Through Express news service

BENGALURU: Dr Sanjay Shantaram and Rathna Supriya are two dancers on a mission. The two collaborated and choreographed the production Apoorva Bharatam, but what makes the production special? It will feature 100 dancers who will perform 33 Indian dance forms, including folk and classical forms such as Bihu from Assam, Karaga Kavadi Puliattam from Tamil Nadu, Bhangra and Garbha and Ghumar from Rajasthan. The dancers share that they hope to educate children and instill a sense of patriotism through
their performance.

Dr Shantaram, Artistic Director of Shivpriya School of Dance and Music, says: “The production glorifies the cultural richness and heritage of our country. The audience will be able to see and learn a lot about India through the presentation of the dance, which celebrates unity in diversity.

Besides the dance, the production will also incorporate elements of theater to make the story more captivating. “We will be presenting events of historical significance, so some events from the life of Shivaji and Mahatma Gandhi will be played. Scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharatha will also be incorporated, ”says Dr Shantaram.

The duo have been planning production for a long time. The idea arose from an informal meeting between Supriya and Dr Shantaram, who realized their mutual interest in projecting the country with pride through dance and theater. Most of the dancers come from their two dance schools: the Shivpriya dance and music school and the Nithya Narthana Priya school in Bharatnatyam. The artists Odissi, Mohiniattam, Yakshagana and Kathakali were invited from other schools.

“We divided the choreography between us to make the process smooth and fast. We have both made several attempts to maintain the nativity and authenticity of the respective dance style. We’ve been working on it since January, ”he said, adding that he will also perform Shiv Tandava and several other folk dances.

Their biggest challenge was to bring all the artists together. “We had to look for tailors to sew the costumes exclusively for production. But no matter how difficult, we cherish every moment of working towards this production, ”adds Dr Shantaram.

The event will take place on April 26 at 6 p.m. at Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Malleswaram.