Staff Reporter

Kozhikode: Vyjayanthi Kashi, Kuchipudi exponent, feels that classical Indian dance forms and the Indian culture in general are facing several challenges from the continuing process of globalisation. She was in the city recently in connection with a dance performance.

Talking to presspersons prior to a Kuchipudi performance at the Tali temple here in connection with the Ganesha Sangeetha Nritha Festival, Ms. Kashi said globalisation had freely imported a wide variety of foreign dance forms, including ballet and belly dance.

“This has left our new generation often confused or even ignorant of what is really native and what is foreign,” she said.

Pointing out that there was a cultural need to give some clarification on this to the country's young generation, Ms. Kashi, a winner of this year's Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to Kuchipudi, said that it was the duty of a dancer to give this clarity by making the new generation aware of the different dance forms.

She said India had a rich variety of eight classical dance forms and a huge number of folk forms. “It is our responsibility to popularise these forms before we even want to taste other dance forms of the world,” feels the dancer.

Ms. Kashi said that India had a glorious tradition of Guru-Shishya Parampara. “Several noted dancers have drawn their strength from that,” she said.

As an expression of gratitude for the recent award she received from the akademi, she has conceived a year-long performance and workshop series titled “Celebrate Dance” to be held at the Shambhavi Dance School run by her in Bangalore from Friday.

She has roped in legendary Gurus and performers of various styles to conduct workshops and performances on the lines of the Guru-Shishya Parampara for the series. The monthly series is planned for three days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during weekends. “It will also help students learn from films and documentaries on the lives of great gurus followed by interactive session with them,” she said.

Ms. Kashi said that accommodation and food would be provided for students from outside Karnataka during the workshop. For details and registration, visit www.schoolofkuchipudi.com or call 09448146110, 098866 87559.

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