Jaipur, 11 December: The 3 day ‘Thirak Utsav’ concluded on a high note today at JKK with power packed dance performances that left the audience in awe. The day commenced with a symposium in which the guest speakers shared the teachings of their Gurus as well as their contribution in the arena of Kathak.
Padma Vibhushan Uma Sharma from New Delhi spoke on ‘Contribution of Guru Sundar Prasad’; Guru Sushmita Mishra & Kajal Mishra from Kolkata on ‘Contribution of Guru Pt. Jaylal & Pt. Ramgopal’; Guru Pannalal Kathan from Ganganagar, Dr. Rekha Thakar & Sangeeta Singhal from Jaipur on ‘Contribution of Guru Gauri Shankar’ and Pt. Rajkumar Javda from Jaipur on Contribution of Guru Kanhaiyalal Javda’. The session was moderated by Guru Prerana Shrimali from New Delhi.
Later in the evening JKK’s Rangayan Auditorium witnessed an enchanting ‘Sattriya’ dance performance by Anwesa Mahanta. The theme of her performance today was ‘Narsingh Leela’. She started with ‘Sudh Nritya’ – ‘Ramdani’ followed by ‘Geetor Nach’ (the pure form of dance), which has both the nature of ‘Male’ and ‘Female’.
This was followed by a gripping Kathak dance by Ms. Aditi Mangaldas. Her performance – ‘Widening Circles’ — was based on the concept of ‘pratityasamutpada’ or interdependent co-arising. The performance was presented in three parts – ‘The Sun’, ‘The Earth’ and ‘The Moon’. Through the metaphor of the blossoming lotus that connects to the ever widening circles of life, Aditi Magaldas tried to explore the concept of pratityssamutpada. Her dance presentation reflected on the fact that everything in the universe is interlinked and connected. She was accompanied by Mohit Gangani on Tabla, Faraz Ahmad on Vocals and Harmonium, Ashish Gangani on Pakhawaj and Amir Khan on Sarangi.
About the Artistes
Anwesa Mahanta is a dedicated young exponent of Sattriya dance. She has received accolades from the art connoisseurs and scholars for the grace and liveliness of her dance and the expressiveness of her abhinaya.
Aditi Mangaldas is a leading dancer and choreographer in the classical Indian dance form of Kathak. With extensive training under the leading gurus of Kathak – Shrimati Kumudini Lakhia and Pandit Birju Maharaj, Aditi is today recognized for her artistry, technique, eloquence and characteristic energy that mark every performance.