Nagpur: Swar Sangam Sanskrutik and Kishor Nritya Niketan organized a , ‘Amrapali’ as part of its biennial concert at Kavivarya Suresh Bhat auditorium in Reshimbagh on Thursday.
Member of National Minority Commission, New Delhi and advocate Sulekhatai Kumbhare was the chief guest at the function while director of SCZCC, Deepak Khirwadkar presided over the function.

The dance drama was directed by Dr Kishooree Hampiholi who also enacted the role of , and Kishor Hampiholi. The music was given by Shailesh Dani. It was written by Dr Leena Rastogi. ‘Amrapali’ was a celebrated Nagarvadhu (royal courtesan) of the republic of Vaishali kingdom in ancient India around 500BC and the drama illustrated how she was inspired by the teachings of Lord Buddha and later became his disciple.

The situations of the drama were convincingly conveyed to the audience by the artists especially guru Kishoree who perfectly portrayed her character using her facial expression and hand gestures.

The other artists who impressed the audience with their craft were Shreuya Joshi, Mansi Patrikar, Devyani Chaudhari, Mitali Holey, Rachana Bisen, Rucha Shende, Arundhati Pande, Aishwarya Peshwe, Ankita Janglekar, Komal Mhaisbade, Hirannya Mhaisbade, Kamakshi Hampiholi, Neha Durugkar, Abha Mohurle, Manjiri Sonak, Pravina Gotmare, Indrani Indurkar, Samruddhi Punje, Bhumika Mendhule, Tisha Dave, Chetana Mundhada, Surabhi Kakde, Mayuri Sonak, Kajol Khichi, Srushti Rindhe, Prachi Barapatre, Nupur Bokade and Shraddha K V.

Earlier, students also presented various Bharatnatyam and folk dances such as Pushpanjali, Allaripu, Jastiswaram, Natesh and Ganesh kautvam, Malhari, Shabdam, Keertanam, Kawadi, Tillana, Santhal, Bihu and Rauf. A magnificent performance of tabla was also presented during the event.

The institution wishes to create awareness about the Indian classical dance forms including folk dances through the medium of dance dramas.

The academy has earlier staged many dance dramas and ‘Amrapali’ is their seventh production.

(Reporting by Namrata Ghaturle)

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