The talented Manipuri Dancers who came to New York in relation to the 75th India Day Celebration, gave a special performance in Flushing, New York on August 16, 2019. This was arranged by the Indo-American Arts and Culture Form, Inc. in collaboration with the Consulate General of India.
Mr. Harbachan Singh, Chief Executive Director of IAACF, who MC’d the event introduced Ms. Malani Shah, President of IAACF to welcome the audience and the artists.
Special Guest, Ms. Arti Patel, who hails as the best artist in Ahmedabad, Gujrat addressed the audience who gave her a rousing applaud. Having been the lead actress in 35-40 films, she received award from Chief Minister Mr. Andiben Patel. She is also acclaimed as a classical dancer and is currently Director of Media Award Group.
Introducing the lead performer Ms. Padmashri Darshana Jhaveri, whose name has become synonymous with the Manipuri Dance, Mr. Harbachan Singh said that she has been performing for over 60 years both in India and abroad. Likewise, Mr. Singh gave the impressive backgrounds of each of the nine artists which included three who performed the drum dances. All artists had the honor of having received awards for their talents in their respective carriers.
Mr. Singh narrated the setting and story depicted by each dance before each performance. Evidently and throughout, the music, performance, costumes and expressions kept the audience spell bounded.
After the grand finale standing ovation, Ms. Malini and Mr. Singh handed out citations and bouquet of flowers to each performer. Mr. Singh characterized the dances as highly professional, masterful movements, smooth, elegant and thoroughly entertaining
Heads of several Indian fine arts and cultural organizations and representatives from the non-Indian community also attended.