City to witness ‘Parikrama’ – a dance festival by Kalavardhini


Pune: Pune based ‘Kalavardhini Charitable Trust’ which primarily works in the field of performing and allied Indian arts is organising a 3 day dance festival titled as ‘Parikrama – A journey that never ends’ as a part of its continuous endeavour to propagate and preserve Indian Classical Dance. This festival is being organized in Pune between Friday, 2nd October and Sunday, 4th October.

An announcement to this effect was made by renowned Bharat Natyam artist Arundhati Patwardhan – secretary, Kalavardhini Charitable Trust during a Press Meet held in the city today. Senior exponent Dr. Sucheta Bhide – Chapekar, Founder Director of Kalavardhini was also present on this occasion.

Speaking on this occasion Arundhati said, “We are very happy to announce the 7th successful year of ‘Parikrama’ which will not only increase audience appreciation and their awareness about this art form but will also concentrate on technical excellence in dance training while cultivating the overall usefulness of dance in everyday life. The festival will be comprised of two sections namely ‘Arghyam’ and ‘Abhivyakti’. Many internationally acclaimed artists like Padmbhushan Saroja Vaidyanathan, Dr. Sucheta Bhide Chapekar, Rama Vaidyanathan, Ayswaria Wariar, Sarah Vieira Mangalhae will be a part of this year’s dance festival.”

The first day of ‘Parikrama’ titled as ‘Arghyam’ will be held at Tilak Smarak Mandir on Tilak Road, Pune on coming Friday, 2nd October at 8.00pm. The festival will start with formal inauguration. The very first performance of this year’s festival will be presented by Swarada Kulkarni. Titled as ‘NrityaGanga’ this will be a Bharat Natyam performance by the disciples of Arundhati Patwardhan. This will be followed by famous danseuse Ayswaria Wariar’s solo performance in Mohiniattam only to mesmerise the viewers. The last performance of the evening will be presented by 72/35 Southern Street. This will be a Canrnatic music performance by 7 percussionists from the famous village of ‘Paalghat’ in Kerala who are expertise to present the entire ensemble of melodic & rhythmic features of Carnatic Music.

‘Abhivyakti’ – the second of this festival will be held at Shakuntala Shetty Auditorium in Karve Nagar at 6.00pm. It will start with the most acclaimed performance of Rama Vaidyanathan titled as ‘Mad and Divine’. This program will be an insight into the life and teachings of two mystic saints, first being Janabai from Maharashtra and second Lalded from Kashmir. Later ‘Pravaheet’ – a performance of Bharat Natyam presented by Dr.Sucheta Chapekar, Arundhati Patwardhan and Yashoda Patankar will captivate the viewers. This program will be a flow of traditions in dance through the three generations showing the cultivation, assimilation, innovation and perpetuation of Bharat Natyam.

The third and last day of ‘Parikrama’ will have a Symposium also known as ‘Sanvaad’. This symposium will be held at Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan Auditorium located at Senapati Bapat Road, Pune at 10.00am. It will have speakers like leading exponent of Bharatanatyam – Rama Vaidyanathan, Kalashree Ayswaria Wariar who has been trained in the two styles namely Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam. The symposium will also feature Sarah Vieira Mangalhaes – a Brazilian dancer who is in India for past 5 years to learn Indian Classical Dance forms. She will share her experiences, perspective and her journey of learning Indian Classical Dance.

In all this year’s ‘Parikrama’ will be a precious classical dance fare which will be entertaining, enjoyable as well as intellectually satisfying.


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