Ashish Mohan Khokarís attendance
National launch
Delhi, Baroda & Pune
July 14 & 19, Aug 27, 2016

July 7, 2016

India's only yearbook on dance edited and published by reputed critic-historian Ashish Mohan Khokar - called attendance - is in its 18th year and celebrates male dancers, with oldest dancer-choreographer of the country,  95 year old Prince Yog Sunder on the cover. On the occasion of Attendance release in Delhi, Khokar brings 4 male solo dancers from 4 parts of India, to showcase the beauty of each form as it sits on male bodies.

From Mysore comes royal rarely seen yogic Bharatanatyam by 20 year old sensation Sujay Shanbhag. From Odisha comes Gokulsree Das in mould of Debaprasad Das whose disciple Indrani Rahman first made Odissi famous nationally. From Lucknow comes Anuj Mishra representing Kathak of courts and from Kerala comes Ottan Thullal, the rare form hardly seen nowadays, by Kalamandalam Suresh. All will perform solos then merge seamlessly in one joint rendition in the end.

On the occasion the 2016 issue of attendance will be released by scholar-savant Dr. Karan Singh, first copy received by Guru Yog Sunder and veteran critic Shanta Serbjeet Singh will preside. A rare film from the Khokar Archives on Purush - the Male Dancer - will be shown to contextualize its history. Art expert Dr. Arshiya Sethi will conduct the evening. All art lovers welcome!

In Baroda, the evening of PURUSH (through historical film with rare footage from Khokar Dance Archives) will be followed by Prakriti, dance by Divya and Dimple.
Date: July 14, 2016
Venue: Stein Auditorium, Habitat World, Delhi (entrance from gate 4)
Time: 7pm

Date: July 19, 2016
Venue: Srjan Centre, Alkapuri, opp Times of India/HSBC, Baroda
Time: 6pm
Launch by Mayor of Baroda and Dr Parul Shah, ex dean MSU-DD.

Date: August 27, 2016
Venue: Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha near Heerabaug Chowk, Pune
As part of Rujuta Somanís festival and seminar. Dr Prabha Atre to release and Dr. Sucheta Chapekar to receive the first copy.  


The 18th anniversary issue of India's only yearbook on dance - attendance - is a journey of how our costumes evolved and changed, in major forms.

What are the reasons and the need? It answers debatable questions like "who first thought of the Bharatanatyam tunic costume with front fan look". Or who did away with the temple look of Kathak and made it sanitized, dull and colourless? How textiles played a part and tailors! Why some forms like Kathakali aharya have truly stood the test of time and others have taken flagrant liberties with the aharya of the form, like say in Kuchipudi.

100 rare photos from Mohan Khokar Collection, some never seen before (like the cover of Prince Yog Sunder of Gujarat, who learnt Kathakali inspired by Ram Gopalís example) also tell how dance was documented. These photos are by renowned dance documentarians like Sunil Jannah, Mohan Khokar, Shiavax Chavda and younger ones like Ram Rahman, Vinod Sunder and Ashwini Chopra.   

Plus all regular features; 2015 overview and benchmarks; 2016 highlights obits, awards, rewards, battles and books. Please book your copies in advance by emailing Bulk orders (5 copies or more) get 20% discount. Students get 10% discount on individual copy.

Only cash for books after launch at 50% launch discount (Rs.500 only). Free for DHS (Dance History Society) members.