If not the best, this is one of the best performances I have seen in my entire life.” – Anil Baijal, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.

I was in sheer doubt if this was really the first production this repertory, led by Tanushri Roy and Nikhil Lal, was performing on stage.

Recently Shrinkhla Dance Company premiered its very first production Aankhin Dekhi at the India Habitat Centre. And, in a very long time I saw a full house at the Stein Auditorium. In fact people were even sitting on the aisles. A scene not very common.

Contextualizing Kabir in the modern times, the performance was presented in Kathak, Chau and Contemporary styles. The dancers were outstanding, each a perfectionist in his | her own style. Everything about Aankhin Dekhi was amazing, be it the costumes, the music, the lighting, the voice over, the anchor etc. The show exhibited the kind of pain undertaken in bringing this production alive.

Amongst the other dignitaries attending the performance were the DG Doordarshan, Ms. Supriya Sahu, DG ICCR, Mrs. Riva Ganguly Das and the acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, Ms. Gita Mittal.

The show started with a half an hour delay, however, the performance surely made up for it.

It is good to see the younger generation come forth with such professionalism and dedication. CHEERS!!

Please N.B. – I am not an artist or a technical person to comment on or judge any aspect of the performance. I do understand what all pain one takes and the courage one puts up to present such a performance and highly appreciate and respect it. Whatever I write is purely what I feel sitting in the audience.

Photographs @ Arijeet Mukherjee
Copyright @ Artist Association of India

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