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A dramatic dance festival

Indian dance dramas with a contemporary touch will be the essence of the Summer Ballet Festival that starts today in the city.

art and culture Updated: May 04, 2012 01:29 IST
Namya Sinha

Dance, when combined with drama, offers ample scope for telling interesting tales on stage. Now, dance enthusiasts in the city can get to see such dance dramas at the Summer Ballet Festival 2012, which starts today. The festival, presented by Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, will feature Indian contemporary dances, Rajasthani dance and even acts inspired by Indian mythological characters.

“This is a dance drama festival. We do it every year in the summers because it is a very lean season and there are hardly any performances that take place in the city for the audiences. At all our ballet performances, we feel that there is a need to give a contemporary feel to Indian mythology, in order to keep it in sync with the modern days,” says Shobha Deepak Singh, director, Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra.

“For Karna, we have used the Mayurbhnaj Chhau style of dance, which is a form of tribal martial arts. For Meera, we have used the Rajasthani folk form with music and visual effects. The Indian contemporary form of dance has been used in Parikrama,” says Shashidharan Nair, choreographer for these shows.

Singer Shubha Mudgal has given the music for some of the performances such as Parikrama and Meera.

Dancer Radhica Laukaran, who played the role of Meera in the same production in 1995, will be playing the role this year as well. “It is a very female dominated production. Meera is a character that retaliated against the typical Indian character of a woman. To perform this centuries old story on a modern stage was very thought-provoking. It was a personal journey for me,” says Laukaran.

Schedule
Friday, May 4 - Karna
Saturday, May 5 - Meera
Tuesday, Mbay 8 - Parikrama
Friday and Saturday, May 11 and May 12 - Kumar Sambhava

Catch him here
What: Summer Ballet Festival
When: May 4 to May 12
Timing: 7pm onwards
Entry: Free by passes that are available at the venue and Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra
Where: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg
Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House on the Blue Line

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