Odissi exponent Sanchita Banerjee regales staff and students of Spring Dales
Odissi exponent Ms Sanchita Banerjee, who performed under the aegis of Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPICMACAY), during an Odissi performance organized at Spring Dale Senior School, left the staff and students spellbound with her scintillating recital. In the days to come, Ms Banerjee would be seen in the midst of the Spring Daleans, teaching them the nuances of Odissi during a three-day workshop.
Interacting with students, Ms Banerjee said that India was a land of various cultures, with each culture possessing its own set of dances, which depicted the lifestyles of people of the states with which they were associated. Interacting with the students, she said that one of the eight dance forms of India, Odissi was the oldest surviving dance form of the country.
Starting with ‘Mangalacharan’ (an invocation piece), she proceeded to perform a ‘Pallavi’ (pure dance performed to the accompaniment of a raga and characterized by eye movements, body postures and intricate footwork). “Seeing her perform was like watching sheer poetry in motion,” said the staff and students. The danseuse also acquainted the audience with the various nuances of the ancient dance, besides its history.
Mr Rajiv Kumar Sharma, Principal, Spring Dale Senior School, said that Ms Sanchita Banerjee was initiated into Odissi dance by Smt Sharmila Biswas and Sh. Alok Kanungo. She has learnt Odissi under Shri Ratikanta Mohapatra and Smt. Sujata Mohapatra. Sanchita has successfully toured and enthralled audiences with her performances in various parts of the world.
Stating that the students gained several valuable insights into various facets of the dance, he added that the aim of SPICMACAY is to bring students closer to these ancient dance forms, not just to preserve and promote them, but also to use these as an instrument to help students emerge as balanced, thinking and sensitive individuals.
Dr Kirat Sandhu Cheema, Director, Spring Dale Senior School, and Mr Sahiljit Singh Sandhu, President, Spring Dale Educational Society, reiterated their commitment to organize more such events to enable students to appreciate classical dance forms in the future.
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