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Young dancers will mark World Dance Day celebrations.

art and culture Updated: Apr 30, 2010 02:20 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

Young classical dancers from Delhi, Orissa and Calcutta will take centrestage this weekend at a two-day long Young Dancers’ Festival at the India International Centre. The festival, organised by Geeta Chandran’s Natya Vriksha, marks the World Dance Day celebrations.

It provides a platform for young classical dancers (between 24 and 28 years of age), while also creating awareness about the rich traditional dance forms existing in India.The festival begins with an Odissi performance by Pravat Kumar Swain, disciple of Guru Aruna Mohanty, followed by a Kuchipudi recital by Shloka Vaidialingam, disciple of Gurus Raja, Radha and Kaushalya Reddy.

The second day will witness a Bharatanatyam performance by Chandran’s disciple Sneha Chakradhar, and a Kathak performance by Sourav Roy, disciple of Guru Malabika Mitra from Kolkata.“It’s a great platform for young dancers like us. We all will be performing for 45 minutes to an hour,” says Vaidialingam.

“Also, I feel that our rich culture has to be preserved and events like this engage young people and performers to come forward and take interest in our culture, which is a great step towards creating awareness,” she adds. On 1 and 2 May at India International Centre Auditorium.

Timings: 6.30 pm onwards.
Seating on first come, first-served basis.