National Centre for Performing Arts, India’s premier cultural institution, has restored their CSR initiative “Nrityaparichay”. A three day programme, Nrityaparichay takes place on March 11, 14 and 15 at NCPA, Nariman Point and showcases an array of different dance forms performed by underprivileged students from various schools across Mumbai.
Dance plays an important part of the Indian culture and tradition and thus, Nrityaparichay is an attempt by the NCPA to create awareness about the classical/folk dances of our country to the children. Since its inception in 2014, the Head of Dance Programming of NCPA Ms. Swapnokalpa Dasgupta provides training folk dance training to underprivileged children.
Apart from the training, students are also provided with a rich understanding of the traditions and customs of the dance form’s place of origin. The programme also encompasses visits to the NCPA to watch dance performances by renowned artistes and provide necessary exposure in terms of technicality in relation to dance. A total of three dance forms including a martial art form are taught in a period of one year, culminating with a stage performance by the students at the NCPA. The students of many programme perform on a regular basis with their teachers in recognised dance festivals.
On 15th March, having started their training in July last year, the students of Holy Mother High School, Malad, will present three folk dances, namely Rajasthani Mela Dance from Rajasthan, Maharashtrian Folk and Kalaripayattu from Kerala at Experimental Theatre from 3 pm onwards.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
When: March 15