On a beautifully decorated stage at the Nashua High School, Adhishri
Hande and Soumya Atnoor completed their arangetram under their guru Smt.
Neena Gulati. The duo, having trained for many years at the Triveni
School of Dance, dazzled the audience with their gracious Odissi,
Bharatnatyam, and Kuchipudi pieces.
They started off
their performance with dances in the Odissi style, synchronously moving
together to invocate the Lord Ganesha. The musicians harmonious sound
accompanied flawlessly with the sound of the ankle bells, as the dancers
conquered intricate and rhythmic footwork. Their bright and colorful
costumes and the smiles on their faces made Soumya and Adhishri's
performance seem effortless.
and kuchipudi pieces they performed, including Shiv Shakti, Mandari
Jathiswaram, and Ramayana Shabdam. "Krishna Nee Bega Nee", a
story-dance, sent the audience into laughter with Adhishri's
characterization of the naughty Krishna running away from his adoring
mother, played beautifully by Soumya.
final piece, the infamous thali dance set to "Kaliya Nartana" was
inundated with facial expressions and eye movements explaining the story
of Krishna and his magnificent feat of destroying the snake Kaliya.
What impressed the audience the most was when they picked up brass
plates, completing their final piece while dancing on them. The
devotional Mangalam at the end of the show sent the audience into
vibrant applause as the girls took their bows, thanking their guru, the
musicians, and the audience for their presence on that auspicious day.