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Updated: December 25, 2009 19:57 IST

Spotlight on dance

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Ananda Shankar
Photo: Satish H.
Ananda Shankar Photo: Satish H.

HAPPENING: The next edition of Natya Kala Conference begins tomorrow.

Sri Krishna Gana Sabha's Natya Kala Conference is back. And this time, the theme covers a wide spectrum and is simply called ‘Dance Matters!' “The word ‘matters' is used both as a noun and a verb. The idea came from Ashish Khokar,” says convenor Ananda Shankar Jayant.

The conference, on from December 26 to 31, 9.15 a.m. -1 p.m., at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, will look at the art form in the past 60 years and its place in the future.

D. Purandeswari, Minister of State, Human Resource Development, will formally open the meet, while Jayant Kastuar, secretary, Sangeet Natak Akademi, will deliver the keynote address. Senior dancers from across the country, scholars and dance critics will participate in the six-day sessions.

Talking about the theme, Ananda says, “The whole country seems to be dancing! Be it on television or stage, it has become a vibrant presence on the cultural calendar.”

The conference will be structured in five levels. The first tier titled ‘Legacy', as the title suggests, will look at the some of the greatest performers and scholars including Balasaraswathi, Vempati Chinna Satyam and Mohan Khokar, who have shaped and fashioned what we know as classical dance today.

The second tier ‘Inner World-outer world' will examine the changes, influences and new directions and will focus on those pushing boundaries, collaborating and striking new paths.

New Directions, the third and fourth tiers, will throw light on issues such as maintenance, sustenance and continuance of dancers within and outside India, and the new idiom of dance with regard to television and the silver screen.

The last tier will highlight other aspects such as lighting, intellectual property rights and the media.

A highlight

A unique programme of Manipuri – Nata Sankirtan will be presented on December 28, 7.30 p.m.

Says Ananda, “We hope the conference will enlighten the general public about classical dance and create more space for classical and contemporary dance forms, which are quite marginalised now.” The conference has been mentored by Anita Ratnam.

(The conference is open to all and seating will be on a first come first served basis.)

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