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28 to 30 September 2018Janus Centre for Visual and Performing Arts, CalcuttaCo-curated by Vandana Alase Hazrawith Amrit Khatua and Pritam Das
It is popularly claimed that dance is beyond gender and that the ‘dancing body’ is representative of an energy, irrespective of whether male or female. However, the practicing dancer in society can hardly escape his/her identity within the frames of family, friends, sponsors, presenters and so on. With the increasing number of male dancers in the classical Indian dance styles like Kathak, Bharatanatyam and Odissi, it is felt that there is a voice that needs to be heard. This weekend will focus on male dancers in the classical dance arena - their aspirations, experiences and understanding of the body and form that they practice, as well as the systems and organisations in which they find themselves.