PUNE: Many events were organised in the city to observe World Dance Day which was celebrated on Sunday to celebrate different forms of dance like classical, folk, tribal, semi-classical and western.
The Deccan College in Yerwada organised a dance programme in which 7,000 dancers and 400 choreographers from all over the country participated.
Sanjay Sawant, organiser of the event, said, “Pune Dance Union organised the programme with the objective of paying tribute to dance as a profession and appealing to citizens to keep themselves fit with the changing times through dance."
He said huge troupes performed to attract the attention of youngsters.
Sawant added, “The troupe includes Bollywood reality dancers along with orphans from different social organisations from Indapur, Wagholi and Vadgaonsheri. The Saraswati Anathashram in Dapodi was also given a platform during the programme. The event had a special competition for the specially abled dancers."
Meanwhile, Nritya Prerana, a dance academy based in Erandwane, celebrated 'Prapancham' (dancing for preserving nature) at Parvati. Suchitra Date, dancer and organiser of the programme said, “We performed five forms of Indian classical dances - Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kathak, Mohiniattam and Kathakali. We paid tributes to legendary Bharatnatyam dancers like Kalanidhi Narayan, Mrinalini Sarabhai and Rukhmini Devi Arundale.”
Date added, “As our dance programme was focused on nature, we chose music and songs related to air, water and fire.”