Indore: City danseuses exhibit poise and grace at Odisha international theatre festival

Staff ReporterUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:05 AM IST
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Win 12 prizes in different dance form categories

Indore: A team of dancers of different age groups from city brought laurels by winning various awards in the 18th Global Theatre Festival held at Kala Vikas Kendra Cuttack, Odisha recently. The team won 12 prizes in total as recognition to their excelling performance.

The 12-day grand theatre, dance and music extravaganza stretched from January to February and witnessed performances by thousands of artistes from 20 Indian states and four international dance and drama troupes.

Festival organiser and eminent theatre artiste GB Das Mohapatra felictated Guru Ashish Pillai with Kala Gaurav Award and his disciples, Purva Pande and Gaurangi Joshi were awarded with Nrityabhushan and Nritya Shree titles respectively on the occasion.

Pillai’s Bharatnatyam choreography ‘Mahishasur Mardini’ depicting the theme of women empowerment won best prize in classical group dance category along with prizes in solo, duet and trio classical dance categories in Bharatnatyam, Kathak and Mohiniattam styles.

The team from city comprised of Purva Pande, Angira Upadhyay, Sraja Patel, Kanishka Patel, Ishani Krishnan, Gaurangi Joshi and Pakhi Khatri who toiled hard for last two months to achieve the feat.

Dance brings happiness

Talking about her achievement, 21-year-old Purva Pande shared that it was her fourth national award. “Dancing is my passion; it makes a better and happier person,” she said. Discussing the ideation part of dancing, Pande said that “Expressions have always challenged me. I have been learning Bharatnatyam it has been eight years now, and with hard work, I have improved my expressions, movement and grace,” she said. Pande is studying microbiology, but wishes to make a living as a dancer instead of microbiologist

Blessed parents and lucky star

Bringing pride to her parents as well as the city, 11-year-old Gaurangi Joshi has won several national and international awards. Sharing her experience, Gaurangi said “I feel like a star as dancing is my life.” She elaborated that dancing makes her happy. Discussing her feelings, her mother homemaker Varsha Joshi said, “God often surprises us with blessings and we are truly blessed; first to have a daughter and second to see her succeed in her interested field.” She elaborated that success often comes but it should come in our field of interest. Talking about her achievements, her father, account manager Akhilesh Joshi said, “She is truly a star in our family.” He had never expected his daughter to be such a great dancer. “She surprised me and made me proud,” he added.

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