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My castle, formed by bows of light
I led my armies to the field of existence
Melodic voices, my banners in the eternal war
Fine threads, my armour in the fluid body
- Greek designer Ionna Kourbella
You are all reading this as I am en route back home after a 5 week tour of two continents.
What does it mean to tour? To pack and unpack all the elements of
costume, props, sets and SELF from one theatre to another? From one city
to another? From hot and humid to dry and windy? What kind of toll does
it take when you are not accompanied by a core team who understands and
anticipates your needs?
How do you communicate and coordinate the social, technical and artistic demands of the work, each time to a new set of people?
It has been exhausting, rewarding, irritating, gratifying, uplifting, depressing but overall, FULFILLING!
| ROVING EYE: A
section of impressions, images and
Curated by Anita Ratnam
- On September 1, 2018, Kathakali actor Prabal Gupta received a
citation from the New York City Council recognizing him as an
"outstanding citizen, one whom is worthy of the esteem of both our
community and the great city of New York." (Barry S Grodenchik)
- Derana Media Network felicitated Vajira Chithrasena as SRILANKAN OF
THE YEAR 2018 on September 20, 2018 at a national awards ceremony in
Colombo, in recognition of "Srilankans who have defied convention and
raised the bar of excellence."
- On September 28, 2018 the LALIT ARPAN LIFETIME SAMMAN was bestowed on
Pt Birju Maharaj at the Lalit Arpan Festival in New Delhi.
- On October 4, 2018 at the 12th Nartaka Festival to be held at
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai, Bharatanatyam dancer Vaibhav Arekar
receives the NARTAKA AWARD.
- On October 5, 2018 Kala Pradarshini confers the KALA PRADARSHINI
GHANTASALA PURASKAR on Gurus CV Chandrasekhar, The Dhananjayans,
Dr.Vyjayanthimala Bali, Leela Samson, Sobha Naidu and Saroja
Vaidyanathan, at Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai
- Anuradha Vikranth, Drishti Art Centre, received the NADAPRABHU
KEMPEGOWDA STATE AWARD at Bangalore on 1st September 2018 in recognition
of her contribution to classical dance.
- Lubdhak Chatterjee's non-fiction film VAIKHARI made on the concept of
Abstract Utterances was selected for Pondicherry International Film
Festival (26-30 Sept 2018). The film focuses on 'padhant', the art of
reciting mnemonic syllables in Indian classical percussion and dance,
through the journey of dancer Parwati Dutta. It has also been included
in the official selection of Open Frame Festival at India International
Center (18 Sept), and Woodpecker International Film Festival (23-25 Nov
- The book DANCING INTO ETERNITY - AN ENDEARING VIEW OF HIS MULTIFACETED
LIFE AND WORK: GURU KELUCHARAN MOHAPATRA published by Ratikant
Mohapatra, Director, Srjan, was formally released on September 9, 2018
at Bhubaneswar on the final day of the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award
Festival. The compact sized book is a pictorial history of the life and
times of Kelubabu interspersed with articles by his numerous disciples
and well wishers.
Concept & compilation: Ratikant Mohapatra
Editor: Aditya Mahapatra, Design: Debiprasad Mishra
ISBN: 978-81-938676-0-0 / Price: Rs.850 / 20$
WORKSHOPS / ANNOUNCEMENTS
- Sparsh Studio presents
By Priyadarsini Govind
Oct 5 - 7, 2018 Kolkata
UPDATE IN THE SITE
- The Attakkalari Dance Company presents
Sept 14 - Oct 6, 2018 Canada & Spain
- 50 years of Bharata Kalanjali
Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Auditorium
9.30am to 8.30pm
Oct 2, 2018 Chennai
- Nartanam presents
Seminar & performances
Oct 5-8, 2018 Hyderabad
- Sunaina presents
Madhura Gana Ramaniya Utsavam
Triveni Kala Sangam
October 13 - 15, 2018 New Delhi
- Kalasagara UK presents
Tat Tvam Asi
Oct 21 & 28, 2018 Freemont & NYC
- Kuchipudi Parampara Foundation presents
Natya Parampara Utsav 2018
Yelahanka-Seshadripuram First Grade College Auditorium
Oct 28, 2018, 5pm Bangalore
"I yearn for aesthetic performance spaces that are in sync with the
performance ethos of Koodiyattam and Nangiarkoothu. Some venues leave me
in tears. Look at a magnificent place like Khajuraho. The stage is made
up of thermocol and plastic and is so far away from the audience. On
top of that the dancer has to perform under the glare of hundreds of
electric lamps beaming on her. It is heartbreaking. Koodiyattam recitals
were once held only in Koothambalam of temples. But in many places, I
would not be permitted to perform or it would not be open to non-Hindus.
I am looking at a secular space that is designed for recitals that
could be seen in the light of traditional lamps; places where the
magnificent costumes, designed by our maestros, and movements, codified
by thespian, get a chance to be seen and enjoyed in all its majesty."
- Kapila Venu
('I yearn for aesthetic performance spaces' by Saraswathy Nagarajan, the Hindu Friday Review, April 21, 2017)
|THE EASTERN EYE: Column by Dr.Utpal K Banerjee
- Fluent, fragrant, flamboyant
A well-organised, three-day Festival of Indian Classical Dance, was
presented on September 7-9 by Dover Lane Music Conference and Dover Lane
Music Academy at the ICCR Kolkata.
- Love is like a red, red rose
BUKJHIM EK BHALOBASA (A Heart Brimming with Love), presented on August
23 by Aneek Theatre in Kolkata, is a yarn of tragic love in the backdrop
of rural Bangladesh, set in the resplendent years of the Mughal Empire
of Akbar's era.
- A Kathak-Bharatanatyam jugalbandi
ANURANAN presented on August 30 in Kolkata by Parampara (in cooperation
with Upasana) opened with a Bharatanatyam recital by Sayani Chakraborty.
- Obeisance to an icon
SHRADDHANJALI organised on August 25 and 26 in Kolkata by the Odissi
Dancers Forum, to pay a joint tribute to their illustrious guru, was an
appropriate occasion to observe, over the two days, how the savant's
contribution has borne fruit in the eastern part of our country.
FOOTLOOSE AND FANCY FREE with Dr. Sunil Kothari
- 8th edition of Parampara Dance and Music Festival
Despite heavy rains and flooded streets, interested audience made their
way to Sri Sri Madhavdeva International Auditorium, for the evening's
| SOCH: Column by Dr. Arshiya Sethi
- "#TimesUp", and it is your time now: Why the dance world needs to think about "#MeToo"
On 3rd December, in New York, a group of women and men protested,
standing in a line, against the Met's grey exterior, each holding up a
red sign reading "Me Too" in black letters, with red sashes gagging
TAALAM: Column by Leela Venkataraman
- Reaching for the skies prematurely
The desire to explore new terrain among young dancers must be
encouraged. But one has to realize that there are no short cuts to fame,
even when one has the good fortune to command facilities and chances
not easily available to most upcoming dancers.
- Celebrating hundred years of Guru Bipin Singh's Manipuri Nartanalaya
Heralding 100 eventful years from August 23, 1918 to August 23, 2018,
when yeoman service has been rendered to Manipuri, a special event in
Kolkata as a thanksgiving to this institution and its Guru, sponsored an
evening of a group expression.
- Kathak dance evolving out of a cultural process
A serious scholar whose theories are based on information gathered by
delving into sources and doing field research, Dr.Navina Jafa spoke on
her perspective of how Kathak evolved as a dance form in a program
|Meet the artistes ||SANCHARI.. More on the arts ||Articles
|Oct 2, Mumbai
Uma Dogra gives Kathak solo performance for SANSKRITI MOHATSAV of Nupur Zankar
Venue: Ravindra Natya Mandir Mini Theatre, 7pm
Oct 2 - 14, Japan & Mumbai
Japan Tour of Guru Gajendra Kumar Panda, Anchal Pandey, Chisato Miura.
- Oct 2: Special event of Kathak & Odissi dance, Croquis F, Nagoya
Art session 6pm / Performance 8pm
- Oct 7: Namaste India in Kariya Festival, at Cultural Center, Kariya, Japan
Kathak by Anchal Pandey,12:25pm
Sambalpuri folk dance by Tridhara (Chisato, Anchal), 1:25pm
Sambalpuri folk dance workshop by Guru Gajendra Panda, 2pm-3:30pm
- Oct 8: Odissi solo Ekaika by Chisato Miura
At: Nagoya-shi, Japan, 6pm
-Oct 14: Aaradhana Fine Art Academy presents REVAII, Mumbai
Oct 3 - 5, Bangalore
Nrityantar & Dr. Usha Rk jointly present DIVYA KSHETRAM - deities and their abodes.
-Oct 3: Tirupati - Venkateshwara & Puri - Jagannath
Dr. Soundarya Srivatsa - Bharatanatyam & Madhulita Mohapatra - Odissi
-Oct 4: Madurai - Meenakshi & Gujarat - Ambaji
Navia Natarajan - Bharatanatyam & Vidha Lal - Kathak
- Oct 5: Udupi - Dasara Deva (Krishna) & Nathdwara - Srinath ji (Krishna)
Ragini Chandershekar - Bharatanatyam & Abhimanyu Lal - Kathak
At: Seva Sadan, Malleshwaram, 6:30pm
Oct 6, Bangalore
Rasika Arts Foundation presents NRITYAARPANAM, a Bharatanatyam recital
by Shantha Srikanth & Sharanya Konidala, disciples of Gurus Kiran
Subramanyam and Sandhya Kiran.
At: A.D.A.Rangamandira, J. C. Road, 6.30pm
Oct 6 & 20, San Jose, CA
Schedule for Abhinaya Dance Company
- Oct 6 @ 3pm - STORIES OF JUSTICE, free preview at the Alviso Branch library, 5050 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95002
- Oct 20 @ 1pm - STORIES OF JUSTICE, free preview at the Children's
Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110
Oct 7 - 16, Bangalore
Schedule for Sharmila Mukerjee and Sanjali Centre for Odissi Dance
- Oct 7: Sanjali performs for BANGALORE INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL
Venue: Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 7.20pm
- Oct 13: Sanjali performs for ODISSI UTSAV
Venue: Sevasadan, 6.30pm
- Oct 15: Sanjali performs for Cultural Show by Rotary Club
Venue: Rotary Club Hall, 7.30pm
- Oct 16: Sanjali performs for Durga Puja Cultural Program
Venue: Prestige Shantiniketan,
Oct 13 - 28, Aurangabad
AURA AURANGABAD concerts curated by Parwati Dutta are on 13-14 Oct, 20-21 Oct and 27-28 Oct.
At: Mahagami Gurukul, N6 CIDCO, 7.30 to 8.30pm
Oct 14, Bangalore
Murali Mohan & Nandini Mehta perform Kathak along with NADAM ensemble in KALA RASA MASA.
Venue: Kala-Tapovana, near Yediyur Lake, 6pm
Oct 27, Chennai
Association of Bharatanatyam Artistes of India (ABHAI) in association
with Sri Rasika Ranjani Sabha, will conduct NRITYA PRAKASHAM - Diwali
Festival, with performances by renowned and upcoming artistes.
At: Rasika Ranjani Sabha, Auditorium 2, Mylapore, 6pm to 9pm