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Margazhi festival showered with praise

DNMUM294535 | 12/31/2013 | Author : Mahalakshmi Subramanian | WC :283 | Art & Culture

Dancers like Uma Dogra and Vaibhav Arekar, drew an overwhelming crowd

Vashi: Margazhi festival held at Urban Haat on December 29 by the Takshashila dance academy was well-received by people from across the city. The event which featured dance performances by noted dancers namely Revathi Ramachandran, Uma Dogra and Vaibhav Arekar, drew an overwhelming crowd and the organisers achieved what they aimed at- motivate dance students by having them witness renditions of such popular dancers.
Gayatri Subramanian, director of the academy said, "It was rewarding to see everyone present get totally involved in the performances. Their performances showed the dedication they have for the art. Students and the audience got an opportunity to see them perform and learn."
Jaishree Rao, a resident of Sion and a dancer for the past 40 years, who attended the programme said, "An attempt to make Navi Mumbai culturally aware was a success. The students who presented an invocation piece first, danced beautifully. It shows that they are sincere and dedicated to the art they are learning. Most of the audience was active and sat till the end, as all the three dancers were at their best, especially Arekar. Although he had come prepared with a different set of dancers, when he saw that most of the crowd was Maharashtrian, he decided to dance to three abhangs and had the crowd holding on to his moves."
While Kathak exponent Dogra performed on poet Jayadeva's Ashtapati and a vatsalyarasa, Bharatanatyam dancer Ramachandran and her daughter Manasvini, rendered items in the Shuddha Nrittam style.
"Each of their performances was an inspiration. Their perfection conveyed their commitment for what they do; sheer sincerity and hard work. It was truly a learning experience," said Shyama Balachandran, one of the students of the academy.

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