Performing Arts photographer Darial Sneed passed away in NYC on April 8, 2018. A lover of Indian classical dance, she has taken many beautiful performance photographs of Indian classical dancers performing in NYC, especially at the Battery Dance Festival.

On the 42nd Foundation Day of Dr. Sonal Mansingh’s Centre for Indian Classical Dances, the 5th JIWAN RATNA SANMAN will be conferred on Kathak Guru Pt. Birju Maharaj, on April 30, 2018 at Kamani Auditorium, Delhi.

Dancer and scholar Anne Marie Gaston, (Anjali) passed away on April 5, 2018.  She was also a choreographer, teacher, lecturer, ethnographer and photographer.  She first went to India with CUSO (Canadian University Service Overseas) and spent over twenty years there, learning with some of the finest teachers and performing. She travelled throughout the subcontinent to experience customs and festivals, to study and photograph monuments and to visit great masters. She trained in Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Chhau, and also learnt to play the pakhavaj. She was the author of the books ‘Bharatanatyam: from Temple to Theater’ (1996), Siva in Dance, Myth and Iconography (Oxford University South Asian Studies Series, 1983) and Krishna’s Musicians: Musicians and Music Making in the Temples of Nathdvara, Rajasthan  (1997). Anjali was a pioneer in presenting Indian classical dances across Canada from 1970 onwards, bringing the art of India to all Canadians. She was a Research Associate in the School for Studies in Arts and Culture, Carleton University, and in the Intercultural Research Laboratory, University of Ottawa. She was also an elected fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, London. She was the artistic director of Anjali Academy of Classical Indian Dance in Ottawa, devoted to the teaching and performance of several styles of classical Indian dance.

Utsav awards the annual UTSAV SAMMAN 2018 to Guru Jamuna Krishnan (Bharatanatyam, Delhi), Sangita Gosain (Odissi vocal music, Bhubaneswar), Sharon Lowen (Odissi dance, Delhi), and Pandit Rama Chandra Sahu (Odissi vocal, Delhi), on April 29, 2018 at Azad Bhawan, Delhi.

Rupashree Kala Mandira of Puri presented the SASHIMANI MAHARI SAMMAN to Odissi dancers Rahul Acharya, Madhusmita Mohanty, Ramesh Chandra Jena, Srinibas Ghatuary, Punyashree Rout and Kathak dancer Tarit Sarkar on April 12, 2018 at the 10th Shree Mandira Mahari Parampara at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar.

Ranee A Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy of Ragamala Dance, Minneapolis, have won the prestigious GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIP for Choreography, which will be used towards the development of their latest production Sacred Fire: Bone within Ash. In a rare instance, the mother-daughter have won it as a duo with a purse of $30,000 each.
New York based Nandini Sikand (dancer-choreographer, author, cultural anthropologist, and filmmaker), associate professor of film and media studies (FAMS), has received the Guggenheim Fellowship for Film/Video, to complete a documentary about women and the prison system. She will use the funds to complete Inside/Outside, a feature-length documentary film about women and mass incarceration in the United States as they struggle with the challenges of sexual assault, substance disorder, and motherhood.

The NATYA VRIKSHA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD will be given to ace photographer Avinash Pasricha by Geeta Chandran’s Natya Vriksha on April 28/29, 2018 during the World Dance Day celebrations at India International Centre, New Delhi.

Supriya Hariprasad, Director of Kalamshu Cultural Trust, was awarded NRITYA KALA SHRESHTA title by Sri Ramamandira Trust, Bangalore, on 29th March 2018, as part of 80th Sri Ramanavami celebrations.

Manipuri dance Guru Jatindra Singh, retired principal and Professor of Sangeet Bhavan, Viswa Bharati University, passed away on April 3, 2018 in the early hours at Santiniketan, W Bengal.

Padma Awards - one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. Datuk Ramli Ibrahim from Malaysia received the PADMA SHRI on April 2, 2018 at Rashtrapati Bhawan, Delhi, from Shri Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India.

Indira Kadambi received the NRITHYA KALA SAGARAM award, Nandini Ramani the T BALASARASWATI MEMORIAL AWARD, Sushmita Arunkumar the NRITHYA SEVA MANI at Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival on March 31, 2018.

Dancer Revathi Ramachandran is to be the new Kalakshetra director for a term of 3 years. She succeeds Priyadarsini Govind to the post that has been vacant for the past 10 months. Trained in the Melattur style of Bharatanatyam by Mangudi Dorairaj Iyer, Revathi is the director of Kala Sadhanalaya in Chennai.

The 32nd annual Isadora Duncan Dance Awards  honored local dance artists by acknowledging their outstanding achievements in an IZZIES ceremony and celebration on March 26, 2018 at Brava Theater Center in San Francisco. Abhinaya's 2016 fall production 'Vaanara Leela - Monkeys in the Ramayana' (Artistic Direction: Mythili Kumar and Rasika Kumar) won for Outstanding Achievement in Performance - Company. This was the first time an Indian dance company has won an Izzie in this category.

The Dhananjayans were honoured with the SHRESTA KALA PRACHAARAK award by Ganesha Natyalaya of Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan on April 9, 2018 at Delhi Tamil Sangam, New Delhi. Other awardees are gurus Yamini Krishnamurthy, B. Bhanumathi, Radha Sridhar and journalist BR Vikram Kumar.

On May 9, 2018 Ileana Citaristi receives Gold Medal in the name of MUTTHIRAI PATHITHA VITHAKAR given by Karur Natyanjali Trust at Karur Pasupathiswar Temple.

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