issue of attendance released
On April 4,
2008, the national launch of attendance 2007/8 issue - the
tenth anniversary issue - took place in Delhi.
senior art-writer, Shanta Serbjeet Singh, Chair-APPAN, Ex-President IWPC,
the chief guest was Dr. Karan Singh, M.P., Chairman Rajya Sabha Ethics
Committee, President, ICCR and Auroville and H.E Mr. Lalit Mansingh, former
Foreign Sect. and Ambassador to USA, received the first copy.
Serbjeet Singh set the tone by commenting on the importance of the written
word, Dr. Karan Singh next recited meaningful shlokas in praise of Goddess
Saraswati and felt attendance needed all the support for
it to survive another decade, having somehow managed to keep alive for
the last ten years. To ensure that, he concluded with an ode to Goddess
Lakshmi. The distinguished diplomat Mr. Lalit Mansingh, himself a connoisseur,
praised the courage and commitment of the editor-publisher and later said,
he had never before attended such a dance function where there was so much
camaraderie and goodwill.
Maharaj came and blessed the occasion and saw young performer Shikhar Agarwal,
student of flautist Kailash Sharma; senior Kathak talent Saswati Sen did
an impromptu depiction of Thumak Chalat Ramchandra...many dancers
and dance lovers were in attendance including Navtej Johar, Rama Vaidyanathan,
Geeta Chandran, Kavita Behera, Ambika Paniker, Dr. Shanno Khuranna, GS
Rajan, Shambhu Maharaj family (Pt. Kishan Mohan and daughter Ipshita).
The press and many connoisseurs were in attendance, despite heavy rains.
stock displayed was sold out and demand from all other centres/cities/dancers
has just begun. Please see www.attendance-india.com
for closest access to you in case you wish for copies.
Two days later,
in Madras, the first copy was presented to Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam who was
very happy and recommended it immediately to all her teachers in various
centres all over India. She also asked the visiting MD of Jaya TV hosting
the popular dance TV show Taka Dhimi Ta...to give attendance
as gift to contestants. Panelist Anita Ratnam too received a copy. Priya
Govind was happy to get a copy from her French student Bernier and all
copies placed at the local outlet Karnatic Music Book Centre, were sold
in a day!
will be released in Bangalore end-May; Malaysia in mid-June at the Stirring
Odissi event of Sutra; Hyderabad in mid-July at the Nritya Sankhya festival,
in Chennai in mid August; Baroda-Bombay-Ahmedabad in August end, in USA
in September, Orissa and Bengal in December.