Devmudraa’s Annual Dance Festival
- Shalaka Deshpande

November 7, 2012

Devmudraa, a movement school in Aurangabad, celebrated its 3rd Annual Dance festival on the 27th of October. The students of the school had performed Gajje Pooja on the Vijayadasami day. Now it was time to perform what they had learnt and absorbed so far in their journey of dance. The evening began with the lighting of the lamp, to the sound of shlokas being recited by the students of Devmudraa. The honourable guests for the evening, Vijaya Shirole is an experienced theater artist and Dr. Roshan Ranade is a Kathak dancer for the past 25 years.

The evening began with Pushpanjali in Gambheera Natai ragam, adi talam performed by the young dancers of the school from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd years. This was followed by Mallari in raag Nattai and taal tishra triputa by the senior students of the school. The young dancers captured the imagination of the rasikas as they danced to slokas - Gururbhrama sloka, Ganesh sloka and Asatoma Sadgamaya - choreographed imaginatively by Guru V Soumyashree. Bhoomi Mangalam composed by sitar mastero Pandit Ravi Shankar in collaboration with musician George Harrison, in which the 5 elements of nature and Mother Earth are evoked, set the tone for another uplifting performance by the students of the 2nd year.

Anchita Kunchita, sung by Hariharan in praise of Lord Nataraja was presented by students of the 4th year. This was followed by felicitating the students for having successfully passed the exams in their various levels from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. Almost all the students won laurels as they got 1st class and distinction. The 4th year students gave a demonstration of Jatiswaram set in raag Vasantham, taal rupakam. Muddugare Yashodha, an Annamacharya kirtanam describing Lord Krishna’s childhood was performed by the senior students of the school. The grand finale of the evening was a Jal Yajna by all the students of Devmudraa. This was composed by Soumyashree to the Shanti mantra. Here the students prayed to Lord Indra to send his meghdoot over Aurangabad and shower the earth with precious water.

Shalaka Deshpande is a teacher and dance enthusiast based in Aurangabad.