The school of creative hands organizes the 2-day virtual dance festival “Arunodaya”

“Arunodaya”, a two-day virtual dance festival was organized by the School of Creative Hands (SOCH)

“Arunodaya”, a two-day virtual dance festival was organized by the School of Creative Hands (SOCH).

As the pandemic continues, the first institute, the School of Creative Hands (SOCH) has decided to go virtual again to continue the legacy and celebrate Arunodaya – a cultural saga, their annual event; fourth in the current series.

Ch. Rahul Varshney and Smt. Mona Kapoor, SOCH’s artistic director duo, strives to provide professional training and support in Indian classical dance, music, theater and art.

The two-day event premiered on SOCH’s Facebook and YouTube accounts on December 18-19. These two days were marked by stunning performances by respected guest artists and SOCH students.

December 18 had a perfect lineup for the audience. It all started with Krishna Mangalacharan presented by the SOCH dancers. The first guest artist was dancer Odissi Shri Manoj Pradhan (Disciple of Guru Nrityacharya Shri Durga Charan Ranbir). He performed Raageshree Pallavi followed by a beautiful expressive Abhinaya “Mohane Deli Chahin”. Next, the stage was illuminated by promising SOCH dancer Mridula Naik who performed Saberi Pallavi. The first day of Arunodaya ended with the online exhibition of magnificent works of art presented by the talented artist Mona kapoor and her SOCH students.

Ch. Rahul Varshney

On December 19, the program kicked off with Sarswati Manglacharan performed by young aspiring SOCH dancer Aarushi Samal. The event unfolded with a captivating performance by esteemed guest artist, dancer Odissi Shri Santosh Ram (Disciple of Guru Shri Bichitrananda Swain) who set the stage on fire with his performance on Geeta’s “Priye Charuseele” Govindam from Jayadeva. This was followed by a very mature Abhinaya, Lalita Lavang from the upcoming SOCH Dancer Shreshtha Panda and the two-day series finally ended with the energetic Kalyani Pallavi performed by SOCH dancers.

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