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Anita says.....

May 2019

Every day brings a chance for you
To draw in your breath
Kick off your shoes
And DANCE
- Oprah Winfrey

There have been flood of celebrations across India for WORLD DANCE DAY (April 29) that it would seem as if the day was created by an Indian. The fact is that the day, follows World Music Day (June 21) and World Theatre Day (March 27) and all three were created by - Jack Lang, Maurice Fleuret (Music) / International Theatre Institute (Theatre) / Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (Dance).

India does not stop dancing. Performances occur throughout the year with a deluge during the months between October and March. However, a single day to commemorate the very act of dancing also focuses on issues and reflections on those individuals who have shaped and tinted the gorgeous, gritty and glamorous world of dancing and dance making.

Over the past 20 years, events have become more and more layered and interesting. Going beyond stage performances, it is interesting to watch as some curators and presenters mark WORLD DANCE DAY by conversations with senior artistes, spotlighting the next generation talent, lifting the veil off various composition and choreography processes, shooting and producing short videos, and using Instagram to grab attention.

New York celebrated two weeks of nonstop dance via the KATHAK festival and Rajika Puri's carefully curated DANCING FOR THE GODS. Sujata Mohapatra received rave reviews for her meticulously crafted performance.

GEETA CHANDRAN's 15th edition of NATYA VRIKSHA'S YOUNG DANCERS FESTIVAL continued to draw the dance elite of New Delhi. Manasvini Ramachandran, daughter and student of Revathi Ramachandran, received accolades for her beautiful Bharatanatyam performance as did Rajashri Praharaj for her Odissi recital which was steeped in the ethos of her style.

Sanjukta Wagh's BEEJ GARAGE, Mumbai, organized conversations between Astad Deboo and Manipuri legend Darshana Jhaveri. 

Read on...






Delhi inauguration of fine idea of Nava Pallava needs more clarity


More praise than dance


Arts in whole-child education



A medley of classical dances


A fairy tale and a morality play


Delving into Partition's realpolitik


Sanjali's Pravah Dance Festival in memory of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra


Nrutya Rangoli Samanvay Art Festival: Part 1


Nrutya Rangoli Samanvay Art Festival: Part 2


Samsmaranam: 15th anniversary of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra



A for arangetram










BIRTHDAY WISHES
Parassini Kunhiraman Nair: May 3
Leela Samson:  May 6
Rajendra Gangani: May 7
Mallika Sarabhai: May 8
Kumudini Lakhia: May 17
Ramli Ibrahim: May 20
Anita Ratnam: May 21
Revathi Ramachandran: May 21
Kalamandalam Gopi: May 21
CV Chandrasekhar: May 22
Pratap Pawar: May 22
QUOTE

Man must speak, then sing, then dance. The speaking is the brain, the thinking man. The singing is the emotion. The dancing is the Dionysian ecstasy which carries away all.

- Isadora Duncan






Sam Ved Society for Performing Arts presented Bhavanjali

Parasurameswara temple, Bhubaneswar
Photo: Lalitha Venkat





Earth Speaks
by Samudra Dance Creations

May 25, 2019 San Francisco




Arangham Learning Labs
a capacity building initiative
for classical dancers

Sept 3 to 9, 2019 Chennai




Visually impaired dancers showcase a world of talent
- G Ulaganathan


Atharvotsav Dance Festival
- Vijay Shanker


Snavaja Krishnan: A Margam of artistic excellence
- Satish Suri

A mission to make Kathak a household name


Dance we dance
- Sharmila Basu Thakur


Samskriti 2019
- Prerana Naidu Paidipati




Guru-Shishya Parampara: Then vs. Now

- Madhur Gupta


Origin of Gotipua Parampara
- Prajna Mishra


Abhinaya - The most relevant and contemporary of our repertoire
- Amrita Lahiri



I can weave through many interesting identities and roles: Ramli Ibrahim
- Vijay Shanker


First Presidential address by Biranchi Narayan Rautray in the first meeting of Jayantika established on June 22, 1958
(Translated from Odia by Malabika Patel, edited by Ileana Citaristi)



Naattumozhi: The mystique of the vernacular
- Padma Jayaraj


Intriguing dance dramas on American soil
- Jayashree Anand, Anita Sanjeeva


Captivating Nrithyollasa 60
- Dr. M. Surya Prasad


Boundless verve
- Sharmila Basu Thakur

'Mahatma - An Eternal Spirit' combines intelligibility and aesthetics
- Dr. S.D. Desai


Ancient innovation
- Priya Narayan


Modest choreographic surprises at Shubha Desai's annual event
- Dr. S.D. Desai




NSD students perform Pancha-no Vesh in Bhavai style
- Dr. S.D. Desai





In praise of MBE awardee Kathak exponent Pratap Pawar
- Dr.Sunil Kothari


Musical Footsteps in Poetic Dance: Jamuna Krishnan
- Dr. Navina Jafa




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