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The celebrations begin

india Updated: Feb 14, 2007 01:08 IST

THE SILVER Jubilee celebrations of Bharat Bhavan began on a colourful note on Tuesday. Culture Minister Laxmikant Sharma formally inaugurated the week-long cultural fest.

Two exhibitions, one an international print biennial and another relating to Munshi Premchand were opened for the public. The exhibitions will continue till February 20. In the evening, prior to the formal start of the silver jubilee celebrations, a ‘kala mela’ was also inaugurated by Sharma.

This was followed by a dexterous dance performance — a blend of fusion and traditional nuances. Saroja Vaidyanathan (Bharatnatyam), Bharti Shivaji (Mohiniattam) and Uma Dogra (Kathak) gave an enthralling presentation  ‘Tridhara’ in Bheemplasi. Dancing together in sync, they still maintained a distinct identity.

Then came some riveting solo performances — first a Mohiniattam by Bharti Shivaji. This was an Asthapadi, an extract from Jaidevv’s Geet Govind. Kerala has a very ancient tradition of rendering Asthapadi. It is an integral part of the temple tradition and is sung in the traditional Sopana Sangeetam as delivered in the Guruvayur Temple in Kerala.

Bharti showed her dancing prowess while trying to depict how the sakhi (friend) of Radha plays the mediators role in coaxing Radha to go and meet Krishna.

Saroja then took the audience to new heights with her blissful performance reflecting Draupadi (panchali). The Rag Yaman Kalyan and Tal Adi flowed with a resonating essence. The disrobing of Draupadi mirrored a host of emotional vibrations through the dance.

Uma Dogra next took the stage and first performed a teen tal in dhrut lay. She then performed on a Surdas Ki Pad — Shyam Teri Bansi Nek Bajau. Uma showed a mixture of internal feelings while trying to mirror Radhaa’s desire to take the ‘roop’ of Krishna.

The concluding segment—Tilana in Rag Desh — was again a beautifully blended fusion which merged together in Vande Mataram. 

The accompaniments were Shailendra Bharti (vocal), Sriragopal (vocal), Keshavji (mridangam), Murukajyothi (madalam), Pt Kalinath Mishra (tabla), Sri Kumar (Edakka) Raghuraman (flute) and Vijay Sharma (sitar).

Speaking on the occasion earlier, Sharma assured that the Rangmandal and drama school would soon be started in Bhopal. He also said that the Balrangmandal would be named after late theatre artiste Vibha Mishra. Sharma said that there was no place for politics in centres of art and also assured that there would not be any shortage of finance for Bharat Bhavan. Veteran artist Syed Haider Raza and Chairman of Bharat Bhavan Trust D P Sinha were also present