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ANITA SAYS..... |
There is only one word that springs to my mind as I write this.
FAUDA... it means CHAOS in Arabic
FAUDA... FAUDA... FAUDA...
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???
ROVING EYE: A section of impressions, images and inspirations|
Curated by Anita Ratnam
LATEST UPDATE IN THE SITE
- Milap Festival Trust, its Board and Staff
Team, have chosen Narthaki.com 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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)
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
|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 dancers....it is best we do not take it
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
FOOTLOOSE AND FANCY FREE by Dr. Sunil Kothari
- 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.
MOTHERS BY DAUGHTERS AND OTHERS
- Blessed to be the daughter of Jayalakshmi by Urmila Sathyanarayanan
It may sound like a clichéd 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
|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
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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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