Mudiyettu and Shaurya Raas and Maniyaro occupy a central place in this festival

Aurangabadkars they were surprised with a series of dance events and debates such as the Sarngadeva Samaroh event organized by dancer Parwati Dutta in Mahagami Gurukul in Aurangabad recently. Showing the traditional and less known dances of India, some of the performances that the public witnessed were Nat sankirtan from Manipur Gayan Bayan of Assam, Buddhist monk chant of Karnataka, among others.

The four-day festival on its third day saw Mudiyettu of Kerala performed by K S Unnikrishnan and Group. Artists dressed in vibrantly decorated headdresses, costumes and makeup performed at the thunderous rhythm of traditional percussion instruments. The elaborate makeup created an emphasis on the act, while the dialogues were represented in the form of a musical. The intense interactions between Bhadrakali and the demons Darika and Dhanavendran made a dramatic performance, especially when they interacted with the audience while acting in their midst.

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Another interesting performance that kept the audience hooked was Shaurya Raas and Maniyaro de Gujarat presented by Raaga Cultural Group of Performing Art of Gandhi Nagar. Men dressed in traditional dandiya outfits wove complex choreographic formations in a circle and danced songs accompanied by various musical instruments. It was a show for everyone while they enjoyed all the performances that night.

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Photographs of Mahagami, Aurangabad.

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