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Anita says.....

August 1, 2018

With white rings on wet umber
With moonlit sand I worship
You who thought burnt bodiless
Stroke ardour's ache: save my body.
I char for his sooty resplendence
Send me to him who grasps
The sphere spitting fire -
I'll follow as liquid shadow.

ANDAL's song to Kamadeva, God of Love
From NACHIYAR TIRUMOZHI
8th century CE
Translation by Priya Sarukkai Chabria

I open with a heartfelt round of gratitude to all those young dancers who wished me on Guru Purnima Day. Not being a guru in the traditional sense, I was moved, as I am each year, by the numerous messages and mails that come to me citing my work and words as an inspiration.
Thank you all... and may the light continue to burn within each of you!

Read on...





Indian dance as part of the world cultural community


Swing from ridiculous to sublime during homage to Guru Kundanlal Gangani



Tales of the bull and the tiger


Rasa Rangini Dance Festival



The many contra facts and fractals of dance scholarship



Damnation to Redemption


Opulent Odissi


Folk divas from Bangladesh drama


Many and Mono








Birthday wishes

Avinash Pasricha (photographer): Aug 2

Navtej Johar (BN): Aug 8

Vyjayanthimala Bali (BN): Aug 13

Kalamandalam Vasu Pisharody (Kathakali): Aug 15

Rajee Narayan (BN): Aug 19

Ramaa Bharadvaj (BN): Aug 25
QUOTE
"The dancer is at once the sculptor, sculpting and structuring space, in forms both graceful and powerful. She is the painter, adding tints and hues to a line drawing, bringing it to life. She is the poet, writing her poems with movements, gestures and expressions. Ultimately she is the seeker, whose dance becomes a transcendental, transforming experience - a joyous prayer with one’s very being."
- Alarmel Valli
(‘Bharatanatyam - fusion of body, mind, soul,’ by Seeta Ratnakar, Rotary News, June 2018)

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Painting by Sahana Sundar, disciple of Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant

The Balance -
Cartoon by Patruni Chidananda Sastry
Balancing both passion and profession is hard. Dedicating it to all dancers who work as doctors, software engineers, teachers, lawyers, government employees, and so on.




Paraspar was presented by Parvathy Baul (Baul sangeet) and Parwati Dutta (Odissi)
On July 23, 2018 at Mahagami, Aurangabad
Photos courtesy: Mahagami

In celebration of 40 years, Shankarananda Kalakshetra premieredTALES OF THE BULL AND THE TIGER on August 4, 2018 at Ravindra Bharati, Hyderabad
Choreography: Dr.Ananda Shankar Jayant
Photos: G Muralidhar

Tridhara presented 32nd SRADHANJALI SAMAROHA celebrating Guru Debaprasad Das on July 16, 2018 at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar
Photos courtesy: Tridhara





Shambhavi's International School of Kathak & Meenal’s Academy of Performing Arts present Pt.Rajendra Gangani’s USA tour
Aug 3 - 24, 2018 USA


Tridhara presents Ekaika 3
Odissi by Diptimayee Sahu

Rabindra Mandap, 7pm
Aug 30, 2018 Bhubaneswar

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


Natya Dance Theatre presents
Anita Ratnam's A Million Sitas

Sept 29, 2018 River Forest, IL




Dr. S. Vasudevan: Without an understanding of music and rhythm, dance is impossible
- Shveta Arora





The ritual dance of devotion from Melattur
- Dr. Utpal K Banerjee




Awards on an arbitrary criteria
- Madhavi Puranam




Rasoham 2018
- Satish Suri


Poulasya Charitam: Ravana Brahma
- Veena Murthy Vijay


Mali's poem finds lyrical expression in the film Neelima
- Dr. S D Desai

32nd Sradhanjali Samaroha in remembrance of Guru Debaprasad Das
- Nita Vidyarthi


Pt Birju Maharaj and family dazzle in Parampara: The Tradition
- Madhuja Mukhopadhyay



beAware - A light towards lighting!
- Rachana Narayanankutty


Megh Malhar festival 2018
- Chandra Anand


Past, Present and Future scenario of Indian performing art forms
-Tapati Chowdurie

Drishtikon Home-Studio Baithak
- Kasturika Mishra


Sattriya workshop and performance
- Jintu Sarma


Martial arts in a dance workshop
- Padma Jayaraj






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