Dance Mela 2016,’ a global dance fiesta to mark the World Dance Day with artistes from Australia and India was conducted at Renaissance Theatre Kew in Melbourne on April 30.
Various dance schools across Australia and India took part in the event. The brainchild of Meghala Bhat Hirasave, Director of Art of Vinyasa School of Bharatanatyam and Yoga, the dance mela was conducted with the aim to encourage young artistes to showcase their talent with one senior artiste to cap the performance in order to treat the learned audience in the cultural capital of Australia. The event was inaugurated by Tara Rajkumar – Order of Australia (OAM), with chief guests Hon Tim Smith MP (State Member of Kew and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of Opposition) and Chidambaram Srinivasan (Commission-er, Victorian Multicultural Commission). Vasan Srinivasan (Chair for Confederation of Indian Australian Associations) presided over the function.
The programme was opened by a sparkling performance by the students of Art of Vinyasa, who lit up the stage with their youthful enthusiasm coupled with crisp compositions by Meghala Hirasave. This was followed by a beautiful rendition of Kathak by Manmohini School of Dance performed by Rujuta Kulkarni and Vrinda Naicker ably directed by their guru Mohini.
Overseas artiste Vidushi Sparsha Shenoy presented with a spirited display in the Vasundhara style of Bharatanatyam which captivated the audience with its up-tempo energy and artistry. This was complimented with a flowing display of elegance with a ballet concert by BDC Dance Studio directed by principal and choreographer Natalie Stubbs. The graceful movements provided the perfect yin-yang effect to the Bharatanatyam presentation before.
The solo thematic production of Kumara Vyasa’s `Kshaatra Draupadi’ by Dr Vasundhara Doraswamy from Mysuru was the icing on the cake that took everyone’s breath away. The performance oozed with experience and perfection at every stage and enchanted the audience from start to finish for one-and-a-half hour of unadulterated eminence.
The distinction with which the artiste presented each character was evidence of Vasundhara’s mastery and involvement, which transformed the audience into a different world that they don’t get a chance to experience. The performance ended with the Victorian Multicultural Commission commissioner declaring it as ‘once in a decade’ performance.