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Navaratri: A Cultural Celebration

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IHS students celebrated the vibrant nine-day festival of Navaratri with much fervour. Junior School, Middle School and interested Senior School students attended the daily cultural performances held at the Isha Yoga Center, which included classical and folk music and dance. The line-up for this year was as follows:

25-Sep: Sanjukta Wagh, Kathak

26-Sep: Prachi Saathi, Bharatnatyam

27-Sep: Sujatha Nair, Mohiniattam

28-Sep: Sukraa Folk Group, Tribal Folk Dances of Tamil Nadu

29-Sep: Prof Thiagarajan, Samskrit Scholar speaking on ‘Devi Navavarna’

30-Sep: Jyotsna Sivakumar, Carnatic Vocal

1-Oct: Sukraa Folk Group, Graamiya Paadam (Village Folk Songs of Tamil Nadu)

2-Oct: Jayashree Aravind (Veena) with V V Ravi (Violin), Instrumental Jugalbandi

3-Oct: Sukraa Folk Group, Thol Paavaikoothu (Shadow Puppet Theatre)

Several of the artists visited school and interacted with the students. Kathak dancer, choreographer, and Founder Director of Beej, Sanjukta Wagh, conducted kathak and expressionistic dance workshops for interested Middle and Senior School students, which culminated in a performance on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanthi.

Bharatnatyam exponent, actress, model, and voice-over-artist Prachi Saathi conducted a voice-over workshop for Junior and Middle School students. Prachi is the official Hindi dubbing voice for the Disney character, Minnie Mouse, and was the voice of Krishna in the acclaimed 2012 animated movie Krishna Aur Kans. Eminent bharatnatyam and mohiniattam dancer, teacher and choreographer Sujatha Nair did an assembly on Mohiniattam.

In addition, each school had an evening of Raas-Garba, where students came dressed up in their ethnic wear, were given an initial tutorial of these traditional folk dance forms of Gujarat, and proceeded to dance the night away. Junior Students also participated in the Isha Yoga Center’s Vijaya Dasami celebrations.