Another year, another Independence day celebration at the Robert F. Wagner Jr. park at Battery Park, NY. They only get better every year. What a visual treat in a spectacular arena for an entertaining night!
The stage, the lady, dancing MCs and eager dancers in the wings
Carolina Prada wow-ing us with her flawless execution and incredible grace.
Surabhi Bharadwaj’s lilting grace brought to life this classic composition of Pambatti Siddhar to life.
Sooraj Subramaniam was spellbinding in the graceful style that came so effortlessly to him. One of the highlights of the evening.
Avijit Das’s expert rendition of the different facets of this dance form: Laya, Bhava and Nritya was intoxicating and left you wanting more.
Maestro Pt.Krishna Mohan Mishra showed us how its done with his improvisations to live music. He not only explained the intricacies of this north Indian dance form but got the audience to join in. A most exhilarating experience.
A snippet of his performance is up here: https://youtu.be/NS-K1hunbWc
After all the classical heavy lifting, the evening moved on to the fun part.
The Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts dancers put on a spirited show on the different phases of time: past, present and future. It was a fest for the eyes, a graceful mix of ballet and classical indian dance moves.
And finally the Battery Dance’s very own composition, the Durga project. The deep blue twilight sky formed the perfect background for this exquisite performance art whose symbolism eluded me, but not its spectacular grace and fluid movement 🙂