Going places: Delhi girls to perform Kuchipudi in Paris
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Going places: Delhi girls to perform Kuchipudi in Paris

As a fitting conclusion to the Namaste France, a festival — which showcases India’s rich culture to the world, youngsters from Delhi will present the dance of Lord Shiva (Mahanatam, as it’s called) at Cité de la musique-Philharmonie de Paris.

art and culture Updated: Dec 27, 2016 18:41 IST
Henna Rakheja
Henna Rakheja
Hindustan Times
Kuchipudi,Namaste France,Atisha Pratap Rudy
Young Kuchipudi dancers from Delhi will perform at the Namaste France festival in Paris.

Delhi youngsters are all set to take Paris by storm, for the closing of Namaste France—a festival which started two months ago to showcase India’s vibrant culture to the world. For the final show, participants will present a Kuchipudi performance on November 30.

Atisha Pratap , along with other youngsters Yashasvini Jindal, Sanjana Jain, Divyangna Ahuja and Mahesh, are all excited to be performing at Cité de la musique-Philharmonie de Paris.

Atisha Pratap, a 16-year-old dancer will be performing the Mahanatam at the Namaste France festival, along with others.

“We are performing Mahanatam, the choreography, which we have performed earlier in Singapore. It is the dance of Lord Shiva and I feel happy to represent my country in France. Also, it is my first trip to Paris, so I’m excited. I hope I don’t leave anything behind,” says Atisha, who was busy packing when HT spoke to her.

“Our culture is so rich. The guru-shishya culture that we follow when learning Indian classical dance, is different. The way I respect my dance gurus is not the same as my school teachers,” adds Atisha.

“When we were invited to perform at this prestigious festival, we thought of presenting the choreographed piece on the dance of Shiva. This is one of guru Raja Reddy’s most acclaimed performance,” says Kaushalya Reddy, from Natya Tarangini – Raja Radha Reddy’s dance academy. The performance is part of the Classical Music and Kuchipudi Show, which will begin with a concert by renowned Indian violinist L Subramaniam

What do the girls have in mind once the performance is over? Atisha says, “We have thought of making a video by posing, in our dance costumes, in front of the Eiffel Tower.”
Looks like there’s a new viral video to look forward to!

First Published: Nov 29, 2016 19:52 IST