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February 2017
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There is only one word that springs to my mind as I write this.
FAUDA... it means CHAOS in Arabic

On the sand of Chennai's Marina Beach where students thumped chests and demanded the reinstatement of the traditional Tamizh bull racing sport of JALLIKATTU - FAUDA

On the streets of global capitals awash with women in pink hats protesting President Trump's misogynist policies - FAUDA

In airports across the USA enraged immigrants demonstrating against the travel ban from 7 Muslim nations - FAUDA

The tragic farce of dancer Lakshmi Viswanathan first listed and then suddenly UNLISTED as a PADMA AWARD recipient on January 25th - on the eve of India's 69th Republic Day - FAUDA on social media

And the cream of the crop
The Culture Department- Government of India celebrating the 250th birth anniversary of Carnatic music saint Tyagaraja as a FOLK and TRIBAL FESTIVAL in Maharashtra. With no link or connection to the place or spirit of the genius composer - WTF- FAUDA.

And you want me to write about DANCE.
So you think there was no FAUDA on many stages across India???

Read on...

ROVING EYE: A section of impressions, images and inspirations
Curated by Anita Ratnam


5th International Kuchipudi Dance Convention
Dec 23 - 25, 2016 at Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium, Vijayawada
Photos: Avinash Pasricha

Alva's Virasat 2017
Jan 13-15, Moodbidri, Karnataka
Photos: Manasa Digital
Courtesy: Alva's Education Foundation



- Milap Festival Trust, its Board and Staff Team, have chosen and Dr. Anita Ratnam as its Founder Director, for the first International Arts Award VISHWA KALA RATNA established by the Trust for the year 2017. The award celebrates and acknowledges the sterling contribution made by dynamic, well established individuals/organizations towards promoting and strengthening Indian Arts globally. Milapfest will confer the award in England at the Awards Ceremony later in the year.

- Among the Padma awards, only 2 dancers have been chosen for PADMA SHRI-101 year old Chemanchery Kunhiraman Nair (Kathakali) and Aruna Mohanty (Odissi).

- On January 3, 2017 Music Academy, Chennai, conferred NATYA KALA ACHARYA on Malavika Sarukkai. Mohiniattam dancer Methil Devika received award for the best dancer of the mid-year dance festival organised by the Academy.

- Bala Devi Chandrashekar received the KALA RATNA AWARD from Kala Prakash, Varanasi, presented by Channulal Mishra, on Jan 8, 2017.

- Prof. C.V. Chandrasekhar received the NALANDA-BHARATA MUNI SAMMAN on January 14, 2017 at Mumbai during the Nalanda Nrityotsav.

- Guru Usha Datar was awarded the SRINIVAS KULKARNI AWARD in Davangere for her contributions to dance, on January 15, 2017.

- SARNGADEVA SAMMAN was conferred by Mahagami on eminent theatre personality Ratan Thiyam during the Sarngadeva Samaroh at Aurangabad on January 20, 2017.

- At the 12th Drishti National Dance Festival, Bharatanatyam Guru Padmini Ravi, Bengaluru and Bala Devi Chandrashekar, New Jersey, received DRISHTI PURASKAR for their contribution to the field of dance, on January 21, 2017 at Chowdiah Hall, Bangalore.

- Bharati Shivaji received the NISHAGANDHI AWARD for her contribution to Mohiniattam on January 21, 2017 during the Nishagandhi dance festival at Thiruvananthapuram.

- In recognition of 70 years of his service to the ritualistic Melattur Bhagavata Mela, S. Natarajan has been honoured with the KEREMANE SHIVARAMA HEGDE RASHTRIYA PURASKAR-2016 on the inaugural day of Keremane Shambu Hegde Rashtriya Natyotsava-8, on January 26, 2017.

- When the temple comes alive by V.V. Ramani
Kaisiki Natakam performed at Thirukurungudi blends poetry, music, dialogue and dance.

- Shweta Venkatesh was awarded GOLD MEDAL and FIRST RANK in Masters Degree in Bharatanatyam from Bangalore University on 27th Jan 2017.

- Geeta Chandran has been invited to be part of the Management Board -- as Honorary Member and Special Invitee -- to the Managing Committee of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the leading apex Indian Industry Chamber founded in 1905.

- Ranjana Jhaveri: Loss to Manipuri dance by Dr. Sunil Kothari
Manipuri dancer Ranjana Jhaveri passed away on January 17, 2017 at Mumbai, aged 87, after a protracted illness.

- Veteran exponent of Mohiniattam, Guru Kalamandalam Chandrika passed away in Calicut Medical College Hospital, Kerala, after a brief illness, on January 22, 2017. Kalamandalam founder Vallathol himself was her mentor. She dedicated her life to teaching and produced many dance dramas, serving the cause of Mohiniattam for nearly five decades.

- John Berger, art critic and author, dies aged 90 by Mark Brown

- Bharatanatyam dancer, performing with his guru, dies on stage
48-year-old Bharatanatyam dancer Omanakuttan collapsed and died while performing with his guru on stage, during a temple festival in Paravur near Kochi.


I came to know the word 'mentor' only when dancer Mythili Prakash mentioned it. She brings to me the productions that she has created. I work through them with her, offering advice, corrections, suggestions. It is looking at the work with a critical eye - going through points like how to move, what kind of energy you find and how to invest energy at the core level of dance. It is more than physical- it is a process of awareness and internalisation. I guess this holistic approach is what mentoring is - a different approach to training.
- Malavika Sarukkai
('I do not want to create clones' by Leela Venkataraman, The Hindu Friday Review, Jan 6, 2017)

- 'Natyarambha' is a subscription-based digital app that brings dance to one's doorstep. Created by Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant with the help of her student Sneha Magapu.

- Nartanam Vol XVI (Oct-Dec 2016) is a special issue on Dances of Telangana.

- Learn Kathak Online
Invis Multimedia has launched an online Kathak program with paid subscription options. It also offers one free lesson every week on You Tube.


- Heritage presents
Gudiya Sambhrama
The Bengaluru Temple Festival

Jan 21 - Feb 19, 2017 Bangalore

- Attakkalari presents
Attakkalari India Biennial 2017

Theme: BLR Moves
Feb 3 - 12, 2017 Bangalore

Adishakti presents
Remembering Veenapani Festival

Feb 3 - 26, 2017 Pondicherry

- Chinmaya Naada Bindu presents
7th Naada Bindu Festival

Feb 10 - 12, 2017 Kolwan, Pune

- Srinidhi Raghavan presents

Feb 12, 2017 NYC

- Sarasalaya presents
Sarasa Natya Mala

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 5pm
Feb 19 - 21, 2017 Chennai

SEEN AND HEARD by Lakshmi Vishwanathan
- Awards and Rewards
Stories are legion about awards and titles that one can write a book! Suffice it to say, dear is best we do not take it all seriously.

TRENDING by Ashish Mohan Khokar

- The return of the native
Seeing Mimi Partha Sarthy's return to stage performance was like a mini wedding event, full of assorted socialites and stars of dance in Bangalore.

- The 36th Natya Kala Conference: Part 1
The 36th Natya Kala Conference in Chennai was inaugurated on 26th December 2016 by Vyjayanthimala. The convener for current and next year is Dr. Srinidhi Chidambaram.

- The 36th Natya Kala Conference: Part 2
The session between Nandini Ramani and Swamimalai SK Suresh was illuminating for young generation of dancers. Nandini described how she had received training from the legendary Balasaraswati.

- 5th International Kuchipudi Dance Convention
The 5th International Kuchipudi Dance Convention took place at Vijayawada at the specially constructed venue next to Indira Gandhi Stadium from 23rd to 25th Dec 2016.

- 5th Margazhi Dance Festival at Navi Mumbai
It was an eye opener for me to attend the 5th Margazhi Dance Festival that spanned 3 different days at Vashi, New Mumbai, held by G.V. Ramani Foundation's Takshashila Dance Academy and Kalpavruksha Dance Academy.

- Vempati's Margazhi Utsav at Kuchipudi Art Academy, Chennai
In the overcrowded festivals in Chennai during the season, one new Margazhi dance festival has been added by Kuchipudi Art Academy for 7 days at the Academy premises.

- Festivals round up
During the season with so many performances taking place simultaneously, one often has to choose out of the multiple performances, few which one would like to see and forego others.

TAALAM: Column by Leela Venkataraman
- Malavika Sarukkai: Sharing the larger vision
I think the title of 'Acharya' means in the sense of overall contribution to the art form - your legacy and what you have achieved in so many years in the field.

- Interface of Sthiti Gati polarities
Built round the theme Sthiti Gati, the 36th Natya Kala Conference mounted by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha brought out the complementing polarities of the Constant and the Changing.

THE EASTERN EYE: Column by Utpal K Banerjee
Of Earth, Earthy...
Manjushri Chaki Sircar, the ace scholar-choreographer-dancer from India and the USA, had always her feet firmly rooted to the ground.

- Changing faces of Kathak Kendra
Now that over 50 years have elapsed since the Kendra was founded and also that it has moved to a swanky new location, one is tempted to look at the sum total of gains and losses over the half century of the Kendra's eventful existence.

- Tiptoe into my parlour
Queen-Size, choreographed by Mandeep Raikhy, the dance administrator of Gati Dance Forum from Delhi and presented by Arts Forward in Kolkata, was professedly "performed intimacy" making a statement against the archaic law of Section 377 of the IPC.

- Blessed to be the daughter of Jayalakshmi by Urmila Sathyanarayanan
It may sound like a clich├ęd statement, but I am a narthaki chiefly because of my mother.

Not just anyBODY - a health and fitness column
- Health Recipes 9: Mango Kerabu by Uma Pushpanathan

- Sway, swing, and do sit-ups by Naveena Vijayan
A dancer and a fitness guru talk about what it means to be fit and healthy for an artiste

- The anatomy of a satisfying side stretch by Julie Gudmestad
Help even your stiffest students get the most from sidebends.

Meet the artistes -SANCHARI.. More on the arts

Articles Season reviews

Feb 1, 21 & 24, Netherlands, Ahmedabad & Hong Kong
Schedule for Aditi Mangaldas and Drishtikon Dance Foundation
-Feb 1, Netherlands: Drishtikon Dance Foundation presents UTSAV and UNCHARTED SEAS for FESTIVAL OF INDIA in Utrecht.
-Feb 21, Ahmedabad: Drishtikon Dance Foundation presents WITHIN for the ICECRAFT FESTIVAL.
-Feb 24, Hong Kong: Aditi Mangaldas presents solo IMMERSED for the INDIA BY THE BAY festival.

Feb 1, 14 & 25, Bangalore
Schedule for Natya Stem Dance Kampni
- Feb 1: BASANT PANCHAMI, the first day of spring in the Indian calendar is celebrated with dance at NIKC
- Feb 14: Film viewing of MAYA TO MATTER - a definitive lec-dem series featuring Dr. Maya Rao, celebrating her wisdom, foresight & the anniversary of the maiden "M TO M' talk
At: Natya STEM Studio, 7pm
- Feb 25: KAMPNI KUTCHERI features BHEEMA, a play by Our Theatre.
At: Natya STEM Studio, #37, Bhoomika, 17th Cross, Malleswaram, Bangalore 560055, 6.30pm.

Feb 1 - 24, Odisha, Baroda, New Delhi
Schedule for Geeta Chandran and Natya Vriksha
- Feb 1 - 5: As part of SPIC-MACAY's special outreach to tribal area schools, Geeta Chandran and troupe will travel to Orissa for performances around Sambalpur:
1st Feb Titlagarh; 2nd Feb Titlagarh and Bolangir; 3 & 4 Feb: four lec-dems in Jharsuguda
- Feb 9: As part of the Nritya Parva 2017 hosted in Baroda by the Anjali Memorial Committee, Geeta Chandran presents solo ANEKANTA that will focus on the theme of multi-culturalism and acceptance of several truths, a concept culled from Jaina philosophy, and is based on the research of scholar-author Sudhamahi Regunathan.
At: C.C. Mehta Auditorium, 8pm.
- Feb 24: As part of the Shivratri all-night performances hosted by Gurus Raja and Radha Reddy, Geeta Chandran will perform solo Bharatanatyam.
At: Natya Tarangini Dance Institute, Pushpa Vihar, New Delhi 110017

Feb 2 - 25, Kolkata
Sapphire programs in February 2017.
- 2nd Feb: Sapphire Creations shoots for film 'Michel' directed by Satrajit Sen choreographing an act by Sudarshan Chakravorty led by Tonusree Chakraborty and Soumitra Chattapadhyay at Narendrapur, near Kolkata
- 3rd Feb: Sapphire Creations performs SAPPHIRESCOPE, a mosaic of Contemporary and popular dances for an international conference.
At: EcoSpace banquets in New Town, 7pm
- 4th Feb: Sapphire Creations organises its Annual SARASWATI PUJOR JOLSHA with eminent artists from Bengal from music, theatre, dance, films and engages in an informal session of improvisations and more
At: SappTop, CF 80, Salt Lake, 7pm
- 9th Feb: Sapphire Creations shoots for film 'Michel' directed by Satrajit Sen choreographing an act by Sudarshan Chakravorty led by Swastika Mukherjee and Mir at Rabindra Tirtha, New Town, 10am
- 14th Feb: Sapphire Creations presents NRITOKOLPO, Snapshots of Sapphire's work drawn from its eclectic sources of productions and commissioned projects depicting the range of Sapphire
At: Novotel Banquets, New Town, 7pm
- 25th Feb: Sapphire Creations presents ATITHI DEVO BHAVA, celebrating India and its various rituals, sound and visuals from tradition, folk, contemporary, martial art and cinema with 20 dancers and aerial artists.
At: Anderson Club, 7pm

Feb 4, Bangalore
Sohini Karanth, disciple of Nirupama & Rajendra, Abhinava Dance Company, makes her Kathak solo debut.
At: Prem Chandra Sagar Auditorium of Dayanandasagar Institutions, 6.30pm

Feb 4, Manchester, MO
Natya - Lecture Demonstrations - 1
This interactive, lec- dem introduces the main aspects of Indian classical dance and explains the ways to understand and enjoy it. Guru Prasanna Kasthuri will conduct this special outreach workshop.
Sangeetha - Lecture Demonstrations -1
Guru Seema Kasthuri will conduct this special outreach workshop that introduces and explains the ways to understand and enjoy classical Carnatic music.
Venue: Grand Glaize Branch Library, 1010 Meramec Station Road, Manchester, MO 6302, 3pm

Feb 5 & 7, Ahmedabad & Chhatisgarh
Schedule for Suprava Mishra and Aum Arts.
-5th Feb: Aum Arts Dance Academy students will perform Ganesh Vandana and Batu for Sanchar Milan of BSNL Telecom Women Organisation, Gujarat
Venue: P and T Colony, Satellite, Ahmedabad
-7th Feb: Suprava Mishra will perform Santakaram, Navarasa (Story of Ramayan), Ashtapadi
at JAJWLYA FESTIVAL (Jajngir Champa), Chhatisgarh

Feb 6 - 22, Kolkata, Auroville, Bhopal
Performance schedule for Ranan Performance Collective members
- Feb 6, Kolkata: Ranan performs excerpts from 'Shunya Se' and 'Vaichitra' at Loreto House auditorium 12 noon as part of CIMA's Kolkata Biennial and the 175th year celebrations of Loreto House.
- Feb 10, Auroville: Vikram Iyengar performs ACROSS, NOT OVER choreographed by Preethi Athreya at the Remembering Veenapani festival at Adishakti
- Feb 15, Bhopal: Debashree Bhattacharya and Sohini Debnath present Samskriti Shreyaskar's SANJOG at Bharat Bhavan.
- Feb 17, Kolkata: Ranan performs CROSSINGS: EXPLORING THE FACETS OF LADY MACBETH at the Minerva Theatre Festival organised by the Govt of West Bengal and Minerva Repertory Theatre
At: Minerva Theatre, 6.30pm
- Feb 22, Kolkata: Repertory member Rhea Dawn presents a solo Kathak recital at Gyan Manch.

Feb 8, 10 & 12, Bangalore & Mumbai

Schedule for Chitra Arvind and Rhythmotion.
- Feb 8: Chitra Arvind performs NISHA VIBHRAMA, Nupura's production as part of 50 years celebration of Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bengaluru, 6:30pm
- Feb 10: Rhythmotion presents SRISHTIKARTHA as part of the 50 years celebration festival of Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bengaluru, 7pm
- Feb 12: Rhythmotion performs SRISHTIKARTHA, a contemporary dance feature at KALA GHODA ARTS FESTIVAL, Cross Maidan, Mumbai, 6:30pm.

Feb 11 & 12, Chennai
Dakshina Chitra organizes a performing arts symposium called UTSAVAM 2017. The 2nd edition of the festival coincides with the 20th anniversary of Dakshina Chitra and will feature interactive sessions, discussions, and presentations by several prominent artists and experts, on the two timeless art forms - Carnatic Music and Bharatnatyam. This year also marks the 250th birth centenary of the legendary Carnatic music composer Tyagaraja.
- Feb 11, 9am: 'Sangeetam' looks back at 300 years of Carnatic music and the chief composers who have shaped its present-day idiom. Speakers include V. Sriram, R. K. Shriramkumar, Arun Prakash, Aruna Sairam and P.C. Ramakrishna.
- Feb 12, 9.30am: 'Bharatam' will open windows into the origin, growth, development of Sadir / BN; into the various schools of BN where the guru was both a teacher and a choreographer; Speakers include Anita Ratnam, Saskia Kersenboom, Swarnamalya Ganesh and Gowri Ramnarayan.
Venue: Dakshina Chitra, East Coast Road, Muttukadu

Feb 9, 19 & 20, Mumbai & Pondicherry
Schedule for Anita Ratnam.
- Feb 9: PADME at Kala Ghoda Festival, Mumbai, 7.30pm
- Feb 19: A MILLION SITAS for Pondicherry Heritage Festival, 7pm
- Feb 20: A MILLION SITAS for Remembering Veenapani festival, Pondicherry, 7pm

Feb 11, NYC
The Salon Series at Salaam Bombay is a new performance space that hosts artists in the fields of dance, music, and literature. Curated by Parul Shah, the intimate setting offers an opportunity for artists and audience members to share ideas and build connections. After the show, there will be an informal Q & A with the artists. The series launches with Jiva Dance led by Sonali Skandan in collaboration with the Indian music ensemble, Akshara.
Dancers are Sonali Skandan, Sahana Sridhar, Aishwarya Madhav and Janani Comar. Led by Bala Skandan, world music ensemble Akshara features musicians Arun Ramamurthy, Dave Eggar and Kabilan Jeganathan.
At: Salaam Bombay, 319 Greenwich St Downstairs Lower Level, New York, NY 10013, 7pm

Feb 12, Bangalore
Rukmini Vijayakumar performs for GUDIYA SAMBRAMA, The Temple Festival
Venue: Varaprada Shri Devagiri Devastanam, Banashankari, Bangalore, 6:30pm

Feb 15, New Delhi
Abhinava Dance Company performs for the International Conference on NexGen Technologies for Mining & Fuel Industries at Manekshaw Convention Centre, New Delhi, 7pm.

Feb 21 & 22, Basel, Switzerland
Sumitra Keshava is invited to perform in a dance piece of the well-known contemporary dance choreographer Jerome Bel.
Venue: Kaserne Basel, 8pm

Feb 22 & 24, Mumbai
Schedule of Smitalay and Jhelum Paranjape.
- 22nd Feb: Dance performance for Anglo Eastern Ship Management India Pvt. Ltd. at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai at 8pm.
- 24th Feb: Mahashivaratri Guru's dance performance by Jhelum Paranjape during the Natyanjali Festival 2017 for Shanmukhpriya, Chembur, 6.30pm

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