On a guided tour of India...

IN KEEPING with its policy of according equal importance to acclaimed artistes and budding talent, the Nilgiris Cultural Association (NCA) recently organised a programme `The Colours of India' at the Brindavan Public School in Coonoor. It was staged by the Coonoor-based Mudra School of Dance.

Eighteen students in the age group of seven to 17 staged items specially scripted for the NCA to mark its fifth anniversary celebrations. With the founder of the Mudra School of Dance, Bhavani Viswanath, guiding her students, the latter performed a variety of dances which took the audience on a guided tour of the cultural tapestry of India.

After a `Chollukettu' in Mohiniattam, the children went on to perform a State dance `Chinna, chinna padam vaithu'. A Gujarati `Garba' dance followed. During the Rajasthani dance, the song was translated into Tamil for the benefit of the audience. While there was a Hindusthani number in Behag, Andhra Pradesh was represented through a Kuchipudi performance. The chief guest, M. Jeevanandam, past district governor of Lions International, Tirupur, and the president, NCA, P.S. Sundar, spoke.

By D. Radhakrishnan in Udhagamandalam

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