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Anita says.....

Like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning
Like an ever spinning wheel

Like a tunnel that you follow
To a tunnel of its own
Down a hollow to a cavern
Where the sun has never shone

Like a door that keep revolving
In a half forgotten dream

Pictures hanging in a hallway
Like fragments of a song

And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind

- Theme song from the film THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR

The freewheeling lyrics of this 1968 Oscar winning song has been stuck in my head for the past few days. Contrasting images, opposing words, a conundrum that seems endless without a clear denouement.

Despite my smiling face at the top of this editorial, there is NOTHING to smile about.
It has been a bewildering month and a devastating month. This COVID-19/CORONA pandemic that has upturned our lives, dashed our plans and slashed our existence is going to change the way we live and see the world forever. Who knew that a virus from one country, one city could infect and affect so many lives across the planet!

At this time, it seems inappropriate to talk about DANCE. I recognise the thousands and thousands of artistes whose livelihoods have been threatened, whose annual plans have been trashed and who are now scrambling to find alternatives. Amidst the catastrophe of half finished projects, international collaborations and more, I also recognise the many inventive ways via technology that several dance artistes are seeking to continue the practice and teaching of their art. It seems like Armageddon - the doomsday scenario that many ancient seers have spoken about. Amidst the current ruin of canceled shows, tours and what seemed like sure-fire itineraries down the drain, performers are scrambling to simply SURVIVE in the midst of what seems to be a year of ruin.

If only we can hit the RESET button for the year 2020. But it is upon us. The biggest pandemic and the most significant crisis to hit the arts sector. Unemployment and loss of income is the most immediate fall out of this pandemic. But the consequences are far greater. It feels like an acid that is eating away- past the surface of our skin to the very bones and marrow of our creative fires.

So, how can I write about DANCE? What more can I say about the dark mood and depressing landscape that stretches before us.

It is ironic that this month, NARTHAKI.COM enters its 21st year online. We had many plans to mark the ADULTHOOD of my baby - infant - toddler - adolescent - teenager - fully grown adult.
Our small team of Lalitha Venkat, Sumathi and Raksha Patel join me in thanking you all for the confidence, trust and faith that you have placed on our portal and hope we can continue to serve and illuminate the global Indian dance community through our various articles and information that are featured.

In the light of adding new phrases to our vocabulary -

With the extraordinary circumstances of the moment, we have chosen to share the views of some of our faithful members and close friends across the world. Dancers, choreographers, dance advocates - both performers and supporters. 21 voices. To mark year #21 that NARTHAKI.COM is beginning.

Read on...

Badami, Karnataka
Photo: Madhuri Upadhya

"There is only one way to look at things until someone shows us how to look at them with different eyes."
- Pablo Picasso

Narthaki, a digital presence for all things dance in a democratic and positive way uplifting performing artists' careers.
- Jyotsna Vaidee

MK Saroja (BN guru): April 7
VP Dhananjayan (BN): April 17
Ambika Panicker (Odissi): April 20
Elakshiben Thakore (BN): April 21
Uma Dogra (Kathak): April 23
Aruna Mohanty (Odissi): April 25
A Janardhanan (Kathakali): April 25
Sonal Mansingh (Odissi): April 30

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