A group of 40 women dancers, mostly senior executives with MNCs, mesmerised the audience at Epicentre with their Kathak performance.
The show ‘Navgraha’ was based on the Hindu astronomy whose origins are in the Vedas. The grace of the dancers left the audience spellbound. The dancers belonged to all age groups, some of them in their fifties.
Nine corporate executives had taken time out to pursue their childhood dream -- of learning various dance forms such as Kathak. On Saturday, these women performed in different groups at Epicentre and were cheered by their family members.
The programme began with a group performance of Kathak and was followed by duet performances, one solo, a group dance and concluded with another Kathak performance.
A group of nine women portrayed Venus, the planet that is believed to bestow beauty, aesthetics, sensibility and various pleasures of life on an individual. Dressed in pink and magenta costumes with off-white dupattas, they swayed to convey their desires to pamper themselves, flaunt their loveliness and how fortunate they are to have everything they desire.
Sapna Mehta, one of the performers, said, “The Indian classical dance forms have given a global identity to the cultural heritage of our country. I am hopeful that this programme will further promote Kathak.”
These dancers, she said, started practising Kathak last year and dedicated most of their time, after office and classes, to mastering the dance form. With such sheer determination they were able to pursue their dream of performing on stage.
Another dancer, Minoo Phakey, performed along with her daughter.
“Being a dancer, I always felt that there is not much awareness among people about the various Indian dance forms. And we have realised that to make these forms more acceptable, you have to tweak it a little,” says Disha Saxena, another performer.