AAI REVIEW – SANGEET SAMAROH

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If you missed it … you just missed it!!

Gauri Diwakar set the Kamani stage on fire during the Bharati Vidya Bhawan’s Sangeet Samaroh on Wednesday, 8th November 2017.

In an energetic performance, Gauri exhibited the beautiful nuances of the Kathak art form. Performing to the home crowd, her dance took the audience on a striking musical jaunt.

Would she have been nervous with her Guru Pt. Jai Kishan Maharaj sitting on padhant or was it a big support for her?? I wonder … but one thing I could definitely feel was the sense of uneasiness that she had with the musicians. I could relate to the situation as I had met her the day before, at the Habitat, where I came to know that she was utterly stressed due her vocalist falling ill. Getting a vocalist ready in a day is a helluva task! And then somebody who you are performing with for the first time, with no rehearsals at all, definitely makes you go weak on your knees. And I think it is a commendable job for her, to have not only survived it, but she lived up to the audience’s expectations and gave a splendid performance to a standing ovation. Kudos!! A true performer in deed.

A special mention to her amazing costumier Sandhya Raman. I loved the tassel of bells attached to her costume.

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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