- Yogi unveils booklet on achievements; promises development
- No discussion on H-1B during Modi-Trump meeting
- SC refuses interim order agst Centre's notification on Aadhaar
- China accuses Indian troops of 'crossing boundary' in Sikkim section
- India, US to cooperate against JeM, LeT; ask Pak to rein in terror groups
- With hugs and praise, Modi and Trump strike rapport
Dance fest: Mesmerising concoctions meet mind-blowing concepts
The second evening of the contemporary dance festival featured Sita from Ramayana, refusing to return to safety on Hanuman’s shoulders.
The choreography expands on the single dance phrase of Sita’s reply to the monkey king. The gestures, movements and abstractions further reinforce the determination of the princess in remaining steadfast to her decision.
This was followed by “Avani” inspired by the epic poem of Rabindranath Tagore. This contemporary dance is a response to his call to the earth as prithvi, mother, protector and destroyer. She is both gentle and fierce, like Durga, capable of caring and devouring.
Tagore’s vision of man’s greed and appetite for destruction brought about this poem that was written between the two world wars in the 20th century. Both the dances were composed and played by eminent danseuse and choreographer Anita Ratnam from Chennai.
The second presentation of the evening was by Astad Deboo and group from Mumbai. In his first item Surrender, he depicted the divine light that shines forth on dark night of sorrow; the death alone brings near abode of sweetness; the anguish burns like a flame in the heart of the sacred lamp. The second item was Your Grace weaving a chain of pearls for the neck with tears of sorrow.
In the Walking Tall, Astad has taken the concept of Rabindranath Tagore that man should move alone if nobody listens to his call. The concluding item Awakening is depicted through music that ignites the vision with the language of radiance.
The lines of visible forms are washed away in a flood of nectar. Earlier, in the morning noted dancer-cum-choreograher Uttara Asha Coorlawala delivered a talk on the contemporary dance history and evolution at State Museum before a gathering of scholars, dancers and art critics.
- Portal of land offered for dev launched 28 Jun 2017 | PNS | in Chandigarh
- inbrief 28 Jun 2017 | PNS | in Chandigarh
- Punjab SC panel orders VB probe against Patiala’s private college 28 Jun 2017 | PNS | in Chandigarh
- Haryana textile traders join strike 28 Jun 2017 | PNS | in Chandigarh
- Punjab Govt launches tree plantation drive 28 Jun 2017 | PNS | in Chandigarh
- Textile traders down shutters in Punjab 28 Jun 2017 | PNS | in Chandigarh
- Cops book 5 people for attempt to murder over land dispute 28 Jun 2017 | Staff Reporter | in Bhopal
- Akami Multi Specialty Ayurvedic Clinic opens in city 28 Jun 2017 | Staff Reporter | in Bhopal
- HP Youth Congress to counter BJP yatra with Vikas Prachar yatra 28 Jun 2017 | Kamal Joshi | in Chandigarh
- Haryana aims GSDP growth at 9.8% 28 Jun 2017 | PNS | in Chandigarh