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December 16, 2017 Chennai

Ashrita Keshav, disciple of Guru Kishore Mosalikanti presented a solo Kuchipudi  repertoire between 6.15 and 7.30pm at RR Sabha, Mylapore.

December 15, 2017 Kolkata

Surajhankar the dance drama SHISHUTIRTHA -Tagore’s first experimental effort in the Nrityanatya format. The program was presented by the teachers and students of Surajhankar in association with the Nrityaprerana School of Dance, Pune. The entire presentation was conceived and directed by principal emeritus and chief mentor, Dr. Amit Mitra.  Choreography: Dr Suchitra Date, narration: Jayeeta Bhattacharya
Venue: Rabindra Sadan, 7pm

December 15, 2017 Kolkata
Miranda in collaboration with The Asiatic Society, Calcutta, organized one-day national seminar on ASSESSING THE INFLUENCE OF THE NORTH EASTERN DANCE CULTURE ON THE DANCE FORMS OF BENGAL.
Inaugural session: 10.30am -12 noon
Welcome address: Dr. Satyabrata Chakrabarti, General Secretary, The Asiatic Society
Introduction to the Theme of the Seminar: Papia Roy, Coordinator of the Seminar
Keynote address: Guru Singhajit Singh, Manipuri dance guru
Address by the Guest of Honour: Dr. L. Upendra Sharma, Director, Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal
Address by the President: Professor Isha Mahammad, President, The Asiatic Society
Vote of thanks: Dr. Sujit Kumar Das, Treasurer, The Asiatic Society
Academic Session- I : 12 - 1.30pm
Moderator:  Bidisha Roy, Associate Editor, Indian Panorama, New York
Leela Venkataraman, author, dance critic
Guru Kalavati Devi, Director, Manipur Nartanalaya, Kolkata
Sukalyan Bhattacharyya, dancer and choreographer
Lunch Break: 1.30 - 2.15pm
Academic Session- II:  2.15 - 5pm
Moderator:  Papia Roy, Secretary, Miranda
Gautam Upadhyay, dancer
Santi Basu, dancer and choreographer
Dr.Sruti Bandyopadhyay, Professor of Dance, Visva Bharati
Interactive Session

December 15, 2017 New Delhi

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art presented SRINGARA BHAKTI, a Kuchipudi dance recital by Bhavana Reddy as closing event to commemorate the exhibition Amruta Kalasha: Thanjavur and Other South Indian paintings (conceptualized by Roobina Karode, from the private collection of Ar. Kuldip Singh)
At: KNMA, 145 DLF South Court Mall, Saket, New Delhi 110017, 6.30pm

December 13, 2017 New Delhi
NILIMA is Mohiniattam artiste Ayswaria Wariar’s debut as a film director and producer. She choreographed and brought to life on stage an enchanting poem (Nilima) by late V.Madhavan Nair “Mali” (author of over 50 books and the classic Kathakali, Karnasapatham). Converting Nilima into a film was the logical natural extension of its ethereal beauty. The short film, NILIMA- BEYOND THE BLUE…an exploration, is a profound and sublime travel of spiritual ideals through the dance style of Mohiniattam.
Mohiniattam recital by Ayswaria Wariar,
Screening of Nilima: Beyond the Blue…An Exploration / Dir. Ayswaria Wariar.
Followed by discussion on the Convergence of Film & Mohiniattam.
Venue: Stein Auditorium, Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, 7pm.
Info:  /

December 12, 2017 New Delhi
Young participants of Sangeetika Institute of Performing Arts being trained in Varanasi Gharana style of Kathak dance under Guru Shiya Parampara by Guru Jitendra Maharaj performed for annual day function.
At: Vasuki Auditorum, Lok kala Manch, Lodhi Road, 6.30pm
Info:  9811379709, 9871579988

December 10, 2017 Bangalore

On the completion of nineteen years of committed service to the world of music and dance, U Rise Vedic Sangeetha Academy presented ‘Tarang 2017’, a music and dance festival for upcoming young artists in classical music and dance. The artists who performed: Suranjana Endow, Gayathri Suryanarayana, Sachhidanand Narayankar, Mahalakshmi B, Kannagi Gosavi Rashmi Udupa. UVSA accoladed Rajamma Keshavamurthy and Shyamala Surendran for their lifetime contribution to the fields of classical music & classical dance respectively.
Venue: Rangasthala auditorium, MG Rd metro station, Shantala Nagar, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bangalore 560001, 9.30am onwards.
Info: 9972611088 /

December 10, 2017 Kolkata
Amita Dutt and group presented JANANI JANMABHUMI in the Uday Shankar Festival.
Venue: Rabindra Sadan, Kolkata, 11.45am

December 9 & 10, 2017 Hyderabad

2017 marks the 10th year of Natya Tarangini in Hyderabad. To celebrate this occasion there was a double bill anniversary Kuchipudi Dance Concert by the Kuchipudi dancing family Gurus Raja Radha Reddy, Yamini and Bhavana Reddy on 9th at Ravindra Bharathi at  6:30 pm and the students of Natya Tarangini on 10th of Dec at CCRT Amphitheatre at 6:30pm respectively.  

December 4 - 9, 2017 Hong Kong

-Astad Deboo performed for the ONE TABLE TWO CHAIRS event at the Black Box, which has been converted to a glass floor with glass back drop, challenging to the performers. In 1999 when Danny Yung, Artistic Director of Zuni, invited Astad to create the work, he used Hong Kong actor Cedric Chan for the collaboration and it was India and China - the two chairs and the table was the meeting point. This time, Astad presented a solo where he started his work on the table and then worked with the chairs spinning around them. Apart from Astad, artists from Istanbul, Phonm Penh, Yogjkarta, Bogota, Damascus,Tel Aviv, Nanjin and Japan shared 10 mts of their work on the 7th and 8th Dec.
At: the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Black Box
- On Dec 8, at the Opening of the BELT ROAD CONFERENCE, Astad was a part of the Opening at the Grand Theatre. Astad also conducted a workshop for the participants on 4th Dec.

December 8, 2017, Pittsburgh, PA
Nandanik Dance Troupe presented DANCE FOR CURE, a montage of Indian classical and contemporary, folk dances to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life
Venue: Indian Community Center, 205 Mary’s St., Carnegie, PA, 6:30-9:30pm
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December 8, 2017 New Delhi

Manasa - Art Without Frontiers presented NIRANTAR 2017. Disciples of Guru Sharon Lowen performed an evening of classic Odissi repertoire
At: Lok Kala Manch, 20, Lodhi Institutional Area, between Habitat Centre & Saibaba Temple, enter from Vardhaman Rd, 6:30pm
Info: / 9716534748, 9871619815

December 8, 2017 New Delhi

Santosh Nair and Sadhya presented a celebration, remembering maverick genius Uday Shankar on his birthday.
At: Bhoomika Creative Dance Centre, 53 Bharati Artist Colony, Vikas Marg, Laxmi Nagar, New Delhi 110092, 5pm to 7pm
Info: / 98102 73629 /

December 8, 2017 New Delhi

Goyokai is a group of celebrated Japanese traditional dancers. The group consists of five dancers from different schools and family lineages of the Japanese traditional dance, Nihon Buyou, who are taking a lead in furthering Japanese traditional dance. Their performances vary, from the pieces derived from kabuki, their original work and the elegant zashikimai, the dance traditionally intended to be performed only in tatami rooms. The artists have worked together to create new performance pieces and present to the Indian audiences since 2016. The pieces are ‘Sambaso’ (a rhythmical dance piece representing a prayer for a good harvest), ‘Hagoromo’ (a dramatic dance piece about the relationship between a fisherman and a heavenly maiden) and ‘the Ramayana’. The Indian artists performing along with the Japanese artists included Kathak dancer Sangita Chatterjee and her troupe, and the musicians, Fateh Ali Khan on the sitar, and Amaan Ali Khan on the tabla.
Venue: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, 7pm.

December 7, 2017 Kolkata

Sparsh presented their new choreography EHUN... a journey based on Manipuri dance style choreographed by Suman Sarawgi and Brojen Kumar Singha.
At: ICCR Auditorium Kolkata, 7.30pm

December 6 & 7, 2017 Mumbai
Who is afraid of Mimesis? Contesting the Common Sense of Indian Aesthetics through the Theory of ‘Mimesis’ or Anukaraņa Vâda.
The study of Indian aesthetics has long suffered from the twin burden of colonial and nationalist definitions of aesthetics, which has disallowed engagement with “mimesis” or anukŗti. The talk consisted of 3 sections. The first two outlined Anukarana-vada preserved in Abhinavabharati (10th century C.E.) through critical historiography and the problematic of translation while the last attempted to revisit the debates surrounding this theory in the Abhinavabharati through the lens of comparative aesthetics and contemporary theory.
Parul Dave-Mukherji is professor and former Dean at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
At: Jnanapravaha, Queens Mansion, 3rd Floor, G. Talwatkar Marg, Fort, Mumbai 400001, 6.30pm
Info: (022) -2207 2974 / 2207 2975 /

December 6, 2017 Bhubaneswar

Odissi dance recital by Janhabi Behera under the Horizon Series of ICCR at 6:30 pm at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar.

December 6, 2017 Melbourne, Australia
SERPENT DREAMING WOMEN aims to create awareness through affecting emotion and effecting change. This site-specific piece draws links between Indian, NRI, and Australian Indigenous women, as they explore their complex and long relationships with each other’s cultures and Mother Earth- simultaneously political, poetic, contemporary and timeless - undoing  the warp and weft of the binds of colonisation. The performance work is conceptualised by Artistic Director Dr.Priya Srinivasan and choreographed in collaboration with Bharatanatyam dancer Priyadarsini Govind, Gundijtmara creative cultural artist Vicki Couzens, her sister in law/ storyteller/visual artist Gina Bundle and daughter/cultural mentee/ language activist/traditional Aboriginal artist/dancer Yaraan Bundle together with Melbourne based composer/carnatic singer Uthra Vijay. Cross-pollinating mythology, movement and music, the performance work veers off the beaten track to explore energies, philosophies and resonances.
Venue:  Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne, 6 - 8pm
Ph: +919790924889 in India for more info.

December 1 - 5, 2017 Konark, Odisha
KONARK FESTIVAL 2017 took place at Odisha with the beautiful Konark Sun temple as backdrop.
- Dec 1: Nupur Dance Academy, Bhubaneswar (Niranjan Rout & Group) - Odissi
The Temple of Fine Arts, Malaysia – Bharatnatyam
- Dec 2: Abhinava Dance Company, Bangalore (Nirupama-Rajendra & Group) - Kathak
Diksha Manjari, Kolkata (Dona Ganguly & Group) - Odissi
- Dec 3: Sutra Foundation, Malaysia (Ramli Ibrahim & Group) - Odissi
Vanashree Rao & Group - Kuchipudi
- Dec 4: Manipuri Nartanalaya, Kolkata (Bimbabati Devi & Group) - Manipuri
Kaishiki (Daksha Mashruwala) – Odissi
- Dec 5: GKCM Odissi Research Centre, Bhubaneswar - Odissi
Nalanda Dance Research Centre, Mumbai (Dr. Kanak Rele & Group) - Mohiniattam
Venue: Open Air Auditorium, Konark, 6pm to 8.30pm

December 3, 2017 Sydney, Australia

Mayura Academy’s annual day featured nearly 75 budding Kuchipudi dancers.
At: Sydney Bahai Centre, 4.30pm
Info: 0433 463115 / 0416 870420 /

December 2 & 3, 2017 Munich, Germany
Ballet of Difference presented think collectively: on the 2nd and 3rd of December, a think tank was held in Munich Muffatwerk, where different forms of dance were examined in the context of global networking strategies.
Sandra Chatterjee of Post Natyam participated in Ballet of Difference’s Think Tank
Think Tank + Public Presentation ‘IF/THEN for All’
2 Dec, 3 pm – 5 pm (public) / 3 Dec, 11 am – 2 pm (non-public)
At: Muffatwerk Munich: studio 1 and studio 2

December 2 & 3, 2017 Bangalore 
Tharang Academy of Arts presented THARANG UTSAV 2017.
- Dec 2:
5pm: Aparna Vinod & disciples (BN)
5.40pm: Rasika &Shivaranjini (BN)
6.20pm: Srividya Angara (Kuchipudi)
7.15pm: Guru B.Bhanumathi & Sheela Chandrashekhar (BN)
(Felicitation function at 6.45pm. Chief guest: Dr.Sunil Kothari)
- Dec 3:
4.15pm: Praneetha Sharma (Carnatic vocal)
4.50pm: Divya Ravi (BN)
5.40pm: Guru Rina Basu (Hindustani vocal)
7.15pm: Lakshmi Gopalaswamy (BN)
(Felicitation function at 6.45pm. Chief guest: Dr.Sunil Kothari)
At: JSS auditorium, Banashankari

November 27 - December 2, 2017 London

Soho Theatre, London invited Justus Repertory to present NIGHT’S END for a week's run.
Set in a reserve forest in Rajasthan, India, NIGHT’S END unfolds the story of Krishnan Nair (Sheejith Krishna). Born into a family of classical Kathakali artistes and trained in the art from childhood, Krishnan runs away from his native village in Kerala, and becomes a forest guard in a tiger sanctuary. In moments of emotional intensity, the artist in him finds solace in dancing. The plot moves through Krishnan’s attempts to enlist the help of the Mogiya, nomadic tribals who were traditionally hunters, in saving the tiger, his friendship with Billu Mogiya the drummer, his romance with Chandni Mogiya (Akhila Ramnarayan), and his encounters with the poaching mafia. Night’s End is a tale of betrayal, abandonment and loss in which the actions of humans-  indigenous peoples, settlers, tourists, the state, the media-powerfully affect the fragile eco-system we inhabit. Night’s End is also a love story.
Playwright and Director: Gowri Ramnarayan
Featuring: Sheejith Krishna & Akhila Ramnarayan
Lighting Design: Krishnan Venkatesh, Sound: Rakesh Pazhedam
Venue: Soho Theatre, 7pm

December 2, 2017 Bangalore
Shivaranjani Harish and Rasika Kiran, disciples of Gurus Kiran Subramanyam and Sandhya Kiran, presented a Bharatanatyam recital for the THARANG UTSAV.
At J.S.S Auditorium, Jayanagar, Bangalore, 5.30pm

December 2, 2017 New Delhi
Drs. Raja-Radha Reddy performed at Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi at 6pm - the first day of the 2 day event organised by the Airports Authority of India and Spic Macay. 
The event 'Dance in the Park’ also featured Kathak performance by Pt Birju Maharaj.

December 1 & 2, 2017 Singapore
Maya Dance Theatre presente ANWESHA-BEYOND THE DARKNESS, inspired by an earlier work Anwesha-The Quest (2012), an unsettling physical dialogue that compelled the viewer to probe the traditional narrative of Ramayana’s Sita - a continuation of Maya’s journey of social exploration. It addressed the relevant yet less discussed subject of mental well-being, delving into the ‘urban-ness’ of society and its intangible pressures that result in a state of reduced mental wellness. Sita continues to be a medium for exploration and is used to draw parallels to the many Sita-s, regardless of gender, who are hurt and suppressed in our society today.
Dec 1: 8pm, Dec 2: 2.30pm & 8pm
At: Drama Centre Black Box, 100 Victoria Street, National Library Building, Level 3
Singapore 188064

November 26 - December 2, 2017 Kolwan, Pune

Theoretical & practical dimensions of communicative & expressive process of performance-art
Designed & Conducted by: Ramaa Bharadvaj
A 7-day Bharatanatyam residential learning-lab - dance-making via multiple lenses. Course details:
• Yoga & Cross training - Shatkarma practices - Meditation - Sadhana techniques;
• Enriched movement basics via Sthanaka & Chari from Natyashastra (theory & practical) - Abhinaya-Lab (characterization methods & exercises) - Eleven limbs of Theater Arts & their practical application
• Choreo-Lab (two original choreographed dances) - Showcase performance
Venue: Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula campus, Kolwan, Pune
Eligibility: 5+ years of dance training - Fluency in English
Phone: 91-77208-29000/91-96898-89153

December 1, 2017 London

Pallavi Anand (daughter and disciple of Shalini Shivashankar), presented PRAKRTI, a Bharatantyam margam. The accompanying artists for the eveningwe re: Vocal - Vamshikrishna Vishnudas, mridangam - Prathap Ramachandra, flute – Madhusoodanan, nattuvangam - Shalini Shivashankar
Venue: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 4a Castletown Road, London, W14 9HE, 7.15pm
Info: / 07811823684

December 1, 2017 Mumbai

Conceived at a farmhouse in the small town of Kamshet, THE KAMSHET PROJECT experimented with transitioning realities. Nine highly skilled dancers were put under house arrest and cut off from all social and familial ties. It was an experiment to go beyond the physical text of dance and explore the reality of who each of us really is. Contemporary dance performance was followed by an engaging and entertaining 20 mins talk by the celebrated dancer, choreographer Terence Lewis.
At: NCPA Tata Theatre, 7pm

Nov 30 & Dec 1, 2017 Varanasi
Melattur Bhagavata Mela by Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Jayanti Bhagavata Mela Natya Nataka Sangam led by S Natarajan.
At: Shivala Ghat, Varanasi, 4pm
Info: 94431 2700 /