Chandigarh, Sept 14 (UNI) As a tribute to the commemoration of sixty years of the raising of the Western Command, Nandita Puri, a renowned classical dancer, paid tribute to the warriors through a breathtaking sequence of Kathak dance performance titled 'Tandava: The Dance of Victory', at Chandimandir last evening.
Starting with the invocation of Ganesh Vandana, she went to the Jugalbandhi, which kept the audience spellbound as she moved further to perform Nritta: the pure dance form. This was followed by Krishna Leela: a dance expressing the yearning of a young Naika waiting for Lord Krishna.
The composition was taken to another dimension where she performed Kaalia Mardan: a unique item of Kathak depicting Lord Krishna's victory over King Cobra. The show concluded with a dance presentation of Meera Bhajan.
Nandita Puri has a very close association and bonding with the armed forces and Western Command in particular, being the grand daughter of Gen S M Shrinagesh, who was the third Army Commander of the Command from January 15, 1949 to January 14, 1953.
Nandita has performed extensively in India and abroad in prestigious festivals like the Khajuraho, Ellora, Spirit of Freedom, Taj Mahotsav and many others. She is also a popular TV artist and a choreographer of many albums and stage shows.
The Kathak performance was followed by the Diamond Jubilee Dinner which was attended by a large number of senior former officers of the Western Command.