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October 3, 2019 Zurich, Switzerland

D. Keshava is invited by the Swiss National Museum to conduct Bharatanatyam Workshop, 8pm
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October 3- 4, 2019 Bangalore

The Classroom Series: MOVING BETWEEN LINES is a 2 day intensive workshop by Sanjukta Wagh. Varied ways of approaching the word and its relevance and relation to different modes of performance will be discussed and explored in studio-based tasks. The use of text (mainly verse) through movement improvisations, various modes of embodiment and sound will be explored. The workshop is a collective inquiry into the phonetic, rhythmic and semantic possibilities that can arise in the engagement with words and their translation into performance.
Sanjukta Wagh is the co-founder of Beej in Mumbai. She has developed a unique language of dance theatre that uses the idiom of Kathak as the foundation to build on and draws from her experience of contemporary dance, theatre and Hindustani music leading to interdisciplinary work. which is engaged in exploring the creative process and improvisation, alternative methods of classical dance pedagogy and collaborative performance.
Eligibility: Professional practitioners/artistes with an experience of at least 5 years in theatre, movement or dance (any style or form), seeking to share and explore possibilities in collective studio-based research.
At: Dhurii, 11am to 2pm
To register, write to

October 3 - 15, 2019 UK

Joli Vyann present their new show ANIMA that explores the simple act of breathing in all its forms and how it connects us all.  With Joli Vyann’s unique blend of dance and acrobatics, ANIMA is about the delicate connection between two people breathing through an emotional roller coaster, featuring a live musician, voice and wind instruments, allowing breath to literally become the soundscape for the performance.
 Ex-stuntman Jan Patzke and ex-gymnast Olivia Quayle are Joli Vyann. This dynamic duo use exciting hand-to-hand acrobatics and dance to explore contemporary issues. See Jan throw Olivia into the air with ease and Olivia perform balances which seem gravity defying. For the first time they are joined by a live musicuan - Nao Masuda.
- 3 Oct, 7:30pm: Dance City, Newcastle (0191 261 0505)  
- 9 Oct,  8pm: At the Corn Exchange, Dorchester Arts, Dorchester (01305 266926) 
- 15 Oct, 7:45pm: Corn Exchange Newbury, Newbury (0845 5218 218)

October 4, 2019 Bangalore
Felicitation to 50 artistes of different schools of thoughts to mark the completion of 50 years of Shristi
Kathak recital by Manasi Joshi
One man show by Dr.A.V.Satyanarayana
At: Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bengaluru, 6pm. All are welcome.

October 5, 2019 Thiruvananthapuram

Divya Ravi presents solo Bharatanatyam Margam at the 48th Dance and Music Festival organized by Regatta Natya Sangeetha Kendra.
At: Priyadarshini Hall, East Fort, 6pm

October 5, 2019 NYC
MOURNING LOSS/CELEBRATING SURVIVAL,  a program of music, dance, and spoken word on National Day of Action Against Domestic Violence, featuring performances by:
Ivanka Figueroa, dancer; Joy Kelly, actor/storyteller; Regina Ress, storyteller; Sonali Skandan, dancer; Jeannine Otis, musician; Vissi Dance Theater. Organized by Healing Voices-Personal Stories, a non-profit film company creating films that offer the stories of survivors who have escaped the prison of domestic violence and have created new lives for themselves. This program is offered to raise awareness of the scourge of domestic violence. The event includes a Die-In, symbolic performance by volunteers as a visual demonstration of the shocking number of women’s deaths due to domestic violence in the U.S.
At: St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery Church, 131 East 10thStreet,  NYC, 2pm. Free event
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October 5 & 6, 2019 California

Schedule for Ramya Harishankar, Arpana Dance Company
- Oct 5: Cerritos Library, Cerritos, CA
- Oct 6: Diwali, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA

October 6, 2019 Bangalore
LAYA LAASYA LAHARI 2019 Dance and Music festival is presented by Kala Sampada
Kendra for Fine Arts - Conceptualized by Veena C Seshadri
-9.30am: Inauguration
-10.15am-11.15am: Spirituality: Depiction, practice and essence in Indian dance.
Lecture by S. Jayachandran, Dancer and Research Scholar, Lecturer, IIIT- Hyderabad
-11.15am -11.30am: Audience interaction
-11.40 am-12.40pm: Spirituality in Indian music: Relation to Reality
Lecture by Dr. T.S. Sathyavathi, Musician-Scholar-Performer
-12.40pm-1pm: Audience interaction
-2pm – 3pm: Panel discussion, Moderator - Janani Murali
Panelists: Poornima Gururaj, Vaibhav Arekar, P. Praveen Kumar, Dr. Padmaja Suresh, Dr. Dwaritha Vishwanatha, Dr.Vidya Rao
-3pm - 3.15pm: Audience interaction
-3.30pm-4.30pm: Depiction of Spirituality in Visual Art (Sculpture, Architecture and Painting)
Lecture by Dr. R. H. Kulkarni, Professor & HOD Art History, College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath
-4.30pm-4.45pm: Naada Brahma- A brief introduction by Jagdeesh Kurthkoti, tabla artiste
-4.45pm -5.30pm: Subir Adhikari - Solo tabla, accompanied by Yogesh Ramdas - Harmonium
-6.15pm -7.30 pm: TRAYYANTA, a presentation based on the philosophical truths culled out of a collective understanding of some major Upanishads, by Vaibhav Arekar and team
-7.30pm-8.30pm: Nata Sankirtana by artistes of JNMDA -Manipuri
Venue:  Seva Sadan Malleshwaram, Bengaluru
Contact: 9901830830

October 6, 2019 Kollam, Kerala
Rhythmotion ensemble presents Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Contemporary dance for Soorya Festival Kollam, Kerala at 6:30pm. Direction and Choreography by Chitra Arvind, Bengaluru

October 7, 2019 NYC
The Thresh Gala celebration features: .
- 2019 Gala Honorees Lourdes Lopez, and Yo-Yo Ma (in absentia) - represented by Silkroad artist Kinan Azmeh
- DRUMMING A DREAM (excerpts), Thresh's new children’s theater production
- L’ORIENT, an opera-in-process between western opera and Indian Carnatic music, by composer Kamala Sankaram with Roopa Mahadevan
- Duet by Preeti Vasudevan and Amar Ramasar from their working series, ETUDES
- INDIAN LETTERS (preview) from the upcoming Thresh documentary
At: Landmark on the Park, 160 Central Park West, New York, New York 10023, 6.30pm
Info: (917) 216-2664 /

October 10, 2019 Washington DC
What is an artist's creative process? How does one respond to the call to create something original and lasting? Why is the creative process fundamental to our wellbeing? Mesma Belsaré addresses these questions with a presentation of her art (paintings, dance & digital art), with personal anecdotes, and by exploring the value of the arts and art education for all. An interactive session with the community at Georgetown University, offered as a part of the OUTober Festival.
For details contact: The LGBTQ Resource Center, Georgetown University, 7 – 8.30pm
Phone: (202) 687 3546 / e-mail:

October 10 & 11, 2019 Bangalore
Pracheen Kala Kendra presents KARNATAKA UTSAV
-Oct 10:
Praveen Kumar (Bharatanatyam)
Pravin Godkhindi (flute)
-Oct 11:
Pt Vinayak Torvi (vocal)
TS Krishnamurthy (violin trio)
At: Gayaan Samaj Auditorium, Basavangudi, 6pm

October 10 & 11, 2019 Chennai
Natyanjali Trust presents 13TH NARTAKA FESTIVAL. 
-10th Oct
5pm: Sooraj Subramaniam, (Odissi)
6pm: Award Function - (G. Narendra receives the Nartaka Award)
6.30pm: G. Narendra
7pm: Sridhar Vasudevan
-11th Oct
5pm:  Sachhidanand Narayankar
6pm: Arjun & Ashwin
7pm: K. Sarveshan
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, Chennai.
All are welcome. Valet parking available.

October 11 & 12, 2019 Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia- based Courtyard Dancers presents its third edition of FACING EAST. In this collaborative production, four east coast contemporary dance companies perform a joint production entitled PRACTICE/RIYAAZ. Using Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Odissi and Sattriya as foundational training, these companies will present duets, trios and group pieces. The dance companies come together to explore the many dimensions of Riyaaz, drawing from the rich foundations of their respective styles. Featuring:
Bharatanatyam – Dakshina / Daniel Phoenix Singh
Kathak – Courtyard Dancers / Pallabi Chakravorty
Odissi- Sakshi Productions / Kakoli Mukherjee & Nandini Sikand
Sattriya - Sattriya Dance Company/ Madhusmita Bora & Prerona Bhuyan
At: Fringe Arts Theatre, 140 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19106, 7.30pm

October 12, 2019 Bangalore
An evening of two diverse classical forms - Odissi and experimental Bharatanatyam featuring two male dancers - Sooraj Subramaniam and Masoom Parmar.
Sooraj Subramaniam trained in Bharatanatyam and Odissi, and later on in classical ballet and contemporary dance forms. He now lives in Belgium, and continues to freelance, collaborating with companies and independent choreographers on dance commissions across Europe.
Hailing from a family of musicians, Masoom Parmar is a Physiotherapy graduate, who honed his skills under Guru Jayalakshmi Alva. He currently trains with Kiran Subramanyam & Sandhya  Kiran. He is one of the few Muslim practitioners of Bharatanatyam.
At: Shoonya - Center for Arts and Somatic Practices, 7.30pm - 9pm (ticket: Rs.250)
Info: +91 78292 54973 /

October 12 & 13, 2019 Chennai
Natyanjali Trust presents NATYA UTSAV.
-12th Oct
5pm : Pranathi Ramadorai
6pm: Meera Sreenarayanan
7pm: Lakshmi Parthasarathy Athreya
-13th Oct
5pm : Shruthipriya Ravi
6pm: Swetha Prachande
7pm: Meenakshi Srinivasan
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, Chennai.
All are welcome. Valet parking available.

October 17, 2019 London

YAATRA, an evening of solo Kathak and Contemporary dance by British Indian artist Jaivant Patel Dance. A fresh perspective on South Asian LGBTQ+ narratives, faith and spirituality, Yaatra celebrates two cultures and the intersectionality of living in one, while paying tribute to traditions, heritage and often untold stories of another.
At: Tara Theatre, 356 Garratt Ln, London SW18 4ES, 7.30pm

October 17 & 18, 2019 London
- Oct 17: An intimate evening with Akademi’s founder and celebrated Mohiniattam artiste Tara Rajkumar with Professor Ann David of Roehampton University and Tara's disciple, Bindu Rajendran.
At: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London, 7pm
- Oct 18: RUMINATION | Akademi at 40 - Tara Rajkumar and former director Pushkala Gopal attend the event celebrating four decades of Akademi and the passing on of archive material from 2000 - 2019. The evening will also see performances by leading UK artists.
At: Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 7pm

October 19, 2019 Philadelphia, PA
WOMEN IN DANCE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE is a biennial international conference that presents panel discussions, movement workshops, dance on film screenings, scholarly paper presentations, individual speeches, and live concerts. Dancers, choreographers, dance scholars and filmmakers come together with a mission to “navigate, explore and reflect on women's  leadership by representing innovative and multicultural dance work, and to celebrate, develop, and promote women's leadership in dance making and dance related fields...”
Besides performances and workshops, Mesma Belsaré presents a demonstrative multimedia talk on the role of women in preserving ritual and performance traditions in specific parts of India. The talk explores links between the Feminine Divine and ritual worship, ritual dancing, and performance. It pays homage to the galaxy of women who have sustained ritual dance traditions in India through millennia.
At: Drexel University Dept of Perf Arts, 3320 Chestnut St, 9am to 10.30am

October 20, 2019 Rockville, MD
The FESTIVAL OF VILLAINS features three choreographers/dancers who will each present performances based on three characters from Hindu mythology - Hidimba, Indra & Kubera, with performances by Sreyashi Dey, Kiran Rajagopalan, Kasi Aysola. Daya Arts presents premiere of VAISHRAVANA for the Festival of Villains. Commissioned by Prakriti Dance, this provocative dance-theater production focuses on Kubera (the Hindu, Buddhist, & Jain deity of wealth), showcases three South Asian styles of dance, & explores issues of casteism, colorism, colonialism & capitalism. Co-founder Kiran Rajagopalan has been working closely with theater director Michael Gardiner (Black Box Performing Arts Center), Dilhan Pinnagoda (Sri Lankan Dance Academy of New York),  Kasi Aysola (Co-Artistic Director, Prakriti Dance), and Ramya Sundaresan Kapadia (Assistant Artistic Director, Prakriti Dance). Co-founder Wesley Beeks is designing & building a striking set for the production.
Festival Curation: Kasi Aysola & Shruthi Mukund
At: JCC Kreeger Auditorium in Rockville, MD, 1pm to 6pm.

October 27, 2019 NYC
The Lotus Dance and Music presents  DANCING ACROSS CULTURAL BORDERS featuring Jiva Dance in BN and Dancing Crane – Georgian dance and theatre. The festival includes pre-performance discussions and demonstrations that will provide information on the cultural context and technique of the art form.
Dancers: Sonali Skandan, Maya Kappil, Amrita Doshi
Nattuvangam: Kiran Rajagopalan, vocals: Vignesh Ravichandran, mridangam: Bala Skandan
violin: Neha Krishnamachary
At: Manhattan Movement Arts Center, 248 West 60th St NYC, 4pm

October 30 - November 1, 2019 Bangalore

India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) in collaboration with Bangalore International Centre
presents PAST FORWARD: CELEBRATING CRITICAL PRACTICES, an arts festival over three days. This festival brings together over 60 diverse artistic expressions through panel discussions, performances, film screenings, workshops and exhibitions, under its six themes:
At INTERROGATING PASTS, experience the multiple conversations artists have with the pasts to cherish, challenge and re-interpret it.
Find new possibilities in the art world when there is active dialogue between diverse art forms to influence and nurture each other at CONFLUENCE OF FORMS.
Learn about art projects that take inspiration from community knowledge systems and question community identity/ies at ENGAGING COMMUNITIES.
Discover how artists produce critical art that seek larger truths for our lived experiences at MAKING MEANINGS OF MYTHS.
At THINKING AUDIENCES, understand how audiences shape art making and encourage artists to chart new paths.
At IMAGINING FUTURES, experience diverse artistic visions of society’s future imbued with fear, anxiety and hope.
At: Bangalore International Centre, Bangalore
Info: (080)- 23414681 / 82 / 83 /

November 2, 2019 Plano, TX
KONJUM SALANGAI 2.0 (Enticing Anklets), a journey through Tamil cinema by Eyakkam Dance Company.
Venue: Dance Industry Performing Arts Studio, 6614 Communications Parkway, Plano, TX 75024, 6pm to 8pm
Contact Prathiba Natesan: (940) 222-6324 /

November 3, 2019 St.Louis, MO
Kiran Rajagopalan presents (N)ĀSTIKA - a Bharatanatyam lecture-performance with live music for the Vedanta Society of St. Louis's annual conference. He has chosen an unconventional topic - Atheism in Hinduism. The intention of this production is to be both educative of these lesser-known Hindu philosophical schools and critical of the violence & false propaganda spread by extreme right-wing Hindu nationalists. The pieces chosen for the performance will draw from a variety of Indian literary & musical sources - both ancient and modern - to help illustrate the principle tenants of these atheist schools and to highlight their influence on secular poetry & music in Indian classical dance.

November 9, 2019 Vancouver, BC

Mandala Arts & Culture presents Bharatanatyam performance by Renjith and Vijna from Chennai.
At: At the Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC, 7.30pm

November 9, 2019 San Jose, CA
Anita Ratnam presents A MILLION SITAS, a story of love, courage and hope. Dancer, vocalist, classicist, orator-- all of these parts of her combine to fiercely reclaim the soul of Sita, who lost everything in the Ramayana. Ratnam reconfigures the tragic myth as a shared trauma for women everywhere-- and an opportunity to heal. Presented by EnActe Arts in collaboration with  Indiaspora and Laya Dhwani Academy of Performing Arts.
At: Independence High School, San Jose, 3.30pm & 6pm

November 15, 2019 London

APOTHEOSIS - Experience the artistry, fluidity and variance of Indian Classical dance styles performed against the backdrop of the exquisite sculptures in the Hotung Gallery.
At: British Museum, London, 4pm to 9pm. Free event

November 15, 2019 London
Viraja Mandhre & Shyamjith Kiran present PAREEKSHANA. A fresh approach to the orchestral accompaniment sees the inclusion of a string section, with violins, violas and cellos, in addition to the traditional orchestra comprising the mridangam, the flute and the veena. The vocals are by O. S. Arun, Pradeep Vijay and Krithika Aravind (senior disciple of Smt Bombay Jayashree) The string orchestra is by the Madras Chamber Orchestra.
At: Nehru Centre, 8 S Audley St, Mayfair, London W1K 1HF, 6.30pm

November 24, 2019 Melbourne, Australia

Chandralaya School of Dance presents UNRAVELLED by Dr Janaki Rangarajan, a dance-theatre production, merging traditional Bharatanatyam dance and the spoken word in English.
At: Rowville Performing Arts Centre, Humphreys Way, Rowville, VIC 3178, 6.30pm
Contact Deepa Mani: / 0466 616 330

December 26 - 30, 2019 Chennai
Sri Krishna Gana Sabha presents the 39the dition of the NATYA KALA CONFERENCE with convenor Rama Vaidyanathan.
At: Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, T Nagar, 8am to 3pm

Dec 27, 2019 - Jan 10, 2020  Irinjalakuda, Kerala

G Venu conducts his acclaimed NAVARASA SADHANA workshop for actors and dancers.
Apply with CV/bio to 
At: Natanakairali, Irinjalakuda.
Info: +91 98464 52933

January 3 - 9, 2020 Chennai
Schedule for Music Academy's 2020 DANCE FESTIVAL

January 7 - 14, 2020 Chennai
Kalakshetra Foundation organizes KALA SIBIRAM 2020 - Bharatanatyam Residential Camp at Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai. Learn development & underlying principles of BN, Kalakshetra method of teaching, lectures on Indian cultural heritage and history, yoga and fitness training, performances & lec-dems by stalwarts, trip to a nearby heritage site etc.
Contact: (044) - 24524546 /

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