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| ANITA SAYS.....
August 1, 2018
With white rings on wet umber
With moonlit sand I worship
You who thought burnt bodiless
Stroke ardour's ache: save my body.
I char for his sooty resplendence
Send me to him who grasps
The sphere spitting fire -
I'll follow as liquid shadow.
ANDAL's song to Kamadeva, God of Love
From NACHIYAR TIRUMOZHI
8th century CE
Translation by Priya Sarukkai Chabria
I open with a heartfelt round of gratitude to all those young dancers
who wished me on Guru Purnima Day. Not being a guru in the traditional
sense, I was moved, as I am each year, by the numerous messages and
mails that come to me citing my work and words as an inspiration.
Thank you all... and may the light continue to burn within each of you!
| ROVING EYE: A
section of impressions, images and
Curated by Anita Ratnam
- Odissi Guru Mayadhar Raut will receive the GURUSHREE SAMMAN-2018 from
Pragnya Nrutyayan on August 27, 2018 at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar.
Guru Mayadhar Raut is one of the pioneering spirits who codified,
redefined and restructured Odissi dance to bring it to the level of a
classical dance form in the 1950s.
- The Music Academy Madras
will honor Bharatanatyam Guru Shanta Dhananjayan with the NRITYA
KALANIDHI AWARD for natya on January 3, 2019 at the inauguration of the
dance festival. Guru VP Dhananjayan received the equivalent award
'Sangeeta Kala Acharya' from the Academy on 4th January 2005.
- Dr. Sonal Mansingh is nominated Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament by the President.
- Dr.Sunil Kothari received the RASESWAR SAIKIA AWARD for his
contribution to Sattriya Dance from the Governor of Assam, Prof Jagdish
Mukhi, at Shankarananda Kalakshetra, Guwahati, on July 8, 2018.
Volume: XVIII, No. 2, April - June 2018 is a special issue on Kalamandalam Gopi Asan.
Space between the Notes ': Heather Lewis 's Remarkable Shastric Tour de Force by Donovan Roebert
Bharata Muni, the inspired compiler of the Natya Shastra was, it seems,
not only a sage and classical pragmatist but something of a 'character
UPDATE IN THE SITE
by Priyadarsini Govind
August 5, 2018 Pune
Kala Praveena Pratiyogita: Season 1
Sept 21 & 22, 2018 Chennai
in Partnership Fellowship
Ek Potlee Ret Ki
Call for Applications
LOOK OUT FOR
Dancer in water based clay by Kiran Jangir
Yamaha artificial intelligence device turns movement into music
Yamaha teamed up with dancer Kaiji Moriyama and converted his movements into melody.
Antonio Najarro & Oteyza -91- & Ballet Nacional de España
Mangaldas Dance Company
The two Bs in the life of this Chennai fan, Basketball and Bharatanatyam, are intertwined like you wouldn 't ever imagine.
at World Culture Festival 2016
To Bharatanatyam choreographed by Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan, 1700 dancers perform a verse that describes Lord Shiva.
International Dance Festival
Pickle Factory Preludes
August 1 & 3, 2018 Kolkata
International School of Kathak &
Meenal 's Academy of Performing Arts present
Pt Rajendra Gangani 's USA tour
August 3 - 24, 2018 USA
Sampradaya by Priyadarsini Govind
Tilak Smarak Mandir, 6pm
August 4, 2018 Pune
Abhai Pravasi Utsavam for NRIs
Vani Mahal, 6pm
August 10 & 11, 2018 Chennai
ADA Rangamandira, 5.30pm
August 12, 2018 Bangalore
- Uma Sriram, senior disciple of Dr.Padma Subrahmanyam, passed away on
July 11, 2018. She was 71.
|TAALAM: Column by Leela Venkataraman |
- Enterprise and talent keep Sutra afloat
ODISSI ON HIGH, the latest of Ramli Ibrahim 's concepts, presented by
Malaysia 's Sutra Foundation at Kuala Lumpur 's Experimental Theatre,
Universiti Malaya, had audiences exclaiming over the verve and vivacity
and excellence of the presentation.
- 'Her Say ' by women theatre directors
The evening at IIC 's Kamaladevi complex termed HER THEATRE comprised a
panel discussion by well known women theatre directors - Neelam
Mansingh, Kirti Jain and Maya Rao.
THE EASTERN EYE: Column by Dr.Utpal K Banerjee
- Many and Mono
This metropolis saw, in quick succession, two quality productions with
mixed media. Interestingly, both productions had credible choreographic
inputs by Sudarshan Chakravorty, who steers Sapphire Creations.
- Opulent Odissi
Kolkata, the eastern metropolis, is lucky to be rich in its number of
well-groomed Odissi dancers. BAHANA and RAVASH were two of the most
recent works of Sutapa Talukdar and the young Subikash Mukherjee.
- Folk divas from Bangladesh drama
THEATRE NARRATIVE FROM THE EAST, held recently at the E.Z.C.C, Kolkata,
showcased seven plays performed by as many theatre groups from
Bangladesh. One major trend that emerged from the festival was the
canvas of a woman's life....
- Damnation to Redemption
ATHAI JAL premiered in Kolkata on July 3 by Purba Pashchim,
retained many of the nuances in its basic structure, with a tale that
explored the meaning and mystery of life in all its intricacy, though
they always remain elusive.
| SOCH: Column by Dr. Arshiya Sethi
- The many contra facts and fractals of dance scholarship
This is my first of the monthly column I hope to write for Narthaki for a
long time to come. I have titled it 'Soch ' as each column will have one
idea that I will explore, exfoliate and excavate.
FOOTLOOSE AND FANCY FREE with Dr. Sunil Kothari
- Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy 's two day Manipuri Dance Festival
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy arranged a two day Manipuri dance festival
in collaboration with Guru Bipin Singh Centenary Festival to pay
tribute to the legendary Manipuri guru in Bangladesh.
- Two day Festival of Bharatanatyam at Dhaka University
In continuation of the two day festival of Manipuri dances, Lubna
Marium arranged Rangasree Bharatanatyam Festival (June 24 & 25,
2018) showcasing artists of Shadhona at Nat Mandal Theatre Studies
Department of Dhaka University.
- Golden Jubilee celebrations of Sangeet Sattra
Raseswar Saikia Barbayan, the legendary Sattriya guru, established
Sangeet Sattra in 1968, after he returned from Kamalabari Sattra to
Guwahati. Ranjumoni and Rinjumoni deserve congratulations for organizing
the three day festival on the occasion of 50th year of Sangeet Sattra.
- Venkateswara of Seven Hills and Panduranga Vitthala of Pandharpur
Roping in bright young dancers Dakshina Vaidyanathan Baghel for Tirupati
and Arundhati Patwardhan for Pandharpur, Usha led the audience to these
two pilgrimage places in an engaging manner.
|Meet the artistes ||SANCHARI.. More on the arts ||Articles
4, New Delhi
An evening of Odissi dance by Madhumita
Raut Odissi Dance Group, organised by Centre for Gandhi & Peace
Studies, School of Social Sciences, IGNOU, and Prajna Pravah, New
At: Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar Convention Centre, IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068, 6pm.
August 4 & 5, Mysore
D Keshava along with Yamuna
Srinidhi, presents BN and folk dances in NAVIKOTSAVA, a festival
organized by USA based Kannada association.
At: Kalamandira, Mysore.
August 4 & 8, New Delhi
Schedule for Bala Devi Chandrashekar
- 4th August, 6pm: Digital launch of " Karna - Destiny's Child" at India International Center, New Delhi.
- 8th August, 7pm: 'BRIHADEESWARA - form to formless through the
eyes of a devaradiyal ' at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat
Center, New Delhi.
August 4 - 26, California & Canada
Schedule for Ramya Harishankar and Arpana Dance Company.
- Aug 4: Arangetram of Anya & Kyra Shah, Irvine, CA
- Aug 5: Arangetram of Amirta Srinivas, Irvine, CA
- Aug 10: CELLULOID CLASSICS @ The Great Indian Festival, Ottawa, Canada, 7.30pm
- Aug 25: Arangetram of Yuvika Salman, Fullerton, CA
- Aug 26: VIBHAVANA, solo performance by Visalini Sundaram, Irvine, CA
August 9, 19 & 24, USA
Bhavana Reddy presents solo Kuchipudi concerts in USA.
-9th August, Kennedy Centre Millenium Stage, Washington DC
-19th August, Drive East Festival, New York
-24th August, Drive East Festival, San Francisco
August 12 & 18, Bangalore & Chennai
Schedule for Nirupama Rajendra, T.D Rajendra and ADC.
- August 12, Bangalore: Abhinava 's budding talents are given
opportunity to share their talent. This Upakrama features
Bharatanatyam by Rohini Jayaram and Kavana Hegde. Kathak by
Priyadarshini Sheshadri, Spoorthi Ashok, Shreya P Vatsa, Harshitha
Lakkur and Pooja Arya.
Venue: Srujana (ADC Studio), 6pm
August 18, Chennai: Nirupama and T.D Rajendra present a Kathak duet
for the centenary celebration of Guru Mangudi Doreraja Iyer
organised by Kala Sadhanalaya.
At: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, 6.45pm
August 16 & 26, California
Upcoming events for Abhinaya Dance Company
- August 16th @ 7pm - Indo American Heritage Month
San Leandro Public Library, San Leandro
- August 26th @ 7pm - Ann Woo Memorial Showcase
Center for Performing Arts, San Jose
August 18 & 26, NYC & San Francisco
Rasika Kumar & Abhinaya Dance Company perform at Navatman Drive East Festival
- Aug 18: La Mama Experimental Theater, 66 E 4th St, New York, 6pm
- Aug 26: Joe Goode Theater, 401 Alabama St, San Francisco, 2pm
August 27, Bhubaneswar
Odissi Guru Mayadhar Raut will receive the GURUSHREE SAMMAN-2018
from Pragnya Nrutyayan, Bhubaneswar. On this occasion, his
disciples will showcase his choreographic compositions..
At: Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar, 6pm
August 4, New Delhi
Sowmya Laxmi, disciple of Geeta Chandran, Natya Vriksha
Chinmaya Mission Auditorium, 89, Lodi Road, 6:30pm
August 5, Santa Clara, CA
Anagha Guliam, disciple of Mythili Kumar, Abhinaya Dance Company
Mission City Performing Arts Center, 3250 Monroe St, 4pm