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News Round UpApril 22, 2005
Showcasing Indian dance / Dubai
By Geeta Rajagopal / Dubai

Rangoli, a cultural event was organized by the Ajmal Ali Music Centre, under the patronage of Indian Consulate, Dubai at the Consulate auditorium on 23 March, 2005. The programme was inaugurated by H.E. Yash K. Sinha, Consul General of India. The performance began with Johar Ali Khan's violin solo, accompanied by Ajmal Ali on tabla and Nazakat Ali on keyboard. This was followed by Gazals sung by Nadeem Ali and Banashree.

The highlight of the performance which was a tribute to Holi celebrations, was the dance performance by Tripti Bhupen and her disciples.

Tripti presented compositions reflecting different moods or bhavas in dance, incelebration of Holi.

It began with the colour of Bhakti or devotion where Tripti's students presented a Kautuvam in praise of lord Ganapati followed by the invocatory dance piece Alarippu. Colour of Shringara or love was portrayed in the Ashtapadi where Radha expresses her love for her dark oord. Ashtapadi was in Thodi ragam and was set to Adi talam.

Colours of joy were visible in the Keerthanam - Ananda Tandava, which was in praise of the cosmic dance of Nataraja. This composition was in Vasantha ragam and set to Adi talam. The Ashtapadi and Keertanam are choreographies of Rukmini Devi Arundale.

Colours of Prakriti or nature were seen in Tripti's choreography 'Apsara' to the fusion music of Mynta-Surya where the celestial being is seen enjoying the beauty of nature. This innovative number on nature, set to Indo-Swedish fusion music was at once interesting and creative.

The mood of Virahotkanthita nayika was portrayed in the Bhajan - 'Mora jiya na lage bin tere Shyam' which Tripti performed to the music of Nadeem Ali and Ajmal Ali. The bhajan was sung in Mishra Peelu ragam.

The programme came to an end with the students performing a folk dance from Rajasthan, spraying the colours of Holi.

Tripti Bhupen represents the Kalakshetra style and is the Director of Samarpan in Dubai. Contact: E-mail: triptibh@emirates.net.ae

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