SPIC MACAY- KATHAK PERFORMANCE BY PRERNA SHRIMALI
Nita Ambani once aptly stated, “Indian classical dance is sustained by a profound philosophy. Form seeks to merge with the formless, motion seeks to become a part of the motionless, and the dancing individual seeks to become one with the eternal dance of the cosmos.”
On the 1st of February, 2018; the Management of Delhi Public School Coimbatore in partnership with “SPIC MACAY” decided to enlighten the students with a dainty Kathak performance by the award winning, international dancer Prerna Shrimali. Having received training from Guru Shri Kundanlal Gangani of the Jaipur Gharana, she is a versatile dancer who incorporates various elements of classical, medieval and contemporary poetry like that of Kalidas, Meera, Kabir and Ghalib in her performances. She has participated in several dance seminars, conferences and festivals spread all across the globe in countries like the UK, USSR, Japan, France and Switzerland to name a few. She has been awarded with an array of awards like the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi award (2009), Rajasthan Sangeeth Natak Akademi Award (1993), Raza Award and Rashtriya Ekta Award.
She was accompanied by Sandeep Gangani on the Vocal Music, Shahbaaz Khan on the Tabla and Arti Shrivastava on Padhant, the students were delighted to have her and couldn't contain their excitement to watch her perform.
The show started out with the traditional ceremony of lighting the lamp by our headmistress Ms. Chitra Venkateswaran, the SPIC MACAY Coordinator Mr. Sriram and Ms. Prerna Shrimali herself, as they offered their prayers of growth and prosperity of all to the Lord Almighty.
Subsequently as the ceremonial lighting was over, the performers got ready to stage their show. Ms. Prerna Shrimali gracefully started with her hand and leg movements that synchronized beautifully with the “thalam” and the music. Her swift movements, artistic expressions and the intensity of her technique of transforming emotion into dance form left the audience mesmerized. She even interacted with the students talking to them about the various classical dance forms of India and their origins. She spoke enthusiastically about her passion for dance and also gave little anecdotes from her life to inspire them. She even taught the students about expressing emotions like happiness, anger and sadness. She also depicted various natural things around us like the ocean, the birds and the fishes through the different mudras and movements of Kathak. She reciprocated to the doubts and queries of the children and shared with them the basic leg maneuvers required to master the dance form.
She ended the show with a spectacular performance with her rotatory movements, consistent motion and appealing expression. The audience cheered and clapped for her. Our headmistress Mrs. Chitra Venkateswaran then thanked Ms. Prerna for enlightening us with her performance and the musicians for their melodious music production. A token of appreciation was presented to Ms. Prerna and her team. She also expressed her gratitude to Mr. Sriram for coordinating such an event for the students and the teachers.
All in all the audience left with cheer, complete cultural satisfaction and also a sense of patriotism for the country for producing such a wide range of graceful dance forms.
“We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.”