Thursday, 1 June 2017

Attendance celebrates World Dance Day in Bengaluru

By Manjula Amaresh

The focus of the World Dance Day celebrations organised this year by Attendance on 29 April in Bengaluru, focussed on the Guru Sishya Parampara. In its seventh year now, it was curated and conducted by Ashish Khokar, and hosted by Alliance Francaise, Bengaluru. Several senior gurus and young dance teachers shared their views about the guru-sishya parampara and about the use of gadgets and technology in art. Most were of the view that “Usage of gadgets is both a boon and bane for students. Excessive use of mobile phones and Ipads causes students to fare poorly in class as they lose their memory and concentration. They should use it for constructive purposes only.” Those who participated included veteran guru Radha Sridhar, Padmini Ravi, Vyjayanthi Kashi, Usha Venkateswaran, Vijaya Marthanda, Thunga Krishnamurthy (Yakshagana), Mysore Nagaraj, (Kathak), Madulita Mohapatra, Madhuri Upadhyay, Sampada Nad and Tushar Bhatt.

A film on dance History and Heritage from the Khokar Archives and Doordarshan featuring several famous gurus was screened. Dr. Kanak Rele, Padma Bhushan awardee, Mohini Attam icon and institution builder (Nalanda), was the chief guest. She emphasised on the importance of spreading Indian culture, and said, “In traditional India, the Gurukulam system laid out norms for the relationship between the teacher and student. Students spent extensive time with the guru. If natyacharyas focus on our parampara, like discipline, commitment, dedication and sincerity, naturally, it will flow on to the next generation.” 

The President of Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, Chiranjeev Singh, gave the keynote address. Guru Kanak Rele launched the AttenDANCE 2017, a special issue on the Guru Sishya Parampara, featuring many of India’s gurus and sishyas in the field of dance. The Mohan Khokar Award for Art Writing was presented to S. Janaki, Executive Editor, Sruti, by Kanak Rele. 

The event was presented by Ashish Khokar in a humorous yet effective way.

This was followed by presentations by gurus and their disciples belonging to different dance forms who demonstrated the process involved to train a disciple. It was an attempt to show the process of teaching, creating and choreographing dance.

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