Pune: Shaniwarwada Dance & Music festival, a blend of music, ghungaroos, rhythm, beats and lights, is to take place on Wednesday, 18th March in the historic premise of Shaniwarwada. This is 14th year of this festival. This dance and music festival was postponed on March 1 due to the rains. Now on March 18th, the dance drama, ‘Shiva Shankar’ by internationally renowned Bharatnatyam danseuse Dr. Sandhya Purecha and Odissi danseuse Smt. Jhelum Paranjape will be the special attraction of the festival this year. Besides the festival accords special place to the local artists. The program ‘Sankeertan’, based to the stories by great saints from Maharashtra will regale the audience.
The gold and silver passes of this Festival are available at Rs 200 and Rs 100 respectively at Poona Club, DVD Express-Aundh, The O Hotel, Balgandharva Rangmandir and Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagrah from 13 March.
After the inauguration with the lightning of the lamp, the festival will see ‘Ganesh vandana’ by renowned Bharatnatyam Dansesue Smt. Uma Ghotge & her troupe. It will be followed by ‘Sankeertan’, an adaptation of the stories of renowned Maharashtrian Saints in the classical style of Bharatanatyam by Samarchana School of Dance in Pune. It will feature stories of the saints from Maharashtra from 13th to 17th century in Bharatnatyam style accompanied by the music in Maharashtrian style. The abhangas and kirtanas of Sant Gora Kumbhar, Janabai, Savata Mali and Kanhopatra, besides others, will feature in this dance performance amidst the chants of ‘Vithal Vithal’. The organization Samarachana wad formed 15 years ago, in 2000, and its aim is to propagate the Bharatnatyam dance. Inspired by Bharatnatyam exponent late Minkashi Vyankatraman, the senior danseuses like Girija V., Uma Ghodge, Namita Mujumdar and Anjali Raju have continued the journey of this organization successfully. The program ‘Sankeertan’ presented by Samarchana School of Dance will end with the Pasaydan of Saint Dnyaneshwar.
It will be followed by the dance drama ‘Shiva Shankar’, an exciting choreography based on different episodes from Shiv Parvati’s life presented by internationally renowned Bharatnatyam danseuse Dr. Sanddhya Purecha and Odissi danseuse Smt. Jhelum Paranjape. In this program, both these danseuses will perform first the Ardhanarinateshwara shloka of Shankaracharya and then Dr. Sanddhya Pureccha will present the Parvati through Bharatnatyam style and Smt. Jhelum Paranjape present Shiva through Odissi style together. It will be followed by presentation of novel forms of Shiva by Dr. Sanddhya Pureccha and her group. It will include Neelkanth Shiva, Sati marriage, Sati burning, emergence of Ganesha and manifestation of Ganga. These will be presented through the Bharatnatyam style. Thereafter danseuse Jhelum Paranjape and artists from her Smitalaya troupe will present the story of Shiva and Madan through Odissi form. In this, Parvati will come in the form of Uma, the daughter of Himalayam and arise love in the Shiva’s heart. The spectacular performance of tandava dance of Shiva, burning of Madan and arrival of Spring (Vasant) will spellbound the audience as will the presentation of Andhakasur, Mahakal, Kalantak, Markandeya and Tilanna. Thereafter the Shivashlok and Aarati will be performed through both Bharatnatyam and Odissi form with which the program will conclude. This whole program is supplemented by the unparalleled sound system and lighting. Around 30 artists and instrument players will take part in this program.
Ranka Jewellers & Zensar Technologies will be the sponsors & Weikfield, More Mischief, AB Group, Radio One and Pure Gold Fine Chocolate, Samruddha Jeevan will be Associate Sponsors of the event.
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