Governor releases book on Mohiniattam
- Vijay Shanker
April 15, 2013
I do not know to dance or sing. I know only one dance and that is politics but now I don’t need to do any politics as I am the Governor. I feel the physique of the dancer is important as she should look like a dancer. For cinema stars, dance is really important. There are very few dancers who can sing and dance. Art should be for art’s sake.”
Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University, Rajan Walawalkar said, "We are very proud of you as a dancer and Nalanda is the only college in Mumbai that is affiliated to the University that offers degrees in dance. We are putting up the proposal for Movements and Science as that would motivate many to learn dance, including the physically challenged."
"We are greatly impressed by the authoritative work by Dr. Kanak Rele and expect many more in the years to come as that would be extremely useful for future students," said Subash Chandran, former director of dance of NCPA.
On the occasion, Dr. Kanak Rele was felicitated with a shawl. Guru Kalyanasundaram of Rajarajeswari Bharata Natya Kala Mandir, Suprabha Agarwal of PL Deshpande Academy, Odissi exponent Jhelum Paranjape, Bharatanatyam exponents Jayashree Nair and Sharada Ganesan also felicitated Kanakben for her lifetime contribution to classical arts. The finale of the evening was the short documentary film on the life of Kanak Rele and the establishment of the Nalanda Nrityakala Mahavidyalaya.
Vijay Shankar is a Kuchipudi and Kathakali exponent, teacher, bilingual journalist, arts critic and actor.