The three-day Guru-Shishya Parampara Classical Dance Festival, organised by the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akdemi (CSNA) concluded here on Sunday.
The last day showcased the rich cultural and dance heritage of south India to the art loving audience of the city. After the spell of Bharatnatyam and Odissi dances, the Kuchipudi dance was presented by multi-talented Vyajanthi Kashi and her daughter disciple Prateeksha Kashi— a gold medalist computer science graduate and a brilliant danseuse. Both have performed in all parts of the country as well as in around 18 countries abroad.
The duo commenced their Kuchipudi dance recital with an introductory composition “Deham Devalaya Proktam”which laid emphasis on the spiritual aspects of dance, dancer and the importance of every part of the body engaged in the dance performance. The next “Shrushti-the five elements”illustrated the mythological concept of the emergence of the universe, the life, living and worldly desires affecting the stability of life.
The next presentation “Mahishasura Mardhini”- a popular episode highlighted the mother goddess slaying the demon Mahishasura. A feature of Kuchipudi “Pahi pahi jaganmohana Krishna”recounted the life events of lord Krishna.
The popular “Putana Pravesha”- the story of Krishna and Putana, the ghost in the disguise of a young, beautiful woman who was deputed by king Kansa to kill baby Krishna but got killed. The concluding piece “Kubje”about an ugly woman hoping to be transformed as a beautiful blonde by lord Krishna enthralled audience.
The sparkling performance of the guru-shishya duo marked with agile footwork, geometrically precise body movements and facial gestures sent the audience into reverie.