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NATYA MALA (article first published : 2001-10-5)

“Natya Mala” means a “Garland of Dancers” and this is the title of a kaleidoscope of Indian dance from various dance companies and academies featuring charming traditional, folk and contemporary dances from South and North India.

Natya Mala 2001 presented by the Indian Academy of South Africa promises to be one of the most ambitious, colourful and disciplined dance productions seen in KZN for a long time. The performance will take place at the Kendra Auditorium in Sydenham Road on October 7 at 14h30.

“This year’s presentation of Natya Mala has a two pronged purpose,” says Director of the Indian Academy Dr TP Naidoo. “The first is to bring together unity among the various dance schools. Despite what the pessimist might say, there is a great future for the promotion, preservation and progress of Indian dance in its various forms.

Natya Mala is the coming together of various dance schools, dance styles and dance teachers. It is a celebration of unity through dance,” he adds. “The second purpose is to present an insight to other communities of the keep seated values and excitement that a programme like Natya Mala can generate among other communities. The Indian Academy has constantly striven to keep alive the image of Indian Culture in its various forms in South Africa. The Academy is the flag bearer of all that is good in the Indian community.”

Dr Naidoo also announced that next year’s event promises a bigger project not only encompassing Indian dance but also to include a rich tapestry of folk dancing from other race groups in South Africa.

Tickets available at the following outlets: Indian Academy of SA at 1 Oribi Circle, Mobeni Heights on (031) 400-2725; Atlas Printers at 83 Pine Street, Durban on (031) 332-7628 or Little India Restaurant at 155 Musgrave Road, Durban on (031) 201-1121/40.




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