ICCR to recognise efforts to promote pure classical dance form globally

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By Our Special Correspondent

New Delhi, January 1: The International Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) will work with stakeholders to promote efforts to preserve pure form of classical dance on the international stage. The ICCR on Sunday awarded the winners of Pratibha Sangam – a unique competition held for the foreign artists of Indian music and dance.

The competition was curated by the ICCR in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts. The competition received an overwhelming response as 27e entries were received from 37 countries under seven genres of Indian dance and music. A jury consisting of eminent dance and music stalwarts shortlisted the artists from performances which were led in the online mode.

Speaking at the award ceremony in the national capital, the ICCR President Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said that the competition saw a wide participation, which included artists from Iran, Malaysia and several other countries. He said that there is a need to work for preserving the classical Indian music and dance in their purest forms and save them from distortion.

Stressing on the need to preserve the Indian music and dance in pure form, Sahasrabuddhe said that the ICCR would be willing to collaborate with entities such as IGNAC to devise certification on the international state, which can also consider accreditation of the performers.

The IGNCA member secretary Sacchidanand Joshi also stressed on the needs for preserving the dance and music in their pure form, while referring to the distortion in Yoga as several kinds are being sold to the international audience in a bid to gain popularity.

Eight finalists of the competition performed at the Azad Auditorium on Sunday in the presence of august audience. The finalists hailed from Japan, Hungary, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and other countries. The finalists, while sharing their journey in the Indian music and dance, said that they had been following the India Gurus. They also said that they are training students in their respective countries in the Indian dance and music.

The finalists were from the categories of Carnatic music, Odishi and Bharatnatyam dances, and others. Sahasrabuddhe urged upon the finalists to carry on the tradition of passing on the art form to the people in their respective countries. The finalists were the recipients of the ICCR scholarships in pursuing their interests in the Indian dance and music.

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