Dance Competition 2019

The Inter House  Dance Competition took place on 20th September and was one of the best we’ve ever had! The hard work and effort put in by the students was clearly seen on stage and received wide praise from the entire auditorium.

This year, for the first time, the Indian dances had a theme – Celebrations. Godavari based theirs on “The Stage of a Woman’s Life”, Narmada and Cauvery on “Unity in Diversity” and Sutlej on the “Celebration of Rain”. The Indian dances displayed skill in classical dance forms including Kathak and Bharathanatyam. The vibrant colours were a marvellous sight indeed!

The participants of the Western dances also impressed the crowd with their creativity, modern techniques and skill full song choice. Godavari choreographed their dances on “Dreams – Fantasy and Nightmares”, Narmada on the “Stages of School Life”, “Cauvery on Control and Freedom” and Sutlej on “How Power Consumes You?”.

The judge for the Indian dances was Mrs Jigyasa Giri. She wears many hats with aplomb. She is a Kathak dancer, teacher, choreographer, author of acclaimed cookbooks and a trustee & resource facilitator of Satya Surabhi Trust which runs a school for the children of the farm labourers and petty vendors in Kodaikanal. She has trained under the tutelage of Late Guru Natyashri Krishna Kumar Dharwar of the Banaras Gharana and under Guru Dr. Maya Rao, Director, Natya Institute of Kathak & Choreography, Bangalore. Having taught at Bangkok and Mumbai, she has been teaching Kathak in Chennai since 2001. She launched Devaniya, the Kathak dance school of Chennai in November 2009.

The Western dances were judged by Mrs. Kokila Hariram. She is the co-founder of the Academy of Modern Dance –  Chennai’s first formal Western Dance School- along with her husband, Mr. Goutham Sundararajan. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the renowned Pineapple Dance Studio in Covent Garden, London, teacher certification from the National University of Singapore, and is also certified as a Western dance teacher by the Common-wealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD), Australia. The Academy has more than 400 students aged 3.5-55 years and prepares students for a career in dance.

In Indian Dance, Godavari placed first followed by Sutlej, Cauvery, and Narmada.

In Western Dance, Godavari placed first again followed by Cauvery, Narmada, and Sutlej.


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