IIM Indore Celebrates Navrathri

 | October 23,2012 05:52 pm IST

The populace of Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIM-I) were treated to a delightful evening filled with dance and celebrations by Natyamargam, who organised a Navarathri Cultural Event on Sunday..

The participants of IIM Indore, who were students at the dance school performed in front of a supportive audience. The cultural extravaganza started on an auspicious note as Director Dr. N.Ravichandran inaugurated the function by lighting the lamp. This was followed by Pushpanjali, an invocation to Lord Ganesha performed by the young students of Natyamargam. As the evening progressed, the audience was treated to various pieces which were received with utmost joy and adulation.

Rakshit Yadav, renowned dancer and a teacher at Natyamargam joined his students in a composition in Ananda Tandavam style which left the viewers awestruck. The event was also noted for Miss Prachi Sharma's performance of a solo Kathak item in praise of Lord Shiva. The audience was mildly surprised at the rendition of Bharatanatyam fusion dance set to an instrumental from Slumdog Millionaire.

The students also performed Garba, the traditional dance form of Gujarat in true Navaratri spirit. The music lovers were treated to a rendition of Durga Keerthanam which set the mood for the evening. The event ended with a Thillana inspired by western classical symphony. All the students were given a warm applause by the audience who were clearly impressed by them.

Anita Ayyar, the head of Natyamargam, a dance school started with the aim of promoting Bharatanatyam in Indore thanked the administration for the opportunity and the students for putting up a great show. She said, 'The energy and dedication shown by the students, even after a gruelling day of academics and other activities is simply amazing. They have worked really hard over the past few days for this, and the evening belongs to them.' Rakshit Yadav, teacher and mentor to the students spoke of the institute, 'We are grateful that we were able to perform at IIM Indore, and we hope to be back soon. The support shown by the students is what drives us to greater heights.'

Darshana V., a PGP participant and student at Natyamargam was visibly excited about the opportunity to continue pursuing her passion. 'After ten years of learning Bharatanatyam, I did not think I would be able to continue after joining a management institute. IIM Indore is probably the only institute which offers such an opportunity to enthusisasts like us.'