On the occasion of International Dance Day on April 29, 2018, the SaMvitti Foundation organized SaMvitti’s Poetic Dance, at the State Home for Women (Nari Sanrakshan Gruh), Nizampura, Vadodara on April 24-25. The programme actively engaged the residents of the Home in listening, singing, appreciating and performing dance movements set to Meerabai’s poem.

SaMvitti’s Poetic Dance provided a special opportunity and created the environment to develop the participant’s motivational power and instill appreciation for poetry and dance.

Two days of activity and performance encouraged the participants to connect to arts and literature to enable their emotional, intellectual and spiritual growth.

Dr. Darshini Dadawala, Poet & Critic, led the process of listening, singing and discussion of Meera’s Poem. The dance movements were led and mentored by renowned Bharat Natyam danseuse Prof. Parul Shah.

SaMvitti Foundation initiates activities that empower women through literature and Art. Through this activity, the Foundation made a subtle but meaningful difference in the participant’s routine lives by connecting them to sublime poetry.

Justifying the choice of using Meerabai’s bhanjan to accompany the dance movements, Dr. Darshini Dadawala, First Trustee and member of the Managing Committee of the Foundation said that Meerabai’s life and work are a source of

inspiration for women down the ages. She rebelled against the existing social norms to dedicate her life to devotion and creativity.

Activity performed by women at State Home is the first step towards their creative living and society must encourage them for such way of life, she added.


  1. Thank you for sharing the unique celebration of
    international Dance day 🙏 in Vadodara .
    In today’s world of high technology I feel that the emphasis of art of dance and music is very important physically and mentally .
    My memories while Growing up in Vadodara some 35 years ago was that Vadodara is full of Artistic areas in Dance, drama, music, photography, painting , Architecture, Garden etc… I can still pick out as to who is from Vadodara from the Garba crowd in USA .


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