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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

  • Iti Nritya 2024 CONCERT RULES

  • Submissions

  • •    There is NO ENTRY FEE for participation in the competition
    •    It is a solo dance competition. Group dance entries are not going to be considered. 
    •    Only Ministry of Culture (Govt. of India) recognized dance forms are eligible for this competition. These are – Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Mohiniattam, Odissi, Sattriya, Chau. 
    •    Age group: 18 years to 25 years 
    •    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 must be taken in the past 3 months from the date of submission and not before.
    •    Last date of submission of the links is August 31st 2024
    •    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
    •    All the details should be mailed to  latest by 31st August 2024. 
    •    CV of the artiste along with proof of age should be submitted along with the video link (copy of Aadhaar card/ school leaving certificate)
    •    Pre-recorded music must be used for the live performance at the festival
    •    Selected artistes will get a chance to perform at the festival to be held in Dehradun or associated venues.
    •    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.
    Travel and Stay 
    •    Valley of Words offers the short-listed artistes costs towards travel, stay and a certificate of appreciation. 
    •    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 

  • Evaluation and Selection

  • •    The entries will be evaluated on the basis of abhinaya, technique, creativity and performance 
    •    Our selection panel reserves the right to disqualify entries at their sole discretion
    •    The selection by the judges will be final and binding and no correspondence regarding the selection 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

  • Format of Event
    •    Iti Nritya 2024 is a physical event. Performers should only apply if they are sure to attend the VoW 2024 physically, in case they are short-listed for the live performance 
    •    However, VoW Foundation Trust 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


I hope this message finds you well.


I am writing to extend warm greetings on behalf of Valley of Words, the International Literature and Arts Festival (VoW), dedicated to celebrating pan-Indian writing and artistry. With seven successful editions under our belt, we have expanded our scope to include classical dance forms of India (Iti Nritya) over the past two years.


As we prepare for the eighth edition of Valley of Words in 2024, we are pleased to announce the commencement of nominations for Iti Nritya, scheduled to take place on the 16th and 17th of November,2024 in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. We cordially invite your esteemed institution to participate in this festival by submitting entries of your talented individuals. Selected artists will have the opportunity to perform at the festival's plenary session, which will also be broadcasted live on YouTube and Facebook.


About Iti Nritya


Iti Nritya is a competition tailored for young dancers aged between 18 and 25, showcasing classical dance styles such as [RT1] Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam, Kathakali, Odissi, Sattriya, and Chau. Shortlisted participants will receive travel and accommodation arrangements, along with a certificate of participation at the festival.


Since its inception in 2022, Iti Nritya has provided a platform for promising dancers nationwide. In our inaugural year, four talented dancers were selected based on merit, representing Mohiniattam, Kathak, Bharatanatyam, and Kuchipudi. Their captivating performances on the VoW festival's plenary stage garnered significant acclaim. For a glimpse of their remarkable talents, please visit the following links:


The subsequent edition in 2023 continued this tradition, featuring 3 exceptional artists who mesmerized audiences with their artistry. For further insights into their performances, please refer to the provided weblinks.


We eagerly anticipate your institution's participation in this celebration of culture and artistic expression.


Please read the concert rules online before applying for the competition. The submissions for Iti Nritya must be in accordance with the said concert rules.


Warm regards,

Shalini Rao |Convener | Iti Nritya 2024


All queries and enquiries strictly on email -


Key Dates:

Entries closing on: 31st August, 2024

Final shortlist: 10th September, 2024

Festival live performance: 16th & 17th November, 2024





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