The passions for and in our dance run deep and intense! As Bharatanatyam is a truly global phenomenon, opinions about 'purity', 'classicism', 'authenticity', 'creativity', 'contemporaenity' are swirling thick and fast around us. With the Indian media enjoying 60 years of almost uninterrupted freedom in what is now a more and more paranoid world, we at are beginning a series called ROSES AND THORNS. It will place in the spotlight one dancer / a dance production / dance performance / dance tour occurring anywhere in the world. The specific dance production or performance will be spotlighted on the site for the sheer volume of comments – both positive and negative that we receive in terms of phone calls and e mails. In all matters of expression, the column will advise restraint and decency even when some views are angry and vehemently outraged.
  A response to Importance of arangetram
Excerpted from the narthaki Discussion Forum featured in April, 2008
  Knowledgeable reporters! 
- Rukmini Vijayakumar, Bangalore 
  Beware of touts with tall claims 
- Ratikant Mohapatra & Rahul Acharya, Bhubaneswar
  Humiliation at the Uday Shankar Dance Festival in Kolkata 
- Probal Gupta, Bangalore 
  Culture vultures! A sorry state of affairs 
- Padmaja Suresh, Bangalore 
  Musician rejected from ICCR upgradation by panel
  Season quotes   
Compiled by Lalitha Venkat
  Chennai December season: What they say 
- Compiled by Lalitha Venkat
  Amplification is killing live music 
-  Bruno Kavanagh 
Further Response to "Amplification is killing live music"  
-  A Seshan
  An anonymous letter to Rashtrapatiji
  An experience that never was! 
California's Kuchipudi Convention!  
- Ramaa Bharadvaj, California 
  Ageism and Dance 
(Excerpted from the narthaki Discussion Forum) 
  Earnest Clowns 
…media and arts reporting 
- Anita Ratnam, Chennai 
  Irresponsible editing of dance article
  Importance of arangetram 
(Excerpted from the narthaki Discussion Forum) 
  Court injunction against the producers of the dance ballet JAYA JAYA DEVI 
  Boo Hoo Bruno! 
... and the politics of whining 
  Replies from Bruno, Ranvir and Anita
  Responses from the audience and Narthaki readers
  Dance arangetrams 
(Excerpted from the narthaki Discussion Forum)
  Season quotes: January 2008 
Compiled by Lalitha Venkat
  How blessed is the MAD-ras season for people in Madras? 
(Excerpted from the narthaki Discussion Forum)
  Talents and promoters 
(Excerpted from the narthaki Discussion Forum)
  Expressions: The season 
Compiled by Lalitha Venkat
  Musings: Dance, human gods and money!  
(Excerpted from the narthaki Discussion Forum)

  An open letter to janab MS Sathyu Sa'ab

  The Kalakshetra controversy

  Season talk 
- Compiled by Lalitha Venkat 

  Highs and lows of Chennai January season 
- Compiled by Lalitha Venkat 

  The Lotus Throne 
- Anita Ratnam, Chennai 

  Highs and lows of Chennai December season 
- Compiled by Lalitha Venkat 

  The Great Dance Robbery - arangetrams in the diaspora 
Recently, the Narthaki Discussion Forum has seen some thought provoking perceptions about lavish arangetrams, demands and expectations, greedy gurus and musicians, and over-ambitious parents in the diaspora.  

We present to you the exchange of varied viewpoints and the many interesting suggestions that our readers have come up with. 

November 26, 2006 



  ARUDHRA 2006, the 10th annual festival of dance presented by Ponnambalam Academy of Dance & Music Trust 
Tensions between Karnataka and Tamilnadu are now the stuff of legend. The film world, the water world and the arts world were always facing off in apparent readiness for battle. I distinctly remember the threat of pickets outside my dance performance at the Bangalore Habba a few years ago. Other Tamilandu artistes faced the same situation with Kannada artistes protesting the large contingent from outside their state and particularly from their neighbours! 

However, I always loved the cultural atmosphere in Bangalore and the large turnout of artistes who attend all dance performances. Generous crowds, less back biting and a greater bonhomie among artistes and gurus were the envy of many of us in Chennai. 
This recent spate of fireworks between Bangalore artistes has us all aghast! What really happened at ARUDHRA 2006? Who is to blame? Can such an incident be avoided in future? What is the relationship between organizer and artiste? 

Read on and navigate carefully between the Roses and Thorns!  

Anita Ratnam  
November 3, 2006 

  A culture shock in Bangalore City! 
- Anuradha, Sanjay, Shama and Surya 
  Unfortunate incident 
- Sharmila Mukerjee, Bangalore 
  Bangalore dance scene 
- Veena Murthy Vijay, Bangalore 
  Shell shocked 
- Savitri Ganesan, Bangalore 

  'Ekaantha Seetha...A lonely furrow,' produced by Cleveland Cultural Alliance and choreographed by The Dhananjayans