Swaying along with folk dance and culture

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 - 11:47am IST | Place: Vashi | Agency: DNA
Students of MAHAGAMI, a well known dance academy based in Auranagabad and headed by Parwati Dutta, will stage a performance on Saturday.

Navi Mumbaikars who are fans of classical dance will have the opportunity to witness a Kathak performance by the famous dancer Parwati Dutta and her group of students. The performance will be staged at Vishnudas Bhave Natyagruha on Saturday, from 8.30pm onwards.

Dutta, who has been heading Mahatma Gandhi Mission Sangeet Academy (MAHAGAMI), a dance school in Aurangabad for the past 17 years, will be performing along with eight of her students.

Apart from dance, she is well known for her research work and studies on the Taal system of Odissi and mardal tradition, Dhrupad, Pakhawaj and the sculptures of the Ellora Caves and translation of her work into dance productions. This performance also, she says is a tribute to Aurangabad.

“Some of the pieces that will be staged are based on my research work and will showcase the rich heritage of Aurangabad. The grandeur of the place is high with heritage structures in abundance so the performance will be a tribute to the place,” said Dutta.

She will start with an invocation to the 12 jyotirlingas of which one, Grishneshwar, is located near the Ellora Caves. “It is not the usual style of invocation and we have tried to revive the ancient recitation of abstract syllables. This will be followed by a tarana that will present the technical virtuosity of Kathak with a lot of footwork, spins and gliding movements,” she said.

Some of the other highlights are an Ashtapadi titled Nirathatha Dhanga, composed by Pt Birju Maharaj’s grandfather, Bindadin Maharaj, a Dhrupad on a poem by Tulsidas composed by Dutta herself, a piece about the Daulatabad Fort that was the first fort in India where a music concert was held, a dance about a waterfall in Aurangabad that is called Sita ki Nahani and is believed to be there since the time of Lord Ram. Titled Nirjharini, this piece will be interspersed with fast-paced Sitar rendition.

Dutta, apart from performing with her students will also present a solo thumri. “It is a pleasure to perform Kathak as this a secular dance form in the true sense of the word. While you have the content and composition reflecting the Hindu ethos, it also has a Sufi flavour that reflects the Islamic tradition,” she explained.

The dance event will be organised in association with MGM Hospital, Vashi, as both the dance school and the hospital come under the Mahatma Gandhi Mission Trust. “MAHAGAMI is thus a constituent body. Dancer Parwati Dutta has rendered beautiful performances before and will be doing so with her students this year also. The aim is to give Navi Mumbaikars a chance to enjoy such a performance, ffor free,” said Dr Kalyani Sen, medical superintendent of MGM Hospital, Vashi.

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Parwati Dutta, who has been heading MAHAGAMI, a dance school in Aurangabad for the past 17 years, will be performing along with eight of her students. Apart from dance, she is well known for her research work and studies on the taal system of Odissi and Mardal tradition

Some of the other highlights are an Ashtapadi titled Nirathatha Dhanga, composed by Pt Birju Maharaj’s grandfather, Bindadin Maharaj, a Dhrupad on a poem by Tulsidas composed by Dutta herself, a piece about the Daulatabad Fort.


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