My mother is my Rock of Gibraltar
- Alarmel Valli

Health Recipes
- Uma Pushpanathan

Anita says.....

"The ghosts of our future are unpredictable and out of control."

- Poet Wendy Rose

Hello Dance World! What’s APP-ening!

The loudest shout I hear is - MAY DAY! MAY DAY! MAY DAY!

May 1st. A day which traditionally celebrates the final thawing of snow and the advent of flowers, warmer weather and softening hearts, the ritual MAYPOLE dance (resembling the Pinnal Kolattam of Tamils), the term is also used for rescue and relief efforts. Judging by the recent outrage and furor over the national awards given to two Kuchipudi artistes, it would seem that the classical style from pre-divided Andhra Pradesh is now in dire danger. Or as one critic put it pithily on his personal Facebook page, “Kuchipudi is in ICU!”

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New mobile app to replace smileys, expressions of Kerala art forms
Kerala Tourism has developed a unique app for promoting Kerala art forms internationally among travelers. This is a mobile app, available only in Android for the time being.

The idea is to use micro videos of art forms to replace smileys. These videos can be shared with whats app, facebook etc. Art forms include Mohiniattam, Kathakali, Ottan Thullal, Kutiyattam, Koothu etc. Can download this from Google Play store.

Kedareswara temple, Halebid, Karnataka
Photo: Lalitha Venkat

Birthday wishes

Parassini Kunhiraman Nair (Kathakali guru): May 3
Leela Samson: May 6
Mallika Sarabhai: May 8
Sharmila Mukherjee (Odissi): May 12
Kumudini Lakhia: May 17
Ramli Ibrahim: May 20
Anita Ratnam: May 21
Revathi Ramachandran: May 21
CV Chandrasekhar: May 22
Manjari Sinha: May 22
Kalamandalam Gopi: May 25
"Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art."
- Andy Warhol

Lakshmi Parthasarathy Athreya presented ‘Aprameyah Padmanabha’
at Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nataka Manram, Chennai, on April 3, 2016.
Photos: Chella Photos

Dance Academies and academics

Nalanda's 'A-Neeti': a unique dance experience
- Vasanth Kiran

Astad Deboo: I’m not using dance as therapy but as an art form
- Shveta Arora

Education in Spiritual Values through Bharatanatyam - Part XIV
 (ii) Maxims of teaching and training of margam

- Chandra Anand

Art takes artists to distant shores
- P Praveen Kumar

Tamil Nataka Mela 2016
- Padma Jayaraj

Srjan’s Kubja
- Tapati Chowdhurie

The glory of Vazhuvoor margam by Dhivya S Pillai
- Satish Suri

All set to explore the excitement
- S D Desai

Strength, thy name is woman
- Shereen Saif

‘Ganjam’ successfully captures flavours of South Odisha
- Leela Venkataraman

Hari Hara by Ganesh Vasudeva and Nadhi Thekkek
- Priya Das

Maadhurya Shauryam by Harshitha Venkatesh
- Priya Das

Odissi Dance Festival 2016 organised by Shinjan Nrityalaya
- Nita Vidyarthi

Second Gurukrupa Nrutya Samaroha
- Nita Vidyarthi

Padhant as puja: The Sarngadeva Samaroh
- Shveta Arora

A captivating Margam by Aruna Bhargavi
- Satish Suri

Datta Darshanam
- Kalyani Raja

Nayika seminar in Hyderabad
- Tapati Chowdhurie

6th Naada Bindu Festival

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