Natya Thoranam 2023: A Symphony of Classical Dance Forms in Hyderabad
Natya Thoranam 2023, a captivating cultural event, unfolded its magic in the heart of Hyderabad in October 2023. Organized by the Amrita Cultural Trust, this annual gathering celebrated the rich tapestry of classical dance forms that define India’s cultural identity. The Kelika Indoor Auditorium at Taramati Baradari served as the stage for an enchanting Jugalbandi, where six distinguished dance groups graced the audience with their virtuosity in various classical dance styles, including Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Mohiniyattam, Odissi, and the unique Telangana ancient dance form, Perini.
Despite his inability to attend in person, Chief Guest Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, Principal Secretary of Industries and Commerce and Information Technology, sent his heartfelt wishes. In his message, he underlined the importance of classical dance forms as a means of self-expression, showcasing the nation’s rich cultural heritage. He lauded Amrita Cultural Trust for supporting and showcasing artists who bring authentic classical dance forms to Telangana.
Dr. Thota Chandrasekhar, IAS (Retd.), AP, BRS President, expressed his admiration for the performers and award winners. He emphasized the significance of Jugalbandi, emphasizing it as one of the finest he had witnessed. His words reinforced the importance of preserving traditions in our societal fabric and urged other regions of India to continue this legacy.
Rajesh Pagadala, Chief of the managing committee, elaborated on the trust’s mission, highlighting its dedication to nurturing and promoting the performing arts. He acknowledged the lifelong commitment and devotion required by dance performers to understand the roots of Indian culture, traditions, and mythology. The trust not only offers scholarships to talented artists pursuing dance professionally but also strives to preserve vanishing classical dance traditions.
Bhargavi Pagadala, an active executive committee member, shared the trust’s goals of reinforcing classical dance traditions, raising awareness through technology and social media, and inspiring young talent with awareness programs. Their mission aims to enhance the visibility of performers, motivating enthusiasts and the audience to contribute to Indian classical dance arts.
Special guests of honor included Sumathi Badugula, IPS, DIG, Women Safety Wing, and prominent figures in the world of classical dance, who graced the event with their presence. The event was a testament to the enduring legacy and significance of classical dance in India’s cultural landscape.