An NCPA Presentation in collaboration with Samved Society for Performing Arts
The Pt. Durgalal Festival pays homage to Uma Dogra’s guru and mentor Durgalal, doyen of the Jaipur gharana. The evening will host a grand performance of Bharatanatyam by Meenakshi Srinivasan and Kathak by Gauri Diwakar. Dogra is the founder and Managing Trustee of the Samved Society for Performing Arts to promote Indian classical dance and music.
Meenakshi Srinivasan is a Bharatanatyam dancer based in Chennai. Srinivasan’s individual approach, technique and creativity are characterised by a distinctively sensuous geometry. As quoted by the press she is, “a dancer who embodies both sensitive and playful qualities through a dynamic presence on stage.” As a dancer and choreographer, Srinivasan’s ability is versatile with both the purity and sanctity of traditional repertoire as well as her own individual skill and approach to contemporary themes using the language of Bharatanatyam. Her strength relies on her ability to correlate different disciplines of the arts and she has worked with various artistes—composers, musicians, scholars and writers on new choreographic works.
Gauri Diwakar’s elegant and graceful moves, striking facial expressions and powerful presence on the stage leave her audiences spellbound. Diwakar has been the recipient of many prestigious awards. An ‘A’ grade artiste with Doordarshan, she is credited with a number of noted solo performances. She is also an empanelled artiste with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
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