It was like a Kaleidoscope of many beautiful colours of dance, music and expressions. Woven together in perfect rhythm, splashed beautifully on the canvas of World Dance Day- this rainbow came alive and captivated people with the sheer power and versatility of Dance- through Kathak.
And Nrityam – an initiative by Lok Kala Mandal, Udaipur to celebrate World Dance Day – provided the perfect firmament for this rainbow. It came alive as an effort to paint various hues of dance- from energy, passion, emotion, taal to discipline, articulation, synergy and structure. It was a rainbow crafted meticulously by Guru Saroj Sharma - a veteran in the genre of Kathak and Inner Engineering. This ‘Indradhanush’ was her endeavour to showcase an explosive diversity of todas, tihais, thaats - using various colours of Kathak.
Consummating this idea, artists and students from Kala Ashram College of Performing Arts -under the able wings of veteran virtuoso Director and Guru Saroj Sharma ji - presented something that was not just performance but a poignant proof of what dance deeply means. It was a rainbow where the audience also got to discover the true essence of 'Dance'.
Presenting various colours on the stage were Priyanka S, Neelu D, Leena D, Hina P, Anya P, Prisha G, Ada J, Aadhya G, Mitula P – all students and artists from Kala Ashram College of Performing Arts, Udaipur. The performance was anchored strongly by a music team - Indra Dev Arya ji, Suraj Gandharva, Mukesh Tatiya, Indra Kunwar, Madhuram Khatri and Sakshi. The performance was conceptualized, choreographed and conducted live with Kathak padant by Guru Dr. Saroj Sharma.
As Dr. Saroj Sharma explained - "Dances like Kathak serve as a very powerful paint-brush. Classical dances allow an artist to blossom with many colours at the same time - you can enchant with explosive moves, you can show serenity, you can demonstrate fluidity, you can present team-work- there is so much possible when this crayon box of music and rhythm opens."
But above all, as she underlines- This performance, this 'Indradhanush' was an effort to tell the world that Dance is more than reckless movement - it's about Zen. It's therapy. It's the chance to explore the inner world. It's the chance to connect with others on a new wavelength. It's the window to break free - and be yourself - but within the sky of the structure that classical dance builds. It’s a dialogue with oneself, with God." She also explained how Yoga, modern-day therapy and dance correspond in beautiful ways. Earlier, Kala Ashram College of Performing Arts also held a special workshop blending heritage and dance – it was conceived by Hridaya Khatri and anointed World Dance Day with a contemporary ‘Gen Z’ interpretation.
The performance – showcasing the power of movement- was punctuated with various elements of Kathak like sawaal-jawaab, gat, chakradaar, salaami, maatras, and triplets. It became that rare beautiful rainbow that comes together when the sun of discipline and the rain of expression meet beautifully.
What a way to celebrate dance! What a way to hug the suddenly-beautiful weather! What a way to greet rains!