“It is a way of honouring ‘guru-shishya parampara’ from which knowledge has come. Shri Jiwan Pani inspired many artists, theatrepersons and dancers in his lifetime,” says Indian classical dancer Dr Sonal Mansingh. A bi-annual event, organised by the Centre for Indian Classical Dances, the festival is held in the memory of Mansingh’s guru and mentor. “The idea of the festival is to get all these art forms together. This year the focus is only on dance,” she says.
Spread over two days, the event will feature Kathakali by Kalamandalam Gopi (Kerala), Kathak by Aditi Mangaldas (Lucknow), Pallavi Pramanik and Pallavi Saran Gujral Dwi — Varnaa (Jugalbandi of Odissi and Bharatnatyam) and Vilasini Natyam by Swapana Sundari (Andhra Pradesh). “There is no set theme for the performances. All the dancers are masters in their field. Whatever they do is precious,” she says. While most festivals today concentrate on contemporary dance forms, this one celebrates the traditions. “Without values the world begins to wither. We had to make an effort to relocate them. Basic values should be maintained,” adds Mansingh.
Catch it liveWhat: XIth Jiwan Pani Memorial FestivalWhen: February 6-7Time: 7pm onwardsWhere: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi EstateNearest Metro Station: Khan Market on the Violet Line