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Padma Shri dancer’s epic steps

Bokaro got the rare chance to see an epic performance by a globally renowned Kathak danseuse on Sunday.

Padma Shri Shovana Narayan, one of the leading lights of the north Indian classical dance form, performed a sequence from the Mahabharata at Chinmaya Vidyalaya as part of a Spic-Macay programme.

Narayan’s genius was revealed through her expressions in the solo performance that depicted the minute details of the war between the cousins Pandavas and Kauravas.

Explaining the tumult of the characters — Krishna, Arjuna, Duryodhana and others — with the help of rasa and bhava, Narayan did not even miss the expression of the horse tied to Arjuna’s chariot.

From 11.30am to 1.30pm, Narayan performed and regaled her spellbound audience with explanations and anecdotes.

She was assisted by Madho Prasad on vocals and A.S.N. Khan on the tabla.

Talking to The Telegraph on the sidelines, Narayan, who performed at Guru Gobind Singh Public School Bokaro and Delhi Public School-Bokaro on Saturday, said dance and music were an integral part of Indian tradition.

“If you look at the idols of Saraswati holding a veena, Krishna playing the flute and Shiva with a damru, they show music as intrinsic to Vedic culture,” she said.

“I urge students to keep this precious legacy alive,” she added.

Chief guest Bokaro superintendent of police Kuldeep Dwivedi lighted the traditional lamp.

He as well as Chinmaya Vidyalaya principal Ashok Singh strongly urged children to learn traditional Indian music and dance.

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