Shovna Narayan’s disciple from Jammu to perform on Jun 15

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 6/12/2018 7:02:52 AM

JAMMU, Jun 11: Kathak exponent and cultural entrepreneur, Sanchita Abrol, a disciple of Padma Shri Guru Shovana Narayan presents the dance production “Pryutsu”- Adorning with Pride, an ode to our warriors, to pay homage to the unsung heroes, the brave soldiers of our country. In collaboration with Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust and Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture & Languages, the performance will take place on June 15, 2018 at Abhinav Theatre, Jammu at 4:45 PM onwards.
Daughter of the land of Dogras, Sanchita is the first dancer to bring Dogri on the main stage through Kathak and this dance too will be opening with a ‘Dogri Pa’akh’, folk music and singing style that is unique to Dogri culture. While highlighting and celebrating the cultural heritage of Jammu region, the performance illustrates the life of a soldier missing home, yet willing to leave behind everything to serve the nation.
“The inner voice of the warrior is filled with emotions, but the strength embodied in the imagery of courage depicts the desire to protect the country and it is this ocean of emotions that I will enact and express in my performance”, says Sanchita Abrol.
The performance commemorate 75 years of the Quit India Movement where India pledged “Sankalp Se Siddhi”, to create a new India that is strong, prosperous and all-encompassing; an India that will make our freedom fighters proud, the dance drama has been curated, scripted and directed by Sanchita Abrol. It seeks to realise the value of freedom and the heroic sacrifices made by these warriors. This performance is based on the classical Dogri poetry by renowned poet Late Group Captain Randhir Singh or popularly known as ‘Kunwar Viyogi’, the only Indian air force officer to be conferred the Sahitya Akademi award combined with the time-honoured poetry by Padma Bhushan awardee and freedom fighter, Mahadevi Verma. Accompanying these distinguished poets is the author of the book ‘Chameleon lights’, Ayushman Jamwal and his poem ‘The Valley Roars’.
Sanchita, a young Kathak exponent and cultural entrepreneur, is a disciple of venerated Kathak Maestro, Padma Shri Guru Shovana Narayan. She began Kathak dance at 5 years of age and she quickly gained nominations to perform at prestigious events such as the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation & Asia Sammelan.
In early 2014 Sanchita founded Rasadance, an organization in Australia building a bond with the centuries old tradition of story-telling through dance. She has performed on the international stage, most notably Ganges-Danube Cultural Festival of India in Hungary 2016, ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) Festival of India in Italy 2016 and ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) Festival of India in Morocco 2016 among others. Along with her Guru, Sanchita has also performed in various parts of India, including Ganga Mahotsava, Benaras (Varanasi), Geeta Jayanti Festival, Kurukshetra, Sawai Gandharva.



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