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    Anita Ratnam brings back Purush, a five-day conference on men in the dance industry

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    Anita Ratnam

    Eighteen years ago, Anita Ratnam organised the first two-day conference called Purush, which explored the space for the male dancer in India. This year she is back with its second editiona��spread over five days and held at several venues. The event will have panel discussions, lectures and performances, and will attempt to examine what it means to be a man in the world of dance. a�?I think men havena��t got enough credit. Even the songs are from the point of view of either Radha or Parvathy. But men have a lot of power in this field, too,a�? Ratnam insists.

    Bringing this power to the fore are big names like C V Chandrasekhar, V P Dhananjayan, Udupi Laxminarayan and Ramli Ibrahim, who willA� explore the social, cultural, historical and anthropological impact of a dancer.

    Ratnam adds that the conferencea��which will have about 100 artists taking part and 12 male performers being honoured for their worka��will also have classical performances, contemporary productions, academic discussions, theatre, music and dance. a�?I think the crowd in Chennai has come of age and they are readya��and I am sure I will getA� a good response for good work,a�? Ratnam says. The highlights of the event will be Vinay Kumara��s dance performance, The Tenth Head, and Birju Maharaja��s closing act, Baithak Bhav. a�?This is my most cultural project ever, where I am presenting both academics and performances,a�? concludes Ratnam.

    At Alliance Francaise from December 18 till 23, from 7.30 pm onwards. Free entry. Details: 24952695

    a�� Mrinalini Sundar

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