February 6, 2010
to provide a platform to youth and established artistes, the Drishti Dance
Festival is held in an upscale manner with grand publicity and technical
support. The cultural crowd of Bangalore looks forward to this festival
as it’s a treat to watch some of the best artistes perform.
The 5th edition
of Drishti festival featured some good dance performances by upcoming young
dancers and scintillating performances by professional artistes. The evening
began with a duet performance by Surya N Rao and Prateeksha Kashi in Kuchipudi
style. The dancing duo performed "Shankara sri giri," a composition of
Swati Thirunal, popularly done by Bharatanatyam dancers and tarangam which
was adapted to a Kannada Devaranaama, in tarangam format. Both Surya and
Prateeksha are keen learners and showed their well worked piece on stage
with utmost confidence and ease. These two young dancers have a bright
future in the dancing scene.
The Nrityagram ensemble (Odissi) brought in a new perception to performing arts, that it can be both pure classical but highly entertaining with all the ingredients of aesthetics, technique and tradition. It was enthralling to watch them dance in perfect sync in their movements while abhinaya was both individualistic but with well rehearsed synchronization, the staccato poses brought alive the unique Odissi karanas. Bangalore’s own Nrityagram have gone global in their presentations.
Nadam Dance Ensemble, a popular dance ensemble known for its dynamic Kathak performances, led by K Murali Mohan and Nandini K Mehta, along with Smitha Srinivasan and group, performed a wide spectrum of interesting and fascinating Kathak dances. This time they showcased Ganesha vandana, Thaat and a Tarana. They enchanted the crowd with great footwork and swift twirls.
The chief guests
Krishna Byre Gowda, MLA, and Dharmastala Surendra Kumar congratulated Anuradha
and Vikranth, lauding the efforts of the couple for their valuable contribution
to the cultural scene of Bangalore. I wish them all success in celebrating
dance for many more glorious years.