AAI REVIEW | Sadhya Baithak

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Be an encourager, the world has enough critics already – Anonymous

Such an encouraging thought it was, when Sanjukta Sinha called Santosh Nair Ji just a week before 7th of July 2018 to curate a baithak at the Sadhya Studio in Shivalik, New Delhi. The sole purpose was to create a platform, an intimate space, for young artists to perform and showcase their talent.

Various budding artistes were invited to perform for the Biathak including Bhanu Sisodia – Pakhawaj, Mohit Shridhar – Kathak Solo, Mihika Mukherjeeand Krutika Ghanekar (Kadamb) – Kathak Duet, Himesh ParchaSudhir Kumar and Pankaj Singh (Sadhya) – Chhau Trio and Neha Sharma, Sahul Bhatia, Himesh ParchaSudhir Kumar and Pankaj Singh (Sadhya) – Contemporary Group.

To sum it up in all up – they were all FIRE CRACKERS!! Such art, such precision, such timing, such emotion and such commitment.

Bhanu was amazing, even with Mohit Gangani and Ashish Gangani sitting right in front of him. I really think his performance was short-lived and that he could have played a bit more.

Mohit presented a solo in his new avatar. Having worked with him in Drishtikon I got to see a very different and new-fangled kathak dancer in him. He was sharp and subtle. He took everybody sitting there in his stride.

I have often wondered that whenever somebody works with or joins the Kadamb repertory, the first thing he or she catches is the ‘Sanjukta syndrome’. This is evident in all Kadamb performances where the repertory members continuously push themselves to dance as swiftly and flawlessly as Sanjukta Sinha. Now that’s some inspiration!

Mihika and Krutika, the youngest in the crew, kept up to Kadamb’s and Sanjukta’s name. They were so in sync that they reminded me of Swati Sinha and Monisa Nayak’s impeccable performance in Gurvai Namah last year.

Himesh Parcha, Sudhir Kumar and Pankaj Singh presented a Chhau trio. I must say the space was so less for them but they still made it look so grand. The best thing was they were not just mechanically following the choreography but loving and enjoying every bit of it, which added an extra spark to their performance.

The last was Impetus (work in progress though it didn’t seem like) performed by Neha Sharma, Sahul Bhatia, Himesh Parcha, Sudhir Kumar and Pankaj Singh. I wish they could show their work on a bigger stage like Kamani or NCPA. I really look forward to the completed work soon.

The evening was a lot of fun and frolic with art flowing in the air and another set of Gurus, Pandits, and Legends in the making!

Please N.B. – I am not an artist or a technical person to comment on or judge any aspect of the performance. I do understand what all pain one takes and the courage one puts up to present such a performance and highly appreciate and respect it. Whatever I write is purely what I feel sitting in the audience.

Photographs @ Shivani Dass | India Heritage Desk

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