Saturday, September 18, 2010
The Soofi-Kathak dance by Malini Chathurvedi
My knowledge of dance and music is next to nothing. That‘s why I said a firm no to my friend who invited me for a Soofi-Kathak presentation by Ms. Malini Chathurvedi.There was nothing to do in the evening and when he commended that there is nothing harm in seeing a dance and that too by a solitary performer, I agreed half heartedly.
The Kamini auditorium is closed from inside. Art lovers started coming. We too joined the flow. Sizable numbers are foreigners. We set a time frame of just 15 minutes viewing the performance. With my camera, we went inside and occupied a seat somewhere in front row expecting one or two photos .That went dry when the announcement came. Phograph is allowed, but not with flash light. I put my camera inside the bag.
The ambience is good. Even the light and stage arrangements create nostalgia. Unfortunately, the description at the beginning was in Hindi which I could not follow. This could have been in English especially when sizable numbers of foreigners are present. I looked at my friend, who in turn looked down. Since the time frame is already determined, we decided to watch the program.
The program started.Ms Malini appeared on the stage …………..The hybrid variety of music, dance, and costume all created a amazing feeling…… .She danced with her faces towards Heaven; whichever direction she turns ..............In fact she was not dancing with foot but dancing with her heart……
I just don’t know how the two hours gone…..The only thing not matching with her program was the song which carries a “roudra bhava”.The background instrument was wonderful both to watch and hear……At last, I satisfied with a photo of the display placed outside the auditorium.