Kal Ke Kalakar
- Faces of the future
June 19, 2006
For the past 45 years, Mumbai-based cultural organization Sur Singar Sansad has been hosting an annual classical dance and music festival in this city of glitz and glamour that aims at providing a platform for the budding talents. And the event is aptly christened as kal-ke-kalakar (artistes of future).
The dance segment this year, spread over five evenings, featured 53 artistes below the age limit of 35 from different parts of the country. While Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Odissi had a large number of participants, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and Mohiniattam appeared marginalized with just one or a couple of artistes. And there was no representation of Kathakali and Sattriya. Although the event aims at discovering talented soloists, participants are also being permitted to perform duets and as trio as well. Each artiste was allowed to perform for 25 minutes to live or recorded music and the jury comprising veteran dancers and musicians would select the awardees for the coveted Singar Mani titles that would be announced later on.
of the budding dancers demonstrated their immense possibilities to prove
their potentials as the faces of future, we discuss some of them who left
an indelible imprint upon the audience.
In Odissi segment,
the male dancer duo from Orissa Dance Academy (ODA), Bhubaneswar - Bijay
Kumar Sahoo and Bijay Kumar Das – stormed the stage with an electrifying
performance. And as solo dancers, Sangeetha Rajan, Snehanjali Behera, Ketki
Shetge (all from Mumbai) and Supriti Nayak of ODA left lasting impressions
as performers of pure dance while Shama Patni of Pune and Bhubaneswar-based
Sabitri Mallick excelled in 'abhinaya,' the expressional dance.
turned Mohiniattam dancer, Mumbai's Miti Desai marveled in her lyrical
movements that has been the hallmark of this intensely feminine and enchanting
dance form of Kerala. Male Manipuri dancer Rudrayan Ganguli of West Bengal
was the other impressive performer.
journalist with the Indian Express group, Shyamhari Chakra is a New Delhi
based freelancer writing on dance and culture. He is building up an archive
on Odissi dance in Bhubaneswar.