The Tales That Never End

Bachan, , who hails from Trinidad and Tobago, is a senior disciple of the illustrious Ranjana Gauhar and stands tall among Odissi exponents

Odissi dancer Vinod Kevin Bachan

Popular Odissi dancer Vinod Kevin Bachan will perform in the national capital on December 21 at the India Habitat Centre. His performance in “Sutra” – The Tales That Never Ends” will comprise two choreographies Rasa Rang and Bhoomi Suta.

Bachan, , who hails from Trinidad and Tobago, is a senior disciple of the illustrious Ranjana Gauhar and stands tall among Odissi exponents. He is a former scholarship holder from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and an empanelled artist of ICCR and the All India Dancers Association. With his vibrancy, confidence and graceful dance, Bachan will set the stage alive with his performance on choreography ‘SUTRA’ under the guidance of Ranjana Gauhar.

He says that his love for Odissi classical dance form brought him to India to start all over again. Vinod Kevin Bachan, a senior disciple of illustrious Ranjana Gauhar, stands tall among Odissi exponents.

Reaching this platform, however, has not come easy to Bachan. His arduous journey in pursuit of mastering Odissi began at home. “I come from a traditional background, where dancing [as a profession] for men is considered odd. While my mother was supportive throughout, it took my father some time to warm up to the idea,” he shares, adding that he began with learning kuchipudi for seven years in Trinidad, before he came across an Odissi dancer who had come on an Indian government scholarship to the island nation. “She opened my eyes to how Odissi could be taken up as a career. I trained under her for some time to arm myself with basic knowledge of the dance form. And then it was time to come to India,” he says.

The event will see Chief Guest will be Padma Bhushan Dr. Saroja Vaidyanathan (Bharatanatyam). Meanwhile, special Guests are Padmashree Nalini-Kamlini (Kathak), SNA Fellow and Veteran Photographer Avinash Pasricha, Kerala SNA Awardee Smt. Jayaprabha Menon (Mohniyattam), Bismillah Yuva Puruskar Awardee Vidha Lal (Kathak), Renowned Theatre artist and Lawyer Rashmi Vaidyalingam, Kamal Modi (Founder-Director of Art Karat), Padmashree and SNA Awardee Smt. Bharati Shivaji and more.

When: 7pm, December 21

Where: The Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre

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