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City dancers tell us how digital performances helped them sustain amid the COVID-19 pandemic

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On the occasion of World Dance Day, which is observed on April 29 every year, we spoke to two prominent dancers from the city, Bharatnatyam dancer, Sohini Roychowdhury and Tollywood choreographer, Sandy Rong, about how they stayed afloat during the pandemic since last year with the absence of stage performances and live audience. But thanks to the digital space, this new platform for the performing artistes helped them sustain the difficult times to some extent. Heres’s what they had to say:’Digital concerts have contributed to better mental health and happiness’


You have successfully cast your voteLogin to view resultWhile the online dance space came as a respite for us during the pandemic, considering it a sustainable mode of living sometimes posed a huge challenge. I have performed in over 30 digital concerts over the past few months and also taken masterclasses, apart from performing digitally in UNESCO’s amnesty international concert. My performances during the pandemic reached out to a much larger audience. By eliminating the logistical and economic barriers brought about by travel and hospitality requirements, organisers and dancers have been able to arrange more performances by taking advantage of global Internet connectivity. I believe digital concerts have contributed significantly to better mental health and happiness during troubled times.

— Sohini Roychowdhury, Bharatnatyam dancer

‘Performing in digital concerts can never match up to the experience of performing live on stage’

The pandemic has been a huge blow for performing artistes. Since the time we faced a lockdown last year, survival has been a challenge for most of us. No matter how many online classes you take or perform in digital concerts, it can never match up to the experience of performing live in front of the audience. Of late, hardly any Tollywood films is being shot, where there are several dance numbers or item songs. In the past few months, I have noticed that not many youngsters are interested in attending virtual dance classes or paying a nominal fee. But thanks to social media and online platforms, connecting with other dancers across the globe has been easier and I have also been a part of a few online dance workshops during the pandemic.

— Sandy Rong, dancer, Tollywood choreographer

Source: Times of India

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