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Shivali Show

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Kumar and Nartrajan are anxious but there is no expression, both sit quietly in the green room wordless waiting for their turn. Always the pressure is to not let down your guru. The guru is more nervous than the students only not showing it and finally the performance is over. It is a big hit and the audience cannot stop clapping. The guru is happy and cnnot stop smiling. Kumar and Natrajan are  exhausted but more than that they are relieved, for some time they can rest and tonight they and eat a heavy mkeal an d get a good night’s rest finally.

 

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Another Announcement

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While most of the students go home and rest guru Madhuparna Kumar has no time to revel in the grand show completed because she has to prepare for nother show, a grander show at Shivali Festival and her guru Malti Agniswaran has been training her for it for more than three months.  Madhuparna Kumar and Ramya Natrajan, both students of Dr Malti Agniswaran are performing together and therefore rehearsing together for months now. There is a comfort level in their performance which is evident on stage. Tomrrow is Shivali Festival performance at Mysore Association Hall, Matunga.

 

Checking List

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Madhuparna unlike other dancers is not rigid about the compere, she chooses the candidate depending on the occasion.  An hour before the show Kumar sits with her student and explains the items and the student draws her own notes about how to introduce the dancers and the dances.  It all happens naturally without pressure and it is because everyone is familiar with everyone and there is a support system for all.

 

Some ex-students help in co-coordinating with the children, some help in last minute glitches and some in maintaining harmony with props. The show moves on clockwork without break and without glitches, children walk in and out of stage, take position and dance on cue like professionals as the Guru stands in the wings and watches them.

 

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The Stage is set

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Come November and it is time for Madhuparna Kumar Dance & Research Academy Annual Day. Months before the event, Kumar starts planning the list of items and which badge is performing which dance. She takes vigorous rehearsals and children although scared look forward to this special date. The venue has been the same for years and the children are used the address.

 

All of them arrive on time dressed in their colourful costumes and jewelry, their mothers are excited too and have spent time painting their faces and dressing them up for the occasion. They look far from nervous because they have faith in their teacher.

 

At the stroke of 7pm the hall is full and the curtain goes up. The music is ready and so are the lights so the show begins…

 

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