I am very taken by the name Kala Jagran. It was hard to keep awake that Saturday night, things were running late. But while managing a long list of events slotted one after another, something was bound to happen. The name Kala Jagran is very evocative, perhaps the best in the family of Kala names that Dr. Geetha Upadhyaya has supported. It sounds revolutionary and serene at the same time. Nandavana Dance performed some pieces in keeping with the spirit of this feeling.
Many were first timers on stage and all seemed oblivious of the audience, none seemed nervous, which was interesting! It must have been the welcoming space or the ambience perhaps. The audience all sat on the floor, the lighting was ambient and soft. Everyone was in good spirits despite the late hour! Kala Sangam is a great space for such a community event, safe and spacious. The performers had the run of the whole floor, it was a great Saturday night atmosphere of a different kind, in the city centre at Bradford! Nobody would suspect a thing as they walked past St. Peters House, but once through the double doors, it was a bustling colourful place, dancers, artists, helpers, parents, family, friends, it was overwhelming. The aggregate jewellery would have rivalled that of Leicester’s golden mile! Not to mention the terabytes of classical sounds and visuals being embedded in silicon that evening. Food and drink was in short supply, pizza deliveries flowed in as the night wore on!
I would love to have been the resident writer for that evening, for there were so many dreams coming true that night! So many dramas and stories happening, waiting to be captured! Pity, I was busy getting dressed and prepping Nandavana Dance. But here are some stories we captured of Nandavana dance.