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July 1, 2018

A work of art, when carefully contemplated, enters our mind, becomes part of ourselves, as happens with a gripping tale, and adds another life to our own.
- Sylvain Bellanger
Director, Capodimonte Museum, Naples

A familiar pattern seems to have emerged each July.
I find myself outside India, outside home ground and embraced by strange and exciting environs.
Greece, Spain, Africa, Chile.
And now Italy and Malta.

These annual summer travels are propelled by various factors.
Family reunions, theatre and dance conferences, recharging and recouping times.

This trip is a combination of many strands. I have been in preparation for a grueling tour of 3 countries and the advance work relies heavily upon my single shoulders. Without the usual diaspora MAAMA-MAAMI circuit to cushion the classical dance shows, my theatre and educational trips are not as well funded but oh so rewarding! With visas becoming more difficult to obtain for accompanying artistes and fees becoming squeezed by global right wing/anti-art lobbies, the present and future is mottled to put it gently!

I have never understood the wisdom of leaving India to dance again and again only for your own people who live outside. Yes, the wealthy diaspora - especially in the USA - also have demands for culture/entertainment (sometimes they confuse one with the other) but the new societies themselves exist beyond the ghetto clusters of most diaspora groups. And our immigrants refuse to remove their blinkers and realize that they actually DO NOT LIVE IN MYLAPORE ANY MORE! And Mylapore has changed more than San Jose!

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Measuring the SPIC MACAY experience

Two day Festival of Bharatanatyam at Dhaka University

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy's two day Manipuri Dance Festival

Folk divas from Bangladesh drama

Many and Mono

Birthday wishes
Mayadhar Raut (Odissi): July 6
Narthaki Nataraj (BN): July 6
Kalamandalam Venkitt (Kathakali): July 7
Lynne Fernandez: July 10
Astad Deboo: July 13
Yog Sunder (Kathakali & Manipuri): July 16 (97 years)
Rama Vaidyanathan (BN): July 17
D Keshava (BN): July 18
Sharon Lowen (Odissi): July 23
Sunayana Hazarilal (Kathak): July 28
Akram Khan: July 29

Art is the lie that tells the truth.
- Picasso
(In the film 'Genius: Picasso')

Konark Sun Temple, Odisha
Photo: Lalitha Venkat

Srjan, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Nrityabasa presented Srjan's budding talents in 'Upasaranam: Moving towards Excellence,' an evening of Odissi dance on July 7, 2018 at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar.
Photos courtesy: Srjan

Stunning Pankha exhibition by artist Jatin Das
At: IGNCA, Delhi
Photos: Anoop Arora

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

Tridhara dedicates
2018 Odissi tour
To Guru Debaprasad Das

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

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

Nadam presents
10th Chinna Kalanadam Festival

Jul 14 & 15, 2018 Bangalore

Manasa-Art Without Frontiers presents Looking Back to Move Forward Dance Festival
Jul 25-31, 2018 New Delhi

Pickle Factory presents
Pickle Factory Preludes

Aug 1 & 3, 2018 Kolkata

Nrityayatri presents
Sampradaya by Priyadarsini Govind

Aug 4, 2018 Pune

Natya Tarangini presents
Parampara Series

Aug 10 - 12, 2018 New Delhi

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

Indian Dance under Gender Radar 
- Dr. Utpal K Banerjee

Swarnamalya Ganesh on research in dance
- Shveta Arora

Pragyadyuti presented 'Sayam-Dhwani' at Kolkata
- Nita Vidyarthi

The classical and the folk interact in Ayswaria Wariar’s dance drama
- Dr. S.D. Desai

Malika: a unique garland
- Anjelli Wignakumar & Sharone Balarajah

Alokparna Guha's 'Ehi Kesava'
-Tapati Chowdurie

Ojas: A platform to showcase dance
- Satish Suri

Stunning Pankha exhibition by Jatin Das
- Shveta Arora

Dance that was dignified and delicate
- Chittaranjan Mothikhane

Indian spirituality in Western modern dancing
- Pallavi Verma

From Kolusu to Salangai
- Ashley

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

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