Nataraj Music and Dance Academy in the city will honour 60 dance teachers, who are engaged in teaching classical and folk dances for the past few decades, on the occasion of the World Dance Day on April 29.

Announcing this at a media conference here on Tuesday, chairman of the academy Rekhala Krishna Goud said that a rally would be take out from Kali temple on the beach road to Gurazada Kalakshetram in Siripuram in the evening in which 400 folk artistes would take part. They would be presented new clothes at Gurazada Kalakshetram, where the teachers would be honoured, he said.

Founder-president of the academy Bathina Vikram Goud said that a dance troupe from Japan would also arrive to perform on the occasion.

“This year, Unesco gave a call to us not to stay in air-condition halls but to go to the people and demonstrate the greatness of dance forms. We are responding by taking the Indian classical and folk art forms to the slums. As many as 15 slums covering the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation have been identified, where the artistes and teachers demonstrate dance forms to drive home the point that learning dance is not difficult,” he said. A highlight of the celebrations would be presence of noted film actor Indraja, who would perform Kuchipudi on April 29 and also on April 30 during a workshop on Kuchipudi at Vysakhi Jalaudyanavanam in which dance teachers from Kuchipudi village would take part, he said.

Retired Dean of Andhra University O.S.R.U. Bhanu Kumar, who spoke, said that he was glad that the academy was popularising Indian classical and folk dances in Visakhapatnam.