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Dance of interpretation

Next week will begin on a culturally energetic note as Delhi plays host to an international dance event. Organised by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, the fest will see trained artists from across the globe — Germany, Malaysia, Russia, China, Mauritius, Indonesia and South Africa — perform traditional Indian dances such as kathak, bharatnatyam, kuchipudi and kathakali. Shalini Singh writes.

art and culture Updated: Jul 30, 2010 21:36 IST
Shalini Singh

Next week will begin on a culturally energetic note as Delhi plays host to an international dance event. Organised by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), the fest will see trained artists from across the globe — Germany, Malaysia, Russia, China, Mauritius, Indonesia and South Africa — perform traditional Indian dances such as kathak, bharatnatyam, kuchipudi and kathakali.

The three-day festival will showcase artists who have learnt dance either at an institution or under a guru in their respective countries. Aila Edroos from Indonesia, 33, a freelance writer who will perform "an invocation piece on Shiva and interpret a ghazal through kathak", has trained extensively under five Indian exponents.

"I began with Kolkata's Nandini Sinha when she taught at the Indian cultural centre in Indonesia. Then it was guru Krishan Mohan Mishra and Pt Birju Maharaj. After that I learnt from Saswati Sen and Mamta Maharaj," she says.

August 2 to 4, 6.30 pm, at the Kamani Auditorium, No 1, Copernicus Marg. For more, call: 011-43503351