It all began this past Thursday, as the National Theatre Hall Auditorium of the Bangladesh Shilpakala Acadaemy was graced by the doyenne of Bharatanatyam, Leela Samson. Roop Bahulya, the three-day long festival of Bharatantyam, was headlined by Samson and her dance troupe Spanda.
There was a variety of entrancing choreographed Bharatantyam dances by Spanda, accompanied by an equally impressive performance by live Carnatic musicians. The event started off with Samson performing a riveting dance called Kalabhairava. The initial performance made way for more solos, duets and group presentations on Varnam, Ososi, Ananda Natmidum. The overall show was conlcluded with an awe-inspiring medley Tillana, which was performaned by the entire team including Samson. To simply be captivated by the performances would be an understatement. Samson and her team of perfection presented the audience with an alluring trance into the world of Bharatantyam, which was executed flawlessly.
After three days of performances, Leela Samson is scheduled to lead a Bharatanatyam workshop for five consecutive days, starting today, at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The show and workshop is presented by Shadhona and Srishti Cultural Center in association with the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, and supported by Charuta and Kazi & Kazi Tea.