Alliance Française - Ashish Mohan Khokar’s
Dance DISCourse presents
D Keshava and Sumitra
July 28, 2012 Bangalore
July 14, 2012
Alliance Française - Ashish Mohan Khokar’s Dance DISCourse presents
To Mysore via Basel, Switzerland!
Great art of Mysore Bharatanatyam
Presented by Dasappa Keshava and his daughter Sumita Keshava to celebrate glory of the Mysore style.
Date: July 28, 2012
Venue: Alliance Française, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru
Mysore School of Bharatanatyam, an important rajnartaki form, that partook of devadasi traditions too, is presented in the next edition of Dance DISCourse on July 28, 2012 at Alliance Française. One of the finest exponents of the form, Dasappa Keshava will perform and talk about the nuances of the style. The program starts at 6:30pm with the welcome by Alliance Française, then at 6:35pm a film on Chhau, made by Sadhna Srivastava for Sangeet Natak Akademi. It concludes with the interaction session with Ashish Khokar and the audiences from 8 to 8:30pm.
Dasappa Keshava, born in 1946 in Mysore and trained in Bharatanatyam under the exacting tutelage of Dr. Venkatalakshamma, dancer-teacher par excellence of the Mysore style, and also in various classical and folk-dance forms under other great gurus, was the first male dancer to secure the First Rank in ‘Vidwat’ in 1973 in Karnataka and to be honoured by the Mysore University with the title ‘Natyavisharada’ for his Diploma and with a Gold Medal for his Degree (1969-1975) in music and dance. Keshava has been practicing yoga since his childhood; first with his father, and later on under the direction of Yogiraj Desikacharya.
For 36 years Keshava has been living in Basel, Switzerland. He and his partner Esther Jenny were the first Indian artistes, known as ‘Swiss-Indian dance couple, Esther & Keshava’, to establish Kalasri, the first-ever school for Indian Dance and Yoga, in Basel which is recognized and greatly appreciated by the Swiss Cultural Department (www.kalasri.com). Keshava and Esther, along with their highly talented daughters Anjali and Sumitra, have been doing pioneering work in engendering traditional Indian art and culture in Switzerland and have won the hearts of both the critics and the audience. Keshava has several choreography credits. His special programs of classical dance, folk-dance and novel productions with innovative choreography have brought him accolades everywhere.
He has been honoured with several prestigious awards, among them the Kannada Rajyotsava Award in 1997, instituted by the Government of Karnataka, for his cultural services and achievements abroad and the Global Man Award in 2007 by the Kuwait Kannada Koota at the World Kannada Conference for his lifetime achievement and contribution to the society.
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