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Be it salsa,Bollywood,hip-hop,rumba or jive- The Battle,the intra-Rocky Poonawala's dance competition,had it all.

January 6, 2009 3:19:25 am

Step by step
Be it salsa,Bollywood,hip-hop,rumba or jive- The Battle,the intra-Rocky Poonawala’s dance competition,had it all. As the participants grooved to the beats,the audience was no less than awe-struck to watch the perfection in the moves and the precision in the steps. Held at 1 Lounge in Koregon Park,the event catered to both the western music lovers and the Indian movie freaks,it was bound to be a hit. And the aftermath hopefully was New Year resolutions by many to join the classes and hit the dance floor. Amid a lot of prize seekers,Neha Baluja and Shamik Goon were declared the best choreographers while Shiny Waghmode and Varun Kaul won the best couple award. The evening concluded with Rocky Poonawala and Ketaki performing with his troupe.

Fun unlimited
Participation from children,senior citizens,actors and singers- the DSK Vishwa Ke Sitare,organised by D S Kulkarni Developers concluded with a grand celebration. In the presence of over 6000 viewers,the performance by actors Prasad Oak,Amruta Subhash,composer Salil Kulkarni and dancer Ajinkya Shinde won the audiences’ hearts. S N Patwardhan presented the song- Deha devache mandir while Sharad Utpat presented the song- Ude ga Ambe ude. Rutuja Ghodge,Tejas Gambhir and Saurabh Salunke’s performances left the audience spellbound. Added attractions of the evening were- fusion dance on the track – Maa from the film Taare Zameen Par by the students of Shree’s dance academy,Solapur,performance of the students of blind school in Yerawada on Satyam Shivam Sundaram and patriotic songs by the artistes of Kalpangan,Mumbai.

Musical tribute
Music,the perfect tribute to the legendary Mallikaarjun Mansur was organised by Lalit Kala Kendra Gurukul; Department of English,University of Pune; and Mansur Sansmaran Manch. The four came together to organise a two-day seminar and a musical pogramme to commemorate the birth anniversary of the legendary Hindustani music singer Mallikaarjun Mansur. While the first day of the seminar witnessed stalwarts like Subha Mudgal and Ashok Ranade,Aneesh Pradhan among many other eminent speakers express their views on various topics related to music,the second day witnessed another session on music and related topics. Another attraction of the show was the performance by Manjiri Asnare-Kelkar,who mesmerised the audience by rendering songs in raga tilak kamod and raga gauri among other renditions. Among the panel of speakers,Partho Dutta spoke on Music and the Historian: An exploration of recent writings. Talking about the state of music in the home town of Mansur,Dharwad,Tejaswini Niranjana presented her views on the topic Transported by Song: Music and Cultural Labour in Dharwad. Shama Bhate threw light on the Changing context of improvisation (Kathak),while G P Deshpande spoke on Natyashashtra. The sessions were chaired by Aniket Jawaare,Urmila Bhidikar and Sameer Dulay respectively.

Jamming with jazz
The lilting sound of clarinet,the deep sonority of saxophone,not to forget the strums of guitar with the melody of the piano – yes,the first Jazz Utsav in the city had it all. With three jazz bands coming together to put up a spectacular show for lovers of the genre,Puneites could not have asked for more. As the stage was set ablaze by the jazz bands at Ishanya Amphitheatre yesterday,jazz lovers had the treat of a lifetime. Southern Quartet,which was the first band to grace the stage,had the audience swinging to its beats and so did Adrian D’ Souza Trio whose Night Train had the audience counting the beats to join the trio in a chorus. Almost caressing the keys as Sharik Hassan outlined standards like Coltrane’s fast-paced and quite a few tunes of the trio’s own the audience was left craving for more. Where Adrian’s trio had the audience crooning to its tunes with numbers like Chicken and Night Train,Southern Quartet captivated the audience in the amalgamation of violin and saxophone. Holger Jetter on violin and Maarten Vissen on saxophone made the audience glide through the lilting melodies to a musical extravaganza. And as the last to perform,the seven-member band,Jazz Junction started off no one expected salsa dancers to groove to its tunes. But as Cindy and Don came on stage to shake a leg while the band played the crowd cheered and was left craving for more. City-based Simone Jehangir,the band’s 14-year- old vocalist,with her rich soprano voice quality proved to be a promising singer with just the right voice for jazz. The audience was swept of its feet when the band performed with Jehangir. The song Beautiful love had the audience asking for more. Shubha Mudgal too with husband Aneesh Pradhan graced the occasion.

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