World follows in India’s footsteps

At Dance Fest In Capital, Foreigners Stage Country’s Classical Art Forms

DELHI: In countries as far flung as Germany, South Africa, Malaysia and Russia, Indian classical dances – Kuchipudi, Bharatnatyam and Mohiniattam – are not only making an impression but also getting a new, bold twist, thanks to foreigners passionate about these dances. (…) While Bharatnatyam is one of the more popular Indian dance forms abroad, Mohiniattam too is fast gaining ground. German contemporary dancer Anne Dietrich took to Mohiniattam in 2005 and trained at the Kerala Kalamandalam. “Contemporary ballet has a lot of straight lines. What drew me to Mohiniattam was the softness of its form,’‘ says Dietrich who is doing a PhD on teaching methodology of contemporary and classical dance in Leipzig. Dietrich, who also dances hip-hop and jazz, has taken Mohiniattam to Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, and even performed in a church, depicting a chapter of Krishna’s life. “It’s difficult to find an audience for Mohiniattam in Germany, there isn’t enough awareness about Indian classical dance. But wherever I have performed, the audience has responded well,’‘ she says. (…)

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Quelle: Times of India – Dehli | 04.08.2010 | von Kim Arora