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August 2018
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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
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!

Read on...

ROVING EYE: A section of impressions, images and inspirations
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.

- 'The 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 ' too.


Paraspar was presented by Parvathy Baul (Baul sangeet) and Parwati Dutta (Odissi)
On July 23, 2018 at Mahagami, Aurangabad
Photos courtesy: Mahagami

Srjan, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Nrityabasa presented Srjan's budding talents in 'Upasaranam: Moving towards Excellence,' an evening of Odissi dance on July 7, 2018 at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar.
Photos courtesy: Srjan

Stunning Pankha exhibition by artist Jatin Das
At: IGNCA, Delhi
Photos: Anoop Arora


- Nrityayatri presents
by Priyadarsini Govind

August 5, 2018 Pune

- ABHAI organizes
Kala Praveena Pratiyogita: Season 1
Bharatanatyam competition

Sept 21 & 22, 2018 Chennai

- Arts in Partnership Fellowship
Ek Potlee Ret Ki

Call for Applications

- Sculpting Dancer in water based clay by Kiran Jangir

- New Yamaha artificial intelligence device turns movement into music
Yamaha teamed up with dancer Kaiji Moriyama and converted his movements into melody.

- FlamenGo
Antonio Najarro & Oteyza -91- & Ballet Nacional de EspaƱa

- Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company

- Revathi Ramachandran
The two Bs in the life of this Chennai fan, Basketball and Bharatanatyam, are intertwined like you wouldn 't ever imagine.

- Bharatanatyam at World Culture Festival 2016
To Bharatanatyam choreographed by Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan, 1700 dancers perform a verse that describes Lord Shiva.

- Birmingham International Dance Festival


- Pickle Factory presents
Pickle Factory Preludes

August 1 & 3, 2018 Kolkata

- Shambhavi's International School of Kathak &
Meenal 's Academy of Performing Arts present
Pt Rajendra Gangani 's USA tour

August 3 - 24, 2018 USA

- Nrityayatri presents
Sampradaya by Priyadarsini Govind

Tilak Smarak Mandir, 6pm
August 4, 2018 Pune

- ABHAI presents
Abhai Pravasi Utsavam for NRIs

Vani Mahal, 6pm
August 10 & 11, 2018 Chennai

- Nrityantar presents

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.


- 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

August 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 Delhi.
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

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