5th Drishti Dance Festival
- Veena Murthy Vijay, Bangalore
e-mail: veenamurthyvijay@gmail.com

February 6, 2010 

Drishti Art Centre formed by Bangalore’s well known culture couple Vikranth and Anuradha Vikranth, once again organized an interesting house full evening of the Drishti Dance Festival on Jan 23, 2010. Drishti Art Centre imparts training in Bharatanatyam by dancer Anuradha Vikranth. Drishti also comes out with a colorful magazine ‘Drishti’ pertaining to Indian classical music and dance.

Continuing to provide a platform to youth and established artistes, the Drishti Dance Festival is held in an upscale manner with grand publicity and technical support. The cultural crowd of Bangalore looks forward to this festival as it’s a treat to watch some of the best artistes perform.

Surya N Rao and Prateeksha Kashi
Anuradha Vikranth

The 5th edition of Drishti festival featured some good dance performances by upcoming young dancers and scintillating performances by professional artistes. The evening began with a duet performance by Surya N Rao and Prateeksha Kashi in Kuchipudi style. The dancing duo performed "Shankara sri giri," a composition of Swati Thirunal, popularly done by Bharatanatyam dancers and tarangam which was adapted to a Kannada Devaranaama, in tarangam format. Both Surya and Prateeksha are keen learners and showed their well worked piece on stage with utmost confidence and ease. These two young dancers have a bright future in the dancing scene.
After this, Anuradha Vikranth filled the auditorium with great energy through her powerful abhinaya and fleet footed nritta in the charukeshi varnam "Innum yen manam" in Bharatanatyam style.

Nrityagram dance Ensemble
Nadam Dance Ensemble

The Nrityagram ensemble (Odissi) brought in a new perception to performing arts, that it can be both pure classical but highly entertaining with all the ingredients of aesthetics, technique and tradition. It was enthralling to watch them dance in perfect sync in their movements while abhinaya was both individualistic but with well rehearsed synchronization, the staccato poses brought alive the unique Odissi karanas. Bangalore’s own Nrityagram have gone global in their presentations.

Nadam Dance Ensemble, a popular dance ensemble known for its dynamic Kathak performances, led by K Murali Mohan and Nandini K Mehta, along with Smitha Srinivasan and group, performed a wide spectrum of interesting and fascinating Kathak dances. This time they showcased Ganesha vandana, Thaat and a Tarana. They enchanted the crowd with great footwork and swift twirls. 

The chief guests Krishna Byre Gowda, MLA, and Dharmastala Surendra Kumar congratulated Anuradha and Vikranth, lauding the efforts of the couple for their valuable contribution to the cultural scene of Bangalore.  I wish them all success in celebrating dance for many more glorious years. 
Veena Murthy Vijay is the Director of Sri Rajarajeshwari Kala Niketan in Bangalore, that imparts training in Kuchipudi.