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The Ananya Dance Festival, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary, will present a five-day classical dance extravaganza starting today.

art and culture Updated: Sep 30, 2011 23:07 IST
Hindustan Times

Moves in splendour
The Ananya Dance Festival, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary, will present a five-day classical dance extravaganza starting today. The idea is to popularise Indian arts among the youth. Watch dance exponents such as Aruna Mohanty, Vyjayanthi Kashi, Vaswati Misra, Priya Venkataraman, Parwati Dutta in their splendour. The high point of Ananya has been to discover budding artistes. The festival is organised by the Department of Art, Culture, Languages of the Government of Delhi and SEHER in association with Sahitya Kala Parishad. Oct 1-5, 7pm, Purana Qila, entry free,

Inspired by history
Art Heritage presents two exhibitions this month: Hearthenware Ceramics by artist Reyaz Badaruddin and Mata-ni-Pachedi from Gujarat. Badruddin's work is a mix of sculpted architectural forms inspired by the Anagama kiln. This is an ancient kiln using wood to fire the pottery. Mata-ni-Pachedi are temple hangings whose unique feature is four to five hangings used to form a shrine for the goddess. On till Oct 25, Art Heritage Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, Mandi House, 23719470.

Perspectives in solitude
In the run-up to the frantic festive season, everyone needs some 'breathing space', some time alone, and perhaps for some, a door to spirituality. Workshops on Flying Low and Release techniques seem just the thing to beat the blues. Vangelis Legakis, a professional choreographer, will introduce coordination and improvisation exercises to facilitate body awareness and articulation through dance. Martial Arts principles, Kundalini and breathing exercises will be a part of the development of the class to enhance consciousness as well as to 'broaden perspective and possibilities'. Oct 3-21, R3,750 for 15 classes or R350 for a drop-in class, The Gati Studio, D-36 Basement, Nizamuddin East. Call 9971406113.

Krishna: an epic retold
The Navratras are the perfect time to remember how good won over evil in Indian mythology. Lord Krishna has been instrumental in this victory. To watch the tale unfold yet again, head for Krishna aur Mahabharata, a Hindi ballet performed by the Sanskriti Dance Institute. Directed by Rajeev Raj Gupta, the ballet is based on seven key chapters from Krishna's life, right from the Rukmini-Haran to the Draupadi Cheer-Haran. Oct 1, Shri Adhyaya Katyayni Shakti Peeth Temple, Chattarpur, 9811675050.

For Christ's sake
Director Carlo Mazzacurati brings a story inside a story. All over Italy, the passion of Christ is retold and reenacted as different people come together to celebrate Good Friday. The 2010 film - La Passione - is set in a small Tuscan village where a group of people are bound by unlikely and unforeseen circumstances in the celebration of this tradition. Watch out for these two characters - an alternative film director who struggles with writer's (or rather director's) block and an ex-thief turned actor. October 1, 2pm, Multimedia Hall, Italian Embassy Cultural Centre, 50- E, Chandragupta Marg, Chanakyapuri, free entry with valid photo ID. Call 26871901/03/04 for further details.

First Published: Sep 30, 2011 23:02 IST