Nagpur: Elegance and gracility were the words which best defined the Bharatanatyam Arangetram of Anjali Ghodvaidya, which brought classical dance lovers of the city under one roof at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Hall on Saturday. It was not only the first public performance for Anjali, but was also a test of stamina and the training she had received over the years. As the three hour long performance started, people were seen enjoying it even as they were left spellbound with the beautiful expressions and strong postures of the dynamic performer.
Disciple of guru Ratnam Janardhanan, Anjali not only ignited Bharatanatyam’s devotional form, but she well conveyed its inherent spiritual form and the mysticism through her impeccable mudras.
Her Arangetram offered an insight into a deep rooted passion for an ancient art form that was given the justification it rightly deserve through maintaining and honouring the embedded tradition.
The performance began with the traditional invocation to Lord Ganesha followed by a full margam of Bharatanatyam.
Anjali commenced the performance with Vigneswara, a dance of invocation to set the mood and invite Lord Ganesha’s blessings to set Carnatic Gambheera Nattai rag.
Chairman of Editorial Board, Lokmat Media and Rajya Sabha member Vijay Darda was the chief guest of the event who was all praise for Anjali.
Darda said, Anjali’s performance was far superior in quality.He said Anjali’s performance reminded him of Jaya Prada and Hema Malini’s Bharatanatyam performances.
MP Krupal Tumane, district collector Sachin Kurve, Anjali’s parents Vivek Ghodvaidya and Dhanalakshmi Ghodvaidya, her guru Ratnam Janardhanan, senior student of Pratibha Nritya Mandir Pooja Hirwade, vocalist Shiva Prasad Namboodiri, Satish Krishnamurthy, Shirish Bhalerao and Kunar Babu were present on the stage.
The programme was anchored by Shweta Shelgaonkar. Seen from right while felicitating Anjali Ghodvaidya: District collector Sachin Kurve, father of the artist Vivek Ghodvaidya, Guru Ratnam Janardhanan, Chairman of Lokmat Media and Rajya Sabha member Vijay Darda, MP Krupal Tumane, Anjali’s mother Dhanalakshmi Ghodvaidya and compere Shweta Shelgaonkar.
Anjali Ghodvaidya”s Bharatanatyam Arangetram enjoyed a successful orchestral support by talented ensemble on Saturday at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Hall in city. Seen from left: Satish Krishnamurthy on Mridangam, Pooja Hirwade and Guru Ratnam Janardhanan on Nattuvangam, vocalist Shiva Prasad Namboodiri, Shirish Bhalerao on violin and Kunar Babu on flute during the event.