iconimg Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Vaishali Bhambri, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, September 28, 2013
Living up to its tradition of popularising Indian classical dance with the younger audiences, the Ananya Dance Festival is back with its 12th edition. Set against the historic backdrop of Purana Qila, the festival will this year stage five groups exhibiting different genres of dance. The festival each year showcases Indian classical dances in their purest forms, with an eye set at reaching a wider age bracket.

“The festival celebrates Indian classical dance in their traditional forms. We have a blog and the festival is being popularised through social media as well, so that it reaches a wider audience,” says Manjot Chawla, creative director, Ananya.

Held each year at the historic monument, the five-day fest holds an old connect and aura.

“The choreography and the monuments on stage share a chemistry that has been maintained over the years,” she adds.

The festival will kick off with a Kathak performance by Malabika Mitra’s group from Kolkata. “We will be presenting a five-piece composition of Kathak. Seven of my students will be presenting a choreography which will strictly stick to pure Kathak style of dance,” says Mitra.

The fest will also see a Bharatanatyam recital by Kiran Subramanyam and Sandhya Kiran’s group from Bangalore. “We will be performing dance on four traditional numbers on the theme of Pushpanjali, the traditional method of offering flowers to the Gods and gurus,” says Sandhya Kiran, whose group will be performing for the first time at the fest.

The other performers this year include Odissi by Bindu Juneja, a group from Bhopal, and Kathak and Mayurbhanj Chau by Maitreyee Pahari’s group from Delhi.To reach out to the youth, the fest is also organising seminars conducted by choreographers for students.

Catch it live
What: Ananya Dance Festival 2013
When: October 2-6, 2013
Timing: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Where: Purana Qila

Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan on the Blue Line