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    Exploring the different shades of art and culture at the fourth edition of the Bani festival

    For the fourth edition of the Bani festival, the annual platform that aims to promote art and culture, the curators—veteran dancer Alarmel Valli and Akhila Krishnamurthy of Alaap, the performing arts initiative—have brought together an interesting three-day schedule. Expect performances and talks centred on the theme of colours. Talking about how the festival began as an attempt to pay homage to her gurus, Valli says, “While the word Bani indicates a specific style or school of music or dance, with its unique characteristics and nuances, we have used it here in a broad sense, to suggest the idea of a constantly evolving, dynamic tradition.” This edition will begin with talks by singer TM Krishna and filmmaker Arun Khopkar, and will be followed by a concert by musician Sanjay Subrahmanyan, ending with a Kathak dance performance choreographed by Padma Bhushan-recipient Kumudini Lakhia.
    Making a move
    Ahmedabad-based Lakhia has had a very interesting journey as an artiste, beginning with touring the world at the age of 18 as part of modernist choreographer and dancer Ram Gopal’s troupe to starting her own dance school in Ahmedabad in 1964. The artiste, who has done 85 productions till date, has a group of six dancers from her institute in the one-hour performance. “Colours are always connected with Holi and romance like the romance of Radha Krishna,” says Lakhia, adding that two of the acts have been specially choreographed for the festival, while the remaining three are from her repertoire.
    October 15-16. At Kalakshetra Foundation. Details: 2452 0836

    —Simar Bhasin

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