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February 2019
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February 1, 2019

HOPE has two daughters
Their names are ANGER and COURAGE
Anger at the way things are
And Courage to see that they do not remain as they are

- St Augustine of Hippo

When it's over, I want to say,
All my life I was married to amazement
I was the bridegroom, taking the world in my arms

- Mary Oliver, American poet

Narthaki Nataraj, Milena Salvini, Prabhu Deva

A loud round of cheers for two wonderful dancers we admire! NARTHAKI NATARAJ and PRABHU DEVA. Bharatanatyam has been their cornerstones and both have taken it in different directions with stunning success. On stage and on screen, these artistes have created an aesthetic and kinetic that is being admired and applauded.
NARTHAKI, student of Natyacharya Kitappa Pillai
PRABHU DEVA, student of Natyacharya Udupi Lakshminarayana
MILENA SALVINI, for her contribution to Kathakali

And congratulations to all the performing artistes in theatre, various music genres and other folk arts who were recognized by the Government of India.

Read on...

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


- The PADMA SHRI award for 2019 goes to Narthaki Nataraj (Bharatanatyam), Milena Salvini (Kathakali) and dancer/actor Prabhu Deva.

- M.N. Sarma, the co-founder editor of Nartanam quarterly magazine, passed away on January 15, 2019. He had been ailing for the past few months. Sarma was an eminent theatre personality and an academician.

Many arts groups find themselves hiring social media consultants as part of their marketing teams, a reflection of the extent to which Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and of course blogs (and online commentary in general) have become the locus of a sort of "new criticism" - the Fifth Estate as it has been dubbed. Indeed, reviews from the general public in the form of Tweets and Instagram posts have, for many young arts enthusiasts, become the go-to source for "hot tips."
(Paul Horsley in 'Art in a Critic-Free Zone (Part 2)', Dance/USA Journal, Nov 26, 2018)


- Australia Fest in India presents
Churning Waters

Feb 3, 2019 Chennai

- Sam Ved Society for Performing Arts presents
29th Pt. Durgalal Festival

Kalaangan Amphitheatre, 6.30pm
Feb 8 & 9, 2019 Mumbai

- Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula presents
9th Naada Bindu Festival

Feb 8 - 10, 2019 Kolwan, Pune

- Jayantika presents
8th Guru-Shishya Parampara Dance Festival

Triveni Kala Sangam, 6.30pm
Feb 15 - 17, 2019 New Delhi

- Natya Stem Dance Kampni launches
Seminar series, 10.30am till 5pm

Feb 17, 2019 Bangalore

- Rhythmosaic premieres

Leeds Beckett University
January - March 2019 UK

- AIM for Seva presents
Ānanda (fundraiser)

Music Academy, 6.30pm
March 7 - 9, 2019 Chennai


Dr. Anita Ratnam and group Arangham presented NAACHIYAR at Manjakudi, Tamilnadu, on Jan 30, 2019
Photos: Kaviiyam Digital Studio



- Webstreaming of Anekha-Natya Kala Conference

- Anita Ratnam in conversation with Gladys Daniel
38th NKC 2018, Aneka, Day 3

- Manodharma: of Spontaneity & Improvisations
38th Natya Kala Conference, Aneka, NKC 2018 / Day 4

- Karanas decoded by Mahati Kannan
38th Natya Kala Conference, Aneka, NKC 2018, Day 1

- Aruna Sairam in conversation with Rajika Puri
Role of Dance in her Life & Cross Cultural Collaboration

THE EASTERN EYE: Column by Dr.Utpal K Banerjee

- Colours of Kashmiriyat
KHAMOSHI SILI SILI was presented on December 17 in Kolkata - featured in the Nandikar Jatiya Natya Utsav held in the Eastern capital since 1984 and reaching its glorious 34th year now - by the NSD Repertory from Delhi.

- The Quintessential Calcutta
The Parv Bharatiyam laid on by the energetic new director Gauri Basu of the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre - recently resurrected from a supine state! - took off with a scintillating performance by Dona Ganguly and her group.

- Seven Nymphs from Manipur
LAIREMBIGEE ESHE (Song of the Nymphs), the play presented on January 11 by Chorus Repertory from Imphal, Manipur, as the grand finale of the 4th National Theatre Festival 2019, organised by 'Minerva Natya Sanskriti Charcha Kendra' was a monumental saga...

DANCE MATTERS: Column by Ashish Mohan Khokar

- Vive la Republique!
So, the new year began in right earnest where I was born, Baroda. The Dept of Dance at MSU was the happy venue for many dance academicians to meet and greet...


- 13th edition of The Music Academy Dance Festival - Part 1
Dance aficionados eagerly await the annual Dance Festival of The Music Academy that takes place from 3rd till 9th January for the past 12 years.

- 13th edition of The Music Academy Dance Festival - Part 2
Since last year, the Academy has started panel discussions on 3 mornings convened by Kami Viswanathan.

TAALAM: Column by Leela Venkataraman

- Concept to execution: ANEKA a clean winner
In both concept and execution of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha's 38th Natya Kala Conference titled Aneka, Dr. Srinidhi Chidambaram, convenor for the third successive year, has raised the bar of the event so high, that it is going to be a hard act to emulate for the successor who takes over the baton.

- Kadamba of Natya Darshan flowered without rambling
Natya Darshan's Kadamba - the flowering Path, under its curator Priya Murle, very wisely spread its events with different venues like the Forum Art Gallery, Bharata Kalanjali, Kinsley Manor and the Government Museum.

Meet the artistes SANCHARI.. More on the arts

Articles Season reviews

Feb 1, Bangalore
SITUATION WITH DOPPELGÄNGER opens the ATTAKKALARI INTERIM FESTIVAL 2019. What meaning do dances carry? Do dances belong to someone and who is allowed to dance them? The Attakkalari Interim Festival, with Germany as focus country, kicks off with Situation with Doppelgänger by Julian Warner & Oliver Zahn. This performative essay is with and about dancing and cultural appropriation, inspired in part by Miley Cyrus and the “twerking" choreography she popularised.
At: Ranga Shankara, 7.30pm

Feb 1 - 20, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi
Schedule for Madhu Nataraj and Natya Stem Dance Kampni
- Feb 1, Natya STEM Dance Kampni space, Bangalore, 7pm
Kampni Konversations with feminist writer Sreemoyee Piu Kundu
- Feb 3, Park Hotel, Bangalore
Madhu Nataraj along with panelists Prasad Bidapa, Arundhati Ghosh speaks at Sreemoyee Kundu's book launch of 'CUT'
- Feb 6, Cholamandal artists village, Chennai, 6.30pm
KALPAVRIKSHA - A collaborative performance art production by the Natya STEM Dance Kampni, with artist SG Vasudev, choreographed by Madhu Nataraj
- Feb 9, ITC Gardenia, Bangalore, 1pm
Madhu Nataraj speaks at the "Hindu Huddle" on "Being a Bangalorean" with panelists Vivek Shanbhag, Jayant Kaikini
- Feb 10, Arth Conclave, IGNCA, New Delhi, 3 to 4pm
Madhu Nataraj with Lakshmi Vishwanathan, Swarnamalya Ganesh speaks at a panel discussion on 'Lesser known aspects of the Indian Courtesan.'
- Feb 17, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore, 10.30am till 5pm.
Launching the first of the annual 'Dr Maya Rao Kathak & Choreography' seminar series featuring dancers, scholars, writers - Dr. Anita Ratnam (Chennai), Manjari Sinha (New Delhi), Joanna D'Souza, Deepti Gupta (Canada), Pali Chandra (Zurich), Piyush Raj (Mumbai), Somna Tugnait (Dubai), Vikram Sampath, Nandini Mehta, Nagaraj MB, Kumudha Chandrasekaran (Bangalore), Rashmi Terphale (Pune)
- Feb 20, Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi.
Kampni performs for the ENCO conference, Govt of India

Feb 1 - 29, 2019 Odisha, Hyderabad, Delhi
Schedule for Guru Gajendra Panda & Tridhara.
- Feb 1 & 2, Kesinga, Kalahandi, Odisha: Tridhara presents GANANAYAKA PANCHAKA for
KESINGA MAHOTSAV, Open Air Theatre, 7pm
- Feb 3, Hyderabad: Sanskruti Kala Niketan presents group Odissi dance led by Guru Sudipta Panda for ODISSI FESTIVAL, Rabindra Bharati, 6pm
- Feb 10, New Delhi: Kala Kalpa present group Odissi dance led by Guru Atasi Mishra for ODISSI FESTIVAL, India Habitat Centre, 6pm
- Feb 11, Nirakarpur, Odisha: Group Odissi Mardala by Guru Dhaneswar Swain, Duet Odissi vocal recital by Pt. Ramahari Das and Dr. Bijaya Jena, Sabdanrutya by Brajeswari Sabdanrutya Kala Sasmasad, Bargarh and Group Odissi by Utkalika Sangeet Academy, Nirakarpur, for International Dance & Music Festival, at Sri Ramadaya Parisada, 6pm
- Feb 12, Chhatrapur, Odisha: Duet Odissi dance by Chisato Miura and Rie Kumakura of Japan; Trio - Odissi Mardala, Hindustani Pakhawaj and Tabla by Guru Dhaneswar Swain, Guru Ramalingam & Pt. Prasenjit Podar; Dalkhai Dance by Guru Dr.Manoj Kumar Behera, Bolangir, for IDMF, at Sanskruti Bhawan, 6pm
- Feb 13, Bhubaneswar, Odisha: Duet Odissi dance by Guru Gajendra Panda and Swatisagarika Panda for IDMF, at Rabindra Mandap, 6pm
- Feb 14, Bramhapur, Odisha: RAMALILA from Daspala, Duet Odissi dance by Chisato Miura and Rie Kumakura, solo Carnatic vocal recital by artist from Vishakapatnam. Group folk dance Chadheya Dance and Ranapa Dance by Guru Jayanta Acharya, for IDMF, at Sanskruti Bhawan, 6pm
- Feb 16, Paralakhemundi, Odisha: Gotipua Nrutya by Guru Bijaya Das, Bhubaneswar, Duet Odissi dance by Chisato Miura and Rie Kumakura, solo tabla recital by Pt.Prasenjit Podar, Kolkata, Group Odissi and Folk Dance by Sri Jagannatha Odissi Kalakendra, Paralakhemundi, led by Guru D. Priyanka, for IDMF, open air playground, 6pm
- Feb 24, Bolangir, Odisha: Devotional songs by Dukhisyam Tripathy and Guru Niranjan Behera, RADHAPREMALILA by Tridhara Bhubaneswar, Duet of Carnatic mridangam and Hindustani tabla, Duet Odissi dance by Chisato Miura and Rie Kumakura, Group dance by Swara Jhankar, for IDMF, at open air playground, 6pm
- Feb 29, Jatani, Odisha: Duet Odissi vocal recital by Pt. Ramahari Das and Dr.Bijaya Jena, solo Odissi Mardala by Guru Dhaneswar Swain, Dandanata and Dasavatar by Sageeta, Jatani, for IDMF. Odissi Group Dance by Tridhara, at Utarayani Club Auditorium, Damunei Temple premises

Feb 2 & 3, Bangalore
German artists Julian Warner (cultural anthropologist) and Dennis Dieter Kopp (performer / dramaturge) conduct a workshop during Essence 2.0 - the second edition of ESSENCE INTERNATIONAL - an initiative by Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, conceived for dancers with at least 2 years' experience, aimed at providing them with continuous professional development to become accomplished professional artists in the performing arts arena. They use their extensive research into the field of blackface minstrel shows as well as the German gymnastics movement (Turner Movement) as a point of departure, employing song, dance and exercise to go beyond essentialist notions of culture, gender and race.
At: Attakkalari Centre For Movement Arts, 2pm to 5pm

Feb 3 - 24, Mangalore, Mumbai, Vrindavan, Bhubaneswar
Schedule for Uma Dogra and Sam-Ved.
- Feb 3: Solo at Gurukula Uthsava, Mangalore
- Feb 8 & 9: 29th Pt. Durgalal Festival of Dance and Music, at Kalaangan, Juhu, Mumbai
- Feb 17: Uma Dogra with disciple in Mumbai Dance Season, Tata Theatre, NCPA, Mumbai
- Feb 19: Uma Dogra and Group in Sant Surdas Mahotsav, Vrindavan, 7pm
- Feb 22: Kathak solo at Kalahrnisham International Dance Festival, Vashi, Mumbai, 7pm
- Feb 24: Kathak solo, Chhand Ninad Festival of Dance & Music, Bhubaneswar, 6.30pm

Feb 8 & 17, Mumbai
Schedule of Smitalay and Jhelum Paranjape
- 8th Feb: Odissi performance on old Bollywood songs, as part of Spectrum - Bollywood retro evening for NCPA at Experimental Theatre, 6.30pm.
- 17th Feb: Traditional Odissi performance, a part of the finale for Mumbai Dance Season for NCPA at Tata Theatre, 6.30pm

Feb 9 - 23, Kolkata, Doha, Jaipur
Ranan tours SHUNYA SE
- 9 Feb: For Kolkata Festival, Indian Museum, Calcutta, 7pm (excerpt)
- 18 & 19 Feb: Festival of India, Doha
- 23 Feb: Navras Festival, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, 6.30pm

Feb 20, Basel, Switzerland
Bharatanatyam recital by Sumitra Keshava invited by Christkatholische Pfarrei Basel
At: Christkatholischer Pfarreiraum, Lindenberg 8, 3pm.

Feb 24, New Delhi
Aditi Mangaldas presents solo performance of IMMERSED (extract) for Vasantotsava Festival
Venue: Kamani auditorium, New Delhi

Feb 28, Bradford, UK
Mitul Sengupta presents an evening of Kathak and Contemporary dance in an evening of one hour Kathak rendition entitled 'I ILLUMINATE' and 30 mins of contemporary dance titled DESOLATE, followed by 30 mins of post performance discussion
Desolate Choreography- Ronnie Shambik Ghose
Illuminate 1st part choreography - Ronnie Shambik Ghose and Mitul Sengupta
Music- Dishari Chakraborty, Biswajeet Pal, Bernard D'souza, Munnu Shaw.
Multimedia- Pritha Chakraborty, Costume- Debbie, Rhythmosaic- Rafiq Laskar
At: Kalasangam, Bradford, 7.30pm

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