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ANITA SAYS..... |
"Some people seem to think that good dancers are born, but all the good dancers I have known are taught or trained."
- Fred Astaire
As WORLD DANCE DAY slips past us and a new month dawns, I begin with the
most recent experience of performing in FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH in New
ROVING EYE: A section of impressions, images and inspirations|
Curated by Anita Ratnam
LATEST UPDATE IN THE SITE
- Kutiyattam performer Kapila Venu received this year's NATIONAL KUMAR
GANDHARV AWARD of the cultural department of the Government of Madhya
Pradesh, on April 8, 2017 at the Malhar Smriti Mandir in village of
Devas in Madhya Pradesh which was Pandit Kumar Gandharv's home for
several years. This is the first time the award which was initially
reserved for musicians is being given to a performing artiste of a
different genre. The award comprises a cash award of Rupees 1,25,000, a
citation and a sculpture.
- Bharatanatyam dancer Urmila Sathyanarayanan received the OBUL REDDY
GNANAMBAL AWARD for Lifetime Achievement from the Bharatiya Vidya
Bhavan, Mylapore, Chennai on April 16, 2017.
- Prashant Shastry's Naatyakalakshetra celebrates the 10th year of
Nrithya Utsava festivals through the year with NRITHYA PRABHA awards
given to senior gurus during the year. It was given to Guru Padmini Ravi
in Jan, Kuchipudi Guru Madhava Peddi Murthy in Feb, and musician
Shyamala Jagidar in March. Kathak guru Vijayashree Choudhary received it
on April 21, 2017 at Mumbai.
- Ranjana Gauhar's Utsav conferred the annual UTSAV SAMMAN 2017 on gurus
Saroja Vaidyanathan (Bharatanatyam, Delhi), Durga Charan Ranbir
(Odissi, Bhubaneswar), Uma Dogra (Kathak, Mumbai) and Avinash Pasricha
(Dance Photography, Delhi), for their outstanding contribution in the
field of art and culture on April 28, 2017 at Kamani Auditorium, Delhi.
- ABHAI Annual Day will be celebrated on May 1, 2017 at Rukmini Devi
Kalai Arangam, Tamilnadu Eyal Isai Nataka Mandram, Chennai. The awardees
for 2016 and 2017:
NATYAKALANIDHI: Dr. Yamini Krishnamurthi & Indira Rajan
GANDHARVA NIPUNA: Khandadevi Vijayaraghavan (violinist) &Veda Krishnan Ram (mridangist)
NARTHAKA NIPUNA: Deepak Majumdar & Sheejith Krishna
LAYAAVADHAANI: Nellai D Kannan
NRITHYAPERUNJYOTI: Radhika Shurjit (a new award from the year 2017 for female dancers above 45 years).
- Utsav Music confers UTSAV NRITHYA RATNA title on Bharatanatyam
exponent Lakshmi Viswanathan on May 1, 2017 at Chennai during the World
Dance Day celebration.
- Celebrating the centenary of Subbudu by Rajesh Govindarajulu
- Artistic Director Mikhail Baryshnikov and BAC's newly elected Chairman of the Board Diana DiMenna submitted a Statement of Support for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities
on April 3, 2017 to the congressional representatives in the U.S.
Senate: Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and the
Manhattan Delegation of the U.S. House of Representatives:
Representative Adriano Espaillat, Representative Jerrold Nadler,
Representative Carolyn Maloney, and Representative Nydia Velázquez. This
public declaration of support advocates for the importance of the NEA
to represent the very best of the American creed: commitment to the
beauty of diversity, the thrill of experimentation, and the communion of
understanding between the artist and the public.
DRAMA QUEENS: WOMEN WHO CREATED HISTORY ON STAGE by Veejay Sai
The period between 1850 and 1950 was a magnificent time for the world of
performing arts. The book places itself at the crossroads of
understanding modern cultural history. Through ten leading ladies of
theatre, including Munni Bai, Mukhtar Begum, Jahanara Kajjan and Moti
Bai, the book traces an unwritten narrative of women, performance,
nationhood and modernity. The book is a tribute to the giant
contribution of these women to the making of art history. All royalties
from the sales of the book have been pledged to a rural girl child
Flexibound: 208 pages / English
Publisher: Roli Books, Rs.695, available on Amazon
|OBIT / TRIBUTE|
- Remembering 'Mapu' Martand Singh: My mentor, India's textile revival hero by Ashish Mohan Khokar
From INTACH to inspiring designers and promoting weavers, his genius was unparalleled.
- The textile man who understood both tradition and technique by Laila Tyabji
A long-time friend writes about Martand Singh's drive and commitment to document Indian textiles and reveal them to the world.
WORKSHOPS / ANNOUNCEMENTS
- Yoga Retreat
by Navtej Johar
Tara, Jagori, Kangra, HP
May 2 - 7, 2017
- Nadam presents
by Bragha Bessell
May 6 - 12, 2017 Bangalore
- Sattvika Danse presents
By Jai Govinda
Aug 18-20, 2017 Montreal
Register by May 8
- Attakaklari's Summer Intensive
May 8 - 20, 2017
- Sparsh Studio presents
3 day Bharatanatyam workshop
by Rama Vaidyanathan
May 19 to 21, 2017 Kolkata
- Nrityayatri presents
by Bragha Bessell
May 19-21, 2017 Pune
LOOK OUT FOR
- Second Honeymoon to Goa featuring the Dhananjayans
- Soprano Ermonela Jaho answers school childrens' questions about opera
We see artists in India in their eighties, still performing. Some even
dance while carrying the heavy paraphernalia of costume and make-up. The
Kathakali and Koodiyattam artists of Kerala are an example of the power
of will over a frail, worn-out body. The strength of the body, when
supported by the heart and mind, cannot be underestimated! I have
survived five decades in dance and know that it is all about mind over
matter. The practice is relentless; the pain never goes away; the
complexity never diminishes. The performance gives joy beyond
comprehension. But the dagger of failure hangs over one's body from the
beginning of the journey. Performing is not a choice for the
faint-hearted. Repetition, rigorous and meditative practice has to be
the bedrock of artistic endeavour-the very air an artist breathes. In
fact, it is very much about breath! So much of what happens between two
breaths is the magic of dance.
('The Mindful Body' by Leela Samson, The Indian Quarterly, Oct-Dec 2016)
|FOOTLOOSE AND FANCY FREE with Dr. Sunil Kothari
- Revisiting Ratan Thiyam's Urubhangam
Thirty seven years ago in November 1980, visiting Imphal, Manipur, for a
dance conference with Kamala Devi Chattopadhyaya, Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan
and Usha Malik, by sheer fortuitous circumstances I saw Bhasa's play
Urubhangam in Meitei language directed by Ratan Thiyam. It was an eye
- Kumudini Lakhia on crisis in Kathak
Kumudini admitted that she did not feel comfortable doing abhinaya on
thumris with Krishna breaking the pots, harassing gopis, and the basic
shringara rasa of thumris. So she looked for abstraction in dance.
- Rachana Yadav's Trishanku and Rama's tribute to her mother
Trishanku was presented on 1st April at Kamani Auditorium in Delhi.... The
inaugural event of Madhavi, a dance festival in honour of late Madhavi
Gopalakrishnan, the mother of Rama Vaidyanathan, was on 3rd April.
- Nritya Sanrachna: A festival of choreographic works
Under the aegis of Sangeet Natak Akademi, Jawaharlal Nehru Manipuri
Dance Academy and Manipur University, a festival of choreographic works
by leading dancers and choreographers from different states of India was
arranged at Imphal from 22nd till 26th March 2017 at the new Maharaja
Chandrakirti Auditorium, Manipur University.
- Sanjali's tribute on Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra's 13th death anniversary
On 7th April on the 13th death anniversary of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra,
his disciple Sharmila Mukerjee presented Pravaha as tribute at ADA
THE EASTERN EYE: Column by Dr.Utpal K Banerjee
- Magical, Mystical, Monumental
Parjanya Devata (The Rain God), a dance production blending Odissi and
Western classical dance form, presented recently in Kolkata by Victoria
Memorial Hall in association with South Gurukul Society, could not have
been a more grandiloquent affair, in terms of all three elements needed
for performative arts: space, time and characters.
- Moods, Movements and Melodies
Sapphire Annual Gala marked recently the running of the series
seamlessly for 28 quarters ever since its launch in 2010 and presented
debut works by Sapphire and non-Sapphire artistes, collaborators and
- A limitless lustre of love
Ananta, a two-day festival of classical dances presented by Upasana
Centre of the Arts, Kolkata, was crafted as an open gesture on the topic
of filial loss and love.
TAALAM: Column by Leela Venkataraman
- Fusion or Confusion?
With all the buzz about rightists and leftists, about fundamentalists
versus the liberal minded, about secularism against 'majoritarianism,'
it seems to me that somewhere people are losing a sense of proportion on
what represents plain good taste against what goes for ugliness of mind
- In a different tone: Amorous Delight presents a challenging theatre of love
Ruminating over the challenges of such flagrant erotic verses on
sambhoga and vipralambha sringar as base for a work in what has
justifiably been called 'Contemporary Odissi', Amorous Delight draws on
blended creative energies from Odisha and Malaysia...
- Contemporary dance expressions beckon
Costume designer Sandhya Raman's studio in Delhi became the venue for an
informal and unusual evening of Collisions, comprising movement
exploration in contemporary dance, substantiated by a dialogue involving
three reputed people in the dance world...
- Impresario India gamely carries on
Despite obstacles in procuring sponsorship, Impresario India mounted the
nineteenth edition of its annual choreographic festival, National
Festival of Creative Arts, on March 21 and 22 at Stein Auditorium,
- Encouraging audiences for the ticketed Divinity Series
Taking the plunge to make a ticketed show of the 'Divinity Series'
(April 6 - 8 at the Habitat Stein Auditorium, Delhi) annually mounted by
Jyotsna Shourie Dance Centre, was a step in the right direction.
Not just anyBODY - a health and fitness column
- Health Recipes 12: Bergedel Jagung by Uma Pushpanathan
- Effects of chronic stress on performance by Ishika Sachdev
Our endocrine system is like an orchestra, all participating glands and
organs have to work together, in harmony, for smooth functioning.
|Meet the artistes
||SANCHARI.. More on the arts||Articles
May 1, Chennai
May 1st to May 6th is when ABHAI conducts summer ABHIVRIDDHISHALA with
teachers Sathyanarayana Raju and Rama Vaidyanathan. On May 1st is
Abhai's Annual day. Abhai honours Yamini Krishnamurti, Indira Rajan,
Kandadevi Vijayaraghavan, Vedakrishna Ram, Deepak Majumdar, Sheejith
Krishna, Nellai D Kannan and Radhika Shurajith with awards for
2016 and 2017. Rare items taught at the Abhivriddhishala will be
performed by young and talented artiste members of Abhai.
At: Rukmini Devi Kalai Arangam, Tamilnadu Eyal Isai Nataka Mandram, RA Puram, 6pm
May 1, Mumbai
Performance by Smitalay and Jhelum Paranjape for Maharashtra Day Celebrations by Sane Guruji Arogya Mandir
At: Sane Guruji Arogya Mandir Hall, Santacruz West, 11.30am
May 1, London, UK
Kalasagara UK presents SAHASRABDHI VAIBHAVAM in celebration of Sri
Ramanuja's 1000th birth anniversary, a thematic dance performance by
Usha Raghavan and her students, accompanied by live orchestra. This
event is supported by the Jeeyar Educational Trust UK.
At: Patidar House, 22 London Road, Wembley HA9 7EX, 6 - 8pm
May 1 - 28, Kolkata
Schedule for Sapphire Creations Dance Company & Sudarshan Chakravorty.
- 1st May: Sudarshan Chakravorty is part of a panel discussion on
'Dignity of Woman Labour' organized by Novotel in Novotel banquets, 6pm
- 13th May: Sudarshan Chakravorty is a guest of honour in screening of
short film THE SIXTH ELEMENT directed by Arjunn Datta and chosen in
Cannes film festival at Nandan 2, near Rabindra Sadan, 6.30pm
- 18th May: A special program TAGORE & GULZAR featuring singer
Chandrima Bhattacharya and Sudarshan Chakravorty as the narrator and
Sapphire dancers at Cafe First Flush, near Gariahat, 7pm
- 28th May: Rotary Club of Calcutta Old City presents a special
fundraiser HRIDAYA for children with cardiac disease featuring Sapphire
Creations Dance Company's ATITHI DEVO BHAVA with 50 dancers, actors,
singers and musicians at Science City Auditorium, 6pm.
May 3, NYC
Jiva Dance's first film short, URBAN NRITTA, has been selected to be
screened at the NYIFF, as part of its Shorts program at Theater 3,
Village East, NYC, at 6:15pm.
May 3 - 12, New Delhi
Schedule for Geeta Chandran and Natya Vriksha
-3 May: Geeta Chandran and Natya Vriksha Dance Company perform as part
of the temple festivities at Ayappa Temple in Ramakrishna Puram (Sector
2), New Delhi
- 5 May: To mark the golden jubilee of the All India Kitchen Garden
Association, Geeta Chandran presents 'Heaven-Earth and Us,' in which the
dance will react to ikebana being created on stage by Ohara masters
Indira Mishra and Syama Balbir.
At: India Habitat Centre, 7.30pm
- 12 May: As part of the centenary celebrations of the renowned music
and dance critic Subbudu, Geeta Chandran also pays her tribute, at
May 4 - 13, Basel & Titterten, Switzerland
Schedule for D. Keshava and Kalasri group.
- May 4, Basel: Anjali, Sumitra, D. Keshava and the Kalasri dance school
create a Flashmob at Tanzfest Basel, Kaserne Basel, 6.45pm
- May 6, Basel: Anjali, Sumitra, D. Keshava and the Kalasri dance school perform at Tanzfest Basel, Barfüsserplatz Basel, 4pm
- May 7, Basel: The Kalasri youth dance company performs at Tanz der Kulturen, Tanzfest Basel, Union Basel, 2pm
- May 13, Titterten: Sumitra Keshava performs Bharatanatyam with Irish musicians, at
Gemeindesaal Titterten, Baselland, 8pm
May 5, Chennai
Sharmila Mukerjee presents Odissi at Sri KapaleeshwaraTemple for Vasant Utsav at 6.30pm.
|May 5, Bangalore|
Anuradha Vikranth presents MAYURA SANDESHA for the Academy of Music's
dance festival 'Nritya Rangoli.' Mayura Sandesha is a solo dance
narrative elucidating the longing of the tribal heroine Valli, for her
beloved hero Skanda. A unique 'Chitra Nritya' technique is introduced in
this dance feature where the dancer dances on a spread canvass. While
dancing, the Peacock is drawn with her feet, making the beautiful bird
her messenger to bring back her beloved.
Venue: Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 6pm.
May 5, Bangalore
Nadam presents an Abhinaya presentation by Bharatanatyam dancer Bragha Bessell.
At: ADA Rangamandira, JC Road, 6.30pm
May 6, Palo Alto, CA
Rasika Kumar presents a Bharatanatyam solo SHAKTI UNVEILED - RECLAIMING
THE GODDESS with live music. This show presents issues that plague women
today including negative body image, assault victim shaming, and eve
teasing while drawing from the energies of Kali and other Mahavidya
goddesses to propel us towards a better, more equal future.
Concept & Choreography: Rasika Kumar, nattuvangam & direction: Malavika Kumar Walia
Vocal, music composition: Sindhu Natarajan, mridangam: Aditya Ganesh, flute: Ashwin Krishnakumar, violin: Vikram Ragukumar
At: Cubberley Theater, Palo Alto, 3:30pm
May 6, Aliso Viejo, CA
Ramya Harishankar participates in 16th Annual International Day, Soka University.
May 6, Mississauga, Canada
Sampradaya Dance Creations presents AALAAP performed by Usha Gupta Dance
Entourage from Edmonton, Alberta under its signature performance series
- the Kalangan Series. Choreographed by Kumudini Lakhia, this work will
be performed by 5 dancers in the Kathak tradition including : Sudeshna
Maulik, Sanjukta Sinha, Anuj Mishra, Marla Palakkamanil and Riya Alika
Venue: Sampradaya Theatre, 4-3250 Ridgeway Drive, Mississauga, 7.30pm
May 14, Lemont, IL
Natya Dance Theatre presents a special fundraiser in support of the
Indo-American Heritage Museum and the forthcoming exhibition 'Beyond
Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation' which explores the
Indian-American experience and the community's vital political,
professional, and cultural contributions to American life and history.
Natya senior dancers perform BHARATHI: MY MOTHER, with choreography by
May 16 - 26, Calicut, Nelambur
Schedule for Deepa Narayanan, Kuchipudi Parampara Foundation, Bangalore.
-May 16-20, Calicut: Kuchipudi & Andhra Natyam workshop by Deepa
Narayanan & Kala Krishna for Swathi Thirunal Kalakendram
-May 22-26, Nelambur: Kuchipudi workshop
May 20, Lemont, IL
Natya Dance Theatre celebrates the artistic accomplishments of Natya's students with Spring Student Showcase performance.
At: Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago, 10915 Lemont Road, 3:30pm.
May 25 & 26, NYC
La Mama Movies! Dance Festival presents ETERNAL EMBRACE choreographed
and performed by Astad Deboo. Music composed and performed by Yukio
At: La Mama Theatre, Downstairs, 66 East 4th Street, NY 10003, 8pm
May 26, San Francisco, CA
Abhinaya dancers present SANCHAARI - Elaboration, at the San Francisco International Arts Festival.
At: Cowell Theater, San Francisco, 8pm