Classical Dance Ensemble
for 60th year celebrations of Indian Independence in Dubai
dancer Tripti Bhupen brought Samarpan Classical Dance Ensemble, a blend
of different Classical dance traditions together three years back. The
group comprises of professional performers and they regularly feature at
the World Dance Day celebrations in Dubai.
The Ensemble was
invited to perform for the 60th Anniversary celebrations of the Indian
Independence at the Indian Consulate, Dubai, on the 4th of January 2008.
The evening was organized under the banner of Consulate General of India,
Dubai. The group comprises of dance professionals devoted to different
forms of Indian classical dances. A fusion of five different dance styles
i.e. Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam, and Kathak was the
highlight of this performance. Besides performing to the traditional dance
music, artistes came together and performed two pieces directed by Tripti
Bhupen to a blend of contemporary music.
commenced with Ganapati Stuti in praise of Vinayaka performed by all the
artistes representing various classical dance traditions. This was followed
by Batu Nritya in Odissi. Keertanams were presented in Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi
and Mohiniattam styles. As an experiment, a Bhajan was presented in a blend
of three different dance styles i.e. Odissi, Kathak and Bharatanatyam.
This was followed by Kathak, the classical dance from the Northern India.
The performance concluded with Ritu-rang, the colours of seasons where
all the dance styles came together to celebrate the beauty of different
seasons. The dance choreography here drew a parallel between changing seasons
and human emotions. The choreography was inspired by both classical and
folk dance movements.
Left to right - Rajashree, Farah, Annapoorna, Namitha & Tripti
The artistes who
performed were Tripti Bhupen, Annapoorna Murali and Rekha Sanu (Bharatanatyam),
Sasi Kottakal (Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi), Rajashree (Kuchipudi), Kundan
Mukherjee (Odissi), Namitha Giridharan (Mohiniattam), Farah Shams, Neelanchana
Shobhakumar and Arjun Lal (Kathak).
Performers with H E Consul General Venu Rajamony and other dignitaries