To popularise classical dance among the present-day audience, a festival named ‘Nritya Darpan’ will be organised at the India Habitat Centre on April 14. It was initiated by one of the leading Kuchipudi dance exponent Meenu Thakur.Dancers who would be performing in the festival besides Meenu Thakur (Kuchipudi), include Raipur-based Odissi danseuse Purnashree Raut, Bharatanatyam danseuse Rashmi Aggarwal from Bengaluru and Odissi exponent Vani Madhav from Gurgaon, NCR. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHighlight of the festival would be Simhanandini Natyam in Kuchipudi style performed by the Meenu Thakur. Simhanandini is a unique art where the dancer sketches a lion, the ‘Simhavahanam’ or the mount of the Mother Goddess Durga, while dancing on a white cloth spread over red coloured powder. Guru Voleti Rangamani, who has trained dancers from South India in this rare dance item, would be the special invitee at the festival. Nritya Darpan seeks to explore the path less travelled and as the name suggests is a reflection of dance. Other performances of the evening include an excerpt from the Geeta Govindam by Purnashree Raut in Odissi style, Varnam by Rashmi Aggarwal in Bharatanatyam and Bhajami Vindyavasini in Odissi style by Vani Madhav. The event will start at 6:45 pm and is a must visit.