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15 Indians to participate in global meet on dance

Fifteen Indians will be among an estimated 1,000 dance specialists who will showcase their work at the World Congress on Dance Research at Athens.

india Updated: Sep 02, 2007 12:41 IST

Fifteen Indians will be among an estimated 1,000 dance specialists who will showcase their work at the World Congress on Dance Research at Athens from September 5.

The congress, being held for the 21st time, has "Dancers without frontiers" as its theme in accordance with the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions adopted by UNESCO.

The five-day gathering will see all forms of dance being represented before an audience comprising practitioners, teachers, choreographers, researchers and journalists.

The opening day of the meet -- held under the auspices of Greece's ministries of culture, education and foreign affairs, UNESCO's National Commission and the municipality of Athens -- will witness performances by six Indians at the Dora Stratou Theatre.

Indian dancers will also take part in a series of presentations and discussions of original research reports, classes, lecture-demonstrations and video projections and exhibitions.

Last year, 700 specialists from 65 countries took part in the congress, which is non-commercial and organised by high-level institutions specialising in dance, a statement from the organisers said.

All forms of dance, including ballet, modern, folk, ballroom, contemporary and traditional, are represented at the congress with all approaches -- teaching, performing, research, therapy, recreation, management and journalism.