Art is for everyone and what it good will be if not shown the love for art in front of the God. One can pay obeisance to God in many ways, but it is an another way of happiness and grace to pay the offerings through art. Art connects the artiste with the God being a medium. One such performance, Nrityaarpanam was performed by city dancer Ankita Deshkar, at Shri Siddha Hanuman Mandir, Laxmi Nagar, Nagpur.
Ankita is the disciple of eminent classical dancers and Gurus Dr Kishoree and Kishor Hampiholi.
At the very beginning Ankita said that she had always wanted to perform at the temple since she completed Nritya Alankar in dance. In the scorching heat and hot summer floor Ankita showed no nerves while performing.
The programme began with ‘Mallari’ an invocatory dance item which paid obeisance to Lord Ganesh. It was performed in three speeds viz Vilambit, Madhya and Dhurt laya in Tishra Nadai. The dance composition is done on the sounds of Mridangam. The dance went from being slow to fast.
The second dance performed by Ankita was Simhasan Stithe, a Devi Stuti. The dance depicted various forms of Devi. It was a Nritya and Abhinaya based dance. Filled with energy, the forms of goddess, from being the epitome of kindness and love to the destroyer of negativity and cruelty all were beautifully weaved in the dance.
‘Abir Gulal’ a Marathi Abhang by Sant Chokhamela was the next performance. The dance composition was that of her Guru Dr Kishore Hampiholi. Deshkar’s performance was devoted to Lord Vitthal.
The ‘Nrityaarpanam’ concluded with fastest in the repertoire ‘Kadankuthuhalam Tillana’. This form is one of the toughest form to perform. The dance concluded with an Abhinaya on Lord Vishnu. And was followed by Mangalam.
Ankita Deshkar feels more such dance performances should be conducted in temples to seek blessings from the almighty.