NCPA Nakshatra Dance Festival
Nakshatra, launched in 2009, is the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA)’s annual group dance festival. Over its last 12 editions, it has featured recitals by a number of Indian classical dance’s finest choreographer-dancers and their troupes. Some of the artists who have performed at the festival include bharatanatyam exponents Alarmel Valli, Chitra Visweswaran, C. V. Chandrasekhar and Rama Vaidyanathan; kathak stalwarts Aditi Mangaldas, Akram Khan, Rajashree Shirke, Rajendra Gangani, Saswati Sen and Uma Dogra; and Odissi stars Madhavi Mudgal, Ranjana Gauhar and Sharmila Biswas.
The three-day festival returned in 2022 after a pandemic-induced gap of two years with reprisals of iconic productions as well as performances by kathak dancer Kumudini Lakhia, Bharatanatyam dancer Leela Samson, Odissi dancer Ratikant Mohapatra, and a group from Bharatanatyam academy The Kalakshetra Foundation.
Lakhia and dancers from her institute the Kadamb Centre for Dance presented five pieces she has previously performed in Mumbai. Thirty-six Bharatanatyam dancers from The Kalakshetra Foundation performed Choodamani Pradanam, the fifth of the six dance-drama episodes based on the Ramayana by founder Rukmini Devi Arundale. Samson and dancers from her company Spanda staged two pieces inspired by the sun, ‘Bhaskaraya Namaha’ and ‘Hari Hara Abheda Stuti’.
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How To Get There
How to Reach Mumbai
1. By Air: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, formerly known as Sahar International Airport, is the primary international airport serving the Mumbai metropolitan area. It is situated about 30 km from the main Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) train station. The airport has two terminals. Terminal 1 or the domestic terminal was the old airport referred to as Santa Cruz Airport, and some locals still use this name. Terminal 2, or the international terminal, replaced the old terminal 2, formerly known as the Sahar Airport. The Santa Cruz Domestic Airport is about 4.5 km from the international airport. There are regular direct flights to Mumbai from other airports. Buses and cabs are easily available from the airport to reach desired destinations.
2. By Rail: Mumbai is very well connected to rest of India by train. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the most popular station in Mumbai. Trains to Mumbai are available from all major railway stations in India. Some important Mumbai trains of note are the Mumbai Rajdhani, Mumbai Duronto, and Konkan Kanya Express.
3. By Road: Mumbai is well-connected with national highways and expressways. Visiting by bus is economical for individual tourists. Government-run, as well as private buses, operate daily services. Travelling to Mumbai by car is a common choice made by travellers, and hailing a cab or hiring a private car is an efficient way of exploring the city.
- Free drinking water
- Gendered toilets
- Masks mandatory
- Only fully vaccinated attendees allowed
- Temperature checks
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Temperatures in Mumbai can go up to 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Carry light, cotton clothes to beat the humidity.
2. Sandals, flip flops and sneakers, keep your feet comfortable.
3. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations and the venue allow bottles to be taken inside.
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