Experiment must for survival of classical art: Swapansundri

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Chandigarh, Mar 13 (UNI) On the increasing trend of experiments in classical dance form, renowned Kuchipudi dancer Swapnasundri, said that experiment was imperative as no creative art form, including dance and music, could survive until it adapted itself to the changing times.

"Experiments are welcome as long as they did not clash with the traditional form", Swapnasundri said during an interaction with mediapersons here. She is here to participate in the Pracheen Kala Kendra's three-day 38th annual All India Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan which commences tomorow.

A Padma Bhushan awardee, Swapnasundri is currently working on revival of 'Vilasini Natyam', the temple dance tradition of Andhra Pradesh and is also engaged in compiling a proper history of performing arts of Andhra Pradesh as she feels that there is lack of information about the classical art forms, leading to a lot of misrepresentation.

Swapannsundri who has been performing regularly during the annual Brahmotsavam at the famous Sri Ranganatha Swamy Mandir in Hyderabad, is giving free classes in Vilasini Natyam, to popularise the dance form once practiced by temple dancers in the Telugu belt.

"I want to present the history of Andhra's classical dance form to the people," said the danseuse who has also been honoured with Sangeet Natak Akademi award and Delhi Government's Parishad Samman.

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