ACTOR, PERFORMER, KATHAK EXPONENT NEHA BANERJEE’S KATHAK RECITAL FOR WATER CONSERVATION “MEGH AKHYAYIKA- The tale of a cloud” UNVEILED BY PADMA VIBHUSHAN AND NATIONAL AWARD WINNER PANDIT BIRJU MAHARAJ (VIRTUALLY) AND SANDIP SOPARRKAR
Kathak Darpan Trust presents “MEGH AKHYAYIKA- The tale of a cloud” by actor, model and a terrific dancer Neha Banerjee.
First of its kind Kathak virtual reality with an attractive backdrop of 360 degrees, a web based performance series.
The event saw the presence of Rohit Verma, Nisha Rawal, Dj Sheizwood, Smita Gondkar, Prashant Virendra Sharma, Vijayashree Chaudhary, Ayan Banerjee, Sunil Sunkara, Roma Navani, Dr. Aarti Oriya, Asif Merchant.
On 20th January 2021 – “Water crisis is a reality. Climatic and environmental changes and resource scarcity are the biggest threats that the world is facing today” With a mission to preserve water, Neha Banerjee, senior most disciple & student of Pandit Birju Maharaj, staged a unique, one – of -its- kind virtual reality show ”MEGH AKHYAYIKA- The tale of a cloud”
Each composition started with the poetry of Niralaji and Late Shri Harivansh Rai Bachchan.
Neha adds that apart from addressing the issue of water conservation, the objective of this show was also to promote Kathak with high technology.
“We came out with these videos at the time when there were no shows happening suddenly due to pandemic. We noticed artists kept themselves busy with performance online but faced lots of difficulties. Also, it lacked proper aesthetics of lights and backdrop. These videos are made in virtual reality, with a different attractive backdrop which is also 360 degree” says Neha.
Pandit Birju Maharaj says “It gives me great happiness to unveil MEGH AKHYAYIKA- The tale of a cloud. Vivek has done a great job with the music and Gyandev has done the visuals beautifully. Neha has been associated with me since so many years now. A very hardworking, honest girl, I wish her all the very best”.
Music- Vivek Mishra, Visuals – Gyandev Gunjan Ashtaputre.