A Century of Indian Dance


Over his lifetime exemplary dancer as great as gourmet Mohan Khokar (1924-1999) built up a vast pick up of dance memorabilia, trimming from photographs, paintings, costumes, gramophone records, Chola bronzes, puppets, letters, textile, stamps, dolls, handbills, calendars as great as even firecracker boxes. Much to a pleasure of Delhiites this precious pick up is right divided upon arrangement during an muster patrician “A Century of Indian Dance: 1901-2000”.

The provide starts with a Nataraja gallery. Bronze images of Nataraj traceable to a Chola duration give approach to alternative sections of a exposition. A Nataraj finished of damaged bangles as great as beads upon a blueprint of a deity from a final century binds honour of place. A sketch recounts a erotically appealing story of a set of gifted Devadasis who came along as a bridal gift of princess Chimnibai upon her matrimony to Sayajirao Gaekwad, Maharaja of Baroda in 1883. The dancers stayed upon to perform a justice as great as Bharatanatyam subsequently widespread to North as great as West India.

Many of a photographs were taken by Khokar. Uday Shankar, a colonize of complicated Indian dance, is suggested in a operation of photographs, together with a singular with Rabindranath Tagore. Equally constrained have been a photographs of a prima donnas of Indian dance such as Mrinalini Sarabhai, T. Balasaraswati, MK Saroja (Mohan Khokar’s wife), Rukmini Devi Arundale, Zohra Sehgal, Kumudini Lakhia as great as Uma Sharma. One impediment picture has a immature Pandit Birju Maharaj, a doyen of Kathak in motion. The pick up additionally includes complicated dancers such as Astad Deboo, Daksha Sheth as great as Aditi Mangaladas, to name usually a few.

The dancing dolls, multiform letters to Khokar from dancers similar to Ragini Devi, Ted Shawn as great as Indrani Rahman, stamps as great as posters supplement an engaging dimension to a exhibition.

The muster has been painstakingly curated by Khokar’s son Ashish, a dance critic, as great as orderly by a Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). It is hailed as India’s singular largest dance land by a Lincoln Centre, New York; The Dance Museum in Stockholm as great as UNESCO’s Dance Council, Paris.

Iconic dancers milled around during a opening, admiring a functions upon display. Said Kathak conductor Pandit Birju Maharaj, “This muster reiterates that dance was as great as will sojourn beautiful. The dancer might be aged though a eyes, countenance as great as transformation have been regularly youthful.”

“There have been singular cinema of aged artistes that you would never have seen otherwise. They have been great inspirations for youngsters,” asserted Kuchipudi exponent Kaushalya Reddy, second mother of important Kuchipudi dancer Raja Reddy as great as sister of eminent dancer Radha Reddy who shares a theatre with her husband.

ICCR right divided skeleton to take a pick up around a world. US as great as Europe have been approaching to be a initial stops. However, artistes have been reduction than happy that a pick up lacks a permanent home. The muster could shift that. Says Saswati Sen, inaugural footman of Pandit Birju Maharaj: “The Sangeet Natak Akademi has some-more or reduction committed itself to ancillary a state notable relic of behaving arts. The Mohan Khokar pick up will unequivocally find a place in that case.”

The muster is upon compartment July24.

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