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Dance students present riveting show

June 2010
Dance students present riveting show

The Taal School of Dance celebrated its first annual dance recital on Sunday, May 16, at the North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Georgia, amidst the cheers and applause of an appreciative audience.

Divya Srivastava, founder and director of the academy, choreographed and directed the show. The spectacular performances ranged from the technical Kathak Nritta to traditional dances showcasing the Nritya component, along with chartbuster Bollywood hits.

Between dance numbers, talented local singers like the popular Pankaj Bhargava and Vandana Upadhyaya, Visharad degree holder from India’s Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, sang Bollywood melodies. The program was emceed by Navin Tyagi, stage artist and founder of the Shaam-E-Sargam music group, and Anita Gupta, singer, former model and realtor.

The evening opened with an arresting dance by senior students of the school to a Shiv bhajan. The academy’s youngest students rocked the auditorium with “Masakali.” Another number from Chance Pe Dance earned a thunderous applause. The advanced group presented technical todas and tihai, followed by the old classic “Madhuban Me Radhika.” The highlights of the recital included the fusion piece “ Taal Se Taal Mila” and a vibrant Holi dance by the charismatic Divya Srivastava with the versatile Sonny Molu, along with her senior troupe. A particular hit with the audience was the dance by couples to the classic melody “Yeh Raaten Yeh Mausam,” rendered flawlessly by Pankaj and Vandana. The finale—“Jai Ho”—brought the house down.

The event decoration, which was noticeably meticulous, was by Varsha Shah.

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