Dance Day marked at Sri Maha Lakshmi Temple

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Performers with Stephen Timms MP, Unmesha Desai from GLA and Cllr Jose Alexander (Photo: Vijay Sreeram Talluru, Hitendra Kotamraju)

The International Dance Day, a UNESCO partner’s creation, was exquisitely marked at Sri Maha Lakshmi Temple in East Ham on 29 April by members of Sanskruti and Sur Bharti Women’s Collective….reports Asian Lite News

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Stephen Timms MP commending Sanskruti Centre for organising International Dance Day (Photo: Vijay Sreeram Talluru, Hitendra Kotamraju)

A dance tribute Nrutyaanjali through Odissi, Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Kuchipudi performances was presented and Gurus who bestowed the dancing knowledge remembered on the occasion.

Guest of Honour Stephen Timms MP rendered a wonderful message not only acknowledging the health benefits of dance but also its role in bringing communities together. He congratulated Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence for organising such an important day and Sri Maha Lakshmi Temple for hosting it.

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Young performer Kaavya Rapatwar receiving memento from Unmesh Desai and Cllr Jose Alexander (Photo: Vijay Sreeram Talluru, Hitendra Kotamraju)

Speaking on the occasion, Founder of Sanskruti Ragasudha Vinjamuri has underscored the importance of paying tributes to the Gurus without whom the art would not have spread widely across generations, and how dance is important in evolving personalities and shaping the fabric of the society. The Chitra Purnima, considered auspicious in Indian Culture, and the performances in the presence of Maha Lakshmi, the Goddess of prosperity added more colour to the event, she added.

Silpa Paruchuri has co-introduced artistes to the audiences.

The event began with a shloka invocation to Ganesha by 7 year-old Kaavyajhari Rapatwar setting a tone to the rest of the evening. Priyadarshini Narasimhan, disciple of Dr Meenakshi Ajay, Kanisha Dhanasekharan, disciple of Shri Prakash Yadugude at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sinjini Chakraborty, disciple of Pushpita Banerjee, Santi Aripirala, disciple of Dr Kaza Venkata Subrahmanyam, Pracheeti Dange, disciple of Guru Yogini Gandhi, Suvarchala Madireddy, disciple of Guru Purna Chandra Rao,Anashmita Saha, disciple of Guru Susmita Misra and Pallavi Basak, disciple of Smt Sutapa Talukdar have all presented captivating performances on different compositions and deities. Dr Radhakrishnan, President of Sri Maha Lakshmi Temple and office-bearer Sivarupan oversaw the arrangements.

Kanisha Dhanasekaran presenting Bharatanatyam (Photo: Vijay Sreeram Talluru, Hitendra Kotamraju)

Sanskruti in collaboration with Sur Bharti has the distinction of presenting specially choreographed dance pieces highlighting health, wellness, social and cultural causes, establishing and highlighting the link between the story-telling with important issues that matter to the community.

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