In step with society

Reaching out UNESCO instituted World Dance Day in 1982.

Reaching out UNESCO instituted World Dance Day in 1982.   | Photo Credit: Photo: M. Srinath

World Dance Day is being celebrated across the NCR.

The International Dance Council recommends tying up with non-dance institutions and attracting new audiences.

Even as many parents insist their children concentrate on studies, the celebrations of World Dance Day, observed on April 29 since it was so designated by UNESCO in 1982, have been steadily spreading to public and private organisations in India. This year, across the NCR, the event is being celebrated over at least a fortnight.

One of the biggest organisers is Spic Macay, whose marathon festival started April 20 and goes on till April 30 at different schools of the NCR and neighbouring areas of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan. In many ways Spic Macay is an ideal vehicle for spreading the message of World Dance Day, since the International Dance Council (a body under UNESCO) recommends that organisers tie up with non-dance institutions, like schools, colleges, etc. In its guidelines available on the Internet, the Council also suggests that programmes on this day should be organised differently from the usual dance performance. By this is meant that the effort should be to rope in audiences who don’t ordinarily go to see dance. From youngsters like Arushi Mudgal to veteran Yamini Krishnamurti, dancers will be performing for school audiences under the Spic Macay banner.

As for linking with society, the Kri Foundation is not doing badly with its theme of bird conservation. On April 25, “Dance of the Birds” a specially choreographed dance performance by Bharatanatyam dancer Rama Vaidyanathan takes place at WWF-India, Lodi Estate. Eminent ornithologist and author Ranjit Lal will speak on the issues and challenges before common birds of Delhi. The next day, the dancer and NGO delhibird conduct an awareness workshop for school students, titled “Dancing Wings”.

On April 27, Kri along with Prasiddha Foundation organises a dialogue with Kiran Seth, founder-chairperson of Spic Macay, on “The Future of Indian Dance” at the India Habitat Centre. On April 28, Kri and Prasiddha jointly present DanzLenz, a festival of short films on dance, this time featuring the works of Chennai-based filmmaker Soudhamini, at the Habitat’s Gulmohar hall. The two organisations are marking April 29 as “Dance Fraternity Day”, with offerings of dance by celebrated performers including Yamini Krishnamurti, Uma Sharma, Pratibha Prahlad, Madhavi Mudgal, Prerana Shrimali, Geetanjali Lal, Kanaka Srinivasan, Singhajit Singh and Charu Mathur among others. This is scheduled in the main auditorium of the Habitat Centre.

Raja and Radha Reddy’s Natya Tarangini presents a programme on April 29 at the Epicentre, Gurgaon, 7.30 p.m. Keeping in mind UNESCO’s aims and realising the future of dance lies in the hands of the new generation, the institution is presenting a concert by its students, says a Natya Tarangini press release.

Meanwhile at the LTG auditorium, Mandi House, 6.30 p.m., Kaladarppanam presents students, of Bharatanatyam dancer Sunita Menon.

The action is not merely in Delhi and its environs. Naadanam Nritya Kala Academy, Pune, stages its production, “Nritya Sanchit — The Enchanting Journey of Indian Dance”, on April 30, 5 p.m., at Pune’s Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha. From May 2 there will be a workshop on Jazz and Ballet.

And in Bangalore, Sai Venkatesh organises 20 dance teams to perform from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Seva Sadan auditorium.


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