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March 2018
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- Sandhya Raman: More dancers should get serious about costumes by Shveta Arora
Most of the dancers, earlier never used to involve me at the rehearsals/concept stage. Now they’re aware that I can contribute a lot to their dance, so they bring me in right at the concept level.

- Living and breathing Bharatanatyam by Deepa Soman
Twenty-five-year-old Shreyasi Gopinath hasn’t lived in Kerala much and was born and brought up in Delhi.

- Birju Maharaj in step with nature by Navina Jafa
Pandit Birju Maharaj talks about the supreme guru that choreographs the idea of rhythm and reflects on his collaboration with the likes of Balasaraswati, Aminuddin Dagar and Kelucharan Mohapatra.

- Art is my calling, says Sathvikaa Shankar by Lavanya Narayanan
Sathvikaa Shankar enjoys being an Apsaras Arts company artiste and a solo performer.

SANCHARI.. More on the arts

- Triumph of good over evil by Jaya Narayanan Pisharoty
Chhau exponent Tarapoda Rajak says the art form now includes depiction of current issues as well.

- Krishna and the divine flower by Diwan Singh Bajeli
A blend of dance, drama and music, ‘Parijat Haran’ was an absorbing affair.

- As emotive as the jungle brook by Sanjeev Ramachandran
Parshwanath Upadhye is akin to a jungle brook – serene and silent at one moment and exuberantly emotive at another.

- Mukteswar Dance Festival: Coming alive with ankle bells by Nita Vidyarthi
Odissi dancers showcased their mettle at the annual Mukteswar Dance Festival.

- Talent honed by training by Chitra Mahesh
Ashwini’s performance glowed with experience. Young Anjali displayed a sincere approach.

- On the Thennangur dance camp by Rupa Srikanth
Away from the bustle of city, the annual Natyarangam dance camp comes as a breath of fresh air.

- Feats of artistry by Hareesh N. Nampoothiri
Up-and-coming artistes took centre stage at the Nishagandhi Dance Festival in Thiruvananthapuram.

- The voice of today by Nita Vidyarthi
From pain of separation to social awakening, Vaibhav Arekar presented a range of themes and emotions through his Bharatanatyam recital in Kolkata.

- Where Gandhian thought meets bhakti poetry by Ranjana Dave
The fourth edition of the EVAM dance festival combines a contemporary idiom with traditional form.
- - Balasaraswati birth centenary celebrations: when subtlety reigned supreme by Geetha Venkataramanan
After the flurry of activity, felicitation sessions and seminars, the evening on day 2 of the Balasaraswati Birth Centenary event ushered the audience into a world of dance, which was best exemplified through padams.

- Music and dance reviews by Mysore V Subramanya
The Bangalore Environment Trust is working hard to bring awareness to the city. It had organised a special programme called ‘Sukha Bhumi.’

- ‘Over time, Kathak becomes a part of our body’ by Yashasvini Rajeshwar
Monisa Nayak and her team wove tales of dance, music, history and more during a recent performance in the city.

- Subverting the male gaze by Sammitha Sreevathsa
Sangeet Bari, a Lavani performance in Bangalore, retained its unabashed sensuality forcing the audience out of their comfort zone.

- Stamping ground of classical dancers by Hareesh N. Nampoothiri
Group productions stood out at this year’s edition of Nishagandhi Dance Festival in Thiruvananthapuram.
- Complete devotion by Ranee Kumar
Varied and delightful fare marked the three-day cultural celebration at Shiv Sagar.

- A bouquet of performances by Kumudha BharathRam
Nrityaangan, which promotes Indian classical dance in Dakshina Kannada, put out a dance festival Samarpan in Mangalore.

- In step with the men by Athira M
Rudrakshya Foundation, led by Bichitrananda Swain, has mentored and moulded male Odissi performers to move centrestage.



- Dancing the distractions: In a lighter vein by Bhavanvitha Venkatesh
The pleasant experience of attending a classical dance performance has a lot to do with the presentation.

- A Theatre Olympics that isn’t by Arundhati Ghosh
I have been working for the past 16 years with a small organisation called India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) that attempts to support arts and culture projects across the country.

- ‘This’ is how you should actually warm up before dancing by Leah Bueno
For many dancers, a "warmup" consists of sitting on the floor stretching their legs in various positions. But this strategy only reduces your muscles' ability to work properly—it negatively affects your strength, endurance, balance and speed for up to an hour.
- - It’s high time we restore the original stature to the temple dance forms by Padmaja Suresh
Over the years, one can observe the drifting away from a strong basis in Shaivagamas (the ritualistic texts of worship) to the present form in classical dances, especially in Bharatanatyam.

- Why were Indian dance-dramas referred to as ballets? by Ashish Mohan Khokar
Even the reviewers were called ballet critics.

- An emotion today’s woman knows not by Lakshmi Sreeram
Bowed head and downcast eyes belong to a different world. So how does the artiste connect?

- Can dance be protected from plagiarism? by Pujita Krishna
When steps cannot be owned, what protects a choreography?

- When brothers dance together by Ashish Khokar
The siblings who created magic on stage.

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