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The 11th edition of the Ananya Dance Festival, which was held from October 6-10 in Purana Qila, New Delhi.  Ananya brought traditional dance forms, like Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Odissi, Mohiniyattam, on a single platter. This year’s event — organised by the department of art, culture, languages of the government of Delhi and Seher in association with Archaeological Survey of India and Doordarshan, is the first time that Ananya has opened its floors to school students. On the first day Delhi-based Saroja Vaidyanathan’s troupe performed Bharatanatyam with a recital dedicated to Shiva Shakti which was based on Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati (Shakti). On the second day, Kolkata-based Kathak veteran Rani Karnaa’s troupe performed Piroye Moti, which was a collection of Rani Karnaa’s unique and rare solo compositions.

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A Bharatanatyam recital by Saroja Vaidyanathan’s group from Delhi
on the opening day of the five-day Ananya Dance Festival 2012 at Purana Qila in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo: Shanker Chakravarthy