Ashish Mohan Khokar's attenDance presents
The attenDance Awards
December 9, 2023 Bangalore
November 28, 2023
Namma Bengaluru's own Noble awards on the day Nobel Prize is given!
attenDance awards are ten years old. attenDance yearbook on dance itself is 25 years old. It is India's only yearbook on dance that documents news and views, trends and milestones, even obits. While this yearbook started in pre internet era (1999) its use is more now as there's too much information on the net, often spurious or promotional. Who assesses? It is actually akin to critic's choice/awards but with most critics becoming PR agents or worse - facebook writers - there are no avenues left for serious discourse. attenDance fills that gap or has tried to. UNESCO-CID (Council for Dance) called it "the Bible of Indian dance" and hailed it as a model journal for other countries to follow. Indian Culture Ministry buys it in bulk for many of its institutions and most universities teaching dance order for their libraries. It is a standard reference book for Ph.D. students too.
The awards carry NO SHINING SHAWLS (that are discarded the next day) or FLOWERS that soon wilt! Not even a cheque that buys material things. This is done in the belief that artistes need izzat / respect, first of all. Then, maybe some professional support. So young ones (under 50) are sent on internships abroad to Italy (TTB), France, Sweden, Mauritius or USA. From Bangalore, Praveen Kumar, Madhu Nataraj, NADAM group and Tushar Bhatt have been sent. Seniors we either document in a book bio form or film. Gurus Maya Rao, Kittu Krishnamurthy, Bhanumathi and Padma Subrahmanyam have been documented so. Those who cannot be sent abroad get recommended for 3 shows in parts of India that has not seen their works. So this is more useful and professionally a boost.
It is 75% for Bangalore/ Karnataka dancers/scholars/critics.
In the past 10 years, 40 Bangaloreans have been awarded, list on attendance-india.com
Guru Shama Bhate
RAMGOPAL BEST MALE SOLOIST AWARD
Laxminarayan Jena, just 35, has made a national mark as a bright Kathak talent, who is also equipped in Sanskrit and stagecraft.
MOHAN KHOKAR DANCE DOCUMENTATION AWARD
Lalitha Venkat is content coordinator of www.narthaki.com and has helped document dance for last 23 years. She has special interest in temple sculpture photography.
UDAY SHANKAR CHOREOGRAPHY AWARD
Guru Shama Bhate is a senior Kathak talent of Pune. Her choreography is eclectic and effective. Her institute Nad-Roop has trained many. She is a thinker and academician too.
Guru Mysore B.Nagaraj has made dance his life by promoting, teaching and dancing. He is a selfless and sincere mentor too. For long he has enriched the cultural scene of Mysore and Bengaluru.
The first GURU MK SAROJA AWARD
Acharya Deepa Krishnamurthy represents the Tanjore lineage of Bharatanatyam and imparts knowledge and training to all, equally based in Whitefield, Bangalore.
RUKMINI DEVI AWARD FOR BHARATANATYAM
Alarmel Valli is a benchmark in Bharatanatyam. She had performed well researched repertoire and done much to revive Sangam poetry. A Padma Bhushan awardee, she wears her accomplishments lightly. A role model.
LIFETIME IN ART AWARD
Shri Chiranjiv Singh, 75, is patron saint of arts and artists and done much service to Indian dance. A polyglot, he is also a beacon of light in the cultural field.
At: ADA Rangamandira during Kalanadam Festival, 6pm onwards
NADAM hosts attenDance awards for the last 5 years now.