TFT theatre festival opens with folk dances from Kerala

  • SD Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 23, 2014 13:58 IST

The three-day theatre for theatre (TFT) dance and theatre festival opened to a majestic start as 28 dancers from Kerala State Folklore Academy brought alive the verve and vitality of traditional folklore of Kerala through dazzling dance performances at Tagore Theatre on Monday.

The festival is organised by the TFT group in collaboration with Multi Art Cultural Centre (MACC), Kurukshetra, and Punjab Arts Council.

KK Rattu, director, Doordarshan, and Chander Sharma, vice-chairman, MACC, inaugurated the fest. Percussionists led by Praveen Drummers created rhythmic patterns in the opening “Thayambaka”.

Nand Kumar presented a celestial Bali Sugreev combat with eloquent stage movements. Baring the spiritual splendor, Aadira led eight dancers to perform “Mohiniyatam”- depicting the marriage of Lord Rama and Seeta, and killing of demon Ravana. The breathtaking martial dance “Kalairippaayattu” won applause.

After the “Margam Kali” dance, Asha and seven others depicted the pre-marriage rituals of Muslim women. TFT chairman Madan Gupta Spathu conducted the function and disclosed that the Hindi play “Vo Char Din” will be staged on Tuesday.

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