Report on ‘Colors of India – Through the Eyes of a Dancer’

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The dusk of January 21, Tata Institute of Social Sciences witnessed wonderful and mesmerizing performances of classical dances. Colors of India – Through the Eyes of a Dancer, presented Bharatanatyam by Nilesh Singha and Amol, Kathak by Sunil Sunkara and Saurabh Masurkar, and a dramatic poetic recitation by Sarang Bhakre.

The evening began with a Vandana by Nilesh and Saurabh followed by a piece on Shiva by Nilesh. Sunil performed Teentaal, a Thumri and a Natwari piece followed by Saurabh who continued Teentaal with a few technical elaborations. Next, Sunil performed the mesmerizing ‘Raag Yaman’ with literally means, one that soothes your mind. Nilesh once again performed an amazing piece on Draupadi Vastraharan. The sprit of true unity and fusion of two cultures were displayed in a blend of Kathak and Bharatanatyam in a Tarana. Sarang Bhakre presented a Marathi poetry in one act while Amol had people on their feet, cheering with his Bharatnatyam on Bollywood medley.

Next, Sunil performed ‘Sanjini’, a magical piece of foot work by Pandit Birju Maharaj ji followed by ‘Lagi tuzse man ki lagan’. The evening ended with the recitation of a soul touching poem by Rabindranath Tagore, ‘Ekla chalo re’,  which a few audience members said moved them to tears.

Author: Saurabh Masurkar

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