Nritya Natya Kala Bharti organizes an annual concert
Nritya Natya Kala Bharti (NNKB), Atlanta’s premier Indian dance and music academy directed by Kumud and Sandeep Savla, presented its 21st annual dance concert at the Gas South Theater on April 2 and 3, 2022. The two-day event captivated audiences with spectacular Kathak, Bollywood, and folk dance performances. It was emceed by members of the NNKB Team: Sil Savla, Samrangi Gosh, Ishika Mehta, Pooja Vaidya, and Samta Savla. The melodious classical music compositions by the talented Sandeep Savla captivated audiences as they marveled at the beautiful Kathak performances.
[Left] NNKB performers.
[Right] NNKB performers with Kumud Savla (center). (Photo credits: Vijay Prajapati)
The concert showcased the theme of taking the audience on a magical journey aboard the NNKB Express train—traveling through time, celebrating festivals, and visiting the different regions of India. NNKB presented fifteen unique and innovative pieces on both days with dance items celebrating the works of the legendary Lata Mangeshkar, Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj, and Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan. Director Kumud Savla, along with senior performers, presented a powerful piece commemorating International Women’s Day. The work juxtaposed the unique roles of women against the injustices and inequality that society imposes on them.
Audience favorites also included two energetic “East-meets-West” Kathak fusion pieces demonstrating the rigorous technical aspects of Kathak with numerous swift spins and intricate footwork. “A Stop to Vrindavan” honored the divine love of Radha and Krishna. Dancers celebrated the diverse colors of Holi through “Kathak Raas Leela,” an upbeat Bollywood number and “Murshid Khele Holi,” an enlightening spiritual Sufi Kathak item.
Established in 1988, NNKB is dedicated to the purity of Indian classical dance and music. The academy is authorized by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC) to offer Certificate Programs in Kathak. During the event, NNKB recognized its class of 2021 Visharad graduates on stage.
[Left] The NNKB team. (Photo credit: Vijay Prajapati)
[Right] NNKB performers with Kumud Savla (center). (Photo credit: Vijay Prajapati)
The entire show was a breathtaking ensemble of color, artistry, and music that pushed artistic boundaries. It was flawlessly executed and started right on time on both days. Kumud and Sandeep Savla recognized the entire production team in a heartfelt vote of thanks. After a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19, it was a treat to see NNKB once again rocking the Atlanta stage and continuing to raise the bar.
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