Rare show on cards

Amala Shankar's association with `Dharani', School of Performing Arts Trust and Kochi city, will bring her here for the five-day Dharani Kalotsav, scheduled to begin on November 1.

The festival will open with a performance composed by her and presented by the Uday Shankar India Culture Centre, Kolkata. The 20-member team will present dances of Uday Shankar, Amala's illustrious husband and on the second day, there will be a lecture demonstration on the unique dance style evolved by him.

But what could make her visit remarkable this time is the gem of history that she is bringing with her. A print of the 1948-film, `Kalpana', believed to be the first complete Indian talkie based on dance.

The film on Indian independence and the renaissance of Kolkata society features the Shankar couple themselves. The organisers, already finding it difficult to mobilise resources for a show of this dimension, are worried about how to screen the film.

If things work out, as Shyamala Surendran of `Dharani' plans, school children in the city will get a chance to watch the film.

By Anand Haridas

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