ABHAI under the leadership of President Chitra Visweswaran, organised a wide reaching relief and rehabilitation exercise through generous donations received from dancers, rasikas and patrons across India and overseas.

These resources were channelled to aid all those associated with the world of dance and folk arts.  As of now, ABHAI has helped many in Chennai and other affected areas like Cuddalore and Tirunelveli district badly affected by the December rain and floods along the Tamilnadu coastline.
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Hoysaleswara temple, Halebid, Karnataka
Photo: Lalitha Venkat

Anita says.....

It is the season for "Paddu Akka" all over again. Padma Subrahmanyam is being featured on two magazine covers in the same month. DRISHTI, an initiative of dancer Anuradha Vikranth and NARTANAM edited by scholar Madhavi Puranam. Finally, a long overdue assessment has begun of Paddu Akka’s pedagogy, scholarship, costume innovations, choreographic and musical imprints, solo dance theatre inventions of BHARATA NRITYAM and finally her ambitious vision for BIFAC- Bharata Ilango Foundation for Asian Art and Culture, a centre outside Chennai. At 75, this compelling dancer-actor continues to win audiences in the various avenues she continues to explore.

A generation before her was the dance maker, iconoclast and pioneering genius MRINALINI SARABHAI. Her final breath, at age 97, was heard around the world. With her passing on January 21, 2016 several generations of dancers and scholars felt bereaved. Her brilliance seemed to have no limits. Choreography, writing, poems, environment, women’s rights, scientific enquiry- the questions were endless and the themes were poured into choreography. Daughter Mallika Sarabhai wrote on her Facebook page, “My mother has just left for her eternal dance,” thus announcing Mrinalini “Amma’s” moment of transition.  At her funeral Mallika performed the beloved song KRISHNA NEE BEGANE, a favorite of Mrinalini “Amma”. Accolades continue to pour in from across the globe, with an overwhelming accumulation of personal memoirs and anecdotal recollections of how she influenced thousands and thousands through her dance and ideas. This portal was honored to have featured her column ASK MRINALINI for 7 years. Until she was no longer able to, Amma patiently answered all the questions, no matter how banal or trivial. This month we feature some archival questions / answers from the past.

Mrinalini Sarabhai- what a life! What an artiste! At 97, she had seen so much. But most importantly, the birth of a nation, 15 Prime Ministers, 13 Presidents, the infamous Emergency in 1975 and numerous changes of government. Still, the artiste continued her journey… creating, sharing, performing, inspiring and educating.

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Birthday wishes
Kapila Venu: Feb 3
Saskia Kersenboom: Feb 3
Padma Subrahmanyam: Feb 4
Birju Maharaj: Feb 4
Pushkala Gopal: Feb 9
Anusha Subramanyam: Feb 13
Radha Reddy: Feb 15
Madhu Nataraj: Feb 24
Ashish Mohan Khokar: Feb 29

"More, not less, is the capacity of the heart. More, not less, is the capacity of art."
– Jeanette Winterson

Came across your website and appreciate the lengths you go to, to promote the arts.
- Kamariah, Singapore
Suryakala in association with the Artery presented lec-dem by Sheejith Krishna on ‘Designing jathis and evocative nritta’ and the Dhananjayans on ‘Nuances of creative abhinaya’ on Feb 1, 2016 at Chennai.


DANCE NOTES - In celebration of the enduring spirit of Indian dance, we have published a notebook featuring watercolour impressions of various classical, modern and folk forms.

Priced at 200 rupees, all proceeds from sales from this book will be directed to ABHAI for flood relief of artistes, instruments and families.
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Anita Ratnam presented A Million Sitas on Jan 24, 2016 At Western Quadrangle inside Kolkata's Victoria Memorial
Kolkata Literary Meet

Mahagami presented 6th Sarngadeva Samaroh & Sarngadeva Prasang
January 15 - 18, 2016 Aurangabad
Photos courtesy: Mahagami

Nupur steps into its third decade
- Leela Venkataraman

Nritya Parva 2015 at Guwahati
- Nita Vidyarthi

Impressive recital by Aparna Jayaram
- A. Boothalingam

Enchanting music, exquisite dance
- Ranee Kumar

Captivating recital by Aishwarya Balasubramanian
- A. Boothalingam

Mohini Nrityati
- Padma Jayaraj

In step with tradition
- Shereen Saif

Margazhi festival of Takshashila Dance Academy
- Vijay Shanker

The gungaan of the Ganganis
- Shveta Arora

Rich variety at Drishti Festival
- G.Ulaganathan

Apoorva Noopura Dance Company in Bangalore
- Satish Suri

These budding dancers need our help
- G. Ulaganathan

Dwita: Duality of life
- Vaishnavi B.M.

Mudra Dance Festival 2016: Day 2
- Shereen Saif

San Francisco Bay area soaks in Bhakti
- Poornima Ramaprasad

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