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.



Adiyal Vinnappam (A Devadasi’s Appeal)

Why are dancers so desperate for titles?

Rani Padmavati

Kuchipudi - Formation of a global association is the way forward
- Sudha Sridhar

When hope rots
Jottings by Vikram Sampath

In defense of the white male critic
-  Bruno Kavanagh

Public notice to Sangeet Natak Akademi

Navadisha 2016

The Journey from Kuchipudi to KitschyPudi
- Veejay Sai

After the Chennai floods: To perform or not to perform? 

Intolerance in our work culture 
- Madhavi Puranam

Whines and Wails

Managing / mismanaging culture
- Madhavi Puranam

Some questions need to be asked 
- Madhavi Puranam

What they said this Season
Compiled by Lalitha Venkat

Quotes of the Season
- Compiled by Lalitha Venkat

How grateful should we be to sponsors who support the arts - especially Dance?
- Anita Ratnam

Foot in Mouth Odours!

The race for Facebook "Likes" is on!
- Ahalya Narendran

Terrorism on Kathak
- Navina Jafa

Turning down Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
- Aditi Mangaldas, New Delhi

Quotes of the season
Compiled by: Lalitha Venkat

Who next? Or what next?
Kalakshetra crisis:  Blown out of proportion

- V.P. Dhananjayan, Chennai

How should Bollywood dance be regarded?
Pop, modern, contemporary, or a separate category called Filmi?
a compilation of the responses to the poll conducted by in June 2012

Which dance form is most useful as a foundation for Contemporary Indian dance?
a compilation of the responses to the poll conducted by in May 2012

Can traditional systems of knowledge become commercial commodities?
a compilation of the responses to the poll conducted by in April 2012

Should Leela Samson reconsider her resignation from Kalakshetra?

Is the Bharatanatyam Margam outdated?
a compilation of the responses to the poll conducted by in March 2012

Quotes of the Chennai season
- Compiled by Lalitha Venkat

Video piracy
- Ananda Shankar Jayant, Hyderabad

Regarding some fake teachers
- A concerned parent

Bharatanatyam for sale
- Concerned Artists from India and North America

The Emperor wears new clothes at Silicon Andhra's 2nd International Kuchipudi Convention
- Ranjana Dave, Mumbai

Super Class Nonsense!
- Ratikant Mohapatra, Bhubaneswar

A dancer as Chairperson of the Indian Censor Board
- Anita R Ratnam

Words are sacred
- Anita R Ratnam

Dance of the season: A different take
Compiled by Lalitha Venkat

Not all music to the ears
Compiled by Lalitha Venkat

The dancer's elusive quest for amenities
- Sruthi Krishnan

Murky Spaces
- Anita Ratnam

A dancer's peek into performance spaces
- Mythili Prakash

ICCR scholarships and listings
- Ashwini Shankar

Don't shoot, I'm dancing!
- Dr.Susil Pani, Pondicherry

Dance in Pakistan
- Dr. Sunil Kothari

Past Forward
- Anita R Ratnam, Chennai

Art writing and credits
- Leela Venkataraman, Delhi

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

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