Journey of Samarpan Kala Kendra
Ritu Speaks (Founder & Director) :
Being from a very noble background and being naïve to running business operations, Samarpan was a dream come true for me. Dance has always been my way of expressing life. The expression of joy, grief, temper, anxiety-I find a way out through dance. I always wanted to spread happiness through dance and that’s how Samarpan happened. From being a concept to now almost 2 years into full-fledged operation, I see Samarpan soaring high up and creating a great talent pool in dancing, though Classical form of Dancing-kathak specially will always be at the core of my heart. I definitely see Samarpan as brand in the near future and we welcome all the passionate dancers to join us and get into the same cloud of expression and attitude!
Kathak Guru Pradipto Kumar Speaks:
I have been profusely into dancing since time immemorial. My love for dancing started when I was a young and macho like guy. But I clearly remember a time when, dancing was not appreciated, a more defined career was more of the “In-Thing”. I did face a lot of criticism in the initial days but somehow I had this magnetic field of dance circling around which never let me go off the dancing feve. Graduation, railway exams, railway jobs and what not, but eventually it was D-A-N-C-E that made my way. During this time I had developed a strong fascination towards classical dance. So Giving up everything and with lot of enthu and vivacity I just took off and went under the tutelage of Sh. Pandit Jai Kishan Ji Maharaj., from then, there was no looking back. I had completed my course studies and degree in Kathak in no time. I decided to make this a full time activity for myself and start imparting quality learning experience to anyone under the roof , interested in pursuing classical dance, due course of time, I met Ritu who had that flare in her to learn dance and teach as well. Finally we sowed the seeds of Samarpan- Samparpan Kala Kendra.
Well the journey of Samarpan , we wont say that it has been easy. With Modern schools budding everywhere in the nooks and corner of the city, to get a recognition for Samarpan was bit difficult. But the strong discernment , believe in selves and the love for dance made us establish a strong foundation of Samarpan. Today we have as many as 35 students in the classical dance stream. If you ask me what is so different about Samarpan, I would say we differ by our “APPROACH”. Kathak is same for all, but the dance is customised and taught w.r.t each body type. This is just a small example that I wanted to site about the approach that we follow.
Though dance has acquired recognition of late , the percentage of students participating in classical is lesser now, but the field has loyal students who are passionate. Our students prefer going more deep into a culturally integrated dance form. There are still pockets and communities in India that retain the culture of classical dance.
Brijesh Speaks ( Co-founder & Adviser):
SAMARPAN – the name was dream of our kathak guru Pradipto , long before it was materialized.