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Crossing borders with music and rhythm

Crossing borders with music and rhythm
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The ICCR is organising the first  International Dance and Music Festival, showcasing performances by foreign artistes, who have achieved high level of proficiency in Indian Classical Dance.

These artistes from six countries have been doing commendable work in promoting Indian Dance and Culture in their countries and will be performing in the two-day festival in the Capital.

Akmaral  is the Gold medal Winner and the title Champion of the World – 2003  in Hollywood, USA in the nomination of 'ethnic dance' at  the Seventh World Championship of performing arts. In the year 2004 Akmaral became the first member from Kazakhstan at the International Dance Council (CID) within UNESCO in Paris.

Of French nationality but Indianised by culture, Saaj is a two member instrumental duet conceived in early 90’s after many acclaimed performances and sharing the stage with the 'classical greats of India' The beautiful word 'Saaj' means 'musical instruments 'in the Indian language.

Saaj, namely Sylvie Hiély and Laurent Gherzi, are like the body and soul of music, inseparable and thoroughly embedded into each other and existing as a 'musical masterpiece.'

 Sumathi who has travelled extensively performing  in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Australia and USA started her dance journey at  the Temple of Fine Arts Singapore in 1991. She migrated to Kuala Lumpur to become a fulltime dancer and began her training in Odissi with Geetha Shankaran-Lam and was presented in her Manch Pravesh in 2001.

 Nritta, whose name translates to 'pure dance', has taken the world of dance by storm and left audiences spellbound by her performances. The darling of the media wherever she performs, she has been named a 'Wonder kid of Asia' for her academic performance and her excellence in Odissi.

Alisa received training in Bharatanatyam, under the tutelage of Irina Iskorostenskaya, Director of Nritya-Sabha Foundation, Russia, Moscow (2000-2007). She wants to build a career in teaching, performance and choreography of the Indian Classical Dance form of Bharatanatyam, with the ultimate vision of promoting and propagating it in various regions of the world.

Nathalie Ramírez, a professional flautist, obtained her Bachelor degree from the University of Veracruz, Mexico in 2010. Five years ago she got interested in Indian Classical Music, and began learning through classes and courses in Mexico with musicians such as Hollving Argaez, Paul Livingstone, Abhiit Banerjee and Pandit Shubhendra Rao.

Zhang XiaoQing learnt Kathak and Indian Arts at the Indian Embassy in China. In 2013 June she performed at the Indian Embassy to welcome Salman Khurshid, the External Affairs Minister on his visit to China. Zhang  has performed  Kathak at the China National Theater  'the prayer of Ganges—Indian music and dance', at Diwali and Holi celebrations at the Indian Embassy in China.
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