Its that time of the year again when the walls of Purana Qila light up with vibrant colours and melodies fill the surrounding air. One of the most anticipated events in Delhis annual cultural calender,the 11th edition of the Ananya Dance Festival will start on October 6. This time,the five-day classical dance extravaganza has been chosen as the official event to celebrate the completion of 150 years of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The festival,which features budding artistes as well as veterans,is co-organised by Delhi Governments Department of Art,Culture,Languages and SEHER,in association with ASI and Doordarshan.
For the first time this year,there will be workshops for schoolchildren besides the regular performances. Sanjeev Bhargava,creative director of Ananya,says,This is the first time that Ananya has opened its floors to school students. On October 8,Kathak exponent Rani Karnaa will address children and conduct workshops with them. This is an attempt to make them more interested in the cultural aesthetics of India.
As for the performances,the opening day will witness a piece by Padma Shri Saroja Vaidyanathan,followed by a Kathak performance by Rani Karnaa on the second day and a Mohiniyattam performance by Vijayalakshmi on the third day,whose choreographic performance Paryapti has sought its inspiration from the regional ethos and musical tradition of Bengal. The fourth day will witness an Odissi performance by Rudraksh from Bhubaneshwar while the last day will comprise a Bharatanatyam performance by Shijith Nambiar,which includes Samagamam,meaning coming together.