Friday 19 August 2016

Footloose and fancy free with Dr. Sunil Kothari - 7th edition of Nrityantar’s Naman Odissi Dance Festival

In India, classical dance forms survive not only because the governmental agencies like Sangeet Natak Akademi, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Festivals of India abroad, organized by Ministry of Culture, Government of India, support classical dance and music but also by various efforts made by small institutions in different states of India. One would realize that if there is a horizontal growth of classical dance and music, the arts owe it to such efforts on part of such institutions and individuals.
I have been visiting Bangalore to attend festivals organized by few institutions among which for past four years I have appreciated the work of a couple, Madhulita Mohapatra and her husband Imran, who have for past seven years been arranging Naman Odissi dance festival, through their Nrityantar Odissi dance institution, raising funds on their own, without any sponsorship from other quarters. Madhulita is a qualified Cost Accountant and has M.Com and Management degrees to her credit. However, classical Odissi dance being her passion, she moved with her husband to Bangalore some ten years ago and started teaching Odissi to young children in a Government school. Then she established Nrityantar Odissi centre teaching young dancers besides children and within a brief span of three years, won admiration for her teaching abilities.                     

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