Hema Malini ‘Mahalakshmi’ leaves ‘high culture’ audience spell bound!!

Hema Malini ‘Mahalakshmi’ leaves ‘high culture’ audience spell bound!!
It was jamboree of  young cultural Talent all across at Nehru centre!
For several years now Ms. Hema Malini’s Natya Kalakendra has been dedicating the program Jaya Smriti inmemory of her late mother Smt. Jaya Chakravarty – a remarkable lady who dedicated herlife to promoting young talent and patronizing art and culture.
Every year Jaya Smriti offers a platform to talented young classical dancers from all overthe country to display their talent and has in the past promoted folk dances like the Purulia Chhau and Mahiri dance from Odisha.
This year the program was scheduled to unfold into a three day festival at Nehru Centre presenting Stree Shakti celebrating womanhood through dance music, workshops and contests.
The first days was inaugurated by Ms. Waheeda Rehman on November 16th. but due to the untimely demise of Bal Thackeray, the festival was postponed to Dec 26th and Dec 27th. But real art and culture cannot be constrained on time.
Excellence of taste in the fine arts and humanities, also known as ‘high culture’ audience came in droves to see the performance of the young prodigies who took the legacy of Indian culture forward. Truly culture and art defines a civilisation and a Nation!
Hema Malini too gave a stupendous performance of her well choreographed ‘Mahalakshmi’ ballet that kept the audience transfixed and asking for more. And they are sure not to be disappointed as Hema Malini  performed  her ‘Durga’ ballet on the the last day of the festival on Dec 27, wherein the young  prodigies were felicitated and given awards in classical performance, short films, painting and photography. Ms. Kokilaben Ambani graced the 2nd day of the event and was completely awed by the performances!
Short film, photography and painting contests on the subject Stree Shakti took  place, involving major media schools, judged by the accomplished celebrity judges. The winners were  announced during the course of the festival after exhibiting the winning entries among the other deserving entries.
After its inauguration amidst thunderous applause by legendary Waheeda Rehman on 16th  November, the Day One saw an all women Indo fusion band “White Lilies”, a Kathak recital by Pooja Pant and Ahaana Deol and Pavitra Bhat rendering an Odissi-Bharatnatyam presentation.
However, due to the severe illness of Respected Shri Balasaheb Thackrey followed by his sudden demise, Hema Malini decided to postpone the remaining two days of the Jaya Smriti fest, which took place on 26th & 27th December.
26th   December evening, Day Two  began with an Odissi performance  by Mitali Varadakar and a fusion violin recital by sisters Ragini & Nandini. The day ended with Ms. Hema Malini’s dance ballet “Mahalakshmi”.
The Third and final day  commenced  with East meets West fusion dance by Nritya Pravah group. Like every year an artist of the highest order is bestowed upon the Jaya Smriti Award and honored on stage. This year, Shri Bhushan Lakandri will be the recipientof this award for his outstanding contribution and significant work as a director and  choreographer in the field of classical and contemporary dance… followed by the exhibition of the winning short film, photography and painting with the announcement of the winners by the Jury.
The festival wrapped up with a befitting finale with the dance ballet “Durga” by Ms. Hema Malini rendering on stage the powerful Devi herself – the embodiment of Stree Shakti.
The representation of the womanhood – she is the savior of the mankind and destroyer of all evil.
This event was designed & managed by Blooming Entertainment (India) Pvt. Ltd.