Geet-Rung presents an evening of music and dance to benefit Ekal Vidyalaya
Geet-Rung Academy of Music and Dance celebrated their music and dance journey this April 15 through their students’ graduation and talent show along with a very well laid out music program by Atlanta’s accomplished singers. The program was conceived, anchored, directed, and choreographed by the founder of Geet-Rung, Divya Srivastava. It was to benefit Ekal Vidyalaya, a one-teacher school initiative, which, for only dollar-a-day, takes basic education to the remotest villages of India.
[Top] The golden oldies from Bollywood had the audience descend on the dance floor.
The evening started with performances by students of all ages, children, teens, and adults showcasing Kathak in its most intricate form. For the audience, the todas (compositions) were not only mesmerizing but educational too.
[Right] Divya Srivastava, along with her team, gave a mesmerising performance.
The fully-packed auditorium loved the foot-tapping numbers and soulful singing of Anupama Krishnan, Shiva Sachdeva, and Pankaj Bhargava, who has made a name for himself as Atlanta’s very own Kishore Kumar. The audience were clamoring for more of old Bollywood songs which included “Inteha Ho Gayi Intezar Ki,” “Babuji Dheere Chalna,” and “O Haseena Zulfon Waali.” The song, “Om Shanti Om” had the audience descend on the dance floor!
The surprise entry for many was the arrival of the multitalented artist, Jay Raval, who thrilled the audience with his high-energy performance of the Oscar-winning dance “Naacho Naacho/Naatu Naatu.”
—Rachna Gupta, photos by Nehal Mehta and Deepak Naik
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