Sunday, 25 November 2018

Inclusive Debadhara - Taalam: column by Leela Venkataraman

Bharat Utsav, as the two-day festival of Debadhara Delhi was titled, showed up the inclusive nature of the organization started in the name of late Odissi Guru Debaprasad Das - with half hour slots of Odissi, Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Mohiniattam being sponsored by them at the IIC auditorium. Indeed Debadhara is projecting itself as a strong supporter of all dance forms and an events manager - overriding its image as an institution producing young Odissi dancers. While applauding the festival organization, one pondered on some things which could perhaps be thought over. For instance, the start with screening of a film on the generous sponsor (but for whose support this festival could not have been held) followed by an Odissi presentation by the youngsters of Debadhara, not to speak of the inaugural formalities with chief guests from the bureaucratic world, the actual program scheduled to begin at 6.30pm, began a good forty minutes late on both days. Also does every dancer after a few years in the field, become a 'Bidushi?' This word is being devalued like the word 'guru'. Will not dancer so and so do?

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