On the congested and uneven streets of Khirkee Extension,where many artists and communities have created their own alternate spaces,there is a new addition. Non-profit,independent dance forum,Gati Dances first permanent studio is under-construction on a spot which used to be a photographers studio. The organisation is building up the studio with the help of donations not only by the dance fraternity,but also by everyone from theatre to cricket,students,uncles and aunties,from across the country as well as abroad,says Gatis founder-director,Anusha Lall,who started the Donate a dance brick initiative earlier this year. After Gati moved out of their tiny old East Nizamuddin studio about a month ago,Lall sees the new space as one of the handful of independent performance spaces in the city.
Its almost impossible to rent out an independent community space for dancers,which is small,informal and affordable, she says. In that sense,Khirkee Extension has become an appealing location,given its affordable land rates. Wed applied also to the ministry for funding but it didnt work out. Hence,we thought of giving an open call for donations, says Lall. The idea is to have a space that is accessible to everyone,irrespective of their dance backgrounds or affiliations, she adds. Although the studio is just about 70 percent complete,their summer residency has already begun. Donations already 107 names on the list including Maya Krishna Rao,Sanjna Kapoor and Ajay Jadeja are still on. Given the pace,it shouldnt take long before the studio is up and running.