An international dance competition “Udaan Season 2” organised by the Kala Ashram College of Performing Arts was held in Udaipur on 20 August 2022. The event was held at the Railway Training Institute, Sukhadia Circle at 5:30 in the evening. Kala Ashram Foundation is an independent, renowned, not-for-profit and public funded charitable trust in the education domain.
With a focus on enhancing and augmenting interest and development of Indian culture, Kala Ashram Foundation aims to establish education in the areas of heritage medicine, Yoga, Indian Classical dance and singing and performing.
The dance competition was held in a hybrid mode, with participants belonging to places outside India and those within the country and unable to travel, giving their performance in online mode. Participants from Indian cities were mostly on stage at the venue. Participants from 11 states across India included those from Rajasthan, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.
Ganpati Vandana and Saraswati Vandana was performed by the students of Kala Ashram College of Performing Arts and after that Kathak was performed by Sakshi, Dashita, Adhya, Meetula, Neelu, Madhulika, Leena, and Heena. Folk dance was performed by Aanya Parakh, Maanya Handa, Ada Jain, and Mahi. Aishwariya from Karnataka gave a spectacular performance of Kathak and Mimasa Varma from Bangalore also performed Kathak beautifully in praise of Goddess Durga. Performance on Madhurashtakam (devotional songs of Shri Krishna) was performed by the students of Kala Ashram viz. Dhruvi, Sharanya, Jivisha, Vanya, Manaswi, Dishti, Navda, Mishika Varma, Yalini, Jainika, Nitya, Divyani, and Bhumi. Dhani, Ishita, Anushka Nahar, Anshi, Anvika, Sharmishtha also performed Kathak on Shiv Shambhu Bhajans. Sangham dance was performed by Kala Ashram students. Senior Folk dance performance was given by Jyoti, Riya, Sawita, Priyanka, Tithi, Urmila, Abhilasha, Bhavna. Shlok Agarwal performed Kathak on Krishna bhakti and Himanshi Jhawar performed on Shiv and Krishna.
The competition was spread over three phases and across three categories, the final results of which were as follows:
Minor Group Dance
First position holders were given a cash prize of Rs 11,000, whereas those who took second place were awarded a cash prize of Rs. 7,500 and the third position holders were awarded Rs. 5,000. Winners were also given a medal and certificate.
The Chairman's Award was given to Joshnika De (West Bengal), Navarsa Mohammad Arif (Bihar), Mannat Srivastava (Virginia) and Arshiya Chakravarthy (West Bengal).
Earlier in the evening, the inaugural lamp lighting ceremony was done by Dr. Dinesh Khatri, Managing Director, Kala Ashram Ayurved Medical College and Hospital, Gogunda, Udaipur and Dr.Saroj Sharma. Special guests for the evening included Arjun Lal Meena, MP from Udaipur; Kuldeep Sharma, ADJ, Udaipur; Shikha Saxena, Deputy Director, Regional Tourism Office, Udaipur; Dr.Gayatri Tiwari, HOD, College of Home Science, MLSU; Ajay Kumar Jain, Vice Principal, Railway Training Institute, Udaipur; Laeeq Hussain, Director, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal, Udaipur; Arun Tak, Councillor; Rahul Agarwal, Chairman, Pacific Medical College and Hospital, Udaipur.
Dr.Saroj Sharma, in her address to the audience said that Udaan turned out to be an interactive platform, in which people from all over country participated. The stage anchor for the evening was Pratima Harigunani.
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