Nritya Ganga: A Classical Example

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It is a rare sight to see the genre of classical dance celebrating a golden jubilee of performing on stage. Sucheta Bhide Chaphekar, a name to reckon with in the world of Bharat Natyam, has completed 50 years of dance career and to commemorate this landmark, she will be performing Nritya Ganga which is her unique combination of Bharat Natyam and Hindustani Classical Music.

What makes this a special occasion is that the compositions are by none other than noted Tabla exponent, Taalyogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar.

Presented by Kalavardhini Charitable Trust, it will be presented on Thursday June 20 at 6pm at Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha, Kothrud. While the dance accompaniments will be provided by her daughter disciple Arundhati Patwardhan along with Lalan Desai, Vrushali Chitaley and Yashoda Patankar, the accompanying musicians are Hrishikesh Badwe (vocal), Govind Bhilare (pakhwaj), Savani Talwalkar (tabla), Chinmay Kolhatkar (samvadini) and Sunil Avachat (basuri).

Her daughter Arundhati revealed that the idea of celebrating the event with Nritya Ganga was her mother’s idea. “For quite a few years, she has been working on this homogenous mix of Bharat Natyam and Hindustani Classical Music. This programme was started with Pt. Talwalkar but will be revived again now. Now it will go to another level.”

Sucheta Tai as she is fondly called, recollected her memories of performing for so long and also talked about her passion for dance. “I had interest in everything especially in music, more than dance. But I was slated to be a dancer.” The whole idea of Nritya Ganga came from the realisation that while Bharat Natyam was steeped in Carnatic music, it made the dance and music a bit difficult for the Marathi audiences. “So I incorporated Natya Geet into it. People accepted it as the music and songs were familiar. I would call it the Bharat Natyam and Hindustani Classical Music synthesis. You created a visual music.” Her efforts have paid as Nritya Ganga has become a separate Bani or sister style. “I am doing sangeet nritya. It is a smooth combination. I have incorporated my ideas of painting in the dance. But I have not spoiled the aesthetic sense of either Bharat Natyam or Hindustani Classical Music.”

The concert is a free for all one where the interested can come to view the performance. For more details, you can contact Rama 9552472991

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