Dance

The joy of dancing

Arunima Gupta   | Photo Credit: By Arrangements

A angik, the Sanskrit word that forms the core inspiration for the company, means ‘gestures of the body', it can also be termed as Nirvana of the mind, body and soul.

Aangik, guild for contemporary dancers in our city, strives to strike a balance between the orthodox outlook of the classical forms and Bollywood moves. The body is used as a vehicle of a myriad artistic expression within the contemporary creative concept. Aangik endorses a unique style of dance called Navanritya.

‘Navanritya' is a ‘chemical synthesis' of traditional and classical dance forms, yoga and martial arts and its flexibility and openness allows incorporating new ideas and movements. It draws inspiration freely from the theatrical arts as well as impressionistic images of anything that exudes aestheticism.

Besides stage performances Aangik conducts therapeutic dance workshops for those who crave to have a soulful experience through dance. To understand this dance work one should recollect the mélange of aesthetic movements etched on popular soul-stirring scores by musical maestro A.R Rahman's Dil se track.

The person behind this creative dance form is Arunima Gupta. Born in the City of Joy, Kolkata, and having completed her M.A. in English literature, Arunima Gupta's journey has so far been a joyous one and this joy finds reflection in her unique style of dance.

As a child of barely three years of age, Arunima started her formal training in Bharatanatyam. The following few years saw her journey through many a Bharatanatyam and Odissi training school till she found her niche in the innovative and rebellious dance movement called ‘Navanritya' championed by Manjusri Chaki Sircar (Sangeet Natak Akademi award holder) and her famous daughter, Ranjabati.

Arunima has been trained in Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Manipuri, Kathakali, Kalaripayattu, Thang-tha and Kandyan dance. Her undying passion for art and form has prompted her to absorb freely from western contemporary styles, the sensuous salsa and the Chinese martial arts.

Aangik conducted and regularly conducts intensive dance workshops for experienced dancers as well as workshops on dance therapy for amateurs and non-dancers. For more details, contact aangik.dance@gmail.com.


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