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Indian Express
02 December 2010
By Ramya JS D’rozario

City–based dance group Ignited Creations is holding a performance to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS through fusing different styles
Body Language
EVERY movement has a meaning, every turn has a saying and every dance has an expression of its own. Be it classical, contemporary, ballroom or hip hop; they all have a different form of expression. Maintaining unity in this diversity, this Friday, the Saksham’s Dance Company is organising a melange of dance styles: Expression.

Ignited Creation, the dance group has dedicated their performance to Samvedan, a city based NGO which works for HIV/AIDS. Bhakti Naik, the pro ject director and choreographer, says, "Many people think that classical dance forms are difficult method to convey messages to the audience. But through this project, we have used varied dance forms and brought it together beautifully."

Naik, a well known choreographer and dancer, has, along with her group, put together nearly five classical dance forms fused with western styles. Each performance is based on an emotion and on a social issue. She believes that every dance form has the power to portray a thought. "Classical dance is for the masses and not for the classes.
That is how it should be," she adds.

This is the first time the dance troupe has decided to hold a performance to spread awareness on HIV/AIDS. "People don’t like being talked directly about HIV. We hope that through this event they will start talking," says Sanket Deshpande, programme co–ordinator, Samvedan. "Sex Education should not be restricted to the ninth standard only, people should also interact beyond this level," he added. Another aim of the show is to rope in the younger generation and spread awareness among them.

Onkar Shahane, another member of the dance group, says, "I am going to perform the contemporary styles, like ballroom and hip hop but we hope to touch a lot of hearts through this show." The dance show, Expression, hopes to convey a potpourri of emotions and real life experiences through the flexible medium of dance.

Some of the issues that the group have portrayed are, love, relationships, global warming and even recession has been addressed to by them. Nivedita Khot, a profes sional Kathak dancer adds, "We hope to open people’s eyes through this show."

(The show is slated to be per formed at the Tilak Smarak Mandir, on December 3 at 7.30pm)

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