Date: Tue, 2012/04/10 – 6:00pm
attendance is India’s only yearbook on dance, now in its 14th year. Brought out by critic-scholar Ashish Mohan Khokar, it serves as an important resource for students, connoisseurs and the common person who loves dance. It stays on table the whole year and UNESCO Dance Council has called it a model journal for dance.
attendance 2012 celebrates 8 women dancers – hence the new Ashta-Nayikas! – who have distinguished themselves with consummate artistry, sincerity of purpose and commitment of over 40 years, to their muse. They have been selfless in pursuit of excellence in their form and not taken to innovation just to sound and look different. They have the ability to do a full ‘margam’, hence have not resorted to thematic depictions on environment or gender issues – these in any case are part of our traditional and even classical cultural scape (Kalidasa’s Meghadootam being a classic example). They have inspired youngsters and motivated audiences. They continue to do meaningful work in contemporary times and are our best ambassadors of art.
Additionally, attendance 2012 contains all regular features: an annual round-up of events, awards, titles, seminars, books, PhDs, regional coverage through Diaries written by local authorities and alas, obits.