Mudra Dance Week, hosted by The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), opened on Monday with a Manipuri dance recital Matrika and Anubhavaamah by Bimbavati Devi and her troupe.
The event, held to celebrate International Dance Day on 29 April, will see four other renowned dancers perform on the theme Stree: Woman. On Tuesday, Koodiyattam dancer Kapila Nagavallikkunnel will perform Sita Parityagam, which is inspired by a verse from Kalidasa’s play Raghuvamsa, which narrates the details of Sita’s life after she has been abandoned by Lord Ram.
On Wednesday, Bharatanatyam exponent Lata Surendra will perform Amrutam, based on the works of mystic poets Andal and Meera.
Neena Prasad will give a Mohiniyattam recital on 29 April. The recital, Amrapali, is based on the life of Amrapali, a courtesan who later turned into a disciple of Buddha.
The dance week concludes on 30 April with Devi, a Kathak performance by Purva Naresh. Devi is an experiment in fusing Kathak with contemporary urban theatre.
Arundhathi Subramaniam, head of programming at NCPA, says the dance week is an attempt to make available a few of India’s diverse dance forms on one affordable platform. This is in keeping with the spirit of International Dance Day, which was introduced by Unesco to increase awareness of the importance of dance in life.
Mudra Dance Week is on at the NCPA, Mumbai, till 30 April. For details, visit www.ncpamumbai.com