Apr 26, 2021

The Khaitan School, Noida celebrated the Dance Week from 26th April to 29th April 2021, on the virtual platform.

The students formed a perspective about the history and evolution of Indian Classical Dance. They gained an insight into the eight different types of Indian Classical Dances, including learning about the costumes and mudras used to emote and express

.They were introduced to the concept of “Abhinaya” and they explored the emotions encompassed by a dancer, who has honed the skill of being eloquent with their face and body. They learnt about the “Navarasas” (Shringara, Hasya, Karuna, Raudra, Veera, Beebhatsa, Bhayanaka, Adbhuta, Shanta) and how they are expressed through different dance movements.

There were several spell-binding performances of the students, which included Odissi (Chetana Shankar), Kuchipudi (Siya Singh), Raudra Rasa in Bharatnatyam (Sakshi Oberoi) and Shringara Rasa in Kathak (Nayonika Kaushal).

The week also covered the vibrant hues of the various folk dances from all across the country. The students showcased mesmerizing performances of different Indian folk dances like Lavani (Drishti Soni), Garba (Saanvi Sharma) and Meghalyan folk (Anusha Singh).

Students were also able to appreciate various global dance forms like flamenco, ballet, salsa etc.

The Dance week culminated with the celebration of the International Dance Day on 29th April 2021. The International Dance Day is a global celebration of dance, created by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute, the main partner for the performing arts of UNESCO. The event takes place every year on 29th April, which is the anniversary of Jean-Georges Noverre, the creator of modern ballet.

This year, we were honoured by the presence of our esteemed Chief Guest Mr. Justin McCarthy – a classical pianist, a harpsichordist and a renowned Bharatnatyam dancer, who is currently associated with the Ashoka University as their Director of Performing Arts.

Our International Dance Day celebration started with a Saraswati Vandana performed in the Odissi form by Ms. Mridula Nayak. This was followed by enthralling performances by our students, including Kathak Sargam (Advika Kapoor), Contemporary Ballet (Shinjouli Adhikari) and Bharatnatyam Recital (Sakshi Uberoi).

Shamhbavi Kumari and Manya Gupta presented an informative session on the history and evolution of dance as a performing art, to enrich students’ knowledge about the various global dance forms.

What followed was a magnificent showcase of a theme-based musical “Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya – From Darkness to Light”, which was an innovative collaborative venture between the dance, music and language departments of TKS, aimed at talking about the current scenario, what we all have been through and how we are coping. This musical blended three different dance forms (Kathak – Aakriti Narayan, Contemporary Ballet – Shinjouli Adhikari and Bharatnatyam – Sakshi Uberoi) and helped students realise how impactful fusion dance is in creating a world community that is tied together with a common thread of aesthetic appeal.

The programme ended with an address by our honorable Chief Guest, followed by an interactive Q&A session.

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