AAI REVIEW – Sambhaavit


Recently UdhayAM Dance Co.’s endeavour SAMBHAAVIT saw its second season at a studio in Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi. Moving on from 10 participants in its first edition to a whopping 25 people in this one, the 5 day workshop organised by the Kathak duo Aamrapali Bhandari and Mohit Shridhar, from the 7th till the 11th June 2017, was quite a unique affair. A perfect example of the guru-shishya parampara and a one of its kind in Delhi, where in the guru is not actually teaching himself but transitioning the ‘art of teaching’ to his beloved students. As per Aamrapali and Mohit, they want the legacy of their Guru to live forever through their efforts. The purpose, promoting the Jaipur Gharana of Kathak and getting newer people acquainted to it.

The workshop started on the 7th July in the benign presence of the renowned Kathak Guru of the National Institute of Kathak Dance (Kathak Kendra), New Delhi, Pt. Rajendra Gangani. There were people from all over North India, coming from places such as Patiala, Chandigarh, Hissar, Dehradun, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Ghaziabad, Rewari, Chattisgarh and New Delhi. The best part of this workshop was that most of the people knew the basics of Kathak, however, Aamrapali and Mohit did not hesitate to give extra time to people who came from other backgrounds such as theatre etc. as well.

The only concern that I felt was the space constraint. People were already in their inhibitions and the lack of space made it worse. Unable to spread, a couple of people were every now and then getting left behind the league.

Five days of intensive training ended on the 11th June with the participants showcasing their work to Pt. Rajendra Gangani. The day ceremoniously began with Guru Ji’s worship of the Nataraja Murti and blessing the students. I was lucky enough to get his blessings as well. There was a different edge to everybody’s posture today. Everybody wanted to present his/her best. Guru Ji spoke on TIME and its importance in Kathak. It instantly reminded me of Timeless, Aditi Mangaldas Ji’s Kathak based on Contemporary masterpiece. What is Time?!!

The day ended with Certificates being distributed and promises being made to re unite during the next workshop. After this much exciting workshop, Aamrapali and Mohit will now return to their regular place of work at the Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company – The Drishtikon Dance Foundation from the 1st of July 2017 to an year of new ventures and greater heights…

…until the next Sambhaavit – unleashing the hidden potential!

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