Manoj Sonagra, Diksha Tripathi and Tripti Gupta showcase Kathak and beyond in Drishtikon baithak
Manoj appears to be a shy person and his initial efforts at being a contemporary dancer were not supported by his family. The pain, angst, rebellion and caution are still within him on this journey. He still looks for inner peace with his destiny. He has honed his skills in contemporary based on Kathak under the guidance of Aditi. Gaurav S.S. Bhatti, speaking for Manoj, said, “He is shy and he doesn’t say much, but when he talks about dance during his production, he talks a lot. It is not really about pain and distress, but actually about things that are not usually talked about. He comes from a village, from a conservative family steeped in Kathak tradition. The burden and responsibility were already there on him in his mother’s womb. Since he is the eldest son, he already feels the burden. He is doing what he likes and yet, the frustration that he cannot show it to his family and talk about it to them is there in his subconscious. He had learnt Kathak and now, working with Aditi didi, he has discovered his style.”
In the end, Manoj mumbled in Rajasthani, uttering a few words, that the determination to come out of it is in him. So it is still a piece in progress. About the marks on the floor, Gaurav said, “They are marks of the stigma that he still bears.”Manoj has a great potential as a dancer both in kathak and contemporary .
|Tripti Gupta and Diksha Tripathi
The second performance was by Kathak dancers Diksha Tripathi and Tripti Gupta, also members of the Drishtikon repertory. This was a very well-conceptualized piece, not fiction but based on reality.
As they sit down and tie their ghungroos, they converse with each other. One expresses her struggle to become to dancer despite the opposition of her parents, who wanted her to become a doctor. The other narrates how she was at liberty to choose her career, yet could not make up her mind about what to do. Finally, dance was her choice. As they say, “Dance karna hi hamari zindagi ka sukoon hai.” With their happiness or troubles, as life goes on, dance and ghungroos do not stop. “Yahi sadhna hai,” they recited. They then donned black capes and earings as they said, “Yehi tihai tode hi hamari life hain.”
|Mohit Gangani and Faraz Ahmed
|Dheerendra Tiwari and Ashish Gangani
|The Drishtikon team