Kolkata International Dance Festival
Kolkata International Dance Festival
Organised by “Santoshpur Aganthuk”, The Kolkata International Dance Festival is an annual festival that takes place between October and December each year. Started in 2014 by dancer, choreographer and independent filmmaker Sandipan Mondal, it showcases performances by young talents alongside renowned artists. In an effort to support up-and-coming dancers, the festival is preceded by workshops conducted by renowned artists. These workshops then culminate in a final performance by the teachers and students at the festival.
While the Kolkata International Dance Festival did not take place in 2020 owing to the pandemic, 2021 saw it take the form of an online dance exhibition that saw participation from around the world. Some of the performers to take part in this exhibition included Remya Arunkrishnan from the UK, Sarvatha Jayasiman from Malaysia, Yamini Varatajamunu from the US and Kazi Rohuiul from Bangladesh. Among the Indian classical and international dance forms showcased at the festival are bharatanatyam, kathak, kathakali, kuchipudi, manipuri, mohiniyattam, ballet and freestyle contemporary.
Kathak dancer Sayanee Chavda, the Bittu Mondal Dance Company and Natyanova Performing Arts Centre are some of the prominent dancers and dance companies to have participated in previous editions. The most recent edition, held in November 2022, included performances by Manipuri dancer Bimbavati Devi, kuchipudi dancer Malobika Sen and mohiniyattam dancer Mohana Iyre among others.
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How To Get There
1. By Air: The Kolkata international airport, better known as the Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, is located at Dumdum. It connects Kolkata with all the major cities of the country as well as the world.
2. By Rail: The Howrah and Sealdah railway stations are the two major railheads situated in the city. Both these stations are well connected to all the important cities of the country.
3. By Road: The West Bengal state buses and various private buses travel to and from different parts of the country at a reasonable cost. Some places near Kolkata are Sunderbans (112 km), Puri (495 km), Konark (571 km) and Darjeeling (624 km).
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Items to Carry
1. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations, and if the venue allows bottles to be taken inside the festival site. Hey, let’s do our bit for the environment, shall we?
2. Footwear: Sneakers (a perfect option if it’s not likely to rain) or boots (but make sure they are worn in).
3. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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