AV Dance Company presents NISHAKAANTI, a Kathak performance about the glory of night choreographed by Abhimanyu Lal and Vidha Lal. The choreographer attempts to bring out the pixels of ‘Night’ from a perspective of immense beauty and bloom, and wrap it around with the fibre of Kathak. A set of five compositions, representing various expressions of the Night, will be performed by Abhimanyu Lal and Vidha Lal – who are disciples as well as Son and Daughter-in-law of Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee Guru Smt. Geetanjali Lal of Jaipur Gharana. As ‘A’ grade artists from Delhi Doordarshan and empanelled artists of I.C.C.R, Delhi, both Abhimanyu and Vidha have performed extensively in major dance festivals in India and abroad.
From romance to a mother’s tender love for her baby, the performances use expressional aspects of Kathak to showcase the various moods of the night. The moon, flowers like Nishagandhi and Lotus that bloom at night, Abhisarikanayika (maiden) and Viraha (the feeling of being distressed being separated from the lover) are all depicted through dance. Thereby, the choreographer attempts to bring out the light in the dark, along with its embellished coats of night. Hindustani classical music has numerous ragas set for each portion of the day. Some explicitly beautiful ragas like Bahar, Adana, Bihag, Chandrakauns, and Malkauns glorify the perfect mood of the night. The choreographer has picked a few strands of ragas to be lit at night, which bring out the flame to be perfectly oiled with Kathak.
The performance begins with ‘Padma Kanti’. This composition is a benedictory invocation to Lord Vishnu, the one who bestows upon the beautiful flower Lotus that blooms at night; which is ultimately the theme of this evening. ‘Indu Kanti’ follows, wherein the dancers show us a Mughal facet to the beauty of the night woven with some beautiful shayaris. The third composition, ‘Innocense’ is an expressional number. Here, the dancer takes the lines from beautiful poetry written by Surdas, and shows a different facet of the glory of the night – motherly love. In the next composition, ‘Abhisar Shringar’, the dancers create a world of their own with the figments of love, passion and romance. With this final piece for the glorification of the night, ‘Swapna Kanti’, the dancer leap into the world of dreams with a Tarana – a style of singing in the Hindustani classical music. The Tarana creates a crescendo with a notion of a dream to reach an ultimate level of boost by flying high.
Kathak exponents Abhimanyu Lal and Vidha Lal learnt their art from under the tutelage of their Guru. Smt. Geetanjali Lal at the National Institute of Kathak, New Delhi and later continued their training under guru shishya parampara.Both have been awarded Sri Krishana Gana Sabha endowment award and Nritya Jayantika award from Guru Mayadhar Raut Odissi Dance school.
Vidha Lal was awarded FICCI Young Women achievers award 2017, National Devadasi Award, Kalpana Chawala Excellence Award, Jaidev Yuva Pratibha Puraskar, and registered her name in the Guinness Book of World Records for taking 103 spins in a min. in the year 2011.
Presently Abhimanyu Lal is teaching at the National Institute of Kathak Dance, New Delhi and Vidha Lal is the founder Director of AV DANCE COMPANY KATHAK RESONANCE and teaches at the Devi Durga Kathak Sansthan, New Delhi. Both have also been conducting workshops demonstrations and Lec dem organized by SPIC MACAY and IRCEN in the government schools of India.