Milap Festival Trust, its Board and Staff Team, have chosen and Dr. Anita Ratnam as its Founder Director, for the first International Arts Award VISHWA KALA RATNA established by the Trust for the year 2017. The award celebrates and acknowledges the sterling contribution made by dynamic, well established individuals/organizations towards promoting and strengthening Indian Arts globally. Milapfest will confer the award in England at the Awards Ceremony later in the year. ...Read more
Manipuri dancer Ranjana Jhaveri passed away on January 17, 2017 at Mumbai, aged 87.
Contact her sister Darshana Jhaveri at

5th International Kuchipudi Dance Convention

5th Margazhi Dance Festival at Navi Mumbai

The 36th Natya Kala Conference: Part 2

The 36th Natya Kala Conference: Part 1

Yoga and dance
- Srimathy Gopalakrishnan

My mother, My dance
- Jothi Raghavan

Interface of Sthiti Gati polarities

Malavika Sarukkai: Sharing the larger vision

Everyone wants to perform

Changing faces of Kathak Kendra

Of Earth, Earthy...

Anita says.....
Welcome to 2017... the Chinese year of the Red Fire Rooster
As we said farewell to a turbulent and chaotic year across the globe, my home city reeled under a series of obituaries...

Our charismatic Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, a classical dancer and film superstar. Gone too soon at age 68. 

Political satirist, theatre director and outspoken humourist Cho Ramaswamy.

Over 100,000 trees, 10,000 animals and over 25,000 hectares of agricultural land were devastated by #CYCLONE VARDAH that hurtled through at 120 km per hour on December 12.

With traffic choking the clogged roads littered by fallen trunks and branches, our artistes were busy rehearsing time honoured themes of Gods lifting mountains and saving damsels in distress! Except there was no Krishna to sweep our filthy roads! And no connectivity to send or share selfies!

Some musicians even performed on the morning of the Chief Minister's passing even as a 3 day official mourning was announced!

December was, however, a month filled with many events beyond performance and beyond the borders of Chennai - several to which I was a participant or an eager attendee..

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Birthday wishes
Vyjayanthi Kashi: Jan 1
Satyanarayana Raju: Jan 6
Urmila Satyanarayanan: Jan 8
Savithri Jagannath Rao: Jan 9
Leela Venkataraman: Jan 11
Shanta Serbjeet Singh: Jan 11
Janaki Srinivasan (Sruti): Jan 13
Geeta Chandran: Jan 14
P Praveen Kumar: Jan 25
Bijayini Satpathy: Jan 26
Lakshmi Vishwanathan: Jan 27

Bayon temple, Cambodia
Photo: Bijayini Satpathy

5th International Kuchipudi Dance Convention
Dec 23 - 25, 2016
Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium, Vijayawada
Photos: Avinash Pasricha

"The way someone else perceives what you do is a result of their own experiences (which you canít control), their own tastes and preferences (which you canít predict), and their own expectations (which you donít set). If your choices donít match their  expectations, that is their concern, not yours. Your concern is to do the work, not to judge it. "
(James Clear in ĎMartha Graham on the hidden danger of comparing yourself to othersí)

Narthaki: dance world's ultimate refuge. Where else do we find the vast array of dance related fare you have to offer!
- Mamata Niyogi-Nakra, Kala Bharati, Montreal

Mayuri Upadhya: I am passionate about every role of mine
- Vijay Shankar

Rama Vaidyanathan: Some perspectives

Ranjana Jhaveri: Loss to Manipuri dance
- Dr. Sunil Kothari

Part XV - Spirituality: Eternal aspect in Bharatanatyam
- Chandra Anand

A Winter's Tale: Margazhi Moments (A literary take on the Margazhi season)
- Hema Iyer Ramani

The Madras Music Academy Dance Festival
- Veejay Sai

Day 5

Day 3

Day 1

Day 4

Day 2

Tyagaraajeeyam - a homage to Saint Tyagaraja
- A Boothalingam

Enthralling Kuchipudi by Rachana Narayanankutty
- Vijay Shankar

A floral tribute in classical dance
- Shveta Arora

Milapfest to honor and Dr. Anita Ratnam with Vishwa Kala Ratna

Workshop by Guru Shankar Kandaswamy
- Rashmi Thaper

Smaran 2016: a tribute to Kathak Queen Sitara Devi
-  Jayanti Chakraborty

Highly impressive recital by Aishwarya Ananth Karthik
- A Boothalingam

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