Indore: A group of dancers led by guru Ashish Pillai from Indore performed at 14th Ramamoorthy Bhagavathar Festival held at Civil Services Club in Singapore. City artists presented Bharatnatyam and kathak along with other well-known dancers from India and south east Asia in Singapore. The function was organised by Nrityadham Group in memory of legendary musician late Ramamoorthy Bhagwathar. In the end, Pillai received Suryaprabha Vibhuti award in the field of classical dance by legendary danseuse Padmabhushan Dr Saroja Vaidyanathan.
He performed kathak showcasing his ‘abhinay’ (acting and dramatic) skills on thumri. Further, he followed it up with fast-paced ‘tarana’ in ‘raag kedar’ and ‘teen taal’. Purva Pande (Bharatnatyam), Samridhi Jaiswal (Bharatnatyam), Gaurangi Joshi (kathak), Shrishthi Bajpai (kathak) received Surya Prabha Utkrisht Samman as young achievers. Akansha Dixit (kathak) and Khushi Iyer (Bharatnatyam) received Vaibhav award as emerging dancers. Pillai also conducted kathak workshop for children on sidelines of festival where he taught nuances of kathak. Indian diaspora and other residents of Singapore applauded the performances with loud cheers.