Indian classical dance has a distinct character that reflects the great cultural and traditional endeavour. The forms of Indian dance have transcended beyond the fences and socio-cultural hindrances. Exponents of the Indian classical dances, despite of their background and forms, have played a crucial role in presenting India to the forefront of the World stage.
By watching, enjoying and encouraging such god-blessed, talented, artists of our great nation, we are not only recognising them individually and collectively, but, also re-inventing our rich cultural heritages and passing on them to our gen-next. I believe, this is one of our social obligations as well.
It was against this background, that the maritime community of Kochi has always tried to introduce such exceptional talents to our fraternity. A few months back, we had a unique performance by renowned Mohinayattam exponent Methil Devika in connection with the inauguration of the new building of the Merchant Navy Club. I am sure, those who enjoyed that performance will agree with me that Devika’s performance stand out not only for its well researched and thought-provoking themes rooted in mythology, Indian tradition and philosophy, but also for its freshness and vivacity.
Friends, this time, along with the 54th National Maritime Day Celebrations at Kochi, we are bringing to you another visual treat – a world class dance drama- “Meghdootam”, by the internationally acclaimed Odissi exponent Debamitra Sengupta of Kolkata Mayur Lalit Dance Academy. I am sure this could give some rare moments to keep in memory for all of us……
Once again inviting you all for the National Maritime Day Celebrations at 5:30PM on 5th April 2017 at Merchant Navy Club, Kochi and thereafter for this exquisite dance choreography which would bring alive on stage the passion of ‘Yaksha’ as he pines for his beloved with the exotic descriptions of the rivers, cities, women, forests, mountains which the Cloud passes through, with English narration and very vibrant and soulful music.