“Paalavi” implies delicate leaves making their first appearance on stems. It indicates the arrival of spring.
- The very first show staged by Aarohini Kathak Dance Academy.
- This programme was held on 3rd july, 2004 at the Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagriha, Kothrud, Pune.
- It was the first attempt by the academy aimed at giving young students an opportunity to recognise and exhibit their
talent before a large and knowledgeable audience.
- Paalavi featured 35 girls aged 7 to 15 who made their first appearance on stage, thus announcing their arrival on a new
- The performance comprised 8 dances and a solo Kathak performance by a special invitee Shri Daniel Freddy (a disciple of Pt Birju Maharaj, Shri Rajendra Gangani and Smt Vaswati Misra).
- Shivstuti- An invocation in praise of Lord Shiva. This majestic “Shiv Tandavstotra”, written in Sanskrit by the great poet-king Ravana, depicted various mythological stories related to the lord.
- Teentaal- A cycle of 16 beats , bringing out the beauty of the technique of Kathak- graceful movements , complex footwork and amazing spins.
- Nimantran- A poem written by the renowned Marathi poetess Shanta Shelke. A little girl invites her friends home telling them convincingly how attractive her house is!
- Kaleidoscope- The dancers created wonderful coloured patterns. It was set on “sargam”. The vibrant colors and shifting patterns were beautifully portrayed by 10 dancers through complex formations.
- Shraavanmaasi- A Marathi poem by the renowned Baalkavi which created a picturesque depiction of nature’s beauty during the month of “Shraavan”.
- Bhajan- A song in praise of Lord Krishna- his handsome appearance, his graceful dancing, his celestial music.... Written by Surdasji.
- Dakshayadnya- A traditional ‘Abhinaya’ sequence. It is a composition of the Late Guru Lacchu Maharaj, choreographed by Guru Rohini Bhate, which was presented by Prajakta Raj.
- Trishna- A contemporary Kathak ballet depicting the “Thirst of a River”.
| Tabla- Nikhil Phatak
| Harmonium- Chinmay Kolhatkar
| Vocals- Shripad Bhave and Ankita Deole
| Flute- Sunil Avachat
| Side rhythm- Mangesh Karmarkar
| Nimantran and Kaleidoscope: music- Madhuri Joshi
| Padhant and compering- Sharvari Jamenis