Ranjana Phadke (Dancer)
Ranjana Phadke post-graduated (Nritya Alankar) in Kathak from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, and pursued her B.Sc. (Statistics) from Pune University.
Ranjana has been a performing kathak artist for the last 16 years. She has had the privilege to perform at the Pune Festival, Pt. Ram Marathe Festival, Thane Municipal Corporation Festival, Festivals organised by the Cultural Affairs Directorate, the Maharashtra Government, and Apna Utsav, to mention a few. She has also given performances in the U.K. and Netherlands.
As a Kathak artiste, Ranjana Phadke has choreographed and presented a number of ballets and dance dramas. She has choreographed Kathak dance items in group forms, which she presents along with her students. All these items include the training that she and her senior disciples, have been undergoing for the last ten years. Ranjana choreographed dances on poems penned by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at a special programme presented in Pune and has also performed on invitation from the National Centre for Performing Arts, Nehru Centre, ISKCON and the Karnataka Sangh.
She has been approved by the Doordarshan Kendra (Mumbai) as their artist. Ranjana also conducts workshops for young artists.
Ranjana Phadke has undertaken a study of the co-relation between Kathak and Health, in which prominent doctors have agreed to contribute their knowledge and expertise.
Voyage the Unending Journey:
This ballet is a melange of Physics and Philosophy depicting the journey of a soul, to reach The Trinity through art and creativity.
This is a story of three incredible phenomena. The 1st incredible happened even before time, space and universe were born. Te Supreme Being, the ‘NirvikarParamatma; who is unchanged, unruffled created the seed of time, space and universe. It was the first incredible to happen.
The seed had infinite possibilities of creation. Those possibilities exploded. The mixing of all these divine possibilities led to the creation of five basic elements, the Panchamahabhootas. The kaleidoscopic creation of basic elements was so charming that the Paramatma impregnated the basic elements with its own essence, the Atma or the soul. It was the second incredible to occur.
The five basic elements and Atma created colours, smells, sounds, various emotions and sensations; the Samvedanas. This gave birth to beauty and Navarasa, in turn the art forms. This process created yearning in the Atma to meet the Paramatma. The art forms became a journey in search of the Paramatma.
At the climax of expression of art, Atma could feel a link built between itself and the Paramatma. The moment was divine. Not only the artiste but the observer’s soul could also feel the link. It was the moment of supreme joy.