ABDC 5th Annual Showcase
Creativity, power-packed performances and a joyous vibe was what defined the 5th Annual Showcase of Arts Beats Dance Center (ABDC) in Pimpri. It was impossible to not feel the pulsating energy that charged the entire atmosphere of the auditorium. The show included an impressive variety of styles like- Jamaican dance form, belly dance, kathak, a riveting Charlie Chaplin final speech dance, a spectacular visual treat in the form of a special UV performance, among others- which kept the audiences thoroughly enthralled right from start. The kids were a delight to watch dancing away in joy to songs like Bapu sehat ke liye haanikarek hai; being expressive to the fullest.
The Charlie Chaplin performance especially had such depth and character rendered solely through the artist’s dance and expressions; that one could sense the pain and joy that juxtaposes in an artist’s life. A powerful quote which was shown at the end of the performance- ‘My heart is sad but my lips don’t know that…they just smile’- tugged at heartstrings. Another highlight was the performance of a male belly dancer along with his troupe. It’s really inspiring when you see an artist rise above conventions, norms, and regulations, and truly embrace an art form for what it truly represents and inspire others to do the same. Abhishek Rana, who is an instructor at ABDC, has fought against all odds and stereotypes for his passion for belly dancing and is now living his dream. There also was a 55- years old lady who charmed the audience with her energy and grace on stage. The UV ray performance was about artists of different kinds and how they create their best works to touch people’s lives and in return have a simple expectation- to get appreciated for their efforts and talent they so lovingly nurture. All these performances reinforced the idea that art is not confined by any superficial boundaries of age, gender, nationality or religion. It transcends all barriers and exhorts us to be better beings.
The man behind this creative endeavor, Akshay Bhosale, founder of ABDC, shared his journey with the audience. Despite having faced innumerable hardships along the way while trying to gain a foothold in this profession, he never gave up on his dream. He was met with judgments and was scoffed at for ditching the ‘conventional’ career route and that did disappoint him to some extent; however, he never allowed it to become a major deterrent because the overwhelming love and support he got from his family and well-wishers always overshadowed every kind of negativity. By sharing his personal story, he urged parents and students to follow their passions and do what they love and also support each other to live a life that makes them truly happy. He concluded with a beautiful message that with love, passion, dedication, and support, we can overcome any hurdle life throws at us.
The 5th Annual showcase overall was a tremendous success as a result of concerted efforts of the team, the conceptual creativeness, the terrific performances of participants of all age-groups and of course the encouraging audience.
You can check out a glimpse here! 🙂 Amazing video by Canfuse.
(PS- Being backstage, it was even more interesting as I could feel the anticipation as well as the nervous excitement of participants as they prepared themselves for their performance; and the adept team of organizers and volunteers who hustled to ensure smooth functioning of the event. When we sit ahead as an audience, we do get to enjoy all the performances but what we remain oblivious to is the tremendous amount of planning and management that happens backstage, especially when there are tiny restless kids as participants involved along with other age group people. While most of us won’t really be concerned with that, it is the backstage management that determines how the show will turn out to be. The crew perfectly coordinated with each other to ensure the delivery of a flawless show. Kudos to the team for excellent management! :))