The Telegraph
Saturday , May 31 , 2014
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The Padatik Dance Centre is a prestigious institution. Under the leadership of Chetna Jalan, it tries to nurture and propagate the essence of Indian classical dance through training and opportunities for students to showcase their talents. The institution organized its annual show at Gyan Manch recently. To accommodate all the students, the programme consisted of various Kathak performances based on different taals.

The evening began with an angikam and ‘rhythmscape’, followed by the Vakratunda mahakaya, a prayer to Lord Ganesh. Choreographed by Sandip Mullick, the participants showed their taiyari through precise footwork and movements. Junior students performed the prarambh, which means ‘beginning’. It was choreographed by Souvik Chakraborty.

It was heartening to see that different dance items were arranged according to the age and calibre of the participants. Both Sandip and Souvik are senior members of Padatik, and are brilliant dancers in their own right. They showed their talent as teachers too, in these performances. Instead of presenting the usual numbers in a hackneyed way, the choreographers used innovative ways of presentation, thus making the entire evening enjoyable. “Rasa” was a grand celebration on a full moon night with 16 dancers in bright magenta costumes performing to teentaal. Composed by Birju Maharaj and choreographed by Souvik, it was a lively piece. The artists were accompanied by Pritam Polley and Tarun Deb (tabla), Kakoli Chatterjee (songs), Sunanda Mukherjee (sarod) and Umesh Mishra (sarangi). The bol padhant was done by Souvik.

The students of Padatik also received vocal training under the guidance of Kakoli Chatterjee. A bandish was rendered in a chorus, but the artists were not prepared enough to present it onstage. Jhaaptaal and dhamar were also presented by the artists in an engaging manner. “Taal o Chhanda”, a composition in drut teentaal, was choreographed by Madhumita Roy. The earnest effort to retain the rich heritage of classical dance was praiseworthy.

Prasangik presented an evening of dance and music at Kalamandir. Conceived by Rituparna Roy, the show, called Prem Nabo Nabo Rupe, chose some works by Rabindranath Tagore such as Shyama, Raja, Rakta- karabi and Shesher Kabita to explore the different concepts of love. It was a neat, well-rehearsed presentation of dance, music, acting and narration. “Premero joare”, from Shyama, was tunefully rendered by Pramita Mullick and Aniruddha Sasha Ghosal. Other participants included Srutinaha Sen, Rituparna Roy, Preeta Ghosal, Arkodeb Bhattacharya and Puja Panja. The dance was directed by Jayasree Mukherjee. The elegant narration was done by Subir Mitra and Joyeeta Mitra.