Abhanga Ranga is a presentation that captures the spirit of the Varkari saints of Maharashtra through the medium of Bharatanatyam. The abhangas, which are gems of poetry rich with devotional fervour, have been translated into a visual landscape in this performance. The choreography through descriptive images in Bharatanatyam, unfolds the stories of deities like Ganapati, the glories of Lord Rama, the leelas of Krishna, the pangs of separation from the God, ending with Dnyaneshwar’s Pasaayadaan. The traditional narrative of classical dance idiom also explores the philosophy and thoughts of Bhakti Marga. The pulse of this celebrative work is the rich literature of the four pillars of Varkari Sampradaya, Sant Dnyaneshwar, Sant Naamdev, Sant Eknath, and Sant Tukaram.
Vaibhav Arekar, one of the leading male Bharatanatyam soloist of India, trained under virtuoso teachers- Smt. Saroja Srinath and Smt. Tangamani Nagarajan and his mentor Dr. Smt. Kanak Rele. Vaibhav has done his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya. Impressions and experiences from dance performances, in India and abroad, along with his creative impulse have influenced Vaibhav’s performance and choreography. His collaborative work in the genre of theatre-dance has created some milestone productions like Haravalel Pratibimba, Mata Hidimba, Dwandwa. His presentations Shreemant Yogi (2017), Naama mhane- an awakening (2016), and Trayaanta (2014) have received high critical acclaim and regarded as model thematic works in Bharatanatyam. Vaibhav’s solo works Debotar Grash (2012), a work based on Tagore’s poem, and Narmade Har Har (2009)- in praise of river Narmada have over 25 performances to its credit. An intense, calm and strong masculine approach is Vaibhav’s signature style. As a soloist he has performed at prestigious dance festivals like the Khajuraho, Music Academy, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Modhera to name a few.
Sankhya Dance Company, founded by Vaibhav Arekar, its artistic director, is energized and inspired by young dancers. It is the only professional dance company of western India. Apart from an extensive Indian tour, Vaibhav, as a soloist and with his dance company has been invited to perform in Japan, Brazil, Canada, USA, Poland, Russia,Germany, France, Australia.