The Bhramara Festival of Dance concluded its inaugural edition with a two-day extravaganza of classical dance at Royal Opera House in Mumbai. This festival was conceptualised and founded by Tripti Arya, who apart from being a dancer, is passionate about promoting and preserving traditional dance forms.
Arya said, “With the first season of The Bhramara Dance Festival, I have done my bit to create an awareness among the young generation about how evolved and dynamic Indian classical dances are. Our attempt with Bhramara is to share a memorable experience with them and hope that more youngsters are attracted to our dance forms.”
The two-day dance festival comprised performances in six classical dance forms like Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Mayurbhanj Chhau and Kathakali.
The festival, whose theme for the inaugural edition was Enchanting Epics, also had an added attraction of outdoor organic food pop-ups by The Farmers Market, workshops and lecture-demonstrations with the main artists and outdoor performances like Kalaripayattu and Baghanata (Tiger dance).
Among the top draws at the festival was Leela by Arushi Mudgal and troupe. Mudgal is one of the foremost names in Odissi dance today. Another compelling performance was Sanjeevani by eight-time National Award-winning Bharatanatyam artist Parshwanath Upadhye. The festival also witnessed the India premiere of the Kathak dance drama Son of the Wind by the Leela Dance Collective — the multi-racial dance troupe that comprised renowned dancers from California and India. Well known Kuchipudi artist Avijit Das and renowned Kathakali artist Sadanam Balakrishnan and troupe were part of the festival too.