Press Release- The three-day Natya Ballet Festival begins!

Press Release- The three-day Natya Ballet Festival begins!

 The third edition of Natya Ballet Centre kicked off on 25th November, 2022. The three-day event celebrating the 75th year of independence will continue till 27th November 2022 presenting India’s diverse culture and traditions.

The festival kicked off this morning with a specially curated piece of ‘Dances of India’ for the young school going audience from NDMC and DAV Public Schools as part of their outreach programme. The performance, which will also be performed on the second day of the festival, showcases a rich palette of classical and folk dances like Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Chhau, Kalbelia, Ghoomar, Bhangra, Dandiya, and Lavani that integrate both flair and verve, gorgeous costumes, inspiring music, and historical insights.

The same evening, the festival’s evening performance opened with the premiere of UNMASKED, a time-travel dramedy that explores Ravana’s character through the eyes of his lovely wife Mandodari. Conceptualised and choreographed by Jyotsna Shourie, this production is a stunning mix of Bharatanatyam, Contemporary Dance, and English Theatre that is beautifully designed and elegantly executed. Jyotsna Shourie’s aim is always to make her work appreciated by connoisseurs and laypeople alike. This one-of-a-kind work is no exception. In this adaptation, the audience witnessed the Ramayana portrayed through the eyes of the Lankans. Questions emerged and were explored via the  two comic characters, Reuben Israel and Sriraam Padmanabhan, who provide a unique perspective. The objective is not to rehash the original epic, but to draw from it, leading the audience to question common assumptions and then accept or reject them. It is the audience who is finally ‘Unmasked’!

Nandita Kalaan, Aneesha Grover, Himanshu Srivastava, Amrita Shivakumar, Aadya Jain, Meher Sachdev, Anandi Singh, Shambhavi Thakur, Safia Livingston, Nikasha Parasher, Nehal Swaroop, Anam Kalsia, Aaradhya Chatterjee, and Ishita Mahajan performed Bharatanatyam while Benjamin Jacob performed the contemporary dance.

The next two days of the festival will witness equally amazing productions. ABHA, choreographed by the much sought after Parshwanath S. Upadhye and performed in the traditional Bharatanatyam style, with live musicians, is a magnificent retelling of the Ramayana through Sita’s eyes, with an unconventional approach. On the third day, people will get to see Draupadi, a Natya Ballet Centre production, which is an exquisite Odissi dance ballet. Choreographed by Guru Aniruddha Das and Nibedita Mohapatra, the dance piece is an exhilarating blend of Chhau and Odissi set to melodious compositions.

Beside the performances, the audience will experience great insights during the panel discussions and lectures, as well as the opportunity to meet three famous Indian women, Rita Ganguly, Sharon Lowen, and Dr. Shovana Narayan, who are legends in their own right and a serious panel discussion called “Tabula Rasa” moderated by the well known arts entrepreneur, Dr. Anita Ratnam along with Dr. Navina Jafa, Vikram Iyengar and Suanshu Khurana. This session has been curated for the Natya Ballet Centre by Sandhya Raman, Secretary, Rasaja Foundation. It will focus on problems faced by the performing arts post Covid, while looking for viable solutions to reboot the dance space.

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