International Dance Alliance (IDA) is now ten years old in Bangalore and to celebrate the milestone it organised a two-day dance festival at ADA Rangamandira. The first day, October 26, was dedicated to ‘Bhakti’ and saw performances by Poornima Kaushik and Janani Jayanth of Padmalaya Dance Foundation (Bharathanatyam), Pooja Tushar Dance Company (Kathak), Shama Krishna and ensemble (Kuchipudi) and Lavanya Sankar and Abhyasa (Bharathanatyam).
The theme for the second day being ‘Youth in Dance’, budding dancers Sharada Srinivasan, Madhu Bisht, Akshita Ganesh of Padmalaya Dance Foundation (Bharathanatyam), Sonalika Purohit and Anjali Raj Urs (Odissi), Indu SV (Bharathanatyam), Athulya Rakesh (Mohiniattam) and Vanitha MD (Bharathanatyam) took to the stage.
IDA is a non-profit, educational organisation dedicated to international exchange and goodwill through dance and allied projects. In south India, the organisation is chaired by Leela Sekar and the Advisory Council Member for Bangalore is Padma Murali of Padmalaya Dance Foundation.
International Dance Alliance and Padmalaya Dance Foundation joined hands in 2004 to promote traditional and contemporary dance forms in Bangalore. In this regard, IDA and PDF put together an annual theme based dance festival.