LIFE

A show in aid of less fortunate

Children sway to catchy tunes

Children sway to catchy tunes  

DANCING IS the loftiest, the most moving, most beautiful of arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself — writes Havelock in his book `Dance of Life'.

The author is right. The `Dance Mania 2003' organised by Pinto's Dance Academy, in aid of the physically challenged proved that dance could indeed work wonders in the lives of many.

This is not the first time that the Pintos' have come up with programmes for the less fortunate ones. They had conducted sports and music shows on many an occasion and the dance show on Sunday evening at the CIT College auditorium was yet another fund-raising event.

The proceeds of the show were donated for helping the disabled children in the Presentation Convent Rehabilitation Centre at Singarampalayam, Kinathukadavu.

It was nice to see the auditorium jam-packed. The crowd that had gathered for a noble cause was also treated with enthralling Western and classical dance numbers. If music was a feast to the ears, so was dance to the eyes. The programme was quite different from other music shows. Not the surround sounds, but the dance presentation. The Pinto brothers - Ronald, Richard and Raymond - set the stage afire with their foot movements.

To give the evening an auspicious beginning, Santhi Santhanam, wife of former Coimbatore Collector, G Santhanam, lit the lamp.

Junior girls of the academy took everybody by surprise with a sparkling welcome dance song La La Hey. The little ones showed a lot of grace and guts on stage. Boys followed suit mesmerising the audience with a rap-funky style dance.

Brisk movements

Brisk movements  

Even as the crowd kept appreciating it, quickly came Richard and his boys with a number from Vikram's hit movie Dhool. The group showed a bit of professionalism dancing to the tunes of Koduva Meesai Aruva Paarvai.

Dressed in black and silver and with flowing hair, senior girls swayed quick and fast to John Travolta's Staying Alive.

If you could dance well, we could do much better, the tiny tots seemed to say as they proudly stepped on the stage performing an exciting number Kana Karung Kuyile from the movie Sethu. Yet another group of young kids, dressed in sizzling silver and shaded pink touched the hearts of the audience with a dance sequence Gundu Gundu from the movie Dhool. Catwalks and ramp modelling is a common affair, but for a change the organisers had a special variety. A group of bodybuilders flexed their muscles to the tunes from Mangalayam.

There were many more such dance displays that followed and the crowd did not mind waiting. To end the show with flourish, dancers gave the audience a taste of the supernatural with Michael Jackson's Ghost.

By Rayan Rozario

Photos: S. Siva Saravanan

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