Kathak Dancers presented abhinaya pieces in Kathak as part of Kathak Kala Kshetra’s silver jubilee celebrations.
The first in the state and the popular Kathak institute in Hyderabad, ‘Kathak Kalakshetra’ celebrated its silver jubilee at Thyagaraya Gana Sabha. Artiste and guru Anjubabu, who has been running this institute has been holding Kathak dance festivals on All India level and also served Hyderabad’s Bal Bhavan imparting Kathak dance quite for some time. The celebratory event at Thyagaraya Gana Sabha and speakers gathered there recalled his services to Kathak. The show piece was Kathak Nritya Vibhavari , a compendium of Kathak solo and group dances presented by Anjubabu’s talented students.
The programme started with a welcome dance presented by Alayaana. Though this was the opening number, this stood out as one of the best presented on the occasion.
This was purely a nritta- oriented dance. It was a collage of brisk rhythmic moves creating forms and shapes. Second number was presented by half-a-dozen dancersled by their guru Anjubabu along with Achyuta Manasa, Kavya, Sneha, Swapna, Anju Elizabeth, Durga and Niteesha.
This was followed by a thematic abhinaya piece, Paneeya Bharan a pallavi presented by Achyuta Manasa.
The next important piece of the repertoire was Krishna-centric depicting his childhood mischief. The dancers featured were Achyuta, Kavya, Sneha, Swapna, Elizbeth Thomas, Durga, Niteesha and child artiste Alayaana.
Kanha Naamaarona Pitchkari , another number was presented by Lavanya and Manisha.
Next was an unusual presentation of a Telugu song, a devotional number in Kathak that their guru Anjubabu envisaged. That too it was kirtana of Annamacharya – Raanga Ranga Rangapathi Sri Ranganatha . This was presented by guru Anjubabu with his disciple Achyuta Manasa.
The jubilee celebration concluded with brisk Tarana a fine rhythmic display by Achyuta Manasa, Anju Elizabeth and Sneha Sawarekar.