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NATYA MALA (article first published : 1999-08-20)

An outstanding dance variety show featuring the work of some of South Africa's top Indian folk and classical groups and choreographers will appear in Natya Mala, a colourful dance programme presented by the Indian Academy of South Africa taking place on September 24 (Heritage Day) in the Kendra Hall, 5 Sydenham Road, Greyville at 15h00.

Among the notable groups featured are Hillside Andhra Sadha, Manasa's Dance Academy, Manoranjeni's Dance School, Kantharuby's Dance School, Andhra Vidya Sabba, Surya Kala Ketan, Yashika Moodley andThyagaraja Vaani Andhra Sadha. Many of the teachers of these schools qualified in India and some of the items won top recognition in the recent eisteddfod. Natya Mala brings a sense of unity by combining dance talents from the four major linguistic groups - Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Gujerati.

"We'd like to thank our sponsors Tastic Rice Corporation and Durban Arts Association for their generous sponsorship in making Natya Mala an annual event on the cultural calendar of KZN,” says Dr T P Naidoo director of the Indian Academy. “We plan to hold a bigger dance festival called, The Rainbow Dance Festival to incorporate dance tradition from other communities across the spectrum of life in South Africa. This would be a spectacular event and will also encompass international groups from neighbouring countries. Plans are underway for the festival to be held next year.

Natya Mala tickets are available from the Indian Academy on (031) 400-2725; Atlas Printers on (031) 332-7628 or SK Naiddo Sari Boutique, Chatsworth Centre and Phoenix Plaza.


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