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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

QUOTE
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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