- Mar. 7, 2014 - CONNAUGHT PLACE, India --
Pancham Festival 2014 was performanced by Dr. Pureccha's disciples, whom ranged from age groups 10 to 26 years. The Pancham Festival is not only an inculcation of devotion, but also a test of endurance as students perform in five temples across the city in a span of three days. Young classical dance students are trained to become professional dancers by providing them with a holistic dance education, and as they are ready, arming them with numerous opportunities to project and hone their talent. This process begins with their very first professional dance performance to the Gods. Of all classical dance forms, Bharatanatyam dates back to centuries and is derived from temples, performed as a service to the Gods by Devdasis.
In keeping with the sanctity of this pristine dance form, Dr. Sanddhya V. Pureccha, an eminent exponent of Bharatanatyam, dancer and scholar, began this festival titled 'Pancham Festival', to preserve and promote the ancient legacy of this dance form. The name 'Pancham' illustrates performances at five temples in the city, an initiative to create awareness and pride in our youth about our rich cultural heritage and reviving the age old tradition of performance in temples.