Three renowned dance-drama groups to perform at Kendra Dance Festival
New Delhi May 7 (IANS) Every summer Shobha Deepak Singh director of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra curates a ballet festival that has poignantly portrayed the contemporary relevance of Indian mythology and folklore through majestic dance-dramas like "Meera" "Durga" "Krishna" and others. But in a pioneering initiative the Padma Shri awardee has for the first time invited choreographers and performers from outside the Kendra s domain.
Titled "Kendra Dance Festival " the festival will this year witness three dance-drama ballets -- "Samudranatanam-Jalam" choreographed by Madhu Gopinath and "Vakkom Sanjeev" (Kerala) Choreography works in Bharatanatyam by Justin McCarthy (Delhi) and "Movement And Still" choreographed by Kumudini Lakhia (Ahmedabad) -- apart from the Kendra s in-house and ever-popular dance drama ballets.
"The reason for inviting outside choreographers this year was to give a platform to these very talented yet seldom seen performers in Delhi. Also it will be a new and unique experience for Delhi audience to see a diverse range of dance-dramas ranging from mythology to folklore from history of dance to conservation and environment from traditional dance forms to varied contemporary styles " Shobha Deepak Singh said.
The Kendra Dance Festival will be held on May 9 (Meera) May 11 (Kaalchakra) May 12 (Shree Durga) May 17 (Samudranatanam- Jalam) May 18 (Choreographic works in Bharatanatyam) May 19 (Movement And Still) at the Kamani Auditorium here.