The next generation of dancing stars
Though the soloist tradition seems to be declining in most forms, Bharatanatyam offers a ray of hope
We are at the cusp of yet another World Dance Day (29 April) and cultural organizations are pulling out all the stops, planning events that pay homage to classical dance forms. My thoughts, however, return to a recent public lecture series conducted by the Raza Foundation at Delhi’s India Habitat Centre, where the Kathak veteran Kumudini Lakhia, speaking about the decline of the soloist tradition across Indian classical dance forms, lamented, “Today we have a number of dancers. But not much dance!"