Bharatanatyam guru Leela Ramanathan passed away (Sept 8, 1927 - March 22, 2015) in Bangalore.
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R. Krishnaswamy, Secretary of Narada Gana Sabha, passed away in the early hours of March 18, 2015 at Chennai at the age of 78. He had been ailing for some time.
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The last surviving dancing mahari of Jagannath temple, Shashimani Devi passed away at Puri on March 19, 2015 aged 93.
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Bharatanatyam Guru Udupi Laxminarayan (September 17, 1926 - March 17, 2015) passed away at 6am at Chennai.
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Ekambareswar temple, Kanchipuram
Photo: Lalitha Venkat

Anita says.....

"Everything is Art
Everything is Politics"
Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei held in house arrest in Beijing.

I discuss two divas in this month's edition - Martha Graham and Chandralekha. Both modernists, passionate about the geographies they inhabited and the urgent need to express through the body. Both women had a profound impact on the course of modern dance in their countries and both were iconic in appearance and attitude.

The first was a catalyst for thousands of my generation and beyond. An early modernist who literally invented the grand, high drama intensity of dance theatre (before the term was actually coined) for the early 20th century American dance stage, Martha Graham fueled her particular brand of personal fire into several unforgettable collaborations with painters, composers, designers and writers. A week long homage to her genius was mounted at New York's Joyce Theatre last month, marking the 96th season of the Martha Graham Dance Company. Among the highlights of the matinee show I attended was the iconic LAMENTATIONS.  It was, simply, a shot heard throughout the dance world when it premiered as early as 1930.

The work was a cathartic release for many generations who had lost husbands and sons in the two world wars, for many who had witnessed death through illness and accidents, and for those who had simply forgotten to cry.

The grey tube costume became a famous image and synonymous with the raw energy and passion that was to become the Graham signature. "A tragedy that obsesses the body" is how she describes this memorable short dance. This was the very first time I had seen this work live. Countless videos, several generations of Graham dancers have interpreted this work but to hear Graham and to watch her in LAMENTATIONS is to watch a true American original.

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Astad Deboo performs at Mehrangar Fort, Rajasthan
on March 20, 2015
Photos: Sanjay Saxena

Dr. Menaka Thakkar (Artistic Director: Menaka Thakkar Dance Company of Canada) and Sudha Khandwani (Artistic Director: Kalanidhi Fine arts of Canada) launch a year-long LIVE STREAMING SERIES of dance concerts MTDC–KALANIDHI DanceStreams 2015 and would like to offer you a FREE Link to watch its launch online with their special production "In The Further Soil": The Transplantation of A Dance Tradition on March 15, 2015 at 3:30pm (Toronto time).
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Birthday wishes

K Kalyanasundaram (BN): March 1
Menaka Thakkar (Odissi): March 3   
Rani Karnaa (Kathak): March 11
Sudharani Raghupathy (BN): March 21
Shobana Chandrakumar (BN): March 21
Vidhya Subramanian (BN): March 24
"An art historian has to work very hard. He has to be a composite being – hawk, ant, camel and peacock. Like a hawk, he has to be alert and swoop down to catch a point; he has to have the industry of an ant; the memory of a camel to connect various pieces of information; and like a peacock to spread one’s wings and to enjoy art!"
- Dr. BN Goswamy
(‘Two historians share notes,’ by Chitra Madhavan, The Hindu Friday Review, Jan 30, 2015)

Shades of blue....
- Poornima Gururaja

Pratidhwani: Echoes of Mahabharata voices through two art forms
- Dr. S. D. Desai

Silver Jubilee edition of Pt. Durgalal Festival
- Shyamhari Chakra

Ramya Ramnarayan’s tribute to her Guru SK Rajaratnam Pillai
- Usha Rk

Nrityanjali Festival 2015

- Poornima Gururaja

Guru Krupa Nrutya Samaroha
- Nita Vidyarthi

Two rivers meet in an ocean of dance
- Shveta Arora

Keremane Shambhu Hegde Rashtriya Natyotsava 6
- Sudha Sridhar

Nayika: national seminar and dance festival

The spiritual dimension of Indian classical dance
- Padma Jayaraj

Education in spiritual values through Bharatanatyam: Part VI
Bharatanatyam and Yoga

- Chandra Anand

The Natyanjali circuit
- P Praveen Kumar

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