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Khajuraho dance fest to begin today

Khajuraho dance fest to begin today

Author: Staff Reporter
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: February 25, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/158735/Khajuraho-dance-fest-to-begin-today.html

Culture buffs are in for a veritable treat as the week-long Khajuraho Dance Festival gets underway in Khajuraho on Wednesday against the backdrop of the world-renowned Chandela-era temples famed for their erotic sculpture and listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The Fest, being organised for the past three decades by the Madhya Pradesh Culture Department, is being convened by Bhopal's Ustad Alauddin Khan Sangeet Academy and encapsulates the diversity of the Indian classical dance tradition.

Odisi by Bhubaneswar's Gajendra Panda and his troupe and Kathak are on the agenda for day one. Panda has endeavoured to give new expression to the dance tradition. On February 26, Darshana will perform Manipuri and Gurgaon's Shagun Butani Odisi.

Friday will witness Mohiniattam by New Delhi's Vijayalakshmi Shivaji who has lent a distinct effect to the dance form through her energy and dedication. Kathak by Bilaspur's Vasanti Vaishnav of the Raigarh gharana will follow. The day will end with a Bharatnatyam-Odisi presentation by Mumbai's Raul DeSouza and Mitali.

Three troupes, comprising a total of about 50 artistes, will perform on February 28. Manipuri artiste Joy Singh, Guwahati's classical dancer KD Goswami and Puruliya Chhau artiste Chinibas Mahto will lead their respective groups.

On Sunday's agenda is Kathak by Pune's young Manisha Sathe and her team to be followed by international Bharatnatyam exponent Prof CV Chandrashekhar who has been honoured with the Madhya Pradesh Government's National Kalidas Award for classical dance. The proceedings of March 2 will get underway with Kathakali by Thrissur's Kalamandalam NR Gramprakashan's troupe to be followed by a performance by New Delhi's Odisi dancer Kiran Sehgal's team.

The day will end with a Kathak duet by Ahmedabad's Ishira Parikh and Moulik Shah. The Fest concludes on March 3 when Bangaluru's Vaijayanti Kashi will perform Kuchipudi to be followed by the Kathak troupe of New Delhi's Rajendra Gangani and Bharatnatyam by Chennai's Aishwarya Narayanaswamy.

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