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Return of solo classical dance shows

THREE like-minded classical music dancers have joined hands to organise an inaugural solo bharatanatyam festival, Eka Bhavana.

The trio, B. Ajit, A. Thiban and S. Thevasakayam, who are also instructors, have selected some of the most experienced and emerging dancers in the country to perform at the festival.

It will be held over three days from today at the Indian Cultural Centre at Menara Sentral Vista, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.

Ajit, a dance instructor with more than 25 years of experience in the field, said the objective of the programme was to provide a suitable platform for dancers to offer solo performances.

“The dancers do not get the opportunity to perform a solo dance after they have graduated as a bharatanatyam dancer at their arangetram,” he said.

Furthermore, Ajit said, solo performances had became less popular in the 1980s and eventually died off in the 1990s as group dance performances took centre stage for various reasons, including commercialisation of the field.

“However, we feel that there is a need to provide space for dancers to showcase their talents in order to enhance and develop their individual skills and talents.

“Dancers need to develop individual talents to make it big and break into the international scene, may it be to perform in India, the United Kingdom or the United States,” said Ajit, who is also owner of Suvarna Fine Arts in Johor Baru.

Ajit said his two partners, Thiban of Lahari Theatre and Thevasakayam of Tanjavur Arts, were also experienced in the field.

“They are not merely instructors but also ardent lovers of Indian classical dance and music,” he said.

Thiban, he said, was a mridangam player and an engineer by profession while Thevasakayam was a dance instructor who was in the finance industry.

He said they came up with the programme solely in the best interest of the bharatanatyam dance field in the country.

“Six dancers have been selected for the programme and the audience does not have to pay to watch the performances.

“We invite all fans of Indian classical dance to show their support by attending the programme and enjoying the performances,” he said.

For details, call 012-287 1225 (Thevasakayam).