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NARTHAKI MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
My mistakes are my life.
- Samuel Beckett
Irish novelist and playwright
How many of us can say this? I saw this quotation printed on a tote bag
in a quaint bookstore in Dublin, Ireland. It struck me, that could be
the title of my memoir. The many, many mistakes along my journey - each
becoming a teaching moment. The missed opportunities, the bungled
collaborations, the stubborn ideas that I refused to push aside, the
arrogant assumptions and presumptions, the stumbles, lurches and falls.
Each embarrassing. Some in plain sight. Others, thankfully, hidden away.
All papered over for the mask that is worn for the world that only
wants to see what it wishes. Yet, it is through my mistakes that I have
come to this moment.
So, can I just change the mood with a good old Texan welcome?
| ROVING EYE: A section of impressions, images and inspirations
Curated by Anita Ratnam
- On September 23, 2019 Dr. Sunil Kothari received the SRI SRI
MADHAVADEVA AWARD for 2019 from the Govt of Assam from the CM, Sri
Sarbananda Sonowal at Narayanpur, the birthplace of Madhavadeva. Senior
Sattradhikar Yugananda Chandra Goswami received the award for 2016. The
award carries a purse of Rs. 3 lakhs, a shawl, plaque and citation. This
is the highest govt award given to a scholar.
- Smaran Dance Festival honored dancers Mythili Kumar and Ganesh
Vasudeva and photographer Swagato Bassumallick with the SMARAN AWARD at
Macafe Performing Arts Center, Saratoga, CA on September 15, 2019.
artiste Kottakkal Chandrasekhara Warrier passed away on Sept 4, 2019
aged 74. He joined P.S.V. Natyasangham and learnt Kathakali from 1959 to
1970 under maestros. From 1996, he was the Principal of P.S.V.
Natyasangham, Kottakal. He was known for his portrayal of the virtuous
pachcha and anti-heroic kathi roles. His depiction of Nalan, Bahukan,
Bhiman, Arjunan, Ravanan, Duryodhanan and Keechakan won him great
acclaim. He has been honored with Vazhenkata Kunchu Nair Award (Kollam),
V.S. Sarma Endowment (Kerala Kalamandalam), Thulaseevanam Award of 1990
(Thiruvananthapuram), Natyathilakam and Veerasrunkhala in 1994
from Rajarajeswari Temple, Thaliparambu. He received the Kerala
Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Award in 2017.
Kathakali artiste Kalamandalam Goutam of Kolkata, passed away in the
early hours of Sept 7, 2019. He had committed suicide. A graduate in
Kathakali from Kerala Kalamandalam, he was a performing member of the
Kerala Kalamandalam Major Kathakali Troupe for many years. He took part
in several documentaries produced by the Films Division and was also a
Kathakali dance therapist in Cochin. Goutam collaborated with many
musicians and dancers of different fields in West Bengal and was open to
experimental works. He has performed in productions of Kalamandalam
Calcutta. His renditions as Vivekananda in Kalamandalam's 'Viveker
Pathe' is noteworthy.
Piyasara Shilpadhipathi, well known dancer, traditional Srilankan
drummer and dance lecturer, passed away at the age of 75 on Sept 2, 2019
after a long illness. He was a former senior lecturer in the Department
of Aesthetic Studies of the University of Kelaniya.
Veteran Kathak dancer and mentor Veeru Krishna Tiwari died on September
7, 2019 in Mumbai due to age related illness. He was in his 70s. He made
a name for himself as a mentor and an actor too in Bollywood films.
UPDATE IN THE SITE
THE EASTERN EYE: Column
by Dr.Utpal K Banerjee
Parallel streams - creative and classical
In the span of one month, two opposite polarities of ensemble dancing
surfaced in the eastern metropolis. At one end, a group avowedly known
for its contemporary credo. At the other end was a well recognized body
of corporate excellence, known for its running of successful whole night
music and dance soirees for decades.
Warped world vs. youth power
Baijayantika, a play recently presented by Sudrak, takes off on the
story-line from Achalayatan and situates it in the contemporary context
of Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, with the cardinal focus being retained
around Tagore's creative oeuvre.
FOOTLOOSE AND FANCY FREE with Dr.
23rd Parampara Festival of Dance and Music
On 30th August, all roads led to Kamani Auditorium for the inauguration
of the 23rd Parampara Dance and Music Festival organized by Raja and
Radha Reddy’s Natya Tarangini institute.
SOCH: Column by Dr. Arshiya Sethi
The buzz around the dance of the bee
Scientists tell us that there are basically two types of bee dances: the
round dance and the tail-wagging or waggle dance, with a transitional
form known as the sickle dance.
Dance Matters: Column by AMK
A tale of two cities and more!
August brought flood and fury - not just the real watery one but
metaphorical too. The anger against SNA awards this year resonated
in magazines, editorials (including in narthaki) and of course on the
Of Teachers and the Taught
My own schooling at Delhi's Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is the chief reason I
am what I am today. Total education in arts, science, commerce,
culture, love for history, geography, debate, dance.
Not Just AnyBODY: A health and fitness column
The Bharathanatomy Series: Anatomical Movements and Directions
- Sneha Rajagopalan
Traditionally, "araimandi" used to be a very comfortable sitting posture
and "natyarambha" related movements used to be fluid and effortless.
This was considered beautiful and graceful in those days, to the then
perhaps only audience; the respective deities of the temples.
|Meet the artistes
on the arts
Oct 1 - 3, Chile
Performance schedule of Bharatanatyam exponent Bala Devi Chandrashekar's Chile performance tour.
- 1st Oct: Municipality of Rancagua, Chile
- 2nd Oct: Municipality of Providencia, Chile
- 3rd Oct: Municipality of San ANtonio, Chile
Oct 3, Zurich, Switzerland
D. Keshava is invited by the Swiss National Museum to conduct Bharatanatyam Workshop, 8pm.
Oct 3 - 30, Tirupati, Japan, Odisha, Banaras, Delhi
Schedule for Dr.Gajendra Panda and Tridhara.
- 3rd to 5th Oct: Guru Dr. Gajendra Panda and dancers of Tridhara present INCARNATIONS for Bramhotsav 2019.
At: Tirupati Tirumala Auditorium, Tirupati, 7pm to 9pm
- 6th Oct: Chisato Miura and disciples present DURGA TANDAV for Durga Puja Festival.
Venue: Bengali Durga Badi, Tokyo, 7pm
- 7th Oct: Guru Gajendra Panda and dancers of Tridhara perform for NABAMI UTSAV
Venue: Chandrasekharpur Auditorium, 7pm
- 3rd to 8th Oct: Junior dancers of Tridhara perform Durga Tandav and Dandiya Ras for
Venue: Open Air Janta Maidan, Bhubaneswar, 7pm
- 12th Oct: Dr. Gajendra Panda and dancers of Tridhara present
KRISHNAYA TUBHYAM NAMAH at India International Cooperative Trade Fair
Venue: Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, 5pm to 6pm
-12th Oct: Chisato Miura and disciples of Japan Chapter of Tridhara present KRISHNAYA TUBHYAM NAMAH for Foundation Day of SCC.
Venue: Senior Citizen Centre, Hisakata, Japan, 5pm to 6pm
-14th Oct: Chisato Miura and disciples of Japan Chapter of Tridhara
present KRISHNAYA TUBHYAM NAMAH for 2nd Hawaiin Cultural Meet.
Venue: Open Air Kanayama Auditorium, Japan, 6.30pm to 7.30pm
-15th Oct: Guru Gajendra Panda presents MANAUDHARANA for Nrityotsav 2019.
Venue: Jayadev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar, 6:30pm
-16th Oct: Guru Gajendra Panda presents HOMAGE TO RIVER GANGA for GANGA UTSAV.
Venue: Open Air on bank of River Ganga, Banaras, 7pm to 8pm
-19th Oct: Chisato Miura and disciples of Japan Chapter of Tridhara present SIVA TANDAV for Moriyama Cultural Festival.
Venue: Moriyama Cultural Hall, 5pm
- 20th Oct: Guru Gajendra Panda presents NABARASA for MANA MANINI AWARD FESTIVAL.
Venue: Bhanja Kala Mandap, Bhubaneswar, 5pm
- 26th Oct: Disciples of Japan Chapter of Tridhara present DASAVATAR for ASIAN FESTIVAL.
Venue: Open Air Prime Tree, Akike, Japan, 5pm to 6pm
- 27th Oct: Chisato Miura performs for Annual Celebrations organized by AEON, Nagoya
Venue: Yagota, AEON, Japan, 7pm to 8pm
- 28th to 30th Oct: Renowned classical dance and music artistes and
Odissi group dance NABARASA by dancers of Tridhara for 13TH GURU
DEBAPRASAD AWARD FESTIVAL.
Venue: Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar, 6:30pm to 9pm
Oct 4, Bangalore
Gurus Kiran Subramanyam and Sandhya Kiran present the Rasika Dance
Ensemble in BHA RA THA PALLAVI - Fresh Perspectives in Tradition, a
unique choreographic experiment in Bharatanatyam.
At: Sevasadan, Malleswaram, 6pm
Oct 4 and 23, Bangalore
- Oct 4: Kuchipudi Parampara Foundation ensemble led by Deepa Narayanan
Sashindran presents KUCHIPUDI VAIBHAVAM under ageis of Bangalore
At: HN Kalakshetra, Jayanagar, 6.30pm.
- Oct 23: Kuchipudi Parampara Foundation presents 6th edition of NATYA
PARAMPARA UTSAV 2019 at Seva Sadan Auditorium, Malleswaram, 6pm.
Oct 5 - 19, Mumbai
Schedule for Jhelum Paranjape and Smitalay in October 2019:
- 5th Oct: BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA ODISSI ISHTYLE during the 90th year celebration of the Bombay Durgabari Samiti.
At: Tejal Auditorium, Near August Kranti Maidan, Mumbai, 9pm.
- 17th Oct: SMITALAY ANNUAL DAY in Sane Guruji Arogya Mandir Hall, Santacruz West, Mumbai, 7pm.
- 19th Oct: Solo performance by Smitalay student Swapnil Panchal.
At: Little House, Versova, Mumbai, 7pm.
Oct 5 - 19, California
Schedule for Ramya Harishankar and Arpana Dance Compnay.
- Oct 5: Gandhiji 150th Birthday celebrations, Cerritos Library, Cerritos, CA
- Oct 6: Diwali, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA
- Oct 16: Assembly, Harbor Day City School, Corona Del Mar, CA
- Oct 19: Diwali Fest, Ektaa Center, Irvine, CA
Oct 6, Kollam, Kerala
Rhythmotion ensemble presents Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Contemporary
dance for Soorya Festival, Kollam, at 6:30pm. Direction and Choreography
by Chitra Arvind.
Oct 6 - 20, Thane, New Delhi, Mumbai
Schedule for Aditi Mangaldas and Drishtikon.
- Oct 6: SEEKING THE BELOVED by Aditi Mangaldas for Jheel Nagari Music
Festival is about our constant search through life. This has been
portrayed through compositions of three poet - philosophers: Meera, Amir
Khusrau and Kabir.
Concept, Choreography, Costumes and Dance: Aditi Mangaldas
Venue: Dr Kashinath Ghanekar Auditorium, Thane, 12.30pm
- Oct 12: Drishtikon Home-Studio Baithak: Season VI features Saattvic and Tripti Gupta.
Saattvic will perform NAATYOTPATHE KATHA based on Bharata Muni's Natyashastra and Kathak by Tripti Gupta.
At: Drishtikon Studio, Delhi, 7pm
- Oct 20: Dance Drishtikon, TRIYA a Kathak performance by Anindita Acharjee.
Choreographed by Gauri Diwakar, Rachana Yadav, DheerendraTiwari and
Anindita Acharjee. Depicting 3 women characters from Indian mythology;
Ahilya, Radha, Meera and at the end amalgamation of all is me,
'Mein'.. Music composition by Samiullah Khan.
At Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, 6.30pm.
- Oct 20: FOOTPRINTS ON WATER by Aditi Mangaldas
Premiered in 1996, it explores the six changing seasons, evoking images
of life that are ever changing, ever transient, ever moving. Aditi
revisits this solo, performing 4 out of the 6 extracts: Varsha, Sharad,
At: NCPA, Tata Theatre, Mumbai, 6.30pm
Oct 18, Chennai
ABHAI's Diwali festival of natyam NRITYA PRAKASHAM features solo by Dr.
Soundarya Srivathsa, duet by Haripadman and Divya Haripadman, and goup
by Srikanth- Aswathi Srikanth and team.
At: RR Sabha (Auditorium II), Mylapore.
Oct 20, Santa Clara, CA
Shambhavi's International School of Kathak (SISK-USA) presents Kathak
performances by its students from San Francisco Bay Area, along with
their Guru Shambhavi Dandekar in DARPAN 2019.
At: Mission City Centre for Perf Arts, 3250 Monroe St, 4pm to 6pm
Oct 26, Los Angeles
Natya Tarangini opens its US branch headed by Bhavana Reddy, at 9am.