When dancers perform poetry and become the poems

(…) what followed was a journey through dance into the soul of various poets. Disciples of Guru Asha Sunilkumar of Sanskriti Academy of Fine Arts presented an absorbing excerpt from the poem Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva by Rabindranath Tagore in Bharata Natyam. Tagore’s ‘fires of creation and the dark without Origin’ soon moved on to Harivansh Rai Bacchhan’s Pralay ki Raat coming to life through the talented disciples of noted Odissi exponent Guru Shubada Varadkar. Dance is truly ‘music made visual’ and some danced the same path, by using penned compositions. (…) The canvas then shifted from Vrindavan to Kailas with Jayeeta Dutta, talented disciple of Muraryi Saharan Gupta, visually etching the opulence of Shiva and Uma in a swing an unusual composition by Kazi Nazrul Islam, the revolutionary poet from Bengal. Renowned teacher, exponent and choreographer Guru Debi Basu’s disciples highlighted through Odissi the emotional lyricism within the saint poet Jayadeva’s poem with the allegory of the human soul’s love — Jeevatama pining for Paramatman, ‘Feeling the essence of God in all creation through beautiful contemporary folds – came the contemporary dance choreographer – Abhishek Rathod and his team. Kalashri Lata Surendra laced the traditional varnam in Bharata Natyam, with lines from the 13th century Persian sufi poet Rumi. Developing the lines of a traditional varnam – she used verses from Rumi in an interesting formatting and blending tradition and innovation (…) / The Asian Age

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