Dance: World Dance Day

City: Bangalore
Location: AFB Auditorium
Date: Sun, 2013/04/28 – 10:00am


Alliance Francaise-Ashish Khokar initiated an academic dance platform 4 years ago on the state of dance-art through rare archival films, exhibitions and live dance shows.  Its strength lies in reaching out to the connoisseur and the layman; young and old. The house-full events dovetailed with annual attendance awards and since last year, celebrations of UN Conventioned World Dance Day.

On the eve of World Dance Day, this year too, over 100 Bangalore dancers of age 8-80 are gathering to talk, walk, see, celebrate dance. Gurus, teachers, promoters, film-makers, dancers, photographers assemble from 10 am-10pm, sharing with the city their art and knowledge. Anyone who is anyone in dance of note, will hope to be there.

Multiple stages (Open Air Inaugural ceremony at 10 am starts the day long event by 25 students of Guru Radha Shridha’rs Venkatesha Natya Mandir and Nriyantar showcase two most learnt style sin city, Bharatantyam and Kathak, after stars Vani Ganpathy and doyenne of Kathak guru Maya Rao light the inaugural lamp . Next, indoors,  a rare film from Mohan Khokar Archives shows A CENTURY OF INDIAN DANCE.

This is followed by the National Convention of the Dance History Society’s seminar on state of CLASSICAL DANCE IN MODERN TIMES, where all three generations of dancers and gurus participate. The celebrated veteran critic of Delhi, Smt Shanta Serbjeet Singh, who is current Chairman of National Kathak Kendra and Vice Chairman of central Sangeet Natak Akademi, will give the keynote address.

Dancers are coming from Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkatta, Mumbai and Delhi to be seen in Bangalore and Karnataka dancers from Bangalore, Mysore, Hubli, Shimoga, Mangalore are dancing the whole day! its India’s largest single-day gathering in dance filed. Come, join the celebrations, Books, DVDs on dance, posters will also be on display and sale. Karnataka Sangeetha Nritya Academy under Dept of Kannada and culture and Habitart have supported this dance marathon of Dance History Society.