Nalanda’s NRITYOTSAVA – 2014

Dr. Kanak Rele To Be Felicitated At Nalanda’s Annual Dance Festival NRITYOTSAVA – 2014

The renowned dancer-scholar Dr. Kanak Rele who is the Founder-Director of Mumbai’s famous dance institution Nalanda Dance Research Centre has received the most prestigious national awards PADMABHUSHAN and AKADEMI RATNA (Fellowship of the Sangeet Natak Akademi) during 2013. She was also decorated with Natya Kala Sudha Award for her contribution to Mohini Attam at the all India level.

The felicitation will take place on the 19th Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Akademi (Ravindra Natya Mandir) during Nalanda’s NRITYOTSAVA – 2014

Since 2011 Nalanda has instituted a national honour ‘NALANDA BHARATA MUNI SAMMAN’ which honours iconic personalities from the field of culture for their priceless contribution not only as performers but also for bringing in intellectual involvement which unravels, re-interprets and re-invents the Indian cultural ethos, knowledge, and wisdom to conform with their own times.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia – Music
  • Shri. Ratan Thiyam – Theatre
  • Dr. Yamini Krishnamurti – Classical Dance

By the same token the Nalanda parivar will also honour Dr. Kanak Rele whose contribution would also merit this honour but for the fact that the Nalanda Bharata Muni Samman is her brain child. Nalanda’s NRITYOTSAVA is an annual classical dance festival featuring young performers selected from all over India as well as abroad purely on the merit of their performing abilities. This year the NRITYOTSAVA – 2014 will be held on 17th of January. This year it will also feature the rare art Nangyar Kuttu and Kandyan dance from Sri Lanka apart from the Indian Classical dance style.