Keeping legacy alive while forging new directions
On being one’s own dancer
Requiem for an artist and cultural activist
A flame of dream
- 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
"When the whole world says "MOVE"
You plant your feet firmly like a tree
"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..
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
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
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