Express press service
BENGALURU: April 29 is International Dance Day, a day eagerly awaited by dancers around the world. The day marks the celebration of dance across the world and was created by the Dance Committee of the International Theater Institute (ITI), the principal performing arts partner of UNESCO, Paris. April 29 is also the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), the creator of modern ballet.
For the past three years there has been no celebration, however, this year there are two significant events. Dance historian and prolific writer Ashish Mohan Khokar’s annual “AttenDance 2022” will launch April 28 at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. This is the 22nd edition of the yearbook and will see guest editor Ranee Kumar, an arts writer based in Hyderabad.
Content includes articles by Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam The Cosmic Dancer; Transcendence in dance by the famous dancer Mandakini Trivedi; The soul dances, does the body dance? by Mikko Vitamaki; Divine Sufiana-dance by Rani Khanam; My Mystical Experiences by VP Dhananjayan, among others. The event includes a seminar on Dance Matters and the session will be led by prominent dance guru, Lalitha Srinivasan. A dance photo exhibition by the city’s renowned dance photographer, Suresh VB, will be opened by former Ambassador to UNESCO, Dr. Chiranjiv Singh.
On April 30, Swapna Rajendrakumar, a talented dancer from Mohiniyattam who trains young dancers at her institute, Nrityangana in Sahakar Nagar, holds her first Umang festival at her institute and boldly makes it a paid program with a modest entry fee of ` 100 . The program will begin with a Mohiniyattam recital by Swapna and his followers, which will be followed by an Odissi recital by Debasish Pattnaik and his followers. The final presentation will be a Kathak recital by Sampada Pillai.
Swapna is Sunanda Nair’s disciple and is currently training under Kalamandalam Kshemavathy. She also trains in Bharatanatyam under Guru Kiran Subramanium. Debasish Pattnaik has been a prominent representative of Odissi for almost 30 years under the guidance of the late Guru Kashinath Roul and Guru Durga Charan Ranbir. Sampada Pillai is a Kathak dancer and is a disciple of the late Dr Rohini Bhate and an alumnus of Kala Academy Goa.
(The writer is a dance critic)