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Natya Ballet Dance Festival 2022: Date, Place, Participation & more about the third edition of fest


Picture Supply : IANS Natya Ballet Dance Pageant 2022

The third version of ‘The Natya Ballet Dance Pageant 2022’, scheduled from November 25-27, is ready to mark the return of this much-awaited competition enthralling night dance productions to stage and far more, moreover. It’s organised by The Natya Ballet Centre, based in 1960 by Kamla Lal in New Delhi, which continues to help and promote each established and upcoming expertise in addition to construct its personal repertory of latest performances, each up to date and classical.

Marking India’s milestone seventy fifth 12 months of independence by showcasing its huge and diverse tradition and traditions, the mega competition of dance brings to its viewers a three-day celebration of performing arts at two places within the arts hub of Mandi Home.

From puppets and puppeteers to timeless epic tales of Ramayana and Mahabharata informed through dance, and conversations with the legends, the competition can have one thing for everybody. A few of the taking part artists and specialists are Parshwanath S Upadhye, Arshiya Sethi, Vikram Iyengar, Sandhya Raman, Dr. Navina Jafa, Dr. Anita Ratnam, Prof. Rita Gangully, Sharon Lowen, Dr. Shovana Narayan, Manjari Sinha, Dadi D Pudumjee, Navtej Johar and Ajay Bhatt.

As a part of the competition, three night performances at Kamani Auditorium – ‘Unmasked’ and ‘Abha’ in Bharatanatyam and ‘Draupadi’ in Odissi – will retell the traditional epics of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, however every with a twist within the story.

‘Unmasked’ is a dramedy, a pleasant mixture of Bharatanatyam, Modern Dance and English Theatre, cleverly constructed and fantastically choreographed by Jyotsna Shourie. It takes us on a journey to Lanka by way of the eyes of pivotal characters within the Ramayana, because it explores the character of Ravana by way of the eyes of his lovely spouse Mandodari.

In distinction, ‘Abha’ – choreographed by Parshwanath S. Upadhye and delivered within the conventional Bharatanatyam format – is a shocking retelling of the Ramayana by way of the eyes of Sita, with an unconventional supply – paired with reside musicians rendering soul-stirring music interspersed with verses in Mishra Awadhi, Kannada, Sanskrit and Marathi, with English narration.

Draupadi is a Natya Ballet Centre manufacturing, choreographed by Guru Aniruddha Das and Nibedita Mohapatra. The present explores the standing of modern-day ladies towards the backdrop of the lifetime of Draupadi. This present has carried out on the Khajuraho Dance Pageant, the celebrated Cervantino Pageant in Mexico and on the European Parliament.

In an effort to achieve younger, school-going audiences from NDMC college and others, the competition’s outreach programme curates and presents Dances of India, to showcase for them, India’s wealthy palette of classical and folks dances that incorporate each model and vigour, superb costumes, elevating music and historic tidbits.

“By way of our particular dance curation, Dances of India, we endeavour to present the kids one thing new to be taught and a way of India’s amazingly various and spectacular cultural panorama. Dance has been an historical and integral a part of India’s tradition, be it the classical types of Odissi from the East, Bharatanatyam from the South, Kathak from the North and the tons of of lovely folks dances from each area of this vibrant nation.

In 2020, this competition was to be a part of Natya Ballet Centre’s milestone sixtieth birthday celebrations which had been shelved as a result of pandemic. So, we’re particularly delighted to be presenting the third version of this grand competition of dance, with three excellent night performances rooted within the historical epics to 3 detailed lecture demonstrations, a extra critical panel dialogue on the best way to reboot the dance and wonderful conversations with residing legends of dance and the outreach programme that’s so near our hearts,” stated Radhika Hoon, Chairperson, Natya Ballet Centre.

The primary of the lecture demonstration collection will invite attendees to the ever-fascinating world of puppeteering with distinctive award-winning puppeteers becoming a member of from throughout Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Rajasthan, every distinctive of their dimension, model, music and supply. This session might be moderated by famend puppeteer Dadi D. Pudumjee and filmmaker Shankhajeet De.

The second lecture demonstration will entail the examine and dissection of ‘abhinaya’ by the eminent dancer Navtej Singh Johar. Added to the combo is the screening of dance movies and an illustration by two proficient multidisciplinary artists of Sumedha Bhattacharyya and Gia S. Arora, who invite their viewers into an immersive, experiential engagement of capturing dance on digital camera.

In a panel dialogue, Tabula Rasa, the organizers and viewers foray right into a compelling discourse with highly effective voices from the sector of dance, media, and academia, with regards to rebooting the dance house publish pandemic and pushing for options. Moderated by famend arts entrepreneur Dr. Anita Ratnam, this session will characteristic panellists Dr. Navina Jafa, Fulbright Scholar and performer, Suanshu Khurana, music critic and Vikram Iyengar, dancer, filmmaker and researcher. The session has been curated by Sandhya Raman, Secretary Rasaja Basis.

Lastly, enriching conversations with three eminent and dynamic Indian ladies classical dancers – Prof. Rita Ganguly, Sharon Lowen and Dr. Shovana Narayan – who, having spent a lifetime devoted to their craft, will deliver to centre stage their particular person journeys as artistes and as icons. All of the talks and lectures demonstrations will happen on the Sangeet Natak Akademi.

The competition is supported by Sangeet Natak Akademi and sponsored by Sotheby’s India and Rasaja Basis.

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