A day of Pride .. 4th Sept 2010 … My lil sisters “Bimba – Cultural and Social Forum” organizes its very first grand opening program “Chiguru” in association with the Kannada and Cultural Society. The program was held at the Karnataka Theological College, Mangalore. The show was gracefully inaugurated by renowned Sitar musician Ustad Rafique Khan. The day was filled with the regular hustle bustle of a 300+ member audience comprising of students of Ocean Kids Mangalore and their parents. The Bimba Foundation aims at promoting and honing art, culture and music in the GeNext of India.
The foundation spearheaded by Mrs.Gauri Suhas Rao, Mr.Suhas Rao and Mr.Kasargod Chinna ( a very familiar name in the Kannada theater and movie fraternity ) is just about a few months young. “Chiguru” in Kannada literally translates into the word “Flower Bud”. The program was conducted to showcase the various cultural dance performances from different parts of the country. There were the traditional Goan Baila, to the assamese Rangoli Bihu, to the punjabi Bhangra, to the Maharastrian lavani, Harvest dance from Karnataka,Gujarati Garbha and Dandiya and several others. All the dancers were kids under the age of fourteen. The talent and the energy in these kids was something to die for. Their infectious smile could make you forget everything else. Few of the pics i clicked during the event are posted here.
Gauri Suhas Rao a.k.a Gauri Padiyar is probably more popular in Mangalore as didi to all her kids. She is a trained dancer in various indian and western dance forms. Graduating in Fine Arts from “Sandesha” – A foundation for culture and education, she took up dance as a full time career. She runs a very famous dance institute “Ocean Kids” near the Gokarnatheshwara temple in Mangalore. Though the dance institute is for kids, she also choreographs events for corporates and also hosts large scale shows. Apart from dance and music, you can also contact her for Summer Camps for children under the age of 12 and Aerobics for Women.
The Institute is located at the following address :
Ocean Kids Dance Institute, Tanisha Building, 1st Floor, Alake, Mangalore – 575003
For enquiries Call +91-9880498515 / +91 9008936789