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Lighting a lamp of love

Shovana Narayan used Kathak to bridge the gap between variously abled children.


With all the talk of spiritual qualities in the classical arts, it is not always that artistes steeped in dance and music utilise their gifts for the benefit of their fellow humans.

Requiring long hours of rigorous practice and contemplation, dedication to a classical discipline sometimes results in artistes becoming self-absorbed to the point of narcissism, especially with the adulation that comes from frequent stage performances.

But it is equally true that India's ancient art traditions, despite being devoid of modern jargon like therapy, psychology and the like, are in fact quintessential therapy.

So it was with pleasant anticipation that one went to Shovana Narayan's evening of dance in which she joined hands with children of Tamanna Special School.

The highlight of the evening, jointly presented by the Tamanna Welfare Association for the Mentally Retarded and SAIL, was the eminent Kathak dancer's ballet, `Moonlight Impressionism'.

Prior to the ballet, the children presented a welcome dance.

The evening rightly belonged to them. Shyama Chona, founder of Tamanna and Principal, Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, in her opening remarks, said, "Tamanna is another name for anybody's hope and inspiration."

Theme of love

The theme of `Moonlight Impressionism', which has been a hit with audiences ever since Shovana choreographed it, using music of Ravel and Debussy in combination with Indian classical music, is love, and though a conventional love story, it fitted the occasion too.

In the words of the dancer, "We all yearn for something but we may not be able to get it at that time. We should happily accept situations as they come, and later on we will find the pleasure of being blessed by God for what we have," asserted the dancer, who expressed her admiration for the work done by Chona and the Tamanna trust.

"I have been seeing Tamanna for quite some time and was very impressed how dedicatedly it is working to make `differently abled' people `specially-abled'."

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