Zumba is not an exercise routine, it’s a philosophy of life. It’s an exotic cultural experience that includes dance steps and music from all over the world. The basic elements of Zumba are fun-filled and energetic, which makes it one of the most popular dance forms in the world. Being a high energy based dance form, Zumba requires a person to put in a great amount of physical strength.It is dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto ‘Beto’ Perez back in the 1990s. Involving dance elements of many forms which includes Hip-hop, Salsa, Mambo, Cha-cha-cha, Samba, the Tango, Martial Arts, Belly Dancing and Bhangra, this energy fuelled exercise includes music with fast and slow rhythms as well as resistance training. The most interesting quality of Zumba is the fact that it engages its dancers in a
Kolkata: The Central Ayurveda Research for Drug Development in Salt Lake has taken up a month long programme to observe Dhanvantari Divas on November 5.The institution under the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences has been conducting various awareness programmes at its premises in Salt Lake for the past few days where knowledge is being disseminated among people from various walks of life. Public lectures are being conducted to spread awareness on how various ailments can be checked by adopting one of the traditional and oldest methods of treatment. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDr Achintya Mitra, a research officer of the 50-day countdown programme for celebration of Ayurveda Day 2018 said awareness camps have been conducted at various places where trainings are being provided on a healthy life style. Various herbs and medicinal plants are also being distributed among people at free of cost. Trainings are also being provided on how to identify the medicinal plants. Dhanvantari Divas is also celebrated as the Ayurveda Day. It may be mentioned that according to Hindu mythology, Dhanvantari is an avatar of Vishnu. He appears in the Vedas and Puranas as the physician of the gods and the god Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedof Ayurveda. A marathon would also be organised in Salt Lake on November 5 to aware people about Ayurveda which is one of the oldest forms of treatment in India and how people can prevent various ailments only through a change in the lifestyle and food habit. Dr Sushovan Paul, President of Bengal chapter of the National Ayurveda Students and Youth Association said: “Ayurveda is an integral part of the country’s progress. It is not only a treatment but a philosophy of life as well. Ayurvedic treatment was introduced in Bengal in Gupta Era. Due to the apathy of the government at the Center, Ayurveda could not be promoted on a large scale. We are thankful to the present government for its new initiative.”
When children her age would only think of their upcoming board exams, Niharika Prakash – a disciple of world-renowned Odissi dancer Ranjana Gauhar – is leaving no opportunity to showcase her craft on the international stage. An eleventh-grade student of Modern School, Barakhamba Road was introduced to the art of Odissi dance at a tender age of seven, and since then Odissi has become an integral part of Niharika’s growth. With time she has learned to strike a balance between academics and her passion for dance. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”I began dancing when I was seven. Back then, there wasn’t much academic pressure, but with time the work burden increased. Studies are hard, but I can confidently say that dance has helped me to perform better academically. It has taught me the importance of discipline and hard work,” says Prakash, adding, “There is no half-heartedness, there is no room for complacence for a dancer. Dance demands you give it your all, which is what I have tried to do. I wouldn’t have done any better at studies if I didn’t dance. Over the years, I have learned to prioritize, to multi task, to work hard and persist. I still spend 3 hours a day in my dance class and yet manage to get 90% and above.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis dedicated pupil knows there is no substitute for hard work. The young dancer – along with Utsav Dance Troupe – has performed at multiple prestigious events, including the Konark Dance Festival, the Khajuraho Dance Festival, Sangeet Natak Akademy (Imphal and Delhi), Kurukshetra Mahotsav, and regaled audiences in Spain and Argentina. On being asked about the most memorable experiences in her career, Prakash narrates the time when she was selected to represent her school (Raghubir Singh Junior Modern School) in an inter-school exchange program held in Boardilla Del Monte, Madrid, Spain. (In 2012). “I was ten and barely knew how to dress myself up. I had to muster up the courage to perform my first solo in front of hundreds of little Spaniards. It was a cold morning and the entire school of Teresa Berganza in Boardilla Del Monte was out in the court to watch me perform. I was so anxious. The music played, I began to dance, bare feet on the cold concrete ground of the school field. The audience was so appreciative of the performance that the children imitated my eye gestures and hand movements for days.”Every classical dance form has its own specialty and each person views a dance form differently. Niharika was more drawn to Odissi than any other style of dancing. “Odissi appealed to me as a confluence of grace and strength. A dance form with delicate eye and neck movements, supple torso movements yet rigorous footwork,” she says. Recalling how her grandmother and mother have always taken a keen interest in Indian culture, Niharika feels a tad nostalgic. “When I turned three, I tagged along for dance recitals and cultural events and learned to appreciate Indian art. This is how it all started,” she says.