Dimple Rajesh, a distinguished Indian Classical Dance Exponent and IAID Artistic Director has been honored with the INTERNATIONAL NRITYA SHIROMANI AWARD 2014 for the preservation and popularisation of Indian Classical Dances at the the‘5th Cuttack Mahotsav - International Dance & Music Festival - 2014’ held on 3 January 2014 in Cuttack, India.
Dimple is the only Artist from Qatar to receive this prestigious Award. “The Award means a lot to me as it is a recognition of popularizing my Art in the country outside my hometown,” Dimple stated. “As the Artistic Director of IAID, the first of its kind performing arts Academy in Qatar, it is challenging indeed especially in the present times, to motivate and keep the interest level of the students active as they learn Indian Classical Dance. It is my personal goal to popularise and familiarise the younger generation with these art forms so that they will develop a healthier interest and this rich tradition could be carried forward, preserved and kept alive.”
On the day of the awarding, Dimple also wowed the audience of the Kala Vikash Kendra Auditorium (Orissa, India) with a mesmerizing Mohini Attam performance. She added however that,“The greatest achievement more than performing the most prestigious festivals and receiving accolades is to see my students at IAID bloom into budding artists and gain recognition from their craft.”
Dimple is also a recipient of the Mahakavi Vallathol Award and a Bharatanatyam scholar for 10 years from the CCRT, New Delhi, India and a Mohini Attam scholar of the government of India. She also represented India for the Olympics 2000 in Australia. Under Qatar Foundation, she choreographed the “Creation of the Earth” – a classical dance ballet for the Reach Out to Asia program and the annual “Flower Each Spring” festival programs. She was appointed as the “Indian Dance Consultant” for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 15th Doha Asian Games 2006.
Despite her many accomplishments, Dimple still wants to achieve more as an Instructor, Performer and an Artist. “I also look forward to creating a Dance production which will be appealing to the common people but keeping in mind my traditional art as a yard stick. Very soon, we at IAID will be producing a dance drama in Qatar which includes the auditioned performers from the general public along with the IAID talents.”
IAID is a novel institute for Dance, Music and Arts in Qatar. For more details on the Academy’s Indian Classical Dance headed by Dimple Rajesh, as well as other performing arts courses, please contact 44320947/ 44411234/66710589/ 55381960. The Academy is open for inquiries and registration from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm (Sat to Thu) 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm (Friday) or visit IAID website at www.iaidonline.org.
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