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Iti Nritya Finalists 2023


Venu Ayachit 

Srijayini Ghosh


Shubhatrayee Satwe

About Iti Nritya


Lord Brahma says: I give you the fifth veda Nāțyashāstra – replete with śāstra (knowledge/ text), śilpa (art/ craft) and itihāhsa (legends, stories, myths).

There is nothing that is not found in nātya, it is the imitation of life and its learnings.

Valley of words is beginning with a new vertical Iti Nritya. It will be a platform for upcoming dancers of all Indian classical dance forms to showcase their performances on our stage.


Why we do it

  • To encourage young upcoming dancers

  • To spread awareness about our rich intangible art form – dance

  • To create an informed audience


How we do it

  • Giving and opening to young dancers to apply

  • By selecting three artistes from all over the country to perform on our stage

  • Creating an archive of the presentations for everyone to view


Concert Rules

  • There is NO ENTRY FEE for participation in the competition

  • It is a solo dance competition

  • Ministry of Culture recognized dance forms are eligible for this competition – Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Mohiniattam, Odissi, Sattriya, Chau

  • Age group: 18 to 25

  • A video of a full item/piece (not less than 5 minutes) either performed on stage or performed during practice is necessary to get qualified. The piece should include both abhinaya and nritta. You may upload a link on YouTube or google drive and send the clip to us. The video has to be current or taken in the past 3 months.

  • Last date of submission of the links is July 31st 2023

  • CV of the artiste along with proof of age should be submitted along with the video link (copy of Aadhaar card/ school leaving certificate)

  • Selected artistes will get a chance to perform at the festival to be held in Dehradun or associated venues.

  • Valley of Words offers short-listed artistes travel, stay and a certificate of appreciation

  • Pre-recorded music must be used for the performance

  • Valley of words will provide travel and stay for the selected artiste from their location to the festival and back.

  • The entries will be evaluated on the basis of abhinaya, technique, creativity and performance

  • Our selection panel reserves the right to disqualify entries 

  • The selection by the judges will be final and binding and no correspondence regarding the judgement shall be entertained.

  • When choosing the shortlisted artiste, the judges will select the entries which in their combined wisdom are the best in terms of set standards followed globally. Ethical practices will be strictly adhered to from the moment the entries are received

  • The artiste needs to provide the travel documents (flight/ train tickets) for reimbursement after their arrival at the festival venue

  • The reimbursement shall be done on the site and not in advance

  • The selected artiste will be entitled to a room for two and may have someone accompany them, but Vow will not entertain the travel claims of the accompanying person

  • All the details should be mailed to latest by 31st July 2023.

  • Any entries received after the above stated timeline will be deemed to not be submitted. However, the VoW Foundation Trust reserves the right to extend the closing date of the competition

  • It is clarified that proof of posting a submission is not proof of receipt by the VoW Foundation Trust. The Trust will not accept any responsibility for submissions that are delayed or misdirected prior to receipt.

  • Iti Nritya 2023 is a physical event. The Short-Listed Entrants will only be eligible if they attend the VoW 2023 physically.

  • However, VoW has the discretion to modify the event to a virtual/online format based on the prevailing circumstances. In case the event is modified to a virtual/online format, the Shortlisted Entrants will be informed expeditiously.

  • Come, join us as we celebrate the word – and beyond




Dear Sir/ Ma’am,


Greetings from Valley of Words, the International Literature and Arts Festival (VoW)!


In addition to celebrating the written word through eight genres, VoW celebrates creative expressions in all forms, and from its sixth edition, it has added Iti Nritya, a vertical celebrating the classical dance forms of India.


As we celebrate the seventh edition of Valley of Words, 2023, we would like to invite your students for the second season of Iti Nritya to be held on 17th and 18th of November 2023 at Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Iti Nritya is a competition for young dancers (18-25 years) of the classical dance styles - Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam, Kathakali, Odissi, Sattriya and Chau. Valley of Words offers short-listed artistes travel and stay along with a certificate of appreciation. The festival will be broadcasted on YouTube and Facebook.


2022 was the first year when VoW started Iti Nritya as a competition for young dancers (18-25 years) and short listed 4 dancers based on merit from across the country – Mohiniattam, Kathak, Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi. They performed at the Plenary stage for a select audience at VoW.  Please see the links below.  (Iti nritya performances)  (Iti nritya performances)

To know more about our festival, you may have a look at our website


We invite your esteemed institution to participate in Iti Nritya Competition 2023. Selected artistes will get a chance to perform at the festival to be held in Dehradun. Please read the concert rules before applying for the competition.


For any query you may contact Mrs Shalini Rao, Convener - Iti Nritya 2023


Look forward to your participation in the Fest!

Warm regards

Shalini Rao

Convener, Iti Nritya 2023





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