This Republic Day, the celebrations in the national capital will be a big day in the life of Deepak Kumar, a Bharatanatyam instructor part of Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhawan in Bihar’s capital Patna. The institution run by the state education department trains children in arts and sports.
A team of 14 young dancers led by Kumar will perform the Bihari folk dance form—‘Sama Chakeva’-- on the Rajpath along with 466 artistes as part of a special performance planned by the ministry of culture under its Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav initiative. For the first time, such a dance recital will be part of the R-Day parade.
All 480 performers have been chosen by the ministry through a four level competition-- Vande Bharatam-Nritya Utsav--held across many states.
“Our act is based on the folk dance form of Mithilanchal region -- Sama Chakeva. The members of the group are students, who will be performing for the first time in a nationallevel function of such magnitudee,” said the 31-year-old.
January 26 will also be a special day for Synchrony, a 10-member group from Surat, which will perform a mix of Kathak and contemporary dance. Thirty-seven-year-old Reshma Nagar, who has qualified bachelors and masters in Kathak, is the leader of the group.
“I will be performing for the first time on Republic Day. All the participants are my students,” Nagar said.