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Celebrating dance

International Dance Day is on April 29. This year, NCPA is organising Mudra Dance Week. The one-week festival will showcase five different dance forms from across India by five dance experts.

art and culture Updated: Apr 23, 2010 14:30 IST
Jigna P

International Dance Day is on April 29. This year, NCPA is organising Mudra Dance Week. The one-week festival will showcase five different dance forms from across India by five dance experts. The theme of the programme is Stree: Woman. Performances will include Manipuri, Nangiar Koothu, Bharat Natyam, Kathak and Mohini Attam dances.

World Dance Day
International Dance Day is celebrated on April 29 through promotion by the International Dance Council (IDC), an organisation within UNESCO. The day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute. The date was suggested by Pyotr Gusev to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre.

Among the goals of the dance day are to increase the awareness of the importance of dance among the public, as well as to persuade governments all over the world to situate dance training in all systems of education, from primary to higher levels.

Saga of women
The performances will be based on mythological tales, focusing on stories about women. A Manipuri dance troupe will present the classical, folk and martial aspects of its art, by performing Matrika - praise to the mother goddess. A Nangiar Koothu exponent will interpret the moving story of Sita’s fire ordeal, a Bharata Natyam dance group will celebrate the verses of two great Indian women mystics — Andal and Meerabai.

A Mohini Attam dancer will focus on Amrapali, the great courtesan and follower of the Buddha, and a young Kathak dancer-choreographer-actor and her team celebrate the Devi and her manifestations in the modern world.

Dance forms
Commenting on the initiative of Dance Week, Arundhati Subramaniam, Head – Programming of Indian Dance, NCPA, said, “The Mudra Dance Week is a small but determined attempt to banish cultural cubby-holes of all kinds. It is a celebration of the variety and sophistication of dance styles in this country. It’s an attempt to make a breathtaking gamut of forms abundantly and easily available to viewers, both past and potential. Five days. Five dance forms. Five dancers. And determinedly affordable rates.”

The theme
The theme, Stree: Woman, has been chosen to salute the inner strength, power and wisdom a woman possesses, not to mention the subtle qualities she brings with her like tolerance, sacrifice and humanity. For the festival, NCPA has engaged some of the most renowned exponents of their fields to perform and bring out the essence of the theme.

The concepts
Purva Naresh explains, “Devi is part fiction, part reality, an interesting genre that is dramatic enough to be called dance drama. The theme of the evening is to put together choreographed ensemble of kathak dance and tell a story at the same time. Devi tries to explore the journey of a woman and the concept of Devi that hold different meanings to different goddesses. The story is inspired from Gauri, Durga and Kali.

Lata Surendra explains about Amrutum, “It’s a dance ballad in traditional Bharat Natyam that comparatively analysis the works of Andal (8th century) and Meerbai (16th Century). I found a lot of similarities in the manner of their devotion and the stories go well with the concept of Stree: Woman. Both the women were symbols of resistance to societal norms and love,” says Surendra.

Schedule
Matrika (and other compositions)
Manipuri Dance Recital by Bimbavati Devi and Troupe
Experimental Theatre
Monday, April 26, 6.30 pm
Tickets: Rs 75 (for Members)
Rs 100 (for Public)

Sita Parityagam (The Abandoning of Sita)
Nangiar Koothu Recital by Kapila Nagavallikkunnel
Experimental Theatre
Tuesday, April 27, 6.30 pm
Tickets: Rs 75 (for Members)
Rs 100 (for Public)

Amrutam
Bharata Natyam Recital by Lata Surendra and her students
Godrej Dance Academy Theatre
Wednesday, April 28, 6.30 pm
Tickets: Rs 50

Amrapali
Mohini Attam Recital by Neena Prasad
Experimental Theatre
Thursday, April 29, 6.30 pm
Tickets: Rs 75 (for Members)
Rs 100 (for Public)

Devi
Kathak Dance Theatre Presentation by Purva Naresh and others
Little Theatre, Friday, April 30, 6.30 pm