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Dutch women to showcase dance skills at next fete

N. Anand
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Marjol Rooze and Leonie Schakelar, dancers from Holland, are on the left
Marjol Rooze and Leonie Schakelar, dancers from Holland, are on the left

They came to see various forms of Indian dance, but ended up getting a chance to dance in the next edition of Mamallapuram dance destival.

This is the tale of two Bharatanatyam exponents, who had come all the way from the Netherlands, to see some of the south Indian dances.

Marjol Rooze and Leonie Schakelaar’s travelled from Holland with a single agenda – to enjoy the sea breeze while watching the dance performances. And the Mamallapuram dance festival fitted their bill. They landed in Chennai/Mamallapuram on January 21 and were able to see 20 dances in five days.

Talking to The Hindu , they said they were thrilled to see four dances a day.

“We were thrilled as we get to see only one performance in a year in our home town. But this was totally different and amazing,” said Ms. Rooze.

Ms. Rooze and Ms. Schakelaar asked Tourism Department officials whether they could perform in the next edition along with their troupe as most of the performers were Indians and their performance could add a different dimension to the festival.

Tourism Commissioner Hemant Kumar Sinha latched on to the idea and said, “No doubt, the dance festival is a hit among the foreigners, but foreigners taking part in it is something great.” This is their second visit to the city after 2004.

“Next year, we will come early with a big group to thrill the audience,” they said before signing off.

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