The third edition of The Natya Ballet Dance Festival 2022, celebrates India’s milestone 75th year of independence by showcasing its vast and varied cultural ethos.

Our three superb evening performances namely Unmasked, Abha and Draupadi in Bharatanatyam and Odissi, are rooted in the ancient epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, that continue to be told and retold in myriad interesting ways.

In the 21st century, as our traditional dances compete with the ubiquitous dances of Bollywood, we present a rich palette of classical and folk dances that incorporate both style and vigor, glorious costumes and elevating music for our special invitees – our young school-going audience who have been specially invited to watch forms of dance possibly unbeknownst to them, which may give Bollywood gyrations a run for their money.

The ever-fascinating tradition of puppeteering, will feature as part of our lecture demonstration series, alongside the study and dissection of ‘abhinaya’ by an eminent dancer. We foray into a compelling discussion with diverse voices from the field of dance, the corporate world and the media on the subject of “Reclaiming the Dance Space” followed by the screening of dance films and a demonstration of the camera capturing dance, by a young and dynamic filmmaker and curator who invites her audience to physically participate in the digital world of dance.

As in the previous festival, this year we engage in enriching conversations with three eminent Indian women classical dancers who have spent a lifetime dedicated to their craft, who tell us about their individual journeys with its trials and tribulations, wisdom and perspective from where they stand today.

To celebrate Natya Ballet Centre turning 60 years, this festival was to be held in the year 2020.
Due to the pandemic, it was deferred. We are delighted to bring it to you now!