Films Division features dancers in IFFI 2010

PANAJI: Continuing the series on ‘Moments with the Maestros’ for the second year, the Films Division is this year showcasing 22 select documentaries on eminent dancers of the country.

Veteran dance gurus Sitara Devi, Birju Maharaj and Sonal Mansingh were feted by Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to mark the opening of the section ‘Dancing Feet’ at the ongoing 41st International Film Festival of India. The four-day documentary film festival on Indian classical dances and gurus is being held till 27 November at the Black Box in Kala Academy. Division Director General Kuldeep Sinha was also present on the occasion.

"Dancing Feet" offers connoisseurs of dance from India and abroad glimpses of important classical dances like the Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Kathakali, Kathak, Mohiniattam and Manipuri through biographical films on dancers.

Some of the dancers on whom films made by the Division are being shown include Sitara Devi, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Yamini Krishnamurthy, Sonal Mansingh, Padma Subramaniam, Raja & Radha Reddy, Uma Sharma, kanak Rele, and Mallika Sarabhai.

These dancers are expected to attend the screenings and take part in question-answer sessions, apart from discussions on their art forms.

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