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The SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI AWARD for 2017
Sujata Mohapatra (Odissi), Rama Vaidyanathan (Bharatanatyam), Shobha Koser (Kathak), Madambi Subramaniam (Kathakali), LN Oinam Ongbi Dhoni Devi (Manipuri), Deepika Reddy (Kuchipudi), Ramkrishna Talukdar (Sattriya), Janmejoy Saibabu (Chhau), Ashit Desai (music for dance), Sandhya Purecha (Overall Contribution), Tadepalli Satyanarayana Sarma (Other Major Traditions of Theatre - Yakshagana)
The honour of Akademi Award carries Rs one lakh purse money, besides a Tamrapatra and Angavastram.

USTAD BISMILLAH KHAN YUVA PURASKAR for 2017
Parshwanath Upadhye (Bharatanatyam), Vidha Lal (Kathak), C.M. Unnikrishnan (Kathakali), Adhikarimayum Radhamanbi Devi (Manipuri), Bhavana Reddy (Kuchipudi), Janhabi Behera (Odissi), Sudesh Adhana (Contemporary Dance), Sai Shravanam (Music for Dance)
Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar carries a purse money of Rs. 25,000. 
http://sangeetnatak.gov.in/sna/home.php


Anita says.....

June 1, 2018

"We should consider a day lost in which we don’t dance at least once."
- Friedrich Nietzsche (Philosopher)

May is a month of heat, holidays and hiatus.

It used to be that dancers would take a break from the searing heat to rest, recoup and reflect.
No longer.
Too many dancers - too many platforms - too little money. The conundrum continues…

With such low expectations, dancers are content to zip their mouths and accept performance opportunities without any remuneration - in India.

Read on...





Measuring the SPIC MACAY experience


Unexpected Odissi bonuses



Why Kumudini Lakhia’s Kathak stands out for its presentation


Ravaged land, scarred psyche


Portrait of a tortured artist


Fantasy: The Ominous and the Hilarious










Parshwanath temple, Ranakpur
Photo: Lalitha Venkat

COMMENT
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- Sanjay Vadapalli, Hyderabad
Birthday wishes
Kanak Rele: June 11
Malavika Sarukkai: June 15
Kamala Lakshminarayanan: June 16
GS Rajan (flautist): June 17
Sujata Mohapatra: June 26


QUOTE
"Everything has become a product-including dance. This poses a problem when a classical Indian dancer does not associate his 'calling' as a product to be marketed and sold like the rest of commercial items on the shelf of a supermarket."
- Ramli Ibrahim (at Natya Darshan, Dec 2017)





6th Spic Macay International Convention
June 3 - 9, 2018 at IIT Kharagpur
Photos: Anish Mishra




Cartoon strip by by Sahana Sundar, disciple of Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant







Tridhara dedicates
2018 Odissi tour
To Guru Debaprasad Das

June 1 - Aug 11, 2018
India, Singapore, Malaysia & Japan


Uma Murali & Subhasheelam Academy of Fine Arts present
Dance musical Silapathigaram

Jun 30, 2018 Chennai

KalpanArts presents
Simeon

Jun 30 & Jul 1, 2018 Mumbai
Jul 7, 2018 New Delhi


Padmalaya Dance Foundation presents Youth In Dance
Jul 8, 2018 Bangalore


Sam Ved Society for Perf Arts presents 28th Raindrops Festival
Jul 14 & 15, 2018 Mumbai




Guru Thokchom Brindashabi Devi (1934-2018)
- Sinam Basu Singh


Indian Dance under Gender Radar 
- Dr. Utpal K Banerjee



Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards 2017: Is the process mechanized?
- Bhavanvitha Venkat





A unique production on Devaradiyal
- Dhanasekar Prabakaran


And the twain did meet
- Kamini Dandapani

Still I Rise: A bold, thought provoking production
- Priya Das



Shinjan's Odissi Festival 2018
- Tapati Chowdurie


Nritya Guru Pt Bhubaneswar Mishra Award Festival 2018
- Nita Vidyarthi

Delectable portrayals of Sangam Age poetry in dance
- Tapati Chowdurie





Aditi Mangaldas on 10 x 10
- Shveta Arora


Indian spirituality in Western modern dancing
- Pallavi Verma





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