The tinkling of ghungroos will waft the nippy October air at the ninth edition of Ananya,a classical dance festival that begins on Tuesday. Set against the resplendent backdrop of Purana Qila,the festival that celebrates classical arts promises to be a treat as usual. However unlike every year,this time the Humayun Gate might not directly be in the spotlight due to the portacabin erected by India Tourism Development Cooperation (ITDC) 40 meters away from the Gate. These will be used by the cooperation to house projectors for the sound and light show,which it intends to organise at the fort. We have taken up the issue with ITDC,but things have not really moved ahead. This might affect the setting of the festival but the performances will be impressive. All classical dancers have worked really hard for their respective shows, says Sanjeev Bhargava,director of Seher,that organises the festival.
The opening day will have Odissi recital by Sharmila Biswas and her group. Biswas is a senior disciple of legendary Odissi guru Kelucharan Mahapatra. The performance will be followed by a bharatnatayam recital by dancer Geeta Chandran and her troupe on the second day,and day three will feature a kathakali performance by Kerela-based Sadanam Balakrishnan and his group. Delhi-based American bharatnatayam guru Justin McCarthy will present a fusion of various dance forms on the fourth day. The final day of the festival will have kathak exponent Shama Bhate presenting kathak with a modern twist. The danseuse is known for adding modern elements to the ancient dance form.
Bhargava,meanwhile,is working on the set. This is one of the few festivals that take place at a heritage sight. Our aim is to showcase Indian classical dance in its pure form and pack it in a manner that will appeal to the young. We will do our best, says Bhargava.