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Celebrating International Dance Day

To commemorate International Dance Day, various dance events are lined up over the week. Classical dance lovers can attend the Mudra Dance Festival at the NCPA from April 24-30.

art and culture Updated: Apr 23, 2014 10:08 IST
Soumya Vajpayee

It’s International Dance Day on April 29, and dance aficionados have several events to indulge in through the week.

Classical dance

lovers can attend the Mudra Dance Festival at the NCPA from April 24-30.

The theme of the fest is motherhood, and it focusses on the complex relationship between a dancer mother and her craft. The fest will have performances, discussions and dance make-up workshops, and will feature recitals by noted mother-daughter duos such as Rama Vaidyanathan and Dakshina, and Sujata Mohapatra and Preetisha, among others.

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"We aim to discuss the experiences of being an attentive mother along with handling a demanding work schedule. We will also discuss the health of a dancer pre- and post-motherhood," says Swapnokalpa Dasgupta, head of programming, NCPA.

Another festival called Dance To A Different Melody will feature a blend of Bharatanatyam and contemporary genres.

Organised by popular Bharatanatyam dancer Lata Surendra, the event will be held on April 26 (at 5.15 pm) and will feature about 14 dance troupes.

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"Not many people know about International Dance Day. So we thought of celebrating it with this recital," says Surendra. The festival will be held at the Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre Auditorium.

There is also something for those interested in western and non-classical genres. Choreographer Sandip Soparrkar is organising The Dance Week (April 25 to 29).

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The event will be like a dance reality show, and you can watch the finalists put together a performance with the help of choreographers like Deepak Mazumdar, Vijayshree Chaudhary, Brian Fernandes and Soparrkar.

There will also be workshops on Indian folk dance, salsa, ballroom, Bachata, contemporary, hip hop and Bollywood dances. "This is India’s first dance week. It will be a platform for participants to showcase their dance skills, learn new techniques and discuss their difficulties and challenges with us," says Soparrkar.

There is no participation fee for the event, and it will be held at Courtyard, Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla, from 6 pm to 10 pm.