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Nritya Natya Kala Bharti presents its annual concert, Jhankaar

May 2024
Nritya Natya Kala Bharti presents its annual concert, Jhankaar

On March 30-31, Nritya Natya Kala Bharti Dance Academy (NNKB) presented its annual Kathak concert, Jhankaar. NNKB, Atlanta’s premier Indian dance and music academy directed by Kumud and Sandeep Savla, presented its 23rd annual dance concert at the Gas South Theater where audiences were left awestruck over two days of spectacular dance performances.

[Left] NNKB performers presented the annual concert, Jhankaar.

Both evenings commenced with a powerful depiction of the master of dance in “Shiva.” With their fiery red and black costumes symbolizing the cosmic cycles of creation, preservation, and destruction, the dancers shook the stage as they mirrored the eternal rhythm of the universe. The shows incorporated the liveliness of traditional Indian folk dances in enigmatic Garba and Laavani items. From the tiny tots of NNKB exuding energy in a fun Bollywood performance to theatrical medley that paid a tribute to the golden era of Bollywood commemorating legends such as Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, and Amitabh Bachchan—the audience thoroughly enjoyed a trip down memory lane.

A Kathak and Bharatanatyam duet amalgamated the synergies of North and South Indian classical dance styles, presenting a true feast for the senses. NNKB dancers shared the stage with performers from Bharathakala Naatya Academy, directed by Guru Subathra Sudarshan. The beautiful collaboration left the auditorium resonating with the melodious jhankaar of ghungroos coupled with vigorous applause from the audience.

[Right] Kumud Savla (center) with NNKB performers. AT_Main6_05_24.jpg

A masterpiece starring Director Kumud Savla and senior-most performers of NNKB heightened the momentum in “Bhari Bhari,” leaving the audience awe-struck by the sheer grace and charisma in the flawless piece. The radiant costumes glimmered under stage lights adding to the enchanting effect of the overall performance.

As the evenings drew to a close, the audience was treated to a final performance that paid homage to Lord Hanuman in a captivating depiction of the sacred verses of the Hanuman Chalisa. All of the performances of the evening culminated in the grand finale, where all the talented artists came together on stage, taking a final bow as a testament to their dedication.


[Top] NNKB performers after an enthralling concert.

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