‘Unfair to expect classical dance to be as popular as B’wood’

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‘Unfair to expect classical dance to be as popular as B’wood’

New Delhi, Apr 5 (PTI) With classical dance catering to a niche audience, Malaysian Odissi dancer Datuk Ramli Ibrahim says it was unfair to expect the dance form to be as popular as Bollywood dance which is aimed at entertaining the masses.

“Indian classical dance is never going to be as popular as Bollywood just as ballet is never going to be able to compete with Hollywood. It will not be fair to compare them together.

One is a niche art and the other popular,” Ibrahim told PTI.

However, Ibrahim, who has been a dancer for over 30 years now, says it was also important for classical dance to evolve and be relevant to the changing times.

“Indian classical dance should not rest on its laurels of ‘purity’ and ‘classicism’ and remain unchanged. The classical dance forms have to continue to be relevant and changed (albeit, positively) with the times,” he says.

The artiste is in the Capital for a contemporary Odissi dance-drama performance that will be held at Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra here tomorrow.

Titled “Amorous Delight: A Case of Possession by Love”, the performance, he says, is one of the most challenging performances of his career.

It derives inspiration from ‘Amarushataka’, the ninth century anthology of hundred Sanskrit couplets, which had been illustrated by Indian chitrakars (traditional painters) over centuries from different parts of India.

“Transforming the still images by traditional painters into dance movements was one of the major challenges. Two dimensional movements with accented profiles were created wherever possible, retaining the deflection of the rib cage and bhangi of Odissi,” says Ibrahim.

Based on the ‘Shringara rasa’, the performance presented by Sutra Foundation showcases an intense poetic language of the body. (MORE)

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