NUPUR

Nupur - Indian Classical Dance Society

Convenors: Mrs. Nirmala Murlidhar, Ms. Charu Kala and Mr. Ankan Dhar

Convenors: Mrs Nirmala Murlidhar, Ms Charu Kala and Mr Ankan Dhar
Nupur, the Indian classical dance society of the college, continues to strive in continuing the rich heritage of Indian classical dance within the college and providing opportunities to its students in achieving excellence in the sphere of dance.

Activities:
The society was invited by the University to perform for its cultural programme to welcome the NAAC Peer Team on 29 October 2018 at the Vice-Regal Lodge. The students performed Devipaksha, a fusion of Odissi, Kathakali, Bharatnatyam and Kathak, where the diversity of the dance genres mirrored the heterogeneous physical world, and their unity in a single tala represented all women apotheosising in the Goddess.

The society conducted a workshop on Indian classical dance on 24 October, by the renowned Odissi exponent Ms Kavita Dwibedi. The theme of 'Ethics of Choreography' allowed the participants to discuss the process and limits of choreography in Indian classical dance, keeping in mind the recent trends of fusion and experimentation. Besides students of the college, dancers and scholars from other institutions of Delhi and from abroad also attended the workshop.

The society organised its second round of the annual auditions on 19 September 2018 to incorporate more talent into the society.

Commencing from 17 September, the students designed a schedule of hour-long weekly master-classes to increase regular interaction, advanced training and regular practice in their routines. It was decided to hold Odissi and Bharatanatyam on Mondays, Kathak and Bharatanatyam on Wednesdays and Odissi and Kathak on Saturdays.

On 9 August, the society organised its annual auditions to welcome new students who are trained in Indian classical dance.

The society began its activities for the academic year of 2018-19 with its preparation for the Founder's Day on 1 August 2018. The students choreographed a fusion of Odissi and Bharatanatyam invoking the natural beauty of Vrindavan and the raas-leela of Radha Krishna in the monsoon season.



Activities:

Nupur, the Indian classical dance society of the college, continues to strive in continuing the rich heritage of Indian classical dance within the college and providing opportunities to its students in achieving excellence in the sphere of dance.

The society presented its ballet production – Streetva, on the Annual Day function on 5 April 2018, which contrasted the mythical and contemporary conceptions of womanhood.

For the Alumnae Function on 17 March, the students choreographed a fusion performance based on a medley of classical, western and contemporary music and dance.

The society was invited by the Cultural Coordinator of the Karkardooma District Court to perform at the annual cultural event for the Chamber of Advocates on 27 February.

On 10 February, the students received the First Prize in the Group Dance category at Udaan, the annual cultural festival of Jawaharlal Nehru University.

The Society has been selected to represent Indian classical dance at the First International Kala Mela, organised by the Lalit Kala Akademi. The performance was held on 9 Februaryat the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.

The society was also invited to perform at the Conference Centre of the University, at the Cultural Event of the International Conference held on 5 February.

The society was invited to perform at the Vice-Regal Lodge of the University at the Lecture Series organised by the School of Transnational Studies. The performance, in the presence of the Vice Chancellor, on 17 January was photographed and uploaded on the website of the University.

In consonance with the theme of Symphony, the annual cultural festival of the college, the society choreographed Suryagni with representations of the sun in Indian mythology and dance, as part of the Inaugral function on 10 January. The society organised its solo Indian classical dance competition - Aradhi on 12 January. The competition received participation from twenty four colleges across Delhi. The judges were MsPratibha Jena Singh and MsSohiniChattopadhyay, Odissi and Kathak, exponents respectively. The first prize was awarded to Tejasvini Sharma from Hansraj College, second prize to Aishwarya Nair of Maharaja Agrasen College and third prize to RaghavMonga of Sri Venkateswara College. Special Appreciation certificates were given to Srilakshmi Nair of Kalindi College and MalavikaAjikumar of Daulat Ram College.

On 31st October 2017 the society organised a Kathak workshop for its student members. MsSohiniChattopadhyay, the resource person, taught advanced techniques on Kathak choreography to the students.

The students won the Third Prize at Mudra-Group Dance competition organized by the SaptarshiSangha in September.

The society was chosen to conclude the cultural programmeorganised for the NAAC Peer Team visiting the college on 28-29 August. In the peiceCharishnu, the students chose to represent the variety of four forms - Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kathakali and Odissi through a single, continuous tala.

The Society organised its annual auditions in the month of August to induct first year students trained in the dance forms into the society.

The academic year of 2017-18 began with the performance on Founder's Day in August 2017. The choreography of Bharatnatyam and Odissi dancers was designed to explicate the aspects of Nataraja - the icon of Indian classical dance by the society.

The student-members participated in the musical dance-drama which was performed for the Annual Day in April 2017.


Other Performances:

AnjanaNatarajan – Performed at Ambrosia (award ceremony) at the Leela Hotel, Gurugram on 19 January 2018.Performed at the annual function of Guru Jamuna Krishnan in the Chinmaya Auditorium.Performed at the AyappanMandir’s Mandala Pooja festival on 10 December.On 4 Nov, performed at the Poornima Festival in Udaipur.Performed at an abhinaya program conducted by Guru Jamuna Krishnan on 22 October.Performed at the Bharatnatyam Marathon at Ganesh Natyalaya on 23 September 2017.

Krithika Kumar – Performed at Indraprastha Engineering College, Ghaziabad on 10 March 2017. Performed at the Delhi Tourism event at DilliHaat on 27 December 2017.Performed at the ICCR Auditorium for the BetiBachaoBetiPadhaocampaign on 15 July.

Ann Afreen – Performed on 9 March 2018 in the Yamuna Dhara Festival in Nagpur with Guru KabitaDwibedi. Performed at the Youth Dance Festival, organised at the Central Park, New delhi on 25 February. Performed with Guru KavitaMohanty, at the Nupur Dance Festival in Goa, from 16 to 20 February.Performed at the Shraddhanjali Festival with Guru PushpanjaliMohanty on 5 February at the India Habitat Centre.Performed at the 16th Annual Function of the Sai Foundation on 21 January. Performed at Uttaradhikar, a cultural programme held at Uttarakhand on 22 October. Performed at the Patitapawan Kala Niketan’s 28th Annual Day held at IGNOU Convention Centre. Performed at the Odisha Literature Festival at ICCR from 3-4 June. Performed at OdishaParba at the India Gate Lawns on 29 April -1 May. Performed at the Odisha Tourism Cultural Programme in collaboration with Guru KasturiPattanaik in April 2017. Performed at the three day Odisha Tourism TT Festival held at the Indira Gandhi Festival held in April 2017.

KanishkaKhurana – Performed at Guru Lekha Sharma’s annual function at Kamani Auditorium on 2 December 2017.

ParomitaDolui – Was part of PriyaVenkataraman’s production Samaagam, hosted by the Deputy Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh on 23 January 2018. Performed at the NABARD-APRACA Seminar at the India Habitat Centre on 16 December.Performed at the Tamil Sangam with PriyaSrinivasan’sTrikaya Dance Group on 28 October.Performed at the Jashn-e-Azadi 2017 with Santosh Nair’s Sadhya Company of Performing Arts at Siri Fort Auditorium on 14 August 2017.

Prapti Gupta – Performed at the Odissi International Festival in Bhubaneswar on 26 December. Performed at the Nehru Wangchuk Cultural Centre and the Indian High Commission in Thimphu on 17 and 20 November, respectively.Performed at the All India Lawyers’ Day Celebrations in the Supreme Court grounds on 13October.Performed at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts on 17 September.Performed at the Indradhanush Festival in the ICCR Auditorium on 29 May 2017.


Prizes:

AnjanaNatarajan – Won First Prize at classical dance competition of Reverie, annual festival of Gargi College on 29 January 2018. Won Third Prize (solo) at the AIIPA SanskritiPratibhaUtsavdance competition on 12 October.Won First Prize (in group category) at TAPAS, Bharatnatyam competition on 3 September 2017.

Sanskriti – Awarded Second Prize (duet) at the Mudra competition organized at Lady Shri Ram College on 3 February 2018.

Akshita - Awarded Second Prize (duet) at the Mudra competition organized at Lady Shri Ram College on 3 February 2018.

Prapti Gupta - Received First Prize in the dance competition organised at the annual festival of ARSD College on 26 February 2018. Received First Prize in the dance competition organised at the annual festival of Deshbandhu College on 20 February. Won Third Prize at dance competition organized the annual festival of PGDAV College on 1 February.

Nimisha Devi – Received a prize for Sincere Contribution to Cultural Activities on the Annual Day Function. Received First Prize in the dance competition organised at the annual festival of Daulat Ram College on 26 February 2018. Received Second Prize in the dance competition organised at the annual festival of Maharaja Agrasen College on 23 February. Received Second Prize in the dance competition organised at the annual festival of Kamla Nehru College on 21 February. Received First Prize in the dance competition organised at the annual festival of Miranda House College on 20 February. Won First Prize in dance competition at annual festival of Miranda House College on 22 March 2017.Won Second Prize in dance competition at annual festival of Kamla Nehru College on 21 March.Won Third Prize in dance competition at annual festival of Daulat Ram College.Won First First Prize in dance competition at annual festival of ARSD College on 7 March.Won First Prize in dance competition at annual festival of Hansraj College on 6 March.



   


Nupur performed group recitals for the Inaugral function of Symphony in January and the Alumni Function in March 2017.





Indian Classical Dance Society, July-November 2016

Nupur commenced its activities for the semester with a solo presentation in the Founder’s Day function. The traditional Bharatanatyam thillana was presented by first year student, Krittika Kumar.


In August, the society also organized its annual auditions to induct new promising talent. For the Independence Day celebrations, the society chose the theme of being different and yet being able to work together, as a meaning of independence. The performance was a fusion of Odissi, Bharatnatyam and Kathak.


In October, two screenings were organized—a presentation on the Natyashastra and the classical dance forms, and a documentary on the folk form of Purulia Chhau. Each screening was followed by a discussion.

Convenors: Mrs. Nirmala Murlidhar, Ms Charu Kala and Ankan Dhar