Thursday, 23 August 2018

9th edition of Naman Odissi Festival - Footloose and fancy free with Dr. Sunil Kothari


Come August and Bangalore is all agog with a series of dance festivals. Principal among them are two major ones: Nrityantar’s Naman, a two-day dance festival and other is Nrityagram’s in memory of Protima Bedi’s death anniversary on 18th August. I make it a point to attend both festivals to see what new choreographic works are created by Madhulita Mohapatra of Nrityantar and by Surupa Sen of Nrityagram.

On first day 11th August at ADA Rangamandira, from 3pm Madhulita presents the several students studying under her and their parents. She also presents her main dancers who form a core group of hers to showcase their progress and with whom she creates new works. When I arrived at the auditorium it was a pleasant surprise to watch Shankarabharanam pallavi by women in age group of 40 plus learning for past two years. 

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