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Edinburgh Calling

To perform at the Edinburgh International Festival is not only a big moment for us,but also a chance to break the glass ceiling.

Edinburgh Calling

To perform at the Edinburgh International Festival is not only a big moment for us,but also a chance to break the glass ceiling. While Indian art and dance is a part of Asia-centric festivals,we don’t get a chance to display our works at international festivals,” says dancer Aditi Mangaldas,who has trained with Kumudini Lakhia and Pandit Birju Maharaj. Her excitement is understandable — the Edinburgh International Festival is counted among the most important performance arts platforms in the world. Mangaldas and her troupe,Drishtikon Dance Foundation,will present an extract from Uncharted Seas,a performance which will take the audience to the heart of classical Kathak. The piece explores a search for the self through the leitmotif of the ocean — vast,unfathomable and unknown. The second production is titled,Timeless,which evolves through a new contemporary movement vocabulary Mangaldas has created.

Timeless,the dancer explains,is an attempt to see,feel,hear and touch the intangible wonder called time. “Is time reversible,still,parallel or flexible? These are some of the questions the dance explores in this piece,” adds Mangaldas.

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Modern Masters of South Asian art such as FN Souza and MF Hussain have become a little more accessible for art lovers in the Big Apple. A New York-based art rentalportal,Art Remba,is offering its collection of works bySujata Bajaj,Laxma Goud and Anjolie Ela Menon among others to art lovers from the city on rent. The websitereasons: “You,who loves art,but finds the world of fine art collecting intimidating and inaccessible + Gallerists and artists with acclaimed artwork hidden away in storage waiting to be next exhibited = Match made in heaven?” The portal is the brainchild of Nahema Mehta,who studied art business at Sotheby’s Institution of Art. Art Remba offers a selection of more than 70 works,priced between $50 (approx R 2,600)  to $700  (approx R 36,700) a month on rent,and throws in the option of installing these works. The works have been valued between $2,000  (approx R 1 lakh) and $169,000  (approx R 89 lakh),of which the costliest is SH Raza’s 1963 abstract painting.

First published on: 30-04-2012 at 02:45 IST
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