Garba and Dandiya Raas @ Lok Utsav: Ecstatically Meditative

Lok Utsav celebrates the folk forms, especially dances of India. It conducts month long classes for Garba and Dandiya in the month preceding Dusshera!

This series of videos are from the final dance evenings coinciding with Dusshera! Every serious dancer gets lost in a state of ecstatic meditation, inexplicable, indescribable. I made sure I am lost 2-3 hours every day in such an exalted state!!

Garba is a form of dance which originated in the state of Gujarat in India. The name is derived from the Sanskrit term Garbha and Deep. Many traditional garbas are performed around centrally lit lamp or a picture or an idol of the Goddess Shakti.

Here are my captures… enjoy!  Every video is in 4K HD and I have uploaded all on youtube. Usually, each of the videos will play in low resolution, where in you do not get high clarity. But you will find the settings button (the wheel) on the video when you click on it. Click on the settings button and change the quality to HD resolution (1080p60) so as to watch with highest clarity.

Our heart felt thanks to all our Gurujis who patiently and passionately invested in each one of us during this month long classes.

With great sadness we pay our rich tributes to the most senior guru ji Sri Sudesh Shikari ji, who left on his journey to heavenly abode on the first day of our final performances.

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Ah, I failed to mention, every evening I had a bonus too – over 1200 calories spent! Now that the month long classes are over, I am sure most of the dancers will find the evenings vacuous !  I will surely find another dance class soon to take its place !! 🙂

Our humble thanks to all the organizers, Sandeep and Abhishek to start with, and all the dancers who made it a memorable month. Catch you all, my fellow dancers, very soon!

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SPIC MACAY : An inward transformational journey; A Cultural Immersion – Convention 2017

I am very fortunate to undertake the soulful inward journeys laced with the culture pilgrimage of SPIC MACAY every year, all through. For every ambassador of Indian and world culture it has been a very enriching one as always. Here I captured the essence of the pilgrimage 2017, SPIC MACAY international convention 2017 held at IIT Delhi recently. You can check the visual captures, in still form, at my FLICKR stream

The Prime Minister of India, Sri Narendra Modi, inaugurating the International convention 2017, in his inimitable style of eloquence, pays tribute to the movement of SPIC MACAY and also to the founder of the movement, Dr. Kiran Seth. Beseeches the youth to embrace the spirit and purpose of the movement.

The following short video documentary, in five parts, captures the essence of the conventions, the daily schedule followed, the spirit of volunteerism, the passionate facilitation by gurus who have dedicated their lives for the cause of artforms, the earnest desire of every participant to assimilate, imbibe and live the spirit as well as the art forms, as much as they can.

The week long convention is an endeavour to instill the discipline and have a sublime control of ones own life and expose every participant to the mysticism of arts and culture.

The days start at 4am with YOGA, then shramdan to keep our environment clean and tidy, then after a break of an hour for morning ablutions, commences with the intensives. Every participant will undergo an intensive to gain deeper understanding of an art form works with a Guru for seven days, four hours a day. The afternoons after the lunch is devoted the exposing every participant to a variety of genre like not limited to music and dance but also theatre, choir music, folk music and dance, puppetry etc. The evenings are devoted to classical music and dance performances.
Enjoy watching!



The last day is all about sharing the learning during the week gone by, in every art form. .Here are a few of the showcasing I have been able to capture at a couple of venues. I apologize for not being able to cover all the five centres of performances.


Come participate and contribute to the propagation of art forms and the spread of the spirit of brotherhood and composite culture. UNITY in Diversity.

In Media : SPANDAN Festival of Performing Art 2016

SPANDAN festival of performing Arts 2016 found a few mentions in the media and online world. A few more good articles are expected. I shall keep updating this post.

On the day of “Facilitating the Living legends” along with Nartanam, THE HINDU, listed in the happenings dairy

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Distinguished dance critic, Smt Manjari Sinha covered SPANDAN in her weekly column World Dance Day, in STATESMAN on May 12, 2016

Statesman covers SPANDAN Fest of performing Arts

STATESMAN regular online version

STATESMAN epaper version

The May calendar on Narthaki mentions SPANDAN

BuzzInTown lists WORLD DANCE EVENING of MAY 26

Blog of PRIYALASYA has the invites

Inauguration of the EXHIBITION of SPANDAN Festival of Performing Arts 2016 @ India Habitat Centre, Open Spaces – Atrium on April 28, 6:00pm

Theme : Tributes to Iconic Institutions, Movements and Gurus of Art and Culture

Inauguration of the EXHIBITION of SPANDAN Festival of Performing Arts 2016 @ India Habitat Centre, Open Spaces - Atrium on April 28, 6:00pm

Blessed to have had eminent art Connoisseurs, artists, art and dance critics, changemakers, SPIC MACAY torch bearers and rasiks grace the evening to light the lamp, signifying the enlightenment within.

 It was indeed a pleasure to see the excitement among every participant to figure out which photo display they will unfurl and unravel to the world, as part of the inauguration. NO ONE apart from me, not even my better half INDIRA, knew about the photographs in each panel, nor the which panel on which installation.

Inauguration of the EXHIBITION of SPANDAN Festival of Performing Arts 2016 @ India Habitat Centre, Open Spaces - Atrium on April 28, 6:00pm

 As the dignitaries started inaugurating each panel, the dance forms and their bouquet emerged. The glitter in the eyes one should have noticed. As resplendent captures of the “ICONIC Institutions, MOVEMENTS and GURUs” emerged, the beaming faces showed the happiness and pride of Indian Culture.

Inauguration of the EXHIBITION of SPANDAN Festival of Performing Arts 2016 @ India Habitat Centre, Open Spaces - Atrium on April 28, 6:00pm

 It was a memorable start for the Exhibition.  Thanks INNI for capturing such a divine inaugural evening. For photographs of the evening, kindly visit my FLICKR album SPANDAN 2016

Exhibition @ SPANDAN festival of performing arts 2016 - Nartanam special issues released

Passion and Perseverance – Dancing is a yet another form of meditation and more…..(here Garba / Dandiya of LOK UTSAV)

Every art form, whether performing arts and fine arts, enriches the soul. It is a completely different feeling when I am immersed completely into each. It is a form of meditation, in-explicable! Each one takes me to a space of consciously unconscious and unconsciously conscious! I invest a few hours every week to reach this space.

Yes, though every week I make it point to be a rasik immersing myself and capturing the soulful performances – music, dance, theatre etc – of eminent and young performers, the intense loss of self happens when I do it myself. It is a complete surrender! Come to think of it, this feeling also happens when I am intensely involved in a sport, like swimming, where I surrender myself to the process and the medium.

Every year, during the month preceding Dussherra, we get a great opportunity as a family, to participate and learn Garba / Dandiya. This is possible only due to the amazing purpose and spirit of LOK UTSAV, a movement that aims at treasuring the folk art forms of the country. These classes are held at SARDAR PATEL VIDYALAYA, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi and at a couple of other locations in Delhi.

Last week, Mr. Sandeep Dikshit, the force behind LOK UTSAV, insisted on my staying back for a while after the classes, as NDTV was to come to cover the classes as part their programme, ‘India matters’. The NDTV team surprised me by interviewing me for about 15-20 minutes on various aspects of dance, my interest in dance, my body of work including SPANDAN, annual world dance photography exhibition that I organize at IHC, Delhi and this specific workshop on Garba/Dhandiya.

Here is a short clip that NDTV incorporated from that interview of mine in their program :

I humbly pay my sincere gratitude to every dancer and guru at the Garba/Dandiya classes who have immensely contributed to what I experience in my daily meditation.

SPANDAN 2015, Apr 25-May 25 – Invitation to submit your dance captures by Apr 6 for the India’s largest dance photography exhibition

SPANDAN 2014 - SPACES and CURATION

Dear Honourable Gurus, Esteemed Photographing Friends and Ever Encouraging Rasiks,

It gives me immense pleasure to invite each one of you to SPANDAN 2015, the third edition of the festival, celebrating the SPirit of DANce, paying our humble tributes to the SPAN of world DANce!

Starting on 25th of April 2015, the dance photography exhibition in the open spaces of IHC will go on for ten days. The Festival culminates with an evening that celebrates the SPIRIT OF WORLD DANCE, with a bouquet of performances SPANNING THE WORLD DANCE FORMS.

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In the LAST two editions, every year over 7000 visitors graced the exhibition and the dance evening ran a packed overflowing house at STEIN Auditoium, IHC.

Kindly check the YOUTUBE link for SPANDAN 2014 and 2013 playlists on youtube

LOOKING FORWARD to seeing you all at the exhibition and the dance evening.

HUMBLY REMAIN,

LOVE,

Srinivasan Ramakrishnan
http://www.sreeni.org

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INVITATION to SUBMIT YOUR BEST DANCE CAPTURES

LAST DATE OF SUBMISSION : April 06, 2015, 11:59pm IST

In the last edition of 2014 of SPANDAN, it was an honour to have over 35 passionate dance photographers from around the world contributing their work. We were privileged to have showcase the works of renowned guru of dance photography Sri Avinash Pasricha. We have had a few workshopts too including that of Avinash ji, curated walk by well known historian Robinson.
I look forward to having the best from around the world this year too. Kindly send your fabulous captures here.!
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Last year we have had 18 large panels, each devoted to a dance form; along with over 30 works of Avinash ji and about 80 works of our esteemed photographic friends-

INDIAN
– Dedication to Avinashji’s works
– Eight Classical forms as noted by SNA –
– Bharatanatyam,
– Kathak,
– Odissi,
– Kathakali,
– Mohiniyattam,
– Kuchipudi,
– Manipuri,
– Sattriya
– A panel on Martial art/FOLK dance forms of immense energy : Chhau, Bhangra, Garba,…
– A contemporary Dance Panel- A Panel of captures in the open spaces
– JOURNEY OF Infinity – portraying the immense years of dedicated effort in excelling in the world space

WORLD
– FAR eastern panel with Korean, Japan and Chinese forms
– BALLET from Russian and European geography
– FREE Dance from around the World and India
– LATIN / SPANISH Dance forms

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I humbly invite all DANCE PHOTOGRAPHY ENTHUSIASTS to submit their TWO best photographs from their captures. Let it span the dance forms from around the world.

WHERE ALL SPANDAN may GO –

in the last two years SPANDAN travelled to Kolkatta, Chennai and LONDON coinciding with various festivals of Indian DANCE and MUSIC

HOW TO and BY WHEN?

a. UPLOAD your best two in this Event Page (on FB), the RAW Format of the capture should be there with you for later purpose if selected (needed for printing large versions). Kindly give details of the capture
– Dancer
– Dance Form
– Festival, where it has been captured, with dates

b. clearly LABEL the posting as FOR SPANDAN 2015. PHOTO 1 and PHOTO 2.
If at all you have to write your name/signature on the photo, let it be very discreet on a margin

c. LAST DATE OF SUBMISSION is April 06, 11:59 pm IST

SELECTION and FOLLOW UP

d. IF Selected, will be asked to send the RAW FORMAT of the same by email.

f. THE SELECTED works will become part of a classified panel and credits will be given. This is my effort in showcasing the brilliance in the dance photography space and the contribution each one is making for furthering the cause of the dance forms.

IMPORTANT, for EXPECTATIONS –

I WISH TO MAKE THIS FESTIVAL, A FESTIVAL OF EVERY DANCE LOVER. I am investing immensely from my own pocket to showcase, hence WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PAY anything for your contribution, apart from making your work known to connoisseurs and lovers of dance.

I CERTAINLY WELCOME IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE CORPUS TO HELP ME MAKE THIS EFFORT A GRAND SUCCESS. IF ANY ONE CAN BRING IN SPONSORS, I WILL BE DELIGHTED. SPONSORS’ LOGO AND NAME WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE VENUE OF EXHIBITION and in all publicity on social media!

I ADMIT that I MAY RECOUP the cost incurred for the exhibition displays – printing, framing, logistics of taking the exhibition around – by selling the works proactively this time. SOLD or UNSOLD, I shall intimate you.

IF any works remain unsold, and you want your work back at the end of the exhibitions, then the costs incurred, (calculated by the size and kind of prints/transportation/logistics etc) will have to be paid! It will go into a corpus for future, and encourages me to keep going on this path of promoting brilliance. I HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND MY SPIRIT and intention. I AM SURE YOU WILL HELP ME

LAST DATE OF SUBMISSION : April 06, 11:59pm IST

THE HINDU – Friday Review on dance by Leela ji features Sreeni’s photos

Celebrated dance critique Mrs Leela Venkataraman’s weekly review on dance performances in the capital, titled WINDS OF EXCHANGE was embellished with Sreeni’s two photographs – that of Kathak and Ballet confluence – Fragments of dreams, and the other is of the FLAMENCO performance by the troupe from SPAIN as part of the festival, CONNECTIONS by Indo-French choreographer Rukmini Chatterjee.

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Rukmini chatterjee;s fragments of Dreams

Rukmini chatterjee;s fragments of Dreams

Fragrments of Dreams - Rukmini chatterjee's Concept, Sanjukta Sinha's soulful execution with Anuj and Fernando

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