.C.R., grade A artist of Delhi Doordarshan. Dr. Nagar has many awards, festival performances and research papers to her credit.

Aniruddha S Knight: Bharatanatyam

Aniruddha Knight is the only grandchild of Dr. T. Balasaraswati, and 9th generation interpreter of the music and dance repertoire of one of South India's most famous families of performing artists. He is also American, bicultural, and the first male dancer in his family. Knight and his accompanists, distinguished vocal and instrumental musicians trained by Balasaraswati and other senior artists in the family, carry forward the discipline, expressiveness, and extemporaneous ensemble performance that are the unique hallmarks of this highly-evolved hereditary style.

Wednesday 11 February 2015, 7.30pm
Deepa Sashindran: Kuchipudi

A fine versatile artiste with intellectual, creative and organisational abilities. For more than three decades, she has learnt and mastered the art of Kuchipudi under guru Manju Bargavee and currently with Guru Vempati Ravi Shankar.  Deepa has received a lot of accolades for her vivacious dance technique and natural charm for the Kuchipudi idiom in various festivals of India and abroad.

Madhulita Mohapatra & Bishwabhushan Mohapatra: Odissi

Madhulita Mohapatra, a young Odissi dancer has carved a niche as one of the leading Odissi exponents in south India. A graded artiste of Doordarshan & recipient of the prestigious BCKA Yuva Kala Pratibha award, she has performed at several prestigious events across the country. Bishwabhushan Mohapatra is the first recipient of the prestigious Protima Gauri scholarship offered by Nrityagram, Bengaluru. He is registered artiste with the Doordarshan, New Delhi and the Doordarshan, Odisha.

Kalamandalam Yashwant and Kalamandalam Vishakh: Kathakali

Versatile young artistes, with post graduate studies from Kerala Kalamandalam, both have started performing and are well known in Kerala.