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Min-On Showcases Indian Classical Dance Series

KathakDancers perform with small bells called "ghungru" tied around their ankles

Celebrating 60 years of diplomatic ties between India and Japan, the Min-On Concert Association hosted a concert series featuring some of India's most prominent classical dancers and musicians who performed at 12 different venues throughout Japan between November 26 and December 14. The series, titled A Creative Integration of Indian Classical Dances, featured three forms of Indian classical dance and a new collaborative fusion called "Ekatava," specially choreographed for the Japan tour which began in Hiroshima.

The concerts featured performances of East Indian Odissi by Daksha Mashruwala, North Indian Kathak including a dance by award-winning Kathak dancer, choreographer and teacher Uma Dogra and South Indian Bharatanatyam by Vaibhav Arekar. Classical music performances on the sitar, sarangi and tabla were also featured, with the fusion piece "Ekatava" as the finale.

EkatavaEkatava--an integration of three classical dance styles: Odissi, Kathak and Bharatanatyam

Representatives of the Indian Embassy attended the Tokyo performance on December 14. In a message sent to Min-On, Indian Ambassador to Japan H.E. Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa stated, "I am confident that such cultural events, with the enthusiastic participation of our Japanese friends, would greatly contribute to further enhance friendship between India and Japan."

Cultural exchanges between the Min-On Concert Association and India began in 1972, with a total of 22 cultural exchange programs to date. 

[Adapted from a report from Min-On and an article in the November 27, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]