‘Baisakhi Dance Bonanza’: Academy reinvents tradition in modern garb

Excelsior Correspondent

Dancers performing during the ‘Baisakhi Dance Bonanza’ held at Kala Kendra on Tuesday.

JAMMU, Apr 10: Organized by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Cultural and Languages, a program of dances heralding Baisakhi, the festival of harvest, was held at the Kala Kendra, here today
In the program tilted as ‘Baisakhi Dance Bonanza’, ten dance groups hailing from the city of temples, Kathua and Udhampur performed a mixed fare of folk, Bollywood hip-hop, fusion dances to the tune of pre-recorded popular songs.
The dance groups comprising of enthusiastic young boys ands girls, many a times led by their dance teachers, gave a energetic display of variety of present day in-style trends in dance which has been especially made popular due to various talent shows being run by satellite channels.
Performed at the open-air stage setup in the lawns of the Kala Kendra, the free entry program, which attracted a huge crowd of spectators including many a passerby’s, with flickering neon lights, blasting music and young dancers swaying to a new repertoire of body movements and rhythms, clearly presented a contrast from the traditional Bhangra dance performed on drum beats by dance groups from nearby villages during the Baisakhi fair held on the banks of Ranbir Canal till recently.
The performing groups included Jackson Dancing Institute, Gurukul Dancing Institute, Trance Dancing Institute, Unique Dancing Institute, Young Star Dancing Institute, Friends Dancing Institute, Tusahr Cultural Club, Lali Musical Club—all from Jammu, Navrang Dancing Academy from Udhampur and Magic Star Dancing Institute from Kathua.
Nasir Aslam Wani, Minister of State, Tourism & Culture, was the chief guest while Atal Dullo, Secretary J&K Cultural Academy, was also present on the occasion.