Documenting dance

Two documentaries are in the news. The first one is “The Unseen sequence” on Malavika Sarukkai by Sumantra Ghosal. This is being screened at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai on the 19th of this month, at 6:30 PM. Those in Mumbai, should not miss this screening, since according to NCPA website

The film screening will be followed by a conversation with Malavika Sarukkai and the film director, Sumantra Ghosal.

Click here for event details.

NCPAHere is the trailer of the documentary

The other documentary is in the making, titled “Natyanubhava” is directed by Sharada Ramanathan. She directed the movie “Sringaram”, the period-drama based on devadasis and their struggles. It will probably remain an enigma as to when the DVD of the award-winning film will be released. There are quite a few dancers and rasikas who are eager to see it. Anyway, back to the documentary.

Natyanubhava is about documenting Indian classical dances and the team involves dancers too! [emphasis added]

The 52-minute Natyanubhava is an initiative by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) with support from the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, to document Indian classical dances.

The film, scripted by acclaimed Bharatanatyam artiste Chitra Visweswaranand S. Janaki, executive editor Sruti, is divided into two parts — Darshan (The seen and unseen) and Yatra (Journey). The film has been made keeping in mind the sensibilities of the connoisseurs and the uninitiated. It shows how historical, cultural and spiritual factors have impacted these forms.

Read more here

Sharada Ramanathan and Madhu Ambat with Guru Sadanam Balakrishnan
Image Courtesy: The Hindu

Well, I personally do seriously hope to see these two documentaries in the near future in an accessible form. 🙂



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