Pune: Pune based ‘Kalavardhini Charitable Trust’ which primarily works in the field of performing and allied Indian arts is organising a two-day dance festival titled as ‘Parikrama – A journey that never ends’ as a part of its continuous endeavour to propagate and preserve Indian Classical Dance. This festival is being organized in Pune between Saturday, 8th October and Sunday, 9th October at Shakuntala Shetty Auditorium, Karnatak High-school, Karve Nagar, Pune.
An announcement to this effect was made by renowned Bharat Natyam artist Arundhati Patwardhan – secretary, Kalavardhini Charitable Trust during a Press Meet held in the city today. Senior exponent Dr. Sucheta Bhide – Chapekar, Founder Director of Kalavardhini was also present on this occasion.
Speaking on this occasion Arundhati said, “We are very happy to announce the 8th successful year of ‘Parikrama’ which will not only increase audience appreciation and their awareness about this art form but will also concentrate on technical excellence in dance training while cultivating the overall usefulness of dance in everyday life. The festival will be comprised of two sections namely ‘Arghyam’ and ‘Abhivyakti’. Internationally acclaimed artists like Shweta Prachande, Dr. Ileana Citaristi, Dr. Sucheta Bhide Chapekar, Dr. Sunil Kothari will be a part of this year’s dance festival.”
The first day of ‘Parikrama’ titled as ‘Arghyam’ will be held on October 8th at 6.00pm. The formal inauguration of the festival will be done by lightening the lamps. The very first performance of this year’s festival will be ‘Triveni’ a Bharatnatyam presentation by renowned dancers Arundhati Patwardhan, Rama Kuknur and Yashoda Patankar. This will be followed by a solo performance in Bharatnatyam by famous danseuse Shweta Prachande only to mesmerise the viewers. The last performance of the evening will be presented by Nadroop where disciples of Senior Kathak Dancer Shama Bhate will present a stunning Kathak performance titled as ‘Krishna the Liberator’.
The second day of ‘Parikrama’ will start with a Symposium also called as ‘Samvaad’. This symposium will be held at 10.00am on October 9th. Renowned Indian Dance historian, scholar, lecturer and an acclaimed dance critic Padma Shri Dr. Sunil Kothari will be conducting this year’s Symposium. Honoured with Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his exceptional contribution in the field of Indian Dance, Dr. Kothari will be speaking about ‘Sattriya’, a dance drama performance art originated in Assam. This art form was recognized as a classical dance in the year 2000. Smt. Prateesha Suresh will accompany Dr. Kothari to demonstrate the art form during this lecture.
The dance festival will conclude with a program titled as ‘Abhivyakti’ on the same day at 6.00pm. An Italian-born Odissi and Chhau danseuse Dr. Ileana Citaristi will present a marvellous Odissi performance on this evening. This will be followed by a classic Bharatnatyam performance by none other than Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee Dr. Sucheta Bhide Chapekar.
In all this year’s ‘Parikrama’ will be a precious classical dance fare which will be entertaining, enjoyable as well as intellectually satisfying.
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