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March 2017
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How much dance can one watch in a month?
For yours truly, it becomes difficult to attend shows more than 4 times a week, since feelings and images blur and bleed into one another and the distinct memories and architecture of each performance dissolves to leave one large incomprehensible stain. February was one such month. So much dancing, rehearsals, touring, watching.... the year's shortest month flew by.

February also gave me the opportunity to be a part of a dramatically diverse swathe of dance experiences. Erotica, arangetrams, doom as personal diary, the evergreen Krishna as protagonist, an outdoor performance in an open maidan, day long immersion seminars, clueless university professors - I was thrown into the thick of them all!

Read on...

March 17, Delhi

Dr. Anita Ratnam presents dance theatre A MILLION SITAS for Conference on Women.
At: India International Centre, 11am to 12pm

March 24, Kuala Lumpur

Indian Cultural Centre and Sutra Foundation present Anita Ratnam in SMOKE AND MIRRORS, a talk and interactive discussion on the rich and complex modern history of Bharatanatyam.
At: India Cultural Centre, Brickfields, 7.30pm

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


Leela Samson presented Past Forward
At Hyderabad Lit Fest, Jan 28, 2017
Photos: Avinash Pasricha

Sarasalaya presented Sarasa Natya Mala

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore
Feb 19-21, 2017 Chennai
Photos: Chella Videos



- Dance critics/scholars Dr. Sunil Kothari and Leela Venkataraman received GURU GANGADHAR PRADHAN SMRUTI SAMMAN from Orissa Dance Academy at Dhauli Kalinga Mahotsav on 6th February 2017, Bhubaneswar.

- On February 19, 2017 the GURU KJ SARASA AWARD was conferred by Sarasalaya on dance violinist MV Sreenivas, at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai.

- On March 5, 2017 the NATYASHASTRA AWARD will be conferred by Shambhavi School of Dance during its fourth edition of Kuchipudi seminar Nayika on Sumathy Kaushal, one of the senior gurus of Kuchipudi, at Seva Sadan, Bangalore.

- ABHAI Annual Day will be celebrated on April 29, 2017, in collaboration with Utsav on International Dance Day, at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai. The awardees for 2016 and 2017:
NATYAKALANIDHI: Dr. Yamini Krishnamurthy & Indira Rajan
GANDHARVA NIPUNA: Khandadevi Vijayaraghavan (violinist) &Veda Krishnan Ram (mridangist)
NARTHAKA NIPUNA: Deepak Majumdar & Sheejith Krishna.
NRITHYAPERUNJYOTI: Radhika Shurjit (a new award from 2017 for female dancers above 45 years).


- Lshva presents
Workshop on rhythm
by Guru Kiran Subramanyam

March 3 - 5, 2017 Bangalore

- Gati presents
Dance Lab

April 3 - 21, 2017 Delhi
Call for applications


- Sari by Daksha Sheth Dance Company

- Within by Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company

- Ashish Khokar's DANCE DISCourse
8th year Season 2017

Kuchipudi is an alignment of Odissi, Bharatanatyam and Kathak. We have the angles and postures of Bharatanatyam, the grace of Odissi and the footwork of Kathak. All this put together makes Kuchipudi dance come alive. So when you have to align everything you have to pay a lot of attention to your feet, your hands and your body as well because when you do movements the body automatically goes with the hand which does not happen with Bharatanatyam. When you move the hand, only the hand moves, the body doesn't move. Like in Odissi, the body moves with the hands. That's how I am comparing. Then there is a total body language connected with the facial expression in Kuchipudi. Like they say, 'Where the hands go, the eyes have to follow. When the eye follows, then expression follows.' That is very mandatory in Kuchipudi.
- Manju Barggavee
('It doesn't come on a platter' by Nita Vidyarthi, The Hindu Friday Review, Oct 27, 2016)


- inDANCE presents world premiere
Holy Cow(s)!

Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 8pm
March 23 - 25, 2017 Toronto

TRENDING by Ashish Mohan Khokar
- Think!
Think what are dance aspirations of the marginalized, small town India? What facilities they have by way of halls, support systems and students.

THE EASTERN EYE: Column by Dr.Utpal K Banerjee
- Twin yarns of empowered Eves
Tagore, in his time, penned inimitably his long poem Viday Abhishap (The Parting Curse) and the dance drama Chitrangada, based on two mythic encounters to pass a clear message for women's empowerment and emancipation, much ahead of his time.

Not just anyBODY - a health and fitness column
- Poison-free nourishment by Nimmi Ittycheria John
Thirty years of telling people what to eat and how good it was for their bodies got me thinking...

Health Recipes 10: Roasted Tomato and Capsicum Soup by Uma Pushpanathan

- Benefits of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)

- Spontaneous, yet measured by Chitra Chandrasekhar Dasarathy
My mother Jaya Chandrasekhar, from the time I can remember, balanced her multiple roles and continues to amaze us with her energy for her varied interests.

TAALAM: Column by Leela Venkataraman
- Unique tribute to a maverick musical genius
Murali Samarpanam held at the India International Centre auditorium as an evening of tribute to the “inimitable Gandharva Vaagyekara” Dr. M.Balamurali Krishna, designed and organised by Usha R.K, proved to be a riveting event, featuring six Bharatanatyam dancers from Delhi.

- Tantu needs more than hype and hurry
Hype has become the tenor of this generation and young Madhur Gupta, true to this age, seems a man in a hurry.

- Dhauli-Kalinga Festival epitomises peace and unity amidst diversity
What was initially started thirteen years ago in the Peace Pagoda atop Dhauli as the Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav featuring only martial art forms, has expanded in scope, bringing under its sponsoring umbrella classical, folk and martial art forms.

- Remembering Rohini Bhate
I clearly remember Rohini Bhate and I sitting together at the historic All India Dance Seminar convened by Sangeet Natak Akademi from 31st March till 7th April 1958, at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.

- 26th Nishagandhi Dance Festival
The festival at Thiruvananthapuram (20-27 January 2017) was flagged off by the Governor P. Sathasivam, by lighting the lamps held by some ten dancers in a semi circle and more than 30 dancers providing backdrop and few standing on either side, choreographed by senior Guru Girija Chandran.

Meet the artistes -SANCHARI.. More on the artsArticles

March 1 - 31, Allahabad, Delhi, Patna
Schedule for Geeta Chandran and Natya Vriksha
-1 March: Geeta Chandran will attend the 87th Founding Day of Allahabad Museum. Her senior disciple Sneha Chakradhar presents a short performance and will be honoured by the Museum.
-3 March: To mark the 30th Anniversary of Dua Associates and the 20th Anniversary of Dua Consulting, Geeta Chandran presents the invocation at Delhi Gymkhana Club.
-5 March: Natya Vriksha dancers perform for Sahitya Kala Parishad at Central Park, Connaught Place, Delhi.
-8 March: For International Women's Day at the British Council in New Delhi, Geeta Chandran presents a short performance highlighting gender issues.
-10 March: At the launch of Shakti Maira's book 'The Promise of Beauty and Why it Matters,' Geeta Chandran performs at 7pm in the IIC Art Gallery on 'Beauty - The Frontiers Within.'
-21 March: In a conversation with Poonam Surie, Geeta Chandran speaks of her 'So Many Journeys' with dance and her efforts to “en-dance” the universe! The private event is at the residence of the Foreign Secretary.
-22 March: Natya Vriksha Dance Company participates in SANKRITI choreography being presented at Purana Qila by Seher. Sankriti is directed by Madhavi Mudgal.
-26 March: Geeta Chandran performs in Patna for Spic-Macay's State Convention
-27-31 March: Intensive Workshop on Bharatanatyam for Spic-Macay Virasat conducted by Geeta Chandran at IIT New Delhi.

March 2, NYC
Sonali Skandan presents FROM HEAVEN AND EARTH, an evening of solo repertoire where the earthly become divine, where ritual and daily life merge and the Gods and Goddesses walk the earth. She is accompanied by Kasi Aysola on nattuvangam, Vignesh Ravichandran on vocals, Bala Skandan on mridangam and Arun Ramamurthy on violin.
At: St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY, Perterson -Kermani Performance Hall, 8pm

March 3, Delhi
The Raza Foundation presents Astad Deboo and dancers of Shree Shree Govindajee Natasankirtan from Manipur in RHYTHM DIVINE II: RIVERS RUN DEEP.
At: Kamani Auditorium, 7pm

March 4 & 5, San Jose & San Diego, CA
Rama Vaidyanathan presents CHITRAVALI-a picture book on Krishna Maya.
- March 4: CET solo theatre, 701 Vine St, San Jose, 4pm
- March 5: J Crivello Hall, Francis Parker School, 6501 Linda Vista Rd, San Diego, 4pm

March 5 & 19, OH & CA
Schedule for Ramya Harishankar
- Mar 5: SWEATING SARIS, Dhvani, Columbus, OH
-Mar 19: Senshin Buddhist Temple, Los Angeles, CA

March 8 - 18, Mumbai & Bhubaneswar
Schedule for Jhelum Paranjape & Smitalay.
-8th March: ARGHYA - an offering by Smitalay, for International Women's Day at Carter Road Promenade, Bandra West, Mumbai at 7pm
-10th March: Manch Pravesh of Aneesha Ramani, student of Jhelum Paranjape, at Mysore Association Auditorium, Mumbai at 6.30pm.
-18th March: Solo performance by Priya Singh during the Pankaj Utsav at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneshwar, at 7pm

March 8 - 31, Kolkata, Delhi, USA
Schedule for Sapphire Creations Dance Company.
- 8th March: Workshop led by Sudarshan Chakravorty and Sapphire repertory members as part of INCRES (INspiring Artistic Sensibilities on your Campus). Workshop is on floorwork, Release Technique, Indian aesthetics, and demonstration on pollution free environment and cleanliness
At: Future School at Sonarpur, 11.30am onwards
- 8th March: Sudarshan Chakravorty is a speaker in a panel organised by Public Relation Society of India in Kolkata talking about the topic ' Why The World should Move Towards Neutrality'- for International Woman's Day at Hotel Sonnet in Kolkata, 6pm.
- 9th March: Workshop led by Sudarshan Chakravorty and Sapphire repertory members as part of INArtSyC (INspiring Artistic Sensibilities on your Campus). Workshop is on 'Dynamics of Stillness' and on pollution free environment and cleanliness.
At: Sushila Birla Girls High School at AJC Bose Rd, 11.30am onwards

- 9th to 22nd March: Sudarshan Chakravorty visits USA to give workshop and choreograph 150 dancers from Bay area in Fremont to be part of the Opening Ceremony of North America Bengali Conference to be held in July in San Francisco.
- 17th to 30th March: Acclaimed choreographer Mary Carbonara visits Kolkata to be part of the International Choreographers' Residency in Sapphire (INCRES) with an 8 hour class each day to create a new piece with both Repertory members and senior students of Academy at SappTop, 11.30am to 8.30pm
- 21st March: Sapphire Creations performs with eminent musicians like Tanmoy Bose, Jyoti Shankar in SOUNDSCAPES collaborating with classical music and Contemporary dance at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi, 7pm
- 31st March: Sapphire Creations organises the Annual Sapphire Gala as part of the 4th Quarter of SAPPHIRE QUARTERLY SERIES with performances by Sapphire repertory members, Academy students and also showcasing the outcome of Residency by Mary Carbonara and CERTIFICATION CEREMONY of successful students at Minerva Theatre, Beaden St. Kolkata 6.30pm onwards.

March 9 & 11, Sheyboygan, WI

Natya Dance Theatre performs at Kohler Arts Center as part of Community Festival India.
-March 9: Natya brings new work THE ONENESS IN DIVERSITY to the Kohler main stage, 7.30pm. Natya performs as part of an evening of Indian music and dance that also includes a performance by Indian vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia.
-March 11: The Kohler's Community Festival India celebrates the culture of India. Natya will perform several short pieces through the afternoon in the Kohler Matrix performance space, 11am to 3pm.

March 11 - 25, Italy, Portugal and Spain
Schedule for Sonali Skandan.
Sonali Skandan from NYC and Lucrezia Maniscotti from Milan present an evening of shared and solo pieces in SAMYUKTA, presented by L'Accademia Sangam in Italy.
*March 11: Mantova, Italy - Workshop 4:30pm / Performance 7pm | Yoga Padma Niketan, Via Pascoli, 12 - Loc. Belfiore (MN)
*March 15: Milan, Italy - 9pm | Spazio Sirin Via Vincenzo Vela 15, 201
- Sonali presents FROM HEAVEN AND EARTH in Lisbon, Portugal, presented by Eka Dance Company.
*March 17, 10pm: concert with Bhavana Pradyumna
*March 17-19: Bharatanatyam workshop, 7 - 8:30pm
Eka Palace, Calçada Dom Gastão nº 12, porta 8, 1900-194 Lisbon
- Sonali presents FROM HEAVEN AND EARTH in Spain, presented by Chandrika Natya
*March 22: concert, Sevilla, 9:30pm | Sala el Cachorro c/Procurador, 19 Triana
*March 24: concert with Bala Skandan - Madrid, 9pm | Espacio Ronda, Ronda de Segovia 50m Porta de Toledo
*March 25: Bharatanatyam Intensive Workshop, Madrid, 10am-12pm and 4-8pm
La Corrala de la Danza c/ Dr. Piga 5 bis metro Lavapies

March 16, Vancouver, Canada
A Bharatanatyam lecture demo with Jai Govinda and dancers Aishwarya Roshan and Grihalakshmi Soundarapandian, presented by Dr. Thomas Hunter for the Asian Studies dept. of UBC.
At: Asian Centre Auditorium, 3.30pm

March 19 - 26, Kolkata
Schedule for Rhythmosaic Dance Company.
- March 19-21: National Creative Arts Therapy Week 2017, though Seminar, Workshop and Awareness Camp by Shubha Lihala, Angira Chakravorty Dasgupta, Shayori Mitra, Noel Datta & Snehashree Neogy. Various venues
- March 24 - 26: Workshop by Shruti Datar - Flying Low Technique.
Venue: Rhythmosaic Studio, Kolkata

March 26, Mississauga, ON
Sampradaya Dance Creations presents another installment of its Horizon Series: Emerging Artist Performance Showcase features Monica Shah (contemporary) and Supriya Nayak (Odissi)
Venue: Sampradaya Theatre, 4-3250 Ridgeway Drive, 4pm

March 29, Bangalore
Rasika Kiran, daughter and disciple of Kiran Subramanyam and Sandhya Kiran will perform as part of Sri Ramanavami celebrations.
At: Sri Rama Kalyana Mandira, 3rd Cross, Sriramapuram, 6.30pm

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