Culture should be made accessible to the masses. Pricing plays, concerts and dance recitals at an attractive price point is a step in the right direction. Better still is making it free. Like the Battery Park Dance Festival in New York City every August. Held in the open air, on a platform erected outside an office building, the festival is open to anyone who has the time and the inclination to attend. And there was quite a crowd. In fact, a lot of people came down from their offices to have lunch and take in some of the performances before heading back to work.
On the first day that I attended the festival, I was pleasantly surprised to see an Incredible India! poster proudly displayed at the venue. You may think that living in India, I would have had my fill of Indian dance forms. You would be far from the truth. Dance performances in India are, a lot of times, by invitation only, or are held on weekdays when it’s difficult to attend. I’ve seen more Rajasthani dance performances than more popular forms like Kathak. This was my chance to experience Indian dance forms live, ironically, far, far away from home!
In the picture above, the dancer is performing the Ganesh Vandana, a prayer in dance form to invoke the Indian deity Lord Ganesh.
Yay for making culture accessible to the masses!