Ananya 2002

October 23, 2002
Purana Qila
New Delhi
Ananya 2002
Seher India


23 Oct   Kathak: Pt Birju Maharaj and group

24 Oct   Mohiniattam: Bharati Shivaji and group

25 Oct   Odissi: Madhavi Mudgal and group

26 Oct   Kathakali: Sadanam Balakrishna and group

27 Oct   Kuchipudi: Swapnasundari and group

28 Oct   Manipuri:Priti Patel and group

29 Oct   Bharatnatyam: Leela Samson and Group


Ananya – The Unparalleled, festival of Indian classics dance at a heritage monument


The Ananya Dance Festival was an annual five-day classical dance extravaganza at Purana Qila, Delhi. Organized by SEHER for 15 years, Ananya in a way resurrected the Old Fort’s glory. A one-of-a-kind event, it featured the major classical forms on a single stage, presenting group choreographies in various styles. Eminent names like Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Padma Shri Madhavi Mudgal, Leela Samson, Bharati Shivaji, Swapna Sundari, Maitreyee Pahari, Parwati Dutta et al have performed at the festival over the years, lighting up the Old Fort as the backdrop.


Ananya was much more than a dance festival. It heralded the onset of the cultural season in Delhi with the change in season, the breezy evenings in Delhi with winter around the corner. October has always been the month of Ananya. Diyas flickering at the entrance begetting the audience to come be a part of this dialogue of Indian classical dance with a heritage monument.


The event was produced and conceptualized by SEHER with the help of the Government of Delhi.


Ananya brought the vibrancy of contemporary creativity in the Indian dance tradition to the center stage. The dancers, drawn from different styles, explored new vistas in responding to the challenges of our times. It exemplified the inherent resilience of our dance traditions to evolve with new ideas and changing contexts. Ananya was a medium for vital creativity and choreographic daring.


Curators note:

“Ananya popularised Indian classical arts amongst the youth. It showcased Indian classical dance in its purest form but with enticing packaging for the younger generation and first-time enthusiasts of Indian culture. Set against the majestic backdrop of Purana Qila and open to all, the festival for 14 years became a favorite annual event amongst all sections of Delhi’s audience. That is the true testimony to the beauty of our classical arts.”

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