May 9, 2011
The newly formed department of dance in collaboration with department of dramatics, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathawada University, Aurangabad, concluded its first Vasanthotsav festival of dance, drama and music in April this year. The festival performance is part of the curriculum and syllabus based, and around 30 students of BA (Dance) and BPA (Drama) presented Bharatanatyam, music recital and three one act plays in the two day festival held on 21st and 22nd April 2011.
The opening of the festival was with Ganesh Shlokam followed by Pushpanjali in Gambeera Natai Ragam, Tisra Alarippu, Mallari and Shiva Stuti and Shabdam in ragamalika on the first day and the second day saw demonstration of adavus and different facets of technique of Bharatanatyam by all the students.
The second segment of the festival was vocal music and the students sang ragas, abhangs, bhajans and also ghazals. The third segment of the festival was folk dances of Maharashtra followed by three one act plays directed by third year students of BPA on both the days.
The dignitaries present on both days were Dr Kanak Rele, Director, Nalanda Dance Research Centre, Mumbai, who inaugurated the festival, Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vijaykumar Pandharipande, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathawada University, Aurangabad, Chief Secretary Dr. Manavendra Kochale, Dr. Shivaji Sangle, Head of the Dramatics Dept., and Prof. Dr. Shashikant Barhanpurkar. The coordinator of the dance department and festival was Prof. Dr. Jayant Shevtekar. The faculty involved in training and preparing the students for the festival were V Soumyasree ( Bharatanatyam), Dr. Smita Pandhare and Sachin Nevpurkar (music), Smita Sable, Vaishali Bodele, Ashok Bangar, Gajanan Dandge (drama).
The special thing about the whole festival is that the students belong to rural and interior areas of Marathawada region in Maharashtra and they are not exposed to any performing arts. To prepare them in this one year and present them was a herculean task and the department of dance succeeded as the performances were appreciated by one and all not only for presentation but for authenticity and perfection.