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Sarod and Bharatnatyam Dance presentations casts a magical spell on concluding day of 49th All India Bhaskar Rao Nritya & Sangeet Sammelan at Tagore Theatre

The 49th five day All India Bhaskar Rao Nritya & Sangeet Sammelan’s concluding day was studded with the soulful sarod and incredible Bharatnatyam dance presentations at the Tagore theatre here today. Kendra Chairman Sh. S.K. Monga, IAS Retd, Registrar Dr. Shobha Koser, and Secretary, Shri Sajal Koser were present on the occasion.
About Artists Narendra Nath Dhar is one of the finest exponents of the Seniya Gharana who is known for his innovativeness and refined style as well as upholding the traditional pattern of pure and untainted “Ragdari”. Born in Calcutta in 1954, Pandit Narendra received his initial training in Sarod from his father Late Shri Nemai Chand Dhar, who himself excelled in Sarod playing. He also learnt under the tutelage of Shri Samarendra Nath Sikdar and later under Late Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra, the doyen of Sarod. Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra played a crucial role in nurturing Narendra as one of the topmost sarod players of his generation. His musical prowess received a further honing under Ustad Amjad Ali Khan . Pt. Dhar has performed in almost all of the prestigious music conferences of India and has also toured abroad. A popular AIR and TV artist, he has captivated audiences all over the world with his exquisite command over Sarod and the melodious stream of notes that he creates. His elegant “Alap”, colorful “Ekhara Tans”, exotic “Jhala” and admirable control of “Tala” and “Laya“ remind of great masters of this instrument.

On other hand Guru Kanaka Sudhakar is a disciple in Bharatanatyam of the Dhananjayans- Madras and Late Guru Sadasivan and a disciple of Seetha Kumari Nagajyoti in Kuchipudi She has learnt the art form of Bharatanatyam and higher intensive training from the Dhananjayans. She has specialized in Abhinaya from Guru Kalanidhi Narayanan. She is also a qualified Pharmacist retired from the Delhi Administration . Smt. Kanaka Sudhakar has given a number of performances in India and abroad. Smt. Kanaka Sudhakar has also performed the unique research on the Therapeutic and Beneficial Effects of Indian Classical dances on the development of a girl child. After seven years of research under the guidance of her late father in law, Shri L. Ramachandran, (A nature cure specialist who had presided over technical session of the All India Nature Cure Conference), Dr Raman Kapoor (accupressure specialist, Dr. Pasi (Child Psychiatrist) etc. she came out with her first Book ‘ Indian Classical Dances – The Therapeutic Advantages’ which was published by Sterling Publishers in 1994.

Pt. Narendra Nath Dhar unfolded the melodic character of popular raga Purvi through an alaap jod and Jhala. Then he moved on to present two gats and some popular pieces of his Gharana. He concluded his recital with Hori set to raga Mishra kafi. Sh. Durjay Bhaumik accompanied him on Tabla .
Thereafter the celebrated Bharatnatyam Guru Kanaka Sudhakar took over the audience with her troupe of dazzling dancers. They commenced with invocatory piece Natyanjali invoking the Gods followed by Alarippu with Hanuman Chalisa. . In this they presented Chatusra Jaatu interwoven with Hanuman Chalisa amidst thunderous applause. Then Guru Kanaka moved on to present Solo piece Padam , a pure abhinaya piece depicted with facial expressions and and anga abinaya. In this Guru Kanaka Sudhakar solely present Vatsalya padam and depicted Yashodha Krishna. They concluded with Laghu Varnam based on Dasaavtara . Guru Kanaka and her troupe presented this item with fine footwork, beautiful movements and soulful expressions. They spell bound the audience with her abhinaya and nritya.
Kendra Registrar Dr. Shobha Koser and Kendra Secretary Sajal Koser honoured the artists. Secretary Sh. Sajal Koser gave Vote of thanks to audience, media , artists and Chandigarh Administration to make this Sammelan a huge success.

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