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Young twist to a cultural fest

This festival in the Capital will turn the spotlight on India’s vibrant folk and classical dances through the eyes of talented young artists.

art and culture Updated: Jan 08, 2012 00:30 IST
Namya Sinha

Delhi is set to become a melting pot of Indian folk and classical dances. A three-day festival in the city aims to celebrate India’s vibrancy through dance. And, the other high point of this fest is that it will encourage young artists to showcase their talent.

Aptly titled, Indradhanush Dilli 2012, this annual festival began in 2008 in a bid to encourage youngsters who don’t belong to families of professional classical and folk dancers, but have talent and passion for the art.

“This concept was started to give chance to youngsters who are from various professions. Some are doctors, teachers, choreographers but they have also been practicing these dances as a second career and have been performing across the country,” says Kanaka Sudhakar, founder president of Sunaina (Society for Upliftment of National Arts of India), host of the event. “This will provide a platform to young professionals between the age group of 18 to 35. Also, there will be folk dances from states such as Rajasthan Assam and Bengal,” she adds.

“I will be performing at this festival for the first time. It is not only giving platform to young artists but, since it’s taking place in Delhi — hub of culture and art — it makes it even better. These artists have been learning dance for many years now,” says Kathak dancer Sangita Chatterjee, 28, who will perform on January 15.

Another highlight of the festival is expected to be Tala Vadhya Nritya Lahri, to take place on Jan 15. “It’s a jugalbandi between Bharatnatyam and various percussion instruments. I will be performing the jugalbandi with my co-dancers,” says Aparajita Sarma, a Bharatnatyam dancer.

What: Indradhanush Dilli
When: January 14-16
Timing: 5pm onwards on January 14. 6pm onwards on other days
Where: Azad Bhawan Auditorium, ICCR, ITO
For more info, visit http://www.sunaina.org/
Nearest metro station: Indraprastha, blue line