Padma Shri awardee and noted choreographer Astad Deboo, performed “Interpreting Tagore”, a contemporary dance recital based on Rabindranath Tagore’s poems.
He conducted a workshop at Vidyaranya School in collaboration with the Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, Association for German Culture.
Over a 100 children turned up for this workshop. They were divided into groups so that each child could learn and experience the best.
Deboo’s fusion of movements had the city’s students spellbound and there was so much to learn from his works.
Madhu, a student from Vivekananda Convent High School, Hyderabad, was enthusiastic about attending the workshop. A trained Kuchipudi dancer herself, she wanted to have a broader perspective on all forms of dance.
“The slow motion dance of Astad Deboo was very different and needed a lot of concentration. It will help improve my current moves,” says Madhuwho was influenced by Deboo’s silent performance.
“I enjoy and perform folk dances at school. The technique I learnt at the workshop will help me mix and create my own moves – just like Deboo,” she hopes.
Dance as a therapy is known to help overcome learning disabilities, among its other therapeutic and calming benefits.
“It was a wonderful experience working with the children. Eurhythmics is the art of interpreting music with free flowing movements known to be unique to each individual.
It helps my work with street children when I train special children who are hearing impaired,” said Astad Deboo.