On World Dance Day, dancers in Delhi will celebrate with special recitals

Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi
Apr 29, 2017 10:25 AM IST

Natya Tarangini, founded by the Reddys, observes its 41st anniversary on April 29 — World Dance Day. Renowned classical dancers, in the city, are ready to perform for dance lovers and celebrate the day.

For Natya Tarangini dance school, its anniversary is a doubly special day, because it always falls on World Dance Day, April 29.

Students of Natya Tarangini will celebrate World Dance Day by with a Kuchipudi recital.
Students of Natya Tarangini will celebrate World Dance Day by with a Kuchipudi recital.

The performing arts centre, founded by the renowned Kuchipudi exponents Raja-Radha and Kaushalya Reddy, celebrates its 41st anniversary today. On the occasion, dancers between the ages of five and 40 years will present a Kuchipudi recital choreographed by the Reddys.

“When children are told that they’ll perform on World Dance Day, they feel happy and important. Their ecstasy is visible,” says Kaushalya Reddy. “I feel happy that the world is celebrating this day and that there’s an awareness of one day being celebrated in the honour of dance.”

Besides the Kuchipudi recital, the students of Natya Tarangini will today present Hindustani and Carnatic vocal music, and a dance performance titled Draupadi Vastrapaharanam.

Kaushalya Reddy says, “Rajaji has specially choreographed a dance for our youngest students that takes one back to the times of The Playhouse (a theatre), inaugurated by us in Durban, South Africa, after apartheid. When we were in a hotel for five days in South Africa, we couldn’t step out because of security problems. At that time, Rajaji came across the song My Heart is a Temple Happy Happy Dance. This dance composition is based on that song.”

Catch It Live

What: Natya Tarangini 41st anniversary

Where: Amphitheatre, Natya Tarangini, Plot No 49 & 52, Pushp Vihar, Sector 6, Saket

When: April 29

Timings: 7pm

Nearest Metro Station: Saket on Yellow Line

To celebrate World Dance Day, Bharatanatyam exponent Geeta Chandran has organised a two-day event, including a workshop for one and all — it’s open to you even if you aren’t an experienced Baratanatyam dancer, or even if you don’t have any formal training in the dance form. All you need for participation is an interest in Indian classical dance.

Geeta Chandran will conduct a workshop on dance as part of the World Dance Day celebrations. (Rakesh Sahai)
Geeta Chandran will conduct a workshop on dance as part of the World Dance Day celebrations. (Rakesh Sahai)

This workshop will open the Young Dancers Festival, which goes on for two days. On day one, there will be a Bharatanatyam recital by Aniruddha Knight and a Kathak performance by Gauri Diwakar. The second day will have a Chhau workshop, conducted by Guru Shashadhar Acharya.

There is also an illustrated lecture on Health for Dance by Dr Sheela Nambiar, a Manipuri recital by Nandita Devi, and Vilasini Natyam by Purva Dhanashree.

Catch It Live

What: Young Dancers Festival

Where: India International Centre, Lodi Estate

When: April 29 and 30

Timings: 10am to 7.30pm

Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh on Yellow Line


World Dance Day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute. The date was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, who was born in 1727, a French dancer and ballet master and a dance reformer.


    Henna Rakheja writes on city, art and culture, for the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplement, HT City.

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