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Uday Shankar is known as the father of the modern dance movement in India. A festival in his memory is held in Jaipur each year, bringing together a variety of dance groups from around the country. The 6th Uday Shankar Dance Festival took place in Jaipur in April 2001.
Odissi danseuse Kavita Dvibedi is the first Indian dancer to have visited Pakistan after the Kargil conflict.
Dancer Ratna Roy who did some collaborative teaching with a South African who had been in prison along with Mandela, had Afro - American dancers doing Odissi to the Zulu song "A Mandela Awethu" and a video version was presented to Mandela.
When Sharon Lowen was recently invited to perform at the prestigious Sankat Mochan Festival at Varanasi, she became the first non-Hindu to perform there.
Based in Secunderabad, P Narasing Rao and his Nrityanjali Academy, which specializes in contemporary and ethnic folk dances of Andhra Pradesh, have developed many street dramas and other media to educate the slum dwellers about social problems.
GUHYA, a film on feminine sexual symbols and rituals directed and produced by Kirtana Kumar, Bangalore won the first place (long documentary category) at the New Delhi Video Forum organized by NISCORT. GUHYA was very well received in December at Panchgani (National Conference on Human Rights, Social Movements, Globalisation and the Law) where it was screened as part of the non-competitive film festival organized by Dhrishti Media Collective and Magic Lantern.
Mohiniattam danseuse Kalamandalam Radhika performs in Kannada, Tulu, Malayalam, Hindi and Tamil. Earnings from her recitals go into a fixed deposit, interest from which is given to three senior dancers in Kerala as a kind of monthly pension.

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