Natya Fest in Munich
- Arpitha Suresh
June 20, 2022
Grace, poise, agility, dramatics, expressions, posture - all in one. The classical dance show in Munich on 7th May, 'Natya Fest-2022 - a feast of Indian classical dances' organised by Shubhada Subramanyam of Nityaa Arts Centre in association with The Consulate General of India Munich, surpassed expectations with all the performers of different classical dance forms.
With veteran dancer Dr.Vasundhara Doraswamy to start the performances and set the stage, this show was impressive. She presented her Bharatanatyam thematic presentation on Kitturu Rani Chennamma for straight 1.5hours so gracefully, her footsteps ever so strong yet soft on the stage that only her dancing bells were heard. With her enthralling moves, she had so much agility at the age of 73, which amazed all of us present. The story she presented was riveting and pulled us into the depth of it with all the emotions in the story running through the audience too. Her performance ended with a well-deserved long applause from the audience. The auditorium was quite full with around 250 people.
Following her were 6 other artists from Germany, each of whose performance was noteworthy. It was delightful to see the enthusiasm in the performers. Bharatanatyam by Shubhada Subramanyam beginning with a prayer to Lord Ganesha, Priyamvadha Krishnakumar with a performance about almighty Shakti and Deepa Hegde with a presentation on Lord Shiva, Mohiniyattam by Brigitta Hegedus with her beautiful expressions about Krishna, Odissi by Sandra Chatterjee and an all energetic Kathak performance on the jhumpa taal by Deodatt Persuad, all of which made for an absorbing evening of Indian culture.
This show has been a good addition to the beginning of the classical Indian dance cultural scene in Indo-German society. It successfully mixed many of the Indian traditional dances into one good engrossing show.
Arpitha Suresh is a Carnatic music vocalist based in Munich, Germany.