Monday, 7 May 2012

World Dance Day celebrations - Dr. Sunil Kothari

Come April 29th and the Capital is agog with World Dance Day celebrations. Since past five years, I have been visiting Bangalore, attending Word Dance Day celebrations there. It was interesting for me this year to attend dance performances,  seminars and other events organized mainly by two prominent institutions, viz., Natya Vriksha of Bharatanatyam exponent Geeta Chandran and Sadhya dance company run by Mayurbhanj Chhau and contemporary dance exponent Santosh Nair.

Natya Vriksha had a two day dance celebration. On the 28th April at India International Centre’s main auditorium, they had screening of a documentary film on Alarmel Valli (see separate review), followed by after screening talk, tea and performances by New Delhi’s Kathakali dancer Kalamandalam Amaljith and Odissi by Ayona Bhaduri from Kolkata. At the same time in the evening, renowned photographer Avinash Pasricha’s audio visual on Purvanga Gayaki events at Benares and Kolkata organized by Vikram Kapoor, was held at World Wide next door. Therefore, I missed Amaljith’s Kathakali performance. But I could catch up with Ayona Bhaduri’s Odissi recital.

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