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Sharmistha enthrals audience

Sharmistha enthrals audience
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The four-day Vysakhi Nirtyotsav, the Sixth All India Dance Festival, organised by Nataraj Music and Dance Academy got off to a rousing start at the...

Visakhapatnam: The four-day Vysakhi Nirtyotsav, the Sixth All India Dance Festival, organised by Nataraj Music and Dance Academy got off to a rousing start at the Kalabharathi Auditorium here on Thursday. Noted Kathak dancer Sharmistha Mukherjee exhibited her dancing prowess on the first day. Her one-hour performance was divided into four parts of 15 minutes each. The title for her enthralling performance was ‘Kathak Pravah.’
She started off with 'Purush Sooktham', a play derived from Rig Veda. Then with 'Laya Parikrama', a 14-beat Taal Dhamar which describes Kalachakram, then came the 'Mehfil Tharana', a transformation of art form as a tradition under the influence of Moghul kings and the last being 'Ushassu', invocation of Goddess Atidhi which resembles worship of Sun.
Sharmistha's team comprised of three more artistes-Tripti Sanwal, Shivani Malhotra and Divvya. Union Minister D Purandeshwari was the guest of honour. Gitam University chairman MVVS Murthy lighted the traditional lamp. Both the artistes for the first day Sharmistha Mukherjee and JS Eshwar Prasad from Hyderabad were conferred the title Natya Sri.
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