celebration of commitment
On 29th September
evening, a Manchester based Indian group, Upasana headed by Deepa Ganesh,
celebrated its third birthday at Waterside Arts centre. It was heartening
to see the smiles and appreciation with which the audience returned after
the 2 hour show.
The highlight of the evening was Pinnal Kollattam, a first time treat in the UK! From the 8 to 28 year old, this piece showcased uncompromised focus, practise and team spirit. Pinnal Kollattam is an old, traditional folk dance from the villages of Tamil Nadu in South India. This particular choreography, which has been performed for more than four generations without any change, demands technical excellence and team spirit. It also establishes the philosophy that on each occasion, we have to reach the standards of excellence with untainted focus and commitment.
experience and dedication was Deepa's excerpt from Shashwat which culminated
the evening in a reflective performance of Bhaja Govindam.
Deepa Ganesh, Upasana's Artistic Director, has more than 25 years of experience in Bharatanatyam, a keen ear for music, an impeccable sense of timing and a deep interest in Indian culture. "After coming to the UK, in three years I have learnt the value of just being better than what one was. I realize that way not only is unhealthy pressure off our shoulders, we are permanently in a journey of self actualisation through improvement. In very many ways, ours was similar to the annual showcase of many groups around the world – the recognition of a journey of each student, an evening for all to stop turn back and see the road taken, a moment of sharing and celebrating with friends and family a moment of pride and achievement. However there is a certain level of professionalism in anything and everything which not only do I aspire but try to inspire in every participant. This is the mantra I have learnt from my own gurus Adyar Lakshman and Kalanidhi Narayanan," says Deepa.
to its credit: First matinee of an Indian theatre specifically for schools
– 2007, and First Indian Theatre in Manchester International Festival –
2007. Utsav, is funded by Community Network for Manchester and empowered
by PANDA, A celebration of dance and the communities' efforts to reflect
and explore Indian culture.