Legendary Bharatanatyam guru and choreographer Padmasri Adyar K Lakshman passed away at 8.25pm at BSS Hospital in Chennai on August 19, 2014. He had suffered a stroke and the end came due to respiratory complications. He was 81 yrs old. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons and a daughter. His son Baba Prasad can be contacted at +919884145966

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Yoga guru BKS Iyengar passed away at 3.15am at a private hospital in Pune (Dec 14, 1918 – Aug 20, 2014). He founded the style of yoga known as ‘Iyengar Yoga’ and is considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. Perhaps no one has done more than Iyengar to bring yoga to the West. His book Light on Yoga contains detailed instructions on how to perform more than 200 poses. Considered as the Bible of yoga, it has been translated into 18 languages. The world will dearly miss this wonderful teacher who has been one of the most influential advocates of yoga. 
BKS Iyengar in 1977: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pIgs03TYo4#t=76

Change in where to apply for grants
Why classical dancers are upset with India's Ministry of Culture
- Nayantara Narayanan, scroll.in, 11 Aug 2014

Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Photo: Usha RK
Anita says.....

Time flies when you are older. It is more true than ever. The second half of the year is upon us, the sun has begun its descent and festival time is upon us in India. In the midst of summer’s blaze, dance is more present than ever – in parks, gardens, lakes, galleries and malls around the world. In this dizzying world of change, blurring images and mind numbing information, we notice that as the world hurtles onwards, the system and methodology of dance training in India has not changed as much. Speaking on this subject in Chennai was Leela Samson- ever thoughtful and articulate – about how each teacher must be respectful of the student and realistic about expectations from the guru-sishya alchemy. An urban experience and diasporic histories must be considered when transferring traditional knowledge systems like the classical arts.

The big news/controversy in the dance world is the recent decision of the Indian Culture Ministry to divide the responsibility of selecting dancers for the international FESTIVALS OF INDIA. With the government committed to showcasing Indian culture through dance and music in over 15 countries over the next three years, the thorny minefield of artiste selection once again rears its head. The ICCR chairman Dr. Karan Singh is resigning and his successor will be named this month. Across the world, ministries and embassies are being asked to clear the backlog of paperwork and streamline their work culture. In India the four government funded institutions, Kalakshetra (Chennai), Jawaharlal Nehru Manipuri Dance Academy (Imphal), Koodiyattam Kendra (Trissur) and Kathak Kendra (New Delhi) have been asked to put forth their large group productions for these PR junkets. In a bid to de-centralise artiste selections for solo and smaller group presentations, the Ministry of Culture has divided responsibility previously resting only with the ICCR New Delhi, into two geographical divisions. Sangeet Natak Akademi in Delhi for North India and Kalakshetra in Chennai for the rest of the country. The thorny issue is that one organisation is a cultural apex body with a national representation of artistes from around the country (SNA) and the other a dance school teaching one style of Bharatanatyam (Kalakshetra).

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GEETA CHANDRAN as VINATA in 'Vara: A Blessing' by Khyentse Norbu, Bhutan’s first English feature film

Anita Ratnam & Arangham Trust presented Float & Padme
August 9, 2014 at NGMA, Bangalore
Photos: M Vivekanandan

Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra presented ‘Krishna’
August 16 to 18, 2014 at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi
Photos: Shobha Deepak Singh

Maya - A Lifetime in Choreography - Book Launch, Bangalore
Photos: PeeVee Pv and Shandilya Srivatsa

Kathak through the Ages
August 8, 2014, Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore
Photos Courtesy: Natya & STEM Dance Kampni

Birthday wishes
Jitendra Maharaj (Kathak) - Sept 9
Kumkum Mohanty (Odissi) - Sept 10
Sai Venkatesh (lights) - Sept 10
Rajika Puri (Odissi, BN) - Sept 14
Alarmel Valli (BN) - Sept 14
Udupi Laxminarayan (BN guru) - Sept 17
Jhelum Paranjape (Odissi) - Sept 24
Ananda Shankar Jayant (BN, Kuchipudi) - Sept 27
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Sapphire Creations presents

Sept 8, 2014 New Delhi
Sept 10, 2014 Chandigarh
Sept 15 - 18, 2014 Kolkata

Art Vision presents 10th Sangam Festival, a confluence of dance
Sep 11, 2014 Bhubaneswar

Sonali Skandan & Jiva Dance premiere Mayura: Blue Peacock
Sep 18 - 20, 2014 NYC

Milapfest presents Sannidhi International conference for Indian Arts
Sep 30, Oct 1 & 2, 2014 Liverpool

Mandala Arts presents
Gait to the Spirit

Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2014 Vancouver

Homage to Guru Adyar K Lakshman (1933 - 2014)
- Chandrabhanu

Madhyama Segal’s Odissi recital
- Dr.Sunil Kothari

Madhura Bhrushundi’s Bharatanatyam recital
 - Dr. Sunil Kothari

Weaving what’s torn: Asunder by the Courtyard Dancers
- Mytili Jagannathan

Antardrishti-Geetamritam, a neo-classical innovation in Odissi dance
- Nita Vidyarthi

Nostalgia from Nrityagram

- Veejay Sai

Chitrangana: A welcome endeavor in Mohiniattam
- Supriya Rajan

Raining taal
- Shveta Arora

Guru Debaprasad Das: Icon of Odissi
- Nita Vidyarthi

Telugu Traditions
- Tadepalli Satyanarayana

The role of the arts in developing sustainable inter-ethnic engagement in Malaysia
- Ramli Ibrahim

Vadya Pallavi: the concept and process
-  Parwati Dutta

Uma Dogra: Dancing is my first love
- Vijay Shanker

Guru B. Herambanathan

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