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C O N T E N T S Volume3|Issue10|April2019

Nalini Kamalini: True Cultural Ambassadors
Guru MK Saroja: Doyenne of Bharatanatyam
Prativa Panda: A Versatile Artiste

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‘The Dance India’- a monthly cultural magazine in English is our humble attempt to capture the spirit and culture of art in all its diversity.


Editor BRVikram Kumar
Executive Editor Paul Spurgeon Nicodemus
Feature Writers Rajahamsa
RMK Sharma
Contributors Dr Sunil Kothari
New Delhi
Avinash Pasricha New Delhi
Nita Vidyarthi Kolkata
Administration Manager KV Lakshmi
Circulation Manager V Srinivas

Cover Photograph: Gemini Studios/ MKDC
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Sai Venkatesh Karnataka Kashmira Trivedi Maharashtra Alaknanda Noida LakshmiThomas, Chennai Gayathri Gopi Vellore Gopal M Sagar GV Chari New Delhi Dr Kshithija Barve Goa and Kolhapur
Seuli Chatterjee Kolkata Basu Sinam Manipur Dr Smruti Vaghela Vadodara Sheetal Makwana Ahmedabad

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EDDESITKOR’S n a bid to woo voters before the general elections, major political parties in India rushed to release their political
manifesto, promising to bring in progressive development in the country in all avenues. However, political
Iparties forgot to represent the development of culture in their manifestos this year.
Every five years, it has been a practice for political parties to release a manifesto with an agenda to develop regions, communities, societies and the country with the view to entice voters. The recent manifestos released by major political parties in India had no mention of cultural development. Several artistes and critics have raised questions about the omission of this important aspect. Every citizen in the country would wish the next generation receive high ethical values. And what better way to do it than to ensure cultural development of varied genres like dance, music, literature and theatre. Political parties should work on providing the minimum requirements to artistes who dedicate their lives towards various art forms. Do leaders who make no provisions for art and artistes have the right to sit in the Assembly and Parliament? There are no adequate auditoriums to perform, no minimum requirements for artistes, no proper pension plans and no income guarantee. Today, art and artistes are being linked only to movies and this is unfortunate. Popular critics have been commenting that even one or two classical artistes who have been nominated for the house have not been speaking about cultural development. In the days to come, artistes wish to see a representative leader from the classical and traditional art forms who would do something for the development of culture in India.
Jai Hind!

BR Vikram Kumar


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GPruainynaegrssajWKourmldbRheMcoerlads2019 makes it to the rayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019 has been placed in the Guinness World Records in three sectors. It
Pincludes the largest traffic and crowd
management plan, the biggest painting exercise of public sites under paint my city scheme and biggest sanitation and waste disposal mechanism. A threemember team from Guinness World Records visited the Prayagraj for this purpose. Exercise at large scale

was done before the team members for three days from February 28 to March 3. Around 503 shuttle buses were pressed into service in one go for the team on February 28 on the highway. Several people participated in the painting exercise on March 1 and 10000 workers were engaged in cleaning at Prayagraj Kumbh performing their duties altogether.

Glimpses of the Kumbh Mela 2019, on the occasion of Mahashivaratri P 6 THE DANCE INDIA


DDirwManahe'eMshuSsehuamrmaatiRnaeudgFuorrattes 'Azaadi Ke he minister of state for culture (independent charge) and environment, forest and climate
Tchange, Dr Mahesh Sharma, inaugurated 'Azaadi
ke Diwane' museum at Red Fort, Delhi, on March 4. Created by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the museum within the Red Fort complex paid homage to all the unsung heroes of freedom struggle of the nation, who would have otherwise been forgotten. The museum is the fifth in the series of recently inaugurated museums in the Red Fort Complex - others being, Subhash Chandra Bose and INA museum, Yaad-eJallian museum, Museum on 1857 - India's first war of Independence and Drishyakala - Museum on Indian Art. The 'Azaadi ke Diwane' museum talks about the sacrifices of great freedom fighters. It pays tribute to the selfless sacrifices of the revolutionaries, brave female freedom fighters and valiant children.

that as one moves from one section of the gallery to the other, a sense of awakening and spiritual awareness overwhelms an individual, a feeling of patriotism sweeps through them, inspiring the visitors to relive the struggle of the Indian freedom fighters and value the freedom that we so have today. The Minister of State for Culture (I/C) and Environment,

The museum is a modern state-of-the-art, informative and educational exhibition, involving multi-sensory technologies to engage the visitors. It is so designed

Forest & Climate Change, Dr Mahesh Sharma visiting after inaugurating 'Azaadi ke Diwane' Museum, at Red Fort Complex, in Delhi on March 04, 2019.

TInhdeiar'selFeraeseedoofmDSicttriuogngalrey(o1f85M7a-r1t9y4r7s )of rime Minister Narendra Modi released the Dictionary of Martyrs of India's Freedom
PStruggle, at an event in Lok Kalyan Marg, New
Delhi on March 7. Speaking on the occasion, he said this five-volume dictionary contains an account of the martyrs from India's First War of Independence in 1857, to India's Independence in 1947. Union minister of state for culture (I/C) Dr Mahesh Sharma was present on the occasion. The project for the compilation of "Dictionary of Martyrs" of India's Freedom Struggle was commissioned by the ministry of culture to the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the uprising of 1857. In this dictionary, a martyr has been defined as a person who died or who was killed in action or in detention or was awarded capital punishment while participating in the national movement for the emancipation of India. It includes ex-INA or ex-military personnel who died fighting the British. It includes the martyrs of 1857 Uprising, Jallianwala Bagh Massacre (1919), NonCooperation Movement (1920-22), Civil Disobedience Movement (1930-34), Quit India Movement (1942-44), Revolutionary Movements (1915-34), Kisan Movements, Tribal Movements, Agitation for Responsible Government in the Princely States (Prajamandal), Indian National Army (INA, 1943-45), Royal Indian Navy Upsurge (RIN, 1946), etc.

Information of about 13,500 martyrs has been recorded in these volumes. The publication has been brought out in five volumes (zone wise) as given below: "Dictionary of Martyrs: India's Freedom Struggle (18571947)", Volume 1, Parts I & II. In this volume, more than 4,400 martyrs of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh have been listed. "Dictionary of Martyrs: India's Freedom Struggle (18571947)", Volume 2, Parts I & II. In this volume, more than 3,500 martyrs of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Jammu & Kashmir have been listed. "Dictionary of Martyrs: India's Freedom Struggle (18571947)", Volume 3. The number of martyrs covered in this volume is more than 1,400. This volume covers the martyrs of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Sindh. "Dictionary of Martyrs: India's Freedom Struggle (18571947)", Volume 4. The numbers of martyrs covered in this volume are more than 3,300. This volume covers the martyrs of Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura. "Dictionary of Martyrs: India's Freedom Struggle (18571947)", Volume 5. The number of martyrs covered in this volume is more than 1,450. This volume covers the martyrs of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.


Pbarathyainggrafej sKtuivmalbohfcMonahclaudShesivwraittrhi bout two months long Prayagraj Kumbh has successfully concluded with its sixth bathing
Afestival of Maha Shivratri. The Prayagraj Kumbh
attracted more than 24 crore bathers on different bathing festivals including Makar Sankranti, Paush Purnima, Mauni Amavasya, Vasant Panchami, Maghi Purnima and Maha Shivratri. For the first time in the history of Prayagraj Kumbh, an unprecedented rush of devotees was witnessed throughout the Mela period.


Maha Shivratri, sixth and the last bathing festival of Prayagraj Kumbh, was celebrated on March 4, with religious fervour and enthusiasm. A large number of devotees thronged the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, braving cold and rains from midnight. Prayagraj Mela Authority has said that above 1 crore 10 lakh devotees tool a holy dip on the occasion. Mela administration had developed about eight kilometres long eight ghats at the Sangam and other areas of the Mela for pilgrims. 27 special trains and thousands of buses were put into service to ferry the devotees. Elaborate security arrangements were in place in and around the Mela area. Several dignitaries including Union and state ministers took a holy dip on the occasion. The Mela was spread over 3,200 hectares of land and divided into 20 sectors. 20 pontoon bridges were erected on the river Ganga to connect the different sectors. For the first time, Prayagraj Kumbh successfully put its name in the Guinness Book of World record in three fields including sanitation and cleaning, traffic plan and mob management and paint your city. Representatives of the world record book visited the Mela and observed the three days Mela

The Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Arun Goel releasing the booklet at the inauguration of the Exhibition on "Kumbh", in New Delhi on March 11, 2019.
administration. They have handed over three certificates to the Mela Authority in this regard. For the first time the President of India, Vice President, Prime Minister, Union ministers of the country, Governors and chief ministers and state Ministers of different state governments not only visited the Kumbh but also took a holy dip at the Sangam. Similarly, representatives of 72 countries put their national flags at Kumbh and more than 3,500 representatives from different countries visited the Mela. Thousands of Non-Resident Indians also visited the Kumbh and took a holy dip. Prime Minister of Mauritius with his wife also visited the Kumbh and took a holy dip and met various saints and sears. Secretary, ministry of information and broadcasting, Amit Khare, also visited the Prayagraj Kumbh and took a holy dip. He also visited the campus of the All India Radio and Doordarshan and high tech exhibition of BOC set up at the Mela on the life of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel.

PDArericemhneadeaMoyliaonlgisUytpeaartdiGnhrayeuaagytuaerrIanNtsetositidtuhateeinnoefUwP Pandit rime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the
Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of
PArchaeology at Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh
on March 9. He also unveiled a statue of Pandit

ultra-modern green building of the institute is equipped with all the latest technologies. The institute comprises an auditorium with seating capacity of 1,000 people, an open-air theatre and an archaeological museum. The

Deendayal Upadhyaya at the campus and paid floral Institute of Archaeology (IA) is an academic wing of

tributes. Later, he visited the Deendayal Museum in the ASI under the ministry of culture. In the institute, the

institute campus. Present at the inaugural was chief students are provided with a supportive, enthusiastic

minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, and Union and challenging academic atmosphere which enables

minister for culture(I/c) Dr Mahesh Sharma.

them to achieve their full potential in the field of

The state-of-the-art institute, built at an estimated cost archaeology.

of Rs 289 crore, is spread over 25 acres. The 3-star


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