Indian man playing instrument 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Tuesday afternoon a ceremony will be held at the Indian Embassy on Hayarkon
Street in Tel Aviv, to mark the awarding of the first Naandan Jain
The financial support package was established by Naandan
Jain, an Indian company which specializes in micro-irrigation, both in India and
in several countries around the world.
The scholarship is designed to
promote Indian art and culture by supporting the training of Israeli exponents
of Indian art forms, by funding educational visits to India.
inaugural year’s grantees are Yuval Cohen and Ron Cohen. Yuval engages in the
performances and teaching of Odissi, an ancient form of dance from East India.
Yuval started his dance career with the Batsheva Dance Company, and won a
scholarship form the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in 2003, to
study Odissi. He obtained a degree in Odissi dance in 2007, after completing a
rigorous seven-year course at the Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya in
Vrindavan, in northwest India. The grant will enable him to undertake a
three-month course with his teacher in India.
Meanwhile, Ron Cohen plays
the Indian bamboo flute, called the bansuri. He specialized in the instrument at
the Rotterdam Conservatory, in 1998, and subsequently traveled to India where he
became a student of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, one of the world’s foremost