Young professionals to perform at three-day show

A three-day festival of Indian classical dance forms by young national and international danseuses opens at Indian Council for Cultural Relations' Azad Bhavan Auditorium here on January 15.

Titled “Indradhanush”, the festival recognises that the younger generation is not only a messenger of art forms but also its protector. It is a festival of Indian classical dances by young professionals. “The name itself signifies variegated splendour of our seven classical traditional dance forms and also their integrity in belonging to one nation. All classical dances have their origin in the shastras, the natya Veda. They all comprise nritta – the pure dance aspect, nritya – the expressional dance aspect, abhinaya – the sentimental or emotional aspect and natya – the dramatic element. But they have also their individuality in the fact that they have their own style and language of presentation and expression,” says Kanaka Sudhakar, founder director of the Society for the Upliftment of National Arts of India (SUNAINA).

From far and wide

Ms. Sudhakar says that while in 2008 “Indradhanush” saw participation of young talented designers only from Delhi, dancers from Kolkata, Bangalore, Orissa and Manipur, danseuses from Croatia, Iran, Dominican Republic and Russia participated in 2009. Last year the participation reached an international level. This year, Indradhanush reaches new heights with bigger participation from across the world.

Organised by SUNAINA in association with ICCR and the Union Ministry of Culture, the first day of the festival will see a Sri Lankan folk dance by Ranranga Dance Academy. Mohiniattam will be performed by Krishnakumar P. N. from Kerala and Donaji Portillo from Mexico.

Bharatanatyam will be performed by Vijay Kumar and group from Chennai and Abhinayaa and Triveni Kala Sangam from Delhi. Kolkata's Nandanik Manipuri Dance Academy will also perform.