Source: The Hindu; Author: Leela Venkataraman; Photo Courtesy: The Hindu

The World Dance Day celebrations in the Capital brought some splendid performances. Natya Vriksha’s sumptuous World Dance Day 2012 celebration at the India International Centre saw an integrated featuring of dance through different channels — as performance, on film and in a seminar. A perfect curtain-raiser for the two-day event was Sankalp Meshram’s film “Lasya Kavya” on dancer Alarmel Valli. Only one with the greatest admiration and respect for the art form and the artiste could have produced a work of such lyricism and poetic beauty — justifying the title in every way. The intellectual dimension, the painterly vision, the sensitivity to Nature, the quickening responses to music and sahitya and musicality of movement and the sheer joy of dance, along with that intimacy and warmth of communication which are so essentially Valli, are all caught in the film. And even as the camera hops from one aspect of the dancer to another, there is a seamless flow creating a neat weave.

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