Tuesday, 15 October 2013

2nd edition of Samarpana: The Asian Festival of Classical Dance - Dr. Sunil Kothari

During the 2nd edition of Samarpana, the Asian Festival of Classical Dance, produced by Sruti Laya school of Bharatanatyam in Singapore under the guidance of its director Gayatri Sriram, one at once notices that it is an international arts platform where, as claimed by the organizers ‘sensibilities, sense and the sublime come alive.’  The presentation was not limited to classical Bharatanatyam dance form only. Sruti Laya and event organizer  Jyoti Ramesh of Jade Group  along with the sponsors BSI, Orbis, Passion Card, Mudrika Foundation for Indian Performing Arts, Bengaluru, media partner Tabla, the Tagore Society of Singapore, and several well wishers, have a large canvas of performing arts.
The  scope of the three-day festival included celebrated Indian classical Dhrupad singers Gundecha Brothers in collaboration with Kumudini Lakhia, internationally renowned  Kathak exponent, guru and choreographer with her dance company Kadamb from Ahmedabad, collaboration of Flamenco Sin Fronteras with guest artist Miguel Angel Espino and JSLN Company, three segments of Bharatanatyam, Contemporary (Zaini Tahir and NUS Dance,  French ballet academy L’Academie du Danse, Singapore and a special lecture by V Sriram, the noted musicologist and cultural historian from India on ‘The Devadasis of George Town’ and a panel discussion on ‘Dilution of classical arts’ by experts from various fields. The sumptuous fare was offered on a silver platter from 27th till 29th September 2013 at the Drama Centre Theatre, National Library Building, Singapore.

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