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Breathing in I am aware of the blue sky
Breathing out I smile at the blue sky
Suddenly, the blue sky smiles back
The blue sky becomes a smile
I smile back
- Thich Nhat Hanh
Buddhist Monk



For the past few days, my I POD playlist is looping the songs of Sridevi. She was not my favourite actor and I winced when I heard her squeaky voice on screen, but her charisma and comic timing was without dispute. While most of the Bollywood fans around the world may remember her from her Hindi films, we in South India were fortunate to see her before her NIP AND TUCK era as a fabulous actress in films like SADMA and MOONDRAM PIRAI. Despite her “thunder thighs” her dancing was also specially crafted for the camera, every angle and every bend catering to the loving glance of that glass eye that forever captured her sparkle and talent.

While the entire nation mourned her tragic passing, I wondered if the death of a dance artiste would garner so much national media. Of course not! What am I thinking? Dance? Important? Cha Cha! What a stretch of imagination to even THINK that! And with this government that spouts “ancient culture” and claps Bollywood in the same breath!

Ironically, I was at an event in Chennai accepting the GOLDEN STAR award (THANGA TARAKAI) on the birth anniversary of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. She was also a Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancer and it was she who gifted the prime Chennai land to Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam. With the passing of Vempati Ravi, the future of the academy remains unanswered. While making the acceptance speech surrounded by political MIKE-LLS (those who seize the mike and never give it up!) I mentioned this very fact that learning Bharatanatyam was a MUST for every aspiring actor. Kathak also was a style that many actors had to pick up for the camera close up of the eyes and the eyebrows.

Sridevi was the last of the South Indian dancing heroines to storm the Bollywood bastion and her dance tracks became iconic globally. It was perhaps around the same time of my delayed award ceremony that the film queen was found dead in the bathtub in Dubai. ATMA SHANTI to a dancer, actor and true diva! 

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Magic of Khajuraho and classical Indian dances: Part 1

Magic of Khajuraho and classical Indian dances: Part 2

Birthday wishes
K Kalyanasundaram (BN): March 1
Menaka Thakkar (Odissi): March 3   
Rani Karnaa (Kathak): March 11
Shobana Chandrakumar (BN): March 21
Sudharani Raghupathy (BN): March 21
Vidhya Subramanian (BN): March 24

Merit alone is not enough these days. You require showmanship and publicity. But leadership must come out of merit alone.
-Rukmini Devi Arundale
(‘I want everybody to help Kalakshetra: Rukmini Devi Arundale,’ India Today, Jan 15, 1986)

I came across, a gem that you have created and nurtured over the years. It is truly inspiring to see the vibrant community of dancers you have created online.
- Pallavi Shome, Mumbai

Iravateswara temple, Darasuram, Tamilnadu
Photo: Lalitha Venkat

Pick of the month
From Kalakshetra Alumni Association

Alumni meet minister, say Kalakshetra 'desecrated' by Siddharth Prabhakar

Kalakshetra Foundation & Lalgudi Trust present
Sambhavami Yuge Yuge

Mar 25, 2018 Chennai

Guru Kanaka Sudhakar presents Nagarathnamma
Pacharatna Pacharasam Natya

Mar 30, 2018 New Delhi

Sparsh presents Murchhana: Eternal spirit of music By Sharmila Biswas & OVM
Apr 6, 2018 Kolkata

Guru Shradha presents
Shraddhanjali - Tribute to Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra

Apr 7, 2018 Milpitas, CA

Nandanik presents
Vilaya: The Confluence

Apr 13 & 14, 2018 Carnegie, PA

Sweating Saris By Priya Srinivasan & Ramya Harishankar
Apr 20-27, 2018 CA & WA

Natya presents
Rama Vaidyanathan's Vivartana

Apr 29, 2018 Naperville, IL

Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Jayanti Bhagavata Mela Natya Nataka Sangam presents 78th Year Bhagavata Mela Nataka Mahotsav
May 17 - 26, 2018 Melattur

You are just as good as your last performance: Geeta Chandran
- Shveta Arora

Koodiyattam maestro P.K. Govindan Nambiar
- Padma Jayaraj

Kinetic bodies and the eye of the beholder
- Niloshree Bhattacharya

'Sita Apaharan' Yakshagana
- Shama Bhate

Parampara Festival 2018
- Nita Vidyarthi

Celebrating the legacy of Guru Rohini Bhate
- Satish Suri

- Janani Murali

Dikshant Samaroh for six young dancers
- G.Ulaganathan

Maha Shivaratri Festival at Sivasagar
-Tapati Chowduri

Kalidasa Natyotsavam
-  Devaki and Gayathri

24th Acharya Chaube Maharaj Mahotsav
- Anupma Sharma

Meera comes alive
- G. Ulaganathan

Shivaaraadhana through Nrityaadhyayana
- Vishnuprasad

Subraya Bhat (1946 – 2018)
-Akshara Bharadwaj


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