In a unique event, four different dance styles came together on stage, simultaneously, tailored to a specific style of music.
The event had a group of talented young dancers who presented the concept of God as form or formless through a simultaneous dance presentation of styles such as Kathak, Odissi, Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam by a group of talented young dancers such as Prachi Saathi, Pooja Pant, Namrata Mehta and Saji Menon.
The evening show at NCPA (National Center for the Performing Arts) saw multiple dancers come together to represent multiple avatars of God through their respective dance styles, simultaneously. Conceptualized by Prachi Saathi and choreographed by the participating artists, the event combined the synergy and enthusiasm of young dancers from Mumbai, Saji Menon, Namrata Mehta, Keerthana Ravi, Krishna Niddodi, PoojaPant, SaritaShirodkar and TamannaTanna, each having devoted to the dance form they pursue. They performed various revered compositions such as ArdhanarishwaraAshtakam, Ganapatishlokam, Devistuti and Jhula.
Prachi, who conceptualized the dance event, said, âMy experience was exceptionally good because I can’t remember a single day when the rehearsals or the rigorous practice became stressful. The whole experience was so much fun because by the time the eight of us got together we clicked like a house on fire and there was instant chemistry between each of us. In addition, our ideas jellied very well, just like us. Even when you look at the production, the choreography is very interesting. It’s like a puzzle – everything fits together one by one. It was an absolutely pleasant experience; we are looking forward to presenting in more and more places because it is so beautiful.
Speaking about the production, Prachi said, âThe production is a beautiful fusion of four beautiful dance styles, but not at the cost of compromising the nuances and beauty of each style. So at no time did we compromise on the grammar of a dance style in order to fit in and blend in with other dance styles. We wanted to keep the authenticity and quality of each style. Overall, it was an incredibly enjoyable process. Eight people came together with a lot of synergy. They are all soloists and very accomplished people who came together for this production.
The music for the opening and the final piece was composed by Satish Krishnamoorthy, the voices were by Shri Makarand Deshpande and Satish, mridangam and udukku from Satish K, mardala by Roham Dahale, tabla by Prasad Padhye, flute by Atul Sharma, violin by Manas Kumar.