Monday 28 January 2019

Vive la Republique! - Dance Matters: Column by Ashish Mohan Khokar

So, the new year began in right earnest where I was born, Baroda. The Dept of Dance at MSU was the happy venue for many dance academicians to meet and greet; eat and interact. Small town India is what big towns once were: happy, happening and healthy! Distances are easy to commute; people easy to bond with. 

Harish Gangani, the current head of the dance department outdid himself by hosting and organizing the best ever gathering, an international one, on 4th and 5th January, where dancers and researchers came from all over - from as far as Trinidad and Tobago and Mauritius; from closer home in Sangli or Telangana. Biggest number of participants came from Punjab. They were happiest in the assembly, perhaps reflecting mind over matter. Many delegates felt more time was spent in eating than on seminar. Many participants were disappointed too, since venues were three, so audience got split but how else to accommodate so many applicants?

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1 comment:

  1. I was present at both conferences in Baroda and Pune, both of which were wonderful experiences. Ashish ji was the moderator for all the panel discussions in Pune and kudos to him for streamlining the speakers into cohesive thought!