Nritya Sangam : an Ode to Indian Dances
Category : Culture and dance heritage
Indian dance has diverse folk and classical dance forms. Bharatanatyam from Tamil Nadu, Kathak from Northern India, Kathakali & Mohiniyattam from Kerala, Kuchipudi from Andhra Pradesh, Odissi from Odisha, Sattriya from Assam, Manipuri, from Manipur, are some of the better known classical dance forms. These showcase mythological & local narrative forms.
On Sunday 16 July 2017, GHS in association with Abhinanadana Dance Academy celebrated the rich tradition of Indian Classical Dance forms.
The graceful dance of North India ‘Kathak’ was performed by BBC Yonge Dancer finalist Ms. Vidya Patel.
Vidya comes from Birmingham, where she participated in classical Indian dance styles from an early age with the support of her parents and two older sisters Kathak is one of the most charismatic dance forms of India.
Her Kathak performances revolve around stories of Lord Krishna. She mesmerised the audience with her spectacular footwork and amazing spins.
Another treat to the eyes was Kuchipudi Dance performance by Ms. Abhinandana Kodaanda. Kuchipudi Dance form is a long-established dance-drama style.
Abhinandana has played a major role in developing young people in Classical Dancing through her dance academy in Preston.
She performed a story of Lord Krishna’s childhood, as well as her ever popular Thali Dance. (Dancing on a metal plate). Her students also showcased their talent on the stage.
The show was very well received and enjoyed by people of Preston, It was an overwhelming experience for the parents of young dancers to see their daughters flourish.
This show was a testimony to GHS’ commitment to preserve traditions and introduce them to a global audience.