Indian dance forms in Fusion fest

DANCERS from seven countries, including India, South Africa, Malaysia, Britain and the US, will present dances based on modern interpretations of the Indian epics The Ramayana and The Mahabharata at a festival in Toronto.

More than 100 dancers gathered at Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for the 10-day Kalanidhi dance festival showcasing different shades of Indian classical dance forms like Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi and Chhau.

They are being joined by dancers from Canada and Japan.

The festival, titled ‘Fusion’, will blend the Indian dance forms with ballet or African Zulu dance, the Toronto Sun reported.

"We wanted to showcase the current evolution in Indian dance as it has travelled outside India and taken root with the diaspora in other places and cultures," said Sudha Khandwani, the festival’s artistic director.

South Asians in the GTA flock to classical dance academies for lessons as a way to preserve their culture and have fun at the same time, Khandwani added.

The festival will hold dance workshops and discussion on issues such as how to remain true to tradition while giving full scope to creativity. — IANS

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