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Standing at the platform where MK GANDHI was
thrown off the train in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Anita says.....

September 1, 2018

Being very good will not change the world
Excellence will
- Usain Bolt, Olympic athlete

Cheers from Durban!

With seasons and hemispheres upturned, our faithful #TEAMSITA spent a full week in this historic South African city. Replete with references to Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, we had a chance to visit many of the sites that triggered my country's independence movement and influenced South Africa's destiny.

With 1 million Indians making up 25% of the city's demographic, I saw Indians everywhere! Dressed in saris even as I exited the airport, silks, shiny crystal dipped georgettes, bling shoes, hair in various tiers of curls and clips- I had to look around to confirm that I had actually left T Nagar!

Read on...





Fluent, fragrant, flamboyant


Obeisance to an icon


A Kathak-Bharatanatyam jugalbandi


Love is like a red, red rose




"#TimesUp", and it is your time now: Why the dance world needs to think about "#MeToo"



Celebrating hundred years of Guru Bipin Singh's Manipuri Nartanalaya

Reaching for the skies prematurely



8th edition of Parampara Dance and Music Festival








Birthday wishes
Jitendra Maharaj (Kathak): Sept 9

Kumkum Mohanty (Odissi): Sept 10

Rajika Puri (Odissi): Sept 14

Alarmel Valli (BN): Sept 14

Jhelum Paranjape (Odissi): Sept 24

Ananda Shankar Jayant (BN): Sept 27
QUOTE
Your concerns should extend beyond the rehearsal space and stage. A dancer should keep asking questions about art and life to develop a wider perspective.
- Akram Khan
(‘I will miss being in the spotlight, says Akram Khan’ by Chitra Swaminathan, The Hindu Fri Review, May 25, 2018)


COMMENT
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- Patruni Chidananda Sastry 



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

Nataraja, Sketch by Vishnu, disciple of Dr.Ananda Shankar Jayant




Dr. Anita Ratnam presented Parankusa Nayaki NAMMAZHWAR for 'PaPaPa - Nayaki'
Organized by SriPaadham Academy of Dance
At: Sri Krishna Gana Sabha on August 15, 2018 Chennai

Anita Ratnam presented A MILLION SITAS on August 30 & 31, 2018 at Durban, S Africa, for the annual JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience

Madhu Nataraj has choreographed 3 video montages for the eponymous design brand- Aranyani





Anita Ratnam presents A Million Sitas
Aug 30 & 31, S Africa
Sept 8 - 29, USA


Samved Society for Performing Arts presents Bhavanjali, 70th birth anniversary of Pt Durgalal
Sept 9 & 27, Mumbai


The Attakkalari Dance Company presents Bhinna Vinyasa
Sept 14 - Oct 6, 2018 Canada & Spain


Jayantika-Mayadhar Raut School of Odissi Dance presents Mamta Raut Dance Festival
Sept 21 - 23, 2018


Pickle Factory Weekends presents
The Free Male negotiating the female in dance

Sept 28-30, 2018 Kolkata


Natya Dance Theatre presents
Anita Ratnam's A Million Sitas

Sept 29, 2018 River Forest, IL


Guru Shradha's 10th anniversary
Kelucharan Keerti Sampradaya Festival 2018

Sept 29, 2018 Woodside, CA

50 years of Bharata Kalanjali
Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Auditorium

Oct 2, 2018 Chennai


Natyanjali Trust presents
Nartaka Festival on Oct 4 & 5
Natya Utsav on Oct 6 & 7

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai



Kala Pradarshini presents
Ghantasala 96

Oct 5, 2018 Chennai


Nartanam presents Nartanam Conclave - Seminar & performances
Oct 5-8, 2018 Hyderabad


Tridhara presents Ekaika
Odissi by Chisato Miura

Oct 8, 2018 Nagoya, Japan


Kalasagara UK presents
Tat Tvam Asi

Oct 21 & 28, 2018 Freemont & NYC





'Naadanta' by Nritya Kalangan and Jalsa Chandra Performing Troupe
- Nita Vidyarthi


Trishanku by Rachna Yadav
- Kasturika Mishra

William Shakespeare through Kathakali
- Madhuja Mukhopadhyay


When the dialogue became a discourse
- Anand Nandi




Watch dance, it will give you joy: Dr. Sunil Kothari's life in dance
- Shveta Arora



Mehfils of today and yesteryears
- Kasturika Mishra


Prathibha Pradarshan
- Chandra Anand

OMC Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award Festival 2018
- Lalitha Venkat




Bharata Nāṭyabodhini
- Arjun Bharadwaj


A Dancer Looks Back - 45 Years in India: Photographic Exhibition
-  Sharon Lowen





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