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Keeping legacy alive while forging new directions


On being one’s own dancer


Requiem for an artist and cultural activist



A flame of dream



My Mother
- Ramli Ibrahim



From diets to lifestyle changes: Being in the driver’s seat
- Sathya Nagaraj


Traipsing into light


Creatrix of universe



Interface 2016: Festival of international choreographic works


Sangam: Innovations in Odissi


Remembering Manjusri Chaki Sircar


Nrityagram: Homage to Protima Gauri on her death anniversary



Dinanath Pathy: a Sutra tribute to a Beacon of Art
- Ramli Ibrahim





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"There is a complete paranoia that we are going to lose our heritage if we expand its boundaries, but we will actually lose it only if we put it in a museum and don’t let it breathe."
- Aditi Mangaldas
(‘Dance has to breathe, and it has to breathe today’s air’ by Pooja Pillai, Indian Express, Aug 14, 2016)




Anita says.....

"When the whole world says "MOVE"
You plant your feet firmly like a tree
And say
"NO. YOU MOVE."
Lines from the film CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

These thoughts come to you from a month of watching, absorbing and reflecting on a variety of performances, venues, cities and people I have met and interacted with.

I started this editorial on the flight to Colombo, continued it in Singapore and completed it in Kuala Lumpur. In all three cities/countries, I was starkly reminded of the fascinating history and achievements of the Tamil communities. Their long struggle under colonial rule through generations of oppression and marginalisation forced them to find cultural moorings for their own psyche. The answer for many lay in music and dance. It was not just in the building of temples and shrines, but in their steadfast loyalty to the Tamizh tongue via the cultural conduit of Bharatanatyam, ritual hymns and of course, movies that buoyed the millions of diaspora immigrants through their dark and brutal early years. Today, dance and music lives on in the homes and lives of the Tamil people around the world, the Sri Lankan Tamils being among the most faithful and active.

However, it was not Bharatanatyam that I watched in the month of August. In fact, there was not a single performance of BN that I attended, although festivals and premieres were occurring almost every single day somewhere on the planet and in my home town of Madras/Chennai..


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Srjan Repertory presented ‘Tyaaga’ choreographed by Guru Ratikant Mohapatra
on Sept 9, 2016 at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar, for the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award Festival.
Photos: Arabinda Mahapatra

Chinmaya Yuva Kendra presented ‘A Tryst with Surya’
Conceptualized by Swami Mitrananda, choreographed by Radhika Kathal

On Aug 21, 2016 at Chinmaya Auditorium, Delhi
Photos: Anoop Arora


Birthday wishes

Jitendra Maharaj (Kathak): Sept 9

Kumkum Mohanty (Odissi): Sept 10

Rajika Puri (Odissi): Sept 14

Alarmel Valli (BN): Sept 14

Jhelum Paranjape (Odissi): Sept 24

Ananda Shankar Jayant (BN): Sept 27
 
Mahanavami Dibba, Hampi, Karnataka
Photo: Madhu Nataraj-Kiran



Public notice to Sangeet Natak Akademi




AIM presents Bengaluru International Arts Festival
Sep 9 - 25, 2016 Bangalore



Srinidhi Raghavan presents
Voices

Sep 24, 2016 London



Janaki Rangarajan presents
Bharatanatyam

Sept 24 - Oct 8, 2016 Europe



Nrityantar presents
Rasāsvāda

Oct 1 & 2, 2016 Bangalore



Dance: An integral part of human existence
- Sudha Sridhar

The ethics of making dancers pay to perform
- Sumangala V Varun



Poonthanam’s Jnanappana comes alive on stage
- G. Ulaganathan



Margam crossing cultural borders
- Satish Suri



Debadhara Award Festival 2016
- Nita Vidyarthi

An ambitious ode to Astras
- Veejay Sai



Sweating Saris and Other Dance Conversations
- Ketu H. Katrak


Attakkalari: An arena for learning
- Padma Jayaraj



Truly an utsav of dance styles
- Shveta Arora



Dancing hues: A painted feature on dance
- Padma Jayaraj



Trans Art Festival: Beyond gender
- Satish Suri

Vibrant Kuchipudi by Srividya Angara Sinha
- Satish Suri



The 22nd Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award Festival
- Lalitha Venkat




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