If you are looking to experience Indian classical dance in Goregaon, Natanam Studios is the place to go. Hosting Baithak – Arpan 2019 this weekend. An evening rich in Indian classical art, it promises to be the perfect cultural dose for the neighbourhood. I sure am looking forward to attending this event, for the kaleidoscope of art it will display – Kathak, Odissi, Nritya Yoga and classical vocals.
What are Natanam and Baithak?
Mumbai city typically witnesses interesting Indian classical dance and music events in select areas. Though there are several classes for Indian classical dance in Goregaon, Baithak stands apart. Dr Piyush Raj, who is the founder of Natanam Studios, took me behind the scenes of this interesting concept. “There is a dearth of take the classical art forms forward. In its own small way, the Natanam Baithak hopes to contribute towards the preservation and promotion of these classical art forms”, says this excelled Kathak dancer, teacher and designer.
Dr Raj founded Natanam a few years ago to create a space for appreciation, learning and the growth of Indian classical art in far-off suburbs. As a former Odissi dance student myself, it was sweet sitar music to my ears when I learnt of this endeavour.
What To Expect at Baithak – Arpan 2019
A typical “baithak” provides and enhances an intimate interaction between the artist or “kalakaar” and his or her audience or “rasikas”. At the upcoming Baithak edition, you will experience the Guru-Shishya tradition that is emblematic of Indian Classical training. The 6th Natanam Baithak so far, this one is a homage to Guru Purnima, as the disciples come together to pay artistic tributes to their teachers.
Carnatic and Hindustani Classical vocalist Jayanthi Sundaram Nayak’s disciples will enthral you with a recital. This will be followed by a Nritya Yoga performance by Sunitha Sivadas’ students. I am then waiting to witness the fluid magic of Odissi, which will be showcased by Shubhada Varadakar’s disciples. And then comes the whirl-and-staccato spell of Kathak, by Dr Piyush Raj’s students.
With four varied and layered performances to offer, Baithak – Arpan 2019, is an endearing homage by young students to their gurus. It is a presentation that makes a small but significant step towards keeping a tradition of Indian classical dance in Goregaon alive. One must encourage such initiatives and spark the interest in children. Few things can develop mind, body and soul as beautifully as Indian classical arts can. This really is an opportunity to not miss!
Natanam Studio for Performing Arts: 6, Jagat Satguru Industrial Estate, Vishweshwar Road, Goregaon east. Map It
Date & Time: Sunday, September 15th – 5 PM
Passes @ ₹100 per person, available at the venue or can be booked via PayTM