Dancing in praise of divine muses





(From left) Varsha             and Madhuri performing during the show titled ‘Shakti Marg’ at Temple of Fine Arts Penang. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

(From left) Varsha and Madhuri performing during the show titled ‘Shakti Marg’ at Temple of Fine Arts Penang. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

AS two dancers performed a show dedicated to deities, the audience was transported to a different realm.

Senior dancers Varsha Vishwanath and Madhuri Suresh, both 26, from Temple of Fine Arts Singapore, were in mesmerising form as they performed three different pieces.

They complemented their graceful movements with expressive faces.

Varsha said the first piece was dedicated to Lord Ganesha as he removes all obstacles.

“The second one told the story of Lord Muruga’s birth to defeat a demon that was terrorising people. We danced in praise of him.

(From right) Madhuri and Varsha are joined by one of their teachers, Lakshmi Krishnan, after the concert.
(From right) Madhuri and Varsha are joined by one of their teachers, Lakshmi Krishnan, after the concert.

“The final piece was for Goddess Shakti.

“We were actually visualising Goddess Shakti and depicting her through our dance,” said the full-time dancer when met after her dance performance at the Temple of Fine Arts Penang in Babington Avenue.

The duo were in town to perform the show titled ‘Shakti Marg’ for one night to a packed house.

Madhuri shared that the three pieces performed were actually separate but the dancers weaved them together to create a storyline.

“We learnt these pieces as junior dancers years ago.

(From left) Varsha and Madhuri telling a story via their movements and facial expressions.
(From left) Varsha and Madhuri telling a story via their movements and facial expressions.

“When our dance teachers told us to work on a show, we did our research on these pieces and decided to bring them together,” said Varsha who is currently pursuing her degree in communications.

Varsha and Madhuri have been dancing the bharathanatyam (form of Indian classical dance) for over 20 years.

They said this was not their first time performing in Penang.

“We have been here before to perform shows and to visit places of attraction.

“This concert was a great experience for us,” said Madhuri.