Sparkling performance by Jigna Dixit
- Anonna Guha, Mumbai

June 22, 2010

Refreshing, sparkling and energetic these words define Jigna Dixit's Kathak recital at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Mumbai on 29th May 2010.
Dixit's performance was a combination of clear swift movements along with the graceful turns of Kathak. The tone of the programme was set with a bhajan by Meerabai to which Dixit danced eloquently. Through the bhajan, 'Hari tum haro jann ki bheed' she enacted the episode of Kaurava-Pandava and Draupadi Chir Haran. She then moved on effortlessly to the Nritta portion with Taal Dhamar. She presented That, Amad, Paran, Tihaais and Ginti ki Tihaais. The character of Dhamar being masculine, the compositions were forceful and dynamic. Dixit displayed her grip on the taal, laya and the pirouettes. A paran which involved a beautiful jump and landing in a sitting position was very skillful.

The Teen Taal repertoire had many tukdas woven well from one to another, again executing pirouettes and fantastic footwork. 'Kahe Rokat Dagar Pyare,' the Thumri by Bindadin Maharaj portrayed Radha - Krishna's playful antics. This was brought out effectively through Dixit's abhinaya.

In India, Dixit has received early training in Kathak from Guru Dharamshi bhai from Bhavnagar and her dance has bloomed further under the tutelage of  renowned Kathak dancers Maulik Shah and Ishira Parikh at Anart Foundation in Ahmedabad. Her performance bore the trademark style of Shah and Parikh.
Dixit has several dance events to her credit including Connect, Baroda Festival, Kite Flying Festival and Romeo Juliet. She is indeed a dynamic, young dancer who lights up the stage with her presence and does her Gurus proud.

A Visharad in Kathak from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Anonna Guha is a Kathak teacher at Nrityanjali Institute in Mumbai, established by her father Dr Tushar Guha 40 years ago. She conducts personality training programs for children and corporate companies with her father.