“This embodiment of sound and rhythm, which creates poetry of spiritual expression is called dance or nritya,” excerpts from verses of Rukmini Devi Arundhale, a veteran dancer describing what classical Indian dance is all about.
These dances, once performed in temples and royal courts more than 2000 years ago, provide a picturesque perspective on our culture. Each dance form is characterized by the region it belongs to, permeating its rich history and culture. Bharatanatyam is the most ancient and classic form of Indian Classical dance. Mohini Attam from Kerala, Kathakali which is a purely masculine style of dance with remarkable facial makeup and elaborate hand gestures and technique, Kathak- a North Indian style that evolved during the Moghul period in India, Manipuri- an intriguing, attractive and uncomplicated dance from Manipur, Odissi from Orissa, Kuchipudi from Andhra Pradesh are just few of the colourful dance forms that belong to our rich heritage.
They run deep in India's ethos. Yet so little of it has been fully garnered and assimilated. Over the past few decades the authenticity of these dances, the awareness amongst the youth and the audiences, has deteriorated drastically. It is now the need of the hour to save these art forms from fading.
As an ardent admirer and follower of the traditional Indian dances, I want to take a positive step to help revive them and become a catalyst among the performers and the audience. In my efforts to revive these art forms, I will be conducting ‘Nrityotsava’ – a show for the youth, by the youth where young students will be showcasing their talents through different Indian dance forms, all on one platform. This is my effort to reinstate the Indian dance forms which are the epitome of Indian philosophy, in the hearts of the youth. I am also contributing by teaching the children from a government school to perform in this programme. Its heartening to see the children so enthusiastic about learning the dance, so eager to absorb and deliver. As I discuss the bright costumes and their performance on the big day, their eyes light up, their excitement palpable and contagious.
My pursuit to help our society as a whole, doesn’t stop here. Parallel to reviving our art forms, I also want to do something for our children studying in government schools. For the last few years, I have been associated with Colours of Life, an N.G.O. that is striving to uplift under privileged children by helping government schools to transform themselves into institutes of excellence. With the help of this programme, I aim to raise funds and contribute in the college education of students from one of the government schools (supported by Colours of Life) who may have to dropout of school for lack of funds.
While we take our education for granted, there are so many children who are very talented and hard-working, with dreams in their eyes that lay quashed due to lack of funds.
This issue, according to me, is of great concern and I feel very strongly about helping these children in my own, small way. With the objective of providing free college education to as many children as I can, I shall forward all the funds originating from Nrityosva for their education, hoping to give these children access to good education for their bright future.
What better way to soothe our souls than by dancing our way to charity?
I am Pari Goenka, Founder of ‘Revisiting Dance’, a social initiative focused on reviving our ancient dance forms through ‘Nrityotva’ a dance program, and raising funds in order to facilitate free college education for children from government school for their safe, secure and bright future.
A student of Grade 9 at Mallya Aditi International School, I have been passionate about Dance and Music from childhood. I have danced at various platforms and finished grade 3 at “Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya” in Kathak and grade 5 at “Trinity college London” in Piano. I wanted to revive the fading traditional dance forms and hence I will be conducting ‘Nrityotsava’ – a show by the youth where young students will be showcasing their talents through different Indian dance forms, all on one platform. I am also contributing by teaching the children from a government school to perform a dance in this programme.
The joy, enthusiasm and eagerness to absorb and deliver of these kids that i am teaching is so contagious. My pursuit to help our society as a whole, doesn’t stop here. For the last few years, I have been associated with Colours of Life, an N.G.O. that is striving to uplift under privileged children by helping government schools to transform themselves into institutes of excellence. With the help of this programme, I aim to raise funds and contribute in the college education of students as many as I can from one of the government schools (supported by Colours of Life) who may have to drop out of school for lack of funds. I shall forward all the funds originating from Nrityosva for their education.
Did you know that the famous song 'Dola re Dola' which was performed by Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit portrayed a medley of two Indian classical dance forms. Their display of Nautray was a spectacular cinematic spectacle which was loved by the audiences. Indian classical dance forms are at the very core of Indian culture. Thousands of years age, these originated either from religious context or from performances for the kings and queens of the Mughal Era. Each Part of India seems to have a separate identity which is characterized by its dance form. This very art form is what keeps India Vibrant and alive. Mohiniyattan which originated from kerala is famous for being performed during Onam.
Unfortunately, now the new generation is forgetting the value of these long practiced art forms. It is imperative that we save them for getting left behind. As a lover of Indian dance forms, I feel it is my duty to help revive these dance forms.
Especially when the current generation is not even aware of the existence of these different dance forms! In my efforts to revitalize these art forms, I wish to announce that I will be conducting a show wherein students who learn different Indian dance forms will be showcasing their talent. It is important that the youth understand the importance of these art forms and preserve it for the upcoming generations also. This show will take place on the 5th of July 2019. Through this, I hope to make people realize the significance of OUR CULTURE.
Date: 5th July 2019
Venu: Adarangamandira Auditorium
Time: 5PM – 7PM
What better way to soothe our souls than by dancing our way to charity? We aim to engage, enlighten and inspire the audiences and art-lovers about traditional Indian dance forms, which emerged from the country's temples centuries ago, over western options such as ballet, jazz and hip hop.
Our mission is to bring back the rich repository of our traditional dances, so steeped in history, awaken and revive them and bring them in the forefront. Through Nrityotsva, our purpose is dual- to revive our ancient dance forms and to raise funds in order to facilitate free college education to children from government school for their safe, secure and bright future. These government schools are supported by Colours Of Life, a non-profit organisation striving to uplift under privileged children by helping government schools to transform themselves into institutes of excellence. To find out more please visit their website www.coloursoflife.co.in
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We are expecting a large audience for Nrityotsva and are putting in our best efforts to spread the word to maximum number of people. I request you to join hands with our ‘Revisiting Dance’ by generously donating money which can help further the education of these children
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