Indian Revival Group celebrated 73 years of Indian Independence through the myriad colors of India’s various dance forms in their Spring Season themed show – YogVasantah on Thursday 31st March 2022 at Triveni Kala Sangam.
Conceptualized and choreographed by Papiha Desai and Shashidharan Nair, the new production hailed India as it completes 73 glorious years as an independent entity in the form of a glorious performance of Vasanta or Spring in various dance forms of India – Rabindra Nritya (Songs written and composed in Raag Vasant by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore), Odissi, Manipuri, Seraikella Chhau, Kathak, Chaiti and Holi from Braj, Phag from Haryana and Phagua from Bhojpur-Purvanchal.
While propelling her cast in presenting a marvel of performance, Papiha Desai said, “India is a gifted country. We see all the different seasons in their sequence and learn to savor the bounty in each one. Spring being one that illuminates every heart as it rises on the calm and gray of winter, comes with the promise that after dark there is light, that seeds bloom in a garden lavish and that life happens when it is time. It is time for India to show its courage and flourish, bearing in mind that every corner has its own importance; we are what we are until we are united in harmony. Nothing proves this better than dance and music!”
Choreographer Shashidharan Nair remarked, “It’s a great experience to bring together different elements as much as it is difficult. Thematic and surfing on the same current in their own way, each performance welcomes spring by inviting the first sun to fall on India. “
India is a country of diversity; in its culture, traditions and heritage flows the quintessential element that separates India from other civilizations of the world. Although different in many ways, all cultures carry the same soul deep within. Today, as India stands tall after seven decades of learning and unlearning, falling and then rising again, YogaVasantah attempts to recognize this value of a young nation like India and juxtaposes its ability to flourish every time, just like the season of spring which brings with it the promise of life, which sprouts and blooms again.
About Indian Revival Group: Indian Revival Group is a leading dance ensemble in India, celebrating seventy-three years of an unbroken chain of existence since its inception in 1948. Founded by Shri Yog Sunder, a distinguished choreographer which ranks among the pioneers, the group has reached important milestones in its seven-decade career. The band performed 5,000 shows and toured 500 times across the country. The Group has represented the country many times abroad as an official cultural delegation. Recently, the band toured France and performed at the India Festival in Morocco and Italy. The Band had the honor of performing at the first Command Performance for the First Prime Minister and First President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhawan and in front of many national and international leaders. The Group has produced numerous productions of high artistic value designed by great masters.
The group is currently led by Papiha Desai, a multi-talented dancer and choreographer who has created a remarkable body of choreographic work over the past three decades, which has been performed and presented around the world and Shashidharan Nair, a renowned choreographer from India.
The group’s founder, Shri Yog Sunder Desai, was honored with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award from the Government of India for his lifelong contribution to the field of dance. The group is dedicated to the cause of promoting the rich multicultural heritage, mythology, philosophy and glory of India.