Dance is one of the purest forms of connecting oneself with the divine. When it comes to classical dances such as Bharatnatyam or Odissi, one has to learn and practice for years to master these most distinguished forms of art.

A full house booking at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre last Saturday evening was a testament to the enthusiasm of the Kiwi Indian audience for this subtle yet powerful form of art.

Well-renowned Indian classical dancer Dr Sam Goraya performed at the dance recital, the show which is also scheduled to be held in Australia in April.

Shanti Ravi hosted the show who is a patron of this rich art form. The two-hour dance recital reverberated with an elated and a raised applause by the spectators.

The dance itself is an expression of worship for the performer Sam Goraya. The recital commenced with Mangala Charana raag by Gurjari Todi and Taal by Triputa/Ektali.

The union of Purusha and Prakriti is considered to have led to the creation of the universe and that is what was depicted in the dance.

National List MP Kanwaljit Bakshi graced the show as the guest of honour and applauded the efforts of the organisers and community members for encouraging such events away from its birthplace.

Mr Bakshi also lauded the efforts of young Abhishek Ravi, son of host Shanti Ravi, for his dedication in mastering Bharatnatyam. The dance, which is predominantly learnt and performed by girls, is difficult for the male gender to adept balance between virile and feminine energies.

Sam’s performance depicted the character of Lord Shiva and at times illustrated attributes of Maa Kaali alleviating the pains and sorrows of the world, showcasing the power of good over evil.