Demystifying session at
The Lowry by Upasana
February 13, 2005
|I have deep
interest in various art forms, specifically dance as my origin is from
India, where I have seen pure dance forms being learnt, practiced and respected.
was pleasantly surprised by the outcome of the 31st January demystifying
session at The Lowry presented by Upasana’s artistic director Deepa Ganesh
and her students. When the diyas (lamps) were lit and flowers were offered
in prayers to 'the god of dance,' it felt like being transported to an
environment that was almost divine, rightly suitable for the workshop to
take place. The performance by girls under the age of 12 was spellbinding.
The costumes, makeup and the level of skill they presented were authentic
and impressive. It was heartening to see the beauty of this art being nurtured
and inculcated into the young minds and hearts.
Since local audiences generally believe that Indian dance is mainly vibrant movements and energetic gestures, it can be daunting to introduce concepts of feeling and emotion in a subtle and philosophical manner. But there has to be a beginning somewhere and this beginning is always the toughest.
On my part, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of being there. I could see the happiness and confidence on the dancers' faces as they performed. The fact that they had reached this level of proficiency spoke of regular practice, dedication, interest and involvement in their dance, nurtured by the able guidance of their teacher. When you are involved in the whole process, you feel good about things around you, from within.
This is a fantastic
initiative by Deepa and my best wishes to her and the company.
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