International Classical Dance Festival - 2007
Vadodara, Gujarat – INDIA
Date: September 1st to 3rd

Vadodara, The cultural capital of Gujarat, is all set for the 'International Classical Dance Festival 2007 hosted by 'Purva School of Bharatanatyam'.

The festivaltook place from September 1st to 3rd. Performances were staged on 1st & 2nd and interactive sessions between artists & art lovers were held on the evening of 3rd September.

The Festival is designed to celebrate the sprit of promotion of classical dance & exchange of creativity between Indian as well as foreign classical dance artists in a true & live sense. The festival is organized with the aim of spreading awareness that the Indian Classical Dances percolates and penetrates the man made boundaries & that they are so rich containing great beauty that people from around the world have accepted & appreciated it.

The objectives of the festival are:
• To promote international exchange of knowledge and ideas in classical dance
• To educate the public specifically the younger generation in the classical dance.
•To give a platform to Foreign artists practicing Indian classical dance
• To provide artists from abroad, an opportunity to explore Indian culture & tradition closely, especially in Vadodara – the cultural capital of Gujarat.

Guru Shri Sharad Pandya [Bharatanatyam Exponent, Founder of 'Purva' & Director of the Festival-07'] feels that by bringing together these artists, he is happy to be able to present to the audience, an experience that will aesthetically enrich them and moreover he feels the Festival will highlight the devotional bend of these foreign artists towards Indian Classical Dances.

The current unique & first of its kind of festival in Vadodara, embraced classical dance artists from India as well as other countries such as France, Japan, Russia, Hong Kong and Brazil. The guests of the festival - Shri Rajeev Topno [IAS], Collector, Vadodara & Smt. Jaya Thakkar, M.P , Vaoadara. The Festival President is Smt. Niru Pandya [Founder, Purva School of Bharatanatyam] The performances were staged at the C. C. Mehta Auditorium in Vadodara.

Day one of the festival had presentations of Purva School of Bharatanatyam - Baroda, followed by a Kathak dance presentation by Isabelle Anna from Paris, France, Odissi performance by Kolkata based Nivedita Daw's and a Kathak presentation by Menka Purswaney from Hong Kong. The concluding presentation of the inaugural day was a Bharatanatyam performance by Gyanendra Bajpai, from Tokyo, Japan.

Day two of the festival commenced with a Kathak presentation by Richa Gupta from New Delh followed by a group Odissi performance by 'Mahari Company' from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Rasya Choppalli from Hong Kong then presented a Bharatanatyam performance which was followed by Baroda based Manasi Pandya’s Odissi performance. The festival came to its finale with the duet presentation of Bharatanatyam artists Eleonora Ukhanova and Angelina Ukhanova from Russia.

Manasi Pandya []
Odissi, Bharatanatyam artist & freelance journalist.
Baroda, India

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