International Youth Festival - 5, New Delhi, India - December 2011 Kalpana Image Archives - Dancers and dances from the world
In December 2011, I was in Delhi and one evening I had the opportunity to see the International Youth Festival in the circular central park of Connaught Place in New Delhi. This park stands over the Rajeev Chowk station of Delhi metro. Different youth groups representing schools and non-governmental organisations took part in the festival, with beautiful costumes and wonderful dances and music.
The images on this page are of Abhimanyu, a dance drama by Mahindra Rawat and his group. It tells the Abhimanyu episode from the epic poem Mahabharata, where Arjun talks to Uttara, his pregnant wife, about the art of entering a war-labyrinth but is interrupted and does not explain how to get out of it. His son Abhimanyu has heard his father's words from the womb. During the Kaurav-Pandav war, he manages to get into the war-labyrinth and dies trying to find a way out of it. The dance drama was very eloquent and its choreography and execution were superb.
The different colours of lights, artificial fog and the movements of the dancers have created images that look like paintings. I like these pictures very much.
If any of the schools or groups or persons shown in these images would like to receive any of these images (free of cost) in a larger format, please write to me at sunil(at)kalpana.it
For more images from the International Youth Festival of Delhi, India (December 2011), check the Dances index page.
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Abhimanyu - Dance Drama by Mahendra Rawat and Group
These first images are about Arjun and Uttara.
The next images are about Abhimanyu's combat and death in a chakravyuh (war-labyrinth)