Chandigarh, November 2 : Pracheen Kala Kendra today organized a special programme featuring Dr. Samira Koser’s Kathak dance recital. The programme took place at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh.
Aesthetically trained in the grammar and complexities of the Jaipur gharana school of Kathak dance, Dr. Samira Koser is a gifted dancer who with her unmistakable grace excels not only in pure dance, but also in abhinaya-bhava. She has mastered the art of Kathak to the point of perfection. Samira has pleasant personality and her exuberance lends a natural charm to her presentations. Her strong footwork, charismatic chakkars and other pure dance sequences casts a magical spell. Samira is not only a talented dancer but also a successful choreographer and revered teacher. Apart from first class Master’s degree in Dance from Panjab University, Chandigarh, Samira has done Ph.D. in psychology pertaining to dance. A vivacious stage presence, excellent command over rhythm and felicity of expressions are best described by her.
She started her recital with a beautiful invocatory piece Krishna stuti “Bali bali Mohini murat….” paying obeisance to Lord Krishna. It was followed by pure Kathak dance sequences. Her traditional nritta items set to teen tala like Thaat, Upaj, Uthaan, Paran, Aamad, Tode, Tukde, Chakradar Paran, Tihais, Pairon Ki Ladi, Jhulna Paran etc. were effortless and bore the stamp of beauty and sophistication which spoke of her long ‘sadhana’. She was impressive in high speed with her Tatkar and chakkar, freezing unerringly on the sam and retaining spontaneity and charm. Even more remarkable was that seamless reproduction of the complex bols which gave her footwork a melodious quality. Her sawaal-jawaab with the tabla was a rare piece to watch which received applauses.
She then moved on to present “Chaturang” featuring Sargam and Tarana. In the abhinaya vsegment, Samira Koser presented a Thumri “Chado chedo na Kanhayee” depicting playful teasing between Radha and Krishna. The dancer’s abhinaya had a pleasant blend of the devotional and traces of shringar. Samira concluded her recital with a Bhajan “Meri suno nath” amid thunderous applause.
The father-son duo Guru Brij Mohan Gangani and Mahesh Gangani were on Padhant. Fateh Singh Gangani’s strong Tabla support was one of the features of the recital. His fingers combined rhythmic virtuosity with controlled playing. The enchanting music and vocal support by Ramesh Parihar enhanced the beauty of the performance. Vijay Sharma on Sitar, Mehmood Khan on Tabla and Veval Sharma on Flute were brilliant on their respective instruments.
Chief Guest Sh. Vijay Sabharwal, Secretary D.A.V. Colleges Managing Committee, New Delhi and Sh. S.K. Monga, IAS (Retd.), Chairman and Smt. Shobha Koser, Registrar of the Kendra honoured the artists. Earlier, Kendra Secretary Sh. Sajal Koser welcomed the guests.