AAI REVIEW – Gauri Diwakar

…then she trailed her foot on the stage and the sound of her ghungroo’s compelled the audience to say…

Are Wah!! Kya baat hai!!

The audience was held captive this Saturday evening on the occasion of World Dance Day Celebrations at the India International Centre when Gauri Diwakar a much acclaimed Kathak soloist and an Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar and Jaidev Pratibha Puraskar recipient presented an enchanting solo to mark the evening.

The two day Festival curated by the Padmashri Dancer Geeta Chandran Ji showcased Anirudha Knight (Bharat Natyam) and Gauri Diwakar (Kathak) in its Young Dancers Festival section on the 29th.

Gauri Diwakar’s presentation had three parts – Vandana | Mugdha and Resonance (Extract – Hari Ho Gati Meri). Out of these, two were choreographed by her Guru, the eminent Kathak exponent Smt. Aditi Mangaldas.

With the remarkable and powerful chakkars that Diwakar was taking, the stage looked definitely falling short for her performance. The solo renditions on Pakhawaj by Ashish Gangani (Drishtikon repertory) and on Tabla by Yogesh Gangani (Ex Drishtikon repertory) were outstanding. A special mention for the beautiful costume by the ace designer Sandhya Raman.

In all a breath-taking performance that has left everyone yearning for more of Ms. Diwakar’s performances.

Photo Credit: Rahul Naag, India Heritage Desk

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