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Presentation of SNA Awards on Jan 17, 2018 at Rashtrapathi Bhavan, New Delhi, by the President of India. 

37th Natya Kala Conference on Sringaram: An Immersion
Convenor: Dr.Srinidhi Chidambaram
Day 1 (Dec 26, 2017)    ;    Day 2 (Dec 27, 2017)   ;   Day 3 (Dec 28, 2017)   ;   Day 4 (Dec 29, 2017)    ;   Day 5 (December 30, 2017)

The prestigious KALIDAS SAMMAN bestowed by the Govt of Madhya Pradesh for this year goes to Lakshmi Viswanathan for Bharatanatyam, Darshana Jhaveri for Manipuri, Pt Jitendra Maharaj for Kathak, Radha and Raja Reddy for Kuchipudi.

Anita says.....

The arts of Asia are blessed with the syncretic traditions of interior monologues and societal change. Not so the European models of performance that relegated myth and the human spirit in the care of the Church and performance to only reflect secular themes. This dismissal of stylization and a relaxation into naturalism has caused so much of Western performance traditions to be lost.
- Joseph Campbell
The Ecstasy of Being

It was a month of tumultuous words and events that left many of us heart sick and exhausted. The volume and velocity of hate against women who are no longer with us to defend themselves or have their stories heard - vicious and unrelenting attacks against female performers and poets -  in my home state of Tamilnadu has seen the ugly head of MISOGYNY and HYPOCRISY surface in the very first month of the year.

2018 is the Chinese year of the DOG - an animal that is considered intelligent, faithful and intuitive. It is also a synonym for CUR - a pejorative for a dumb, idiotic, addlebrained MAN who devours and demolishes creative women as “immoral”. The D word continued to haunt the cultural and political space all through December and January. D for Devadasi. D for Devouring. D for Destruction. D for Desecration.

Between the headline grabbing comments of musician TM Krishna about Carnatic musician MS SUBBULAKSHMI and film lyricist Vairamuthu against mystic poet-goddess ANDAL, the Tamil community around the world was up in arms and social media was afire with the most foul and vitriolic stream of diatribe.

Women today who dance, sing, sculpt, act, paint and write have all been inspired by those incredible women who held their own in a man’s world conscripted by Kings, Nobles and  Zamindars. To use these creative women as a deck of cards to be dealt and gathered up at will is both cruel and dangerous. To use caste again and again to either demean or insult other communities only reveals how little India has progressed in its 70th year of independence. What is even worse is to use the D for DASI word to slander not only the women featured in the speeches but also to tarnish an entire community of hereditary women as foul and tainted. How terrible and troubling this is!

It was also a month of revelations. That mystic poet/goddess ANDAL has power and commands collective devotion amongst ALL TAMILS who gathered in many cities and towns in protest of Vairamuthu’s comments came as a surprise to many. For a week ANDAL became among the top ten searches on Google! The protest against TM Krishna’s comment about MSS was contained to the dance and music community and relatively more niche in comparison.

Read on...

NEW (in the) YEAR

Sangeet Natak Akademi awardees' festival

2nd Edition of Vempati's Marghazi Utsav 2017

If it is December, it must be Madras/Chennai

3rd edition of Shishir Chhanda Dance Festival

Sringaram: 'Leitmotif' for Bharatanatyam's dual anguish/ecstasy landscaping

Good ideas of Natya Darshan needed more respect for the clock

Mellow breeze from Manipur

The Yuletide Cadenza

SNA Awardees' Festival at Meghdoot Theatre, New Delhi

Photos: Avinash Pasricha

Antardrishti - A festival organised by Srjan & GKCM Odissi Research Centre, celebrating 92nd birth anniversary of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra

Jan 8 & 9, 2018 Bhubaneswar

Birthday wishes
Kapila Venu: Feb 3
Saskia Kersenboom: Feb 3
Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam: Feb 4
Pt. Birju Maharaj: Feb 4
Pushkala Gopal: Feb 9
Radha Reddy: Feb 15
Madhu Nataraj: Feb 24
Ashish Khokar: Feb 29

You can buy sponsors, you can buy critics, but you cannot buy an audience.
- Dr.Padma Subrahmanyam (Panel discussion at Music Academy, Jan 4, 2018)

Thank you for transmitting the newsletter like clockwork!
- Linus Aloysius

Parshwanath temple, Ranakpur
Photo: Lalitha Venkat

Akademi presents

The Troth - Usne Kaha Tha

Jan 26 - Mar 16, 2018
India & UK

Chinmaya Naada Bindu presents 8th Naada Bindu Festival, 3-Day Residential Arts Retreat
Feb 9 - 11, 2018 Pune

Contemplating the Contemporary breezes: Constructing cross-cultural communications in dance
- Sujatha Maringanti

Why are dancers so desperate for titles?

Vempati Ravi Shankar: A complete artist 
- Shantala Shivalingappa

Music Academy Dance Festival 2018 Memorable Mornings - The best of the lot
-Veejai Sai

Reliving the traditions
- Shilpi Aggarwal

AH SU RA: Pushing frontiers
- Prasanna Ramaswamy

Shower of bliss at Nrithya Varsha
- Sumangala Rathnakar

Collective legacy remembered
- Jyothi Raghuram

About last Season
- Jitendra Krishna

'A Million Sitas' by Dr. Anita Ratnam, Kampni Kutcheri Chamber Concert Series
- K Shridhar Hegde

attenDance awards 2017

Creative thematic presentation
- Dr. Bala Nandakumar

9th edition of Prajvalan in memory of Guru Madhurita Sarang
- Sunil Sunkara

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