New Delhi: - To celebrate the new talents, Aamad Dance Centre organized the Srijan at Shri Ram Centre Auditorium, Mandi House New Delhi. The annual Kathak festival SRIJAN, emphasises the Guru Shishya Parampara. Through this platform, the artists highlighted the important phase in human life- childhood through their specially choreographed performances, and how this phase marks the foundation of the personality & emotional resilience capacity of any person.
The evening commenced with a lamp lighting ceremony byChief Guest Hon MP (West Delhi) Shri Sarvesh sahib Singh and other guests. The event's first performance was Rehas of Wajid Ali Shah. In this Shikha Sharma, Nisha Kesari, Priyanka Shah& Shinjini Das presented a few Rehas (Gatnikas) of Awadh Last nawab WajiidAli shah. They were accompanied by Guru Rani Khanum Ji on Padhant, Tabla by Naushad Ahmed Ji, Vocal by Shuheb Hasan Ji, and Sarangi by Nasir Khan Ji. This was followed by a solo dance performance by the upcoming star of Kathak - Ridhima Singh. The young and talented Kathak dancer took the stage by storm with her charismatic personality and captivating stage presence. Trained under the Kathak exponent and renowned Guru Rani Khanam Ji, Ridhima presented a traditional Kathak depicting the technical aspects of Lucknow Gharana later, she presented Taal Teental where she performed thaat, tukra Paran, Ladi, Tihai, Kavvitt and elaborated footwork portraying the finer nuances of the dance form. Sheconcluded her performance by depicting abhinaya on the Thumri 'Ae Ri Sakhi, ka se Kahu, Kanha ki chaturai' showing how Shri Krishna plays mischief with Radha at first but later charms her with his affection and love.
Later, a group performedThumri- 'Sab ban than aayi shayna pyari re'. The evening continued with another solo performance by yet another supremely talented disciple of Guru Rani Khanam – Shubhangee Goyal. Shubhangee's flamboyant abhinaya, rhythmic flow, unmatchable movement vocabulary along with her powerful presence on stage enthralled the audience. She performed a solo rhythmic piece in Taal Dhamar: Uthan that, Aamad, Tukra, Tihai, Ladi, Paran which is famous for its strength and dhrupad style. Her dance performance showed the intrinsic characteristics of compositions in Lucknow Gharana in different tempos along with the fine exceptions of footwork in Kathak.Shubhangee concluded her performance by adding an essence of her Abhinaya reflecting through a Thumri 'Ae ri Sakhi more piya ghar aye' written by Amir Khusrow. It celebrates the presence and glorifies the homecoming of the great beloved. It also talks about the bewilderment of a mystic lover in the majestic divine presence. It presents how the presence and absence of the Great love makes everything or nothing.Shubhangee was accompanied by Ustaad Naushad Ahmed on Tabla,Vocal by Shuheb Hasan ji, Nasir Khan Ji on Sarangi and Padhant by Guru Rani Khanam.
The evening continued with many other group performances like Malkaus Tarana, Durga Stuti – 'Devi Bhajo Durga Bhavani', Kedar Sargam. Audiences were in awe when very young students of Aamad Dance Centre presented their flawless traditional Kathak.
One of the main highlights of the festival was Rani Khanam's performance on live poetry by Jayanti Ranganathan, Executive Editor at Hindustan Media limited venture and a renowned author. Jayanti Ranganathan Ji recited aMahadevi Varma poetry 'Sab Bujhe Deepak Jala do'on the theme of Srijan, and Guru Rani Khanam presented the Abhinaya aspect of the Kathak dance. The duo presented the best of their talents leaving the audience asking for more.
Besides, Aamad also invited young artists to draft poems and do paintings on the Srijan theme. From this Ms Aadya Singh, a young Kathak dancer received an appreciation certificate for her paintings on the Srijan theme.
Talking about the annual Kathak festival, Kathak exponent and founder of Aamad Dance Centre, Guru Rani Khanam, said,“I am glad that more editions of Srijan festival saw a successful completion. The new talents will take forward our old tradition of Guru-Shishya Parampara and instruct the next generation of students/artists about their devotion and behaviour towards their teacher. I would like to thank the entire Srijan team of Srijan who put their best to put forth a wonderful show.”
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