ISLAMABAD:(APS) August 10, 2017- A captivating and fabulous Bharatnatyam performance by classical dancer Indu Mitha etched in the minds of the appreciative audience that enjoyed the Thursday evening show at National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) in connection with the 70 years of celebrations.
Mazmoon-e-Shauq group performed “Hazaroon Khwahishain aisi”, with the collaboration of Lok Virsa where a sizeable audience enjoyed classical music and dance performances. The sounds of ghungroos, the fragnance of fresh gajras and the diminutive flames of earthen lamps lining the stage set the ambience for the evening.
Welcoming the audience, Executive Director Lok Virsa, Dr. Fouzia Saeed said that, Lok Virsa is celebrating 70 Years of Pakistan with specially curated events paying tributes to the intangible cultural heritage of our country including “Dance”, “Literature”, and “Theater”. “The event was held with the aim to present cultural aspects from across the country on the occasion of Independence Day”, ED Lok Virsa expressed.
She said that the few classical dancers in our country are keeping the traditional classical dance and music culture alive, and the Lok Virsa is a best platform providing artists an opportunity in order to highlight a softer image of the country. She hoped everyone would enjoy the evening and promised more events of a similar kind in future.
At the heart of the show were classical dance performances of Bharat Natyam by students of Indu Mitha who have been training in this form of classical dance for the past decade. The octogenarian Mitha has dedicated over seventy years of her life to the classical dance traditions of the Indian Subcontinent and has been teaching the art for over five decades.
Mitha exude almost six decades of residence against the resistance of a nation struggling with the culture identity. With her dancers from the Mazmoon-e-Shauq academy, where she had been teaching since 1999, she plans to make her last presentation. As a prelude to the dance performances, Mitha shared the dance form’s history, which originated in south India and spread all over the world. It has also gained popularity in Bollywood.
An item includes Qaseeda-e-ILM-0-Jamal, Murwa Pankh, Dukhi, Nachat Hai, Loghari, Agey yeh roz, Shabdam, Charrom Peher. Amna Mawaz who mesmerised the audience with her nuanced rendition of the “Dukhi” dance in a solo performance. The dance performances were punctuated by classical and semi-classical folk and instrumental performers.
Ammar Rashid, a young vocalist, enchanted the audience with a mix of Sufi poetry, singing and playing the guitar simultaneously. Rendered Folk songs are followed by verses from Allama Iqbal poetry.
A number of dance adherent who attended the event were treated to several captivating performances by dancers, who were wearing an impressive South Indian sari and traditional jewellery.
“It was a very refreshing evening and I like how they are doing this to support a noble cause,” commented Maham, an audience member. Moreover, she commended Mitha for her contribution to the arts from this part of the world.