Hit Kamani Auditorium this Sunday, if you’d like to see a local production of The Sleeping Beauty, one of the big pieces in the repertoire of Western classical ballet. Produced by the ‘India Fernando Ballet Company’, it promises you the original score by Piotr Tchaikovsky with Marius Petipa’s classic choreography but with “some changes” as cautiously admitted by ballet teacher Fernando Aguilera.
The Argentinian, who learnt his art back in Buenos Aires and teaches Western classical ballet at the British and American Schools in New Delhi, will present his pupil Asavari Sodhi in the lead role of Princess Aurora. May 24, at 6.30 pm. Call 98-100-32969 for tickets, but beware, the ones for Rs 250 and 500 are sold out, only the Rs 700 and Rs 1000 ones are left, says Aguilera.
Yeah, yeah, as obvious as a story from J&K headlined ‘Guns n’ Roses’. ‘Unbound Beats of India’, an ‘international festival of classical dance’ by Odissi dancer Ranjana Gauhar’s Utsav Cultural Society, presents a line-up of young and youngish dancers between May 25 and 26 at the India Habitat Centre at 7 pm. Lined up on Day One: Yamini Reddy (Kuchipudi), Masako Ono (Odissi), Chennai-based Gopika Varma’s students (Mohiniattam), Chennai-based Chitra Visweswaran’s pupils (Bharata Natyam) and disciples of Shovana Narayan (Kathak). Tuesday, May 26, lines up Kavita Dwibedi (Odissi), Nikolina Nikoleski (Bharata Natyam), Jayaprabha Menon (Mohiniattam), Ragini Krishnan (Bharata Natyam) and disciples of Bhubaneswar-based Ratikant Mahapatra (Odissi). Quite a busy
line-up, like a sushi platter. But hey, who lets anybody dance these days? So even if it’s just a bit of this and a bit of that, it’s great they’re dancing.
New to town
A big thanks to the ladies at the India International Centre who freely showcase the ‘others’ in performing arts so that we in Delhi get to see more of this slice of national life beyond the usual suspects. This week, there’s a Kathak recital by Shambhauvi Shukla of Sagar, Madhya Pradesh. She’s a pupil of Pandit Rajendra Gangani of the Jaipur Gharana of Kathak (the other school is Lucknow).
The guru will do ‘padhant’ (conduct) for the pupil and the talented Pt. Fateh Singh Gangani will drum up a storm on the tabla. At IIC, 6.30 pm on Saturday, May 23. Also at IIC, on Tuesday, May 26, at 6.30 pm, Carnatic veena by Kaza Subhasini Sastry of Hyderabad, disciple of Vidwan Emani Sankara Sastry!