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I would rather be a meteor
Every atom of me in magnificent glow
Than a sleepy and permanent planet
- Jack London

Chennai was aglow and in full bloom in the last month of 2018.
All the clichť words used to describe this South Indian metropolis rang true during the month of MARGAZHI.
(Non Tamilians merrily said MAARGAZZZZZI with aplomb and we just smiled in unison!)

Silks, gold, jasmine, sandalwood, kajal, bindis, beaming faces meeting old friends and everyone discussing DANCE in excited chatter made us feel that WE WERE INDEED in the centre of the universe, even if it was just a 30 day illusion!

Between conferences and daily performances, culture tours and cuisine, Chennai was the hub of the Indian dance universe for a brief and glorious time. I was fortunate NOT to perform this season but promised to watch as much dance as I possibly could.
And I did.

Here are my observations. They are random and not in any particular order.

Read on...

The Quintessential Calcutta

Colours of Kashmiriyat

Kadamba of Natya Darshan flowered without rambling

Nalanda Dance Research Centre's Nartanotsava

10th edition of Parikrama dance festival

The French connection

Cartoon strip by Anusha Namburi, disciple of Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant  

Nataraja temple, Chidambaram
Photo: Lalitha Venkat

Birthday wishes
Vyjayanthi Kashi: Jan 1
Satyanarayana Raju: Jan 6
Savithri Jagannath Rao: Jan 9
Darshana Jhaveri: Jan 9
Leela Venkataraman: Jan 11
Janaki Srinivasan (Sruti): Jan 13
Geeta Chandran: Jan 14
P Praveen Kumar: Jan 25
Bijayini Satpathy: Jan 26
Lakshmi Viswanathan: Jan 27

"Creativity is not born in isolation. It is a cumulative residual legacy from generations of philosophers, artists, intellectuals, scientists and artists. Without this DNA, creativity cannot have a future. This is the challenge the present generation is faced with."
- Ratan Thiyam
('Drama in the time of bigotry: theatre director and poet Ratan Thiyam' by Pradip Phanjoubam, The Hindu, Dec 1, 2018)

Season schedule

Museum of Performing Arts Foundation presents
Credo of a Dancer: Exhibition on Balasaraswati

Jan 3 - 9, 2019: Music Academy
Feb 6 & 7: The Amethyst, Chennai

Counting and Cracking
Jan 11 - Feb 2, 2019 Sydney
Mar 2 - 9, 2019 Adelaide

Mahagami presents
Sarngadeva Samaroh

Jan 18 - 21, 2019 Aurangabad

Kala Pradarshini presents
Annual Natya Festival

Jan 18-22, 2019 Chennai

Drishti Art Foundation presents
14th Drishti National Dance Festival

Jan 19, 2019 Bangalore

Australia Fest in India presents
Churning Waters

28th Jan, Puducherry
31st Jan, Kanchipuram
3rd Feb, Chennai

Rhythmosaic premieres

Leeds Beckett University
Jan - Mar 2019 UK

Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula presents
9th Naada Bindu Festival

Feb 8 - 10, 2019 Kolwan, Pune

Malavika Venkatasubbaiah performs at Nrithya Yaatra
- Srivatsa Shandilya

Response to Srividya Natarajan's interview on 'The Undoing Dance'
- VP Dhananjayan

She sees the real shakthi in underprivileged girl child
- G Ulaganathan

Lalitha Srinivasan celebrates 40 years of Nupura
- Sunil Kothari

Nrithya Pillai's adherence to tradition
- Prathik Sudha Murali

Chiselled to perfection
- Jyothi Raghuram

Srinidhi Chidambaram's outstanding Bharatanatyam recital
- Dr. Sunil Kothari

Aesthetic beauty of dance and music
- JoŽl Riou

Art begets what art gets!
- Kasturika Mishra

How a dancer transforms: Streevesham dancer Abdul Khalid
- Shveta Arora

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