Stemmed in the ancient era, Indian Classical Dance has been a way to express emotions through a combination of rhythmic movements of the body and different facial expressions. On 16th June 2016, some of these were heaped together for the second evening of “Summer Festival of Music and Dance”, which was hosted by India International Center, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi, India.
The evening started with the spellbinding recital of “Mohiniattam”, performed by the duo, Manjula Murthy, and Vinaya Narayanan, who are the disciples of Guru Bharati Shivaji. Giving literal meaning to the name of this dance, which means “Dance of Enchantress”, pair of Manjula and Vinaya left the spectators fascinated with their performance. Followed by this was a rare duet of Sattriya, the mythological dance from Assam, and Kathak which is a major dance from Northern India by Anita Sharma, a disciple of Guru Jatin Goswami; and Vidha Lal, a disciple of Smt. Geetanjali Lal. The artful storytelling of Vidha Lal and sophisticated movements of Anita Sharma on the beats of classical music left the audience flabbergasted which concluded the rhythmical festival.
With all these musicians, singers, and dancers under one roof, the organizers ample support for their respective art and left everyone wanting for another such an event in near future. This videographic memento is a glimpse of this festival which was captured by India Heritage Desk to preserve the memorable moments.