Sunday 18 August 2019

Registering ten years of Nrityantar with Naman 2019 - Taalam: column by Leela Venkataraman

Established ten years ago by Odissi dancer Madhulita Mohapatra, Nrityantar in Bengaluru has earned much goodwill through hard work and the dancer's low key bearing - the open minded Bangaloreans taking to Odissi like ducks to water. Naman 2019, the institution's annual magnum opus festival mounted at Bengaluru's ADA Rangamandira, for this critic, had some of its most rewarding moments in the interactions involving dance writers, scholars, practitioners and youngsters.

The organisational work behind this very efficiently managed three day event proved how professional dancers running institutions have taken to multi tasking very effectively, mounting large events, with minute details attended to carefully. For once, one had a fine compere for Naman 2019 on all the three days in Anjali Raj Urs. Madhulita's generosity in including in the programme dancers from other Odissi institutions based in different places in India provides a variety of Odissi gharanas, while making this an occasion for interaction amongst the larger Odissi community.

The take-off point came from the junior-most students on the first evening, with understandably varying degrees of proficiency. 

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