Dance Spaces
The idea of a sacred space in India is not relegated to the formal auditorium or proscenium stage. Any space becomes sacred once the performer steps into it, bringing his or her expression of movement, mime and song into the ambience. From the shades of a banyan tree to the traditional ‘koothambalam' of temple dance halls and today's formal grandeur of a city auditorium, dances are being performed in many different surroundings. However, it is the mediation of the proscenium stage or the formal opera house that is looked at increasingly for the validation of dance, both classical and especially folk.

Over the past twenty years, numerous halls have been built for audiences of 200 to 2000. The mounting grandeur of dance festivals and the growing awareness that the classical arts are the most effective cultural emblem of our ancient heritage has made the Indian public flock to dance and music events, some of which stretch over several hours and through the night. These are conducted in ‘maidans' and large open areas where a temporary stage and seating arrangements are created.

The following chapter gives an overview of some of the main dance spaces in several Indian cities. The seating capacity and booking information should help performers and impressarios in their plans. The rates quoted are subject to change and should be only taken as a guideline. Also while some auditoriums are equipped with a complete set of lighting and sound equipment, in most cases, special arrangements will have to be made to hire exrtra light and sound which is not part of the basic auditorium rental.
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