Inspired Dancers

All the way from India, the colours of India coming alive in Perth at this year’s Inspired Dancers Youth Film Festival 2021.

The beauty behind every storytelling is in its narration- name it a book, play, or film, transporting its audiences to another world. But what happens when two creative dance artists decide to make a film festival out of Dance? It’s truly foot-tapping. The creative brainchild behind the Inspired Dance Youth Film Festival are founders Rohan Seinor and Ian Knowles; their own careers encircling extensively in music theatre and commercial dance.

Rohan’s is also the co-producer of the dance festival, and this is one of their major festival for adult/professional dance filmmakers from around the globe.  The Youth Film Festival was born out of a desire to provide a platform for young upcoming filmmakers to submit their work, have it showcased on the big screen and with a Red -Carpet Gala Screening and Awards Ceremony. Due to COVID this year’s Live and Online Red-Carpet Gala Screening of finalists and presentation of Awards Winners for 2021 is now scheduled for Sunday 3rd of October at The Backlot Perth from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

But this year’s festival is extra special as of the eighteen finalists, Rohan is thrilled to announce that three are from India. We get so excited to learn this as it’s ground breaking and gives us an opportunity to tell their stories.

Ayush Dutta, 13yo from Dibrugarh, Assam, INDIA:

“I got an amazing platform presented by Inspired Dance Youth Film Festival for showcasing my dance, I am very lucky to be a finalist of this festival”  

Now living in a small village of Assam, India, Ayush always dreamt of showcasing his dance to the world. Currently in ninth grade, studying at Don Bosco Higher Secondary school, his passion is supported by both his parents.

Since kindergarten Ayush started performing in school shows and his interest in dance grew, soon he took to classes in a dance academy. “I felt very touched by watching performances which included mythological stories about God and Goddess which I used to hear from my Grandmother.”

 Ayush uses his dance in the storytelling of mythological stories about God and Goddess; and mainly all his performances are based on it. This inspires Ayush to create magic with his dance; his aim is to work harder and follow his passion.

Aarya Nitin Rawat, 17 yo from Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA:

Dance enhances my inner instincts

A student studying science in twelfth grade, passionate about dancing since she was a kid, to her dancing is a true representation of her soul.

She joined kathak in 2015 under the shadow of her Guru, Amartyya Chatterjee Ghosh, she emphasises on grace and expressions.

What is her story behind joining the festival?

The film is about a girl who is overjoyed upon the arrival of monsoon and expresses her joy in the form of kathak. She sees the festival as an opportunity, a platform to tell her story and showcase the true beauty of kathak to the world. The storytelling is all in the facial expressions that a classical dancer especially a Kathak dancer uses in its narration. Aarya saw this as a great way to bloom her creativity and present rain as the main protagonist in her story. It gives us immense joyous to see a young talent crafting her dance in celebrating monsoon. It may sound simple but it definitely requires technique and precision to light up any stage or in this case a film. It is all in the story!

Krupa Ramachandran, 23 yo from Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA:

There is always a child inside you” is the quote that resonates with Krupa, beginning her journey in Bharathanatyam at the age of four and over the past twenty years. As a principal dancer in the ‘Savitha Sastry’ Production Company, she has had the opportunity to perform in over two hundred stages across India and abroad.

Krupa completed her Junior and Senior Diploma in Bharathanatyam from the Bangiya Sangeetha Parishad (Kolkatta) with distinction. After completing her Bachelors in Engineering (Biotechnology) she had the privilege to choose dance full-time.

But then things during the pandemic became tough. Confined in her house like most of us around the world, Krupa almost surrendered herself to time. But then creative people are built differently and so is Krupa, her creativity giving birth to Muktha.’ It is a short film from the Natanam Foundation, based on the common scenario that happens in households during lockdown times. What inspired her to write and then weave this into a dance film was during the second lockdown in India, staying indoors continuing with day-to-day routine, she still kept with the spirit of Dance Practice and Strength training regimen. In one such practice session of working on extempore choreographies, Krupa came across Narayan Sharma’s “Delight of Hamir Kalyani”. It immediately inspired her to relate it to her own situation and hence weaving the theatrical sequences into this Dance Film.  With the help of Director and Cinematographer, Suhas Jay, the visuals picturised for this music comes to life.

Learning about their stories we at G’day India and The Indian Weekly feel the three contestants are not only a fitting tribute to India’s rich dance culture but also its authentic storytelling. For now, we not only wish the three contestants all the best for this competition but also for their future endeavours. “Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art.” Margot Fonteyn

By Nandita Chakraborty

(Tickets are $25 for the live Gala screening and $15 for the online Gala screening).

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