Bhramara Festival of Dance 2019
- Anilkumar Singh
Photos courtesy: Mofassal Al Alif
February 6, 2019
The Bhramara Festival of Dance envisioned by dancer Tripti Arya, was presented by Arya Group Foundation (AGF) at the grand venue, The Royal Opera House, Mumbai, on 19th and 20th January 2019 in two slots at 4pm and 7.30pm.
Bhramara Festival’s mission ‘to appreciate the power and beauty of Indian classical dance and to attract more young generation of artists to support and contribute in keeping traditional art alive on the changing and challenging era’ is commendable initiative by Tripti Arya. “My little initiative is to spread among the young fraternity of audience understanding about our rich heritage and culture of India in the form of performing arts. I wish Bhramara Dance Festival makes more youngsters engage themselves in Indian dance forms,” says Tripti Arya.
Audience on both the days had mesmerising experiences with the fine line-up of six performing artistes’ dance presentations - Leela by Odissi dancer Arushi Mudgal and troupe, Sanjeevani by Bharatanatyam dancer Parshwanath Upadhye, ‘Son of the Wind’ by the Kathak artistes of Leela Dance Troupe from California and India, ‘Radha Madhavam’ by renowned Kathakali exponent Sadanam Balakrishnan and troupe, ‘Tarangini’ by spirited Kuchipudi artist Avijit Das and ‘Ramayana’ by Mayurbhanj Chhau artist Rajesh Sai Babu and Gurukul Chhau Dance Sangam. All the dance presentations were based on theme ‘Enchanting Epics’ for the inaugural edition of Bhramara Festival. They revolved around presentation of the different deeds of legendary figures from our ancient epics for the better of mankind and society.
The uniqueness of this festival was rolling of animated film before each presentation to explain to the audience about the content of the upcoming performance. It was quite easy then for the audience with non performing arts background to understand the dance presentation sequence by sequence and keep them interested to watch the complete performance. The added features of the festival were its outdoor organic food stalls by The Farmers Market. The free session of interactive lecture demonstration and workshops of Kathak and Mayurbhanj Chhau by Leela Dance Collective and Rajesh Sai Babu respectively was an added advantage for those who wanted to learn few of its steps and movements without any dance background.
The outdoor performances of Kalaripayattu and Baghanata (Tiger dance) by Ranjan Mullaratt / The Kalari Gurukulam, Bangalore, and Rajendra Prasad Patra respectively, drew special attention from the mixed audience and were well appreciated. The inspirational message by Sangita Jindal to support such endeavour for the purpose of preserving and spreading the knowledge about our art forms in the young generation to keep it alive, boosted the morale of the artistes and the dance festival organiser to continue the good work.
Mumbai based Anilkumar Singh is a Bharatanatyam, Rabindrik, Folk Dance performer, actor and choreographer.