Dance and cultural institutes across the city observed International Dance Day,which is celebrated across the world on April 29 every year,with a variety of activities including launching new dance institutes and organising cultural programmes.
The Shiamak group,a dance institute with branches across various venues in the city,marked the day by introducing their students to new forms of international dance styles during their sessions.
The new genres of dance included a mix of Indo-contemporary modern movement based on ballet and visuals,a collaboration of hip-hop and street funk called ShaBop and a unique blend of Bollywood dance with jazz.
The fact that we have a special day dedicated to celebrate the art of dance goes to show its relevance globally. Over the last twenty years,dance has found respect not only as an art form but also as a viable career option. Dance is an expression of soul and it is proved to have therapeutic properties as well. I urge everyone to take up dancing for good, said Shaimak Davar,a dancer and choreographer.
Shilpa Danave,who runs a dance academy Margram at Hadapsar,chose the occasion to launch a new branch at Magarpatta City. The launch ceremony featured performances by Ficticious dance troupe who were finalists at the reality television show Indias Got Talent (Season 2),and Shiraz Irani,a city-based dancer who also appeared in the finale of fourth season of the same show. The students of the academy also put up a series of entertaining performances.
Akhil Bharatiya Sanskruthik Sangh, who works to preserve the cultural heritage in the city, also joined the celebrations by organising a dance event at Yashwantrao Chavhan auditorium in Kothrud.
The event,themed on classical and folk genres,was inaugurated with a group performance dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The event also featured a performance from dancer Saylee Agnave who was recently honoured with the Rashtrapati Award for the best dancer in the specially-abled category. Celebrated dancers like Kathke Wadekar and Tejaswani Vaidy also performed.
This day is an opportunity for us to spread knowledge of dance including its purpose and role in ones life. We are trying our best to conserve our traditional dance culture which is dying. Days like these help us keep our dance forms alive, said Ratna Wagh,chairperson of Akhil Bharatiya Sanskruthik Sangh.