ENCHANTING SYNERGY OF CLASSICAL DANCE & MUSIC AT AMRITANJALI FESTIVAL 2018
April saw the Amritanjali Festival 2018, a festival of Classical dance and music, which opened to a packed audience at the Amritanjali Studio. An initiative of renowned Bharatanatyan danseuse, Dr Shashikala Ravi (Founder Director of Amritanjali Dance School of Bharatanatyam in Pune), this festival had performances by stalwarts Guru Lakshmi Viswanathan, Shubashree R and Dr Shashikala Ravi. The festival commenced with an invocatory performance by Dr Shashikala Ravi, who performed two compositions of Maharaja Swathi Thirunal. Guru Lakshmi Viswanathan presented Shringra Manjari, a collection of Padams, Ashtapadi and Abhang, bringing out Shringara Bhava. She ended with Marathi Abhang Brindavani in Raag Bhimpalas. Shubashree R gave a very lively vocal concert and the highlight of her singing was Maathey and Saamagana Loley in Hindolam. The interactive session with Guru Lakshmi Viswanathan was most educative and stimulating, with her sharing her journey in dance. She was all praise for Dr Shashikala Ravi, for her performance, excellent festival arrangements, the Amritanjali Studio, its ambience, the close interaction with the audience it provided, etc. What a grand success.