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November 2017
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ROVING EYE: A section of impressions, images and inspirations
Curated by Anita Ratnam


- Sri Raja Rajeshwari Bharatanatya Kala Mandir and Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha celebrate the birth centenary of Guru T.K. Mahalingam Pillai (1917 - 2017). A special cover will be released by Dr. H.C. Agrawal (Chief Post Master General, Maharashtra Circle) on Nov 1, 2017 at Mumbai.

- Ananya presented the ANANYA AWARD to Bharatanatyam dancer Bragha Bessell on completion of 50 years of dedicated contribution to the dance field on October 29, 2017 at Seva Sadan, Bangalore.

- Justin McCarthy received Natyanjali's NARTAKA AWARD for 2017 on 28 October 2017 at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai.

- Gurus Kiran Subramanyam and Sandhya Kiran were conferred the NRITYA RATNA AWARD by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Coimbatore, for their contributions to the field of Bharatanatyam, on October 20, 2017 at the Bhavan premises, Coimbatore.

- Dr. S.P.Balasubramaniam, Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam and Dr. Nalli Kuppuswamy received the KALA PRADARSHINI GHANTASALA PURASKAR on October 15, 2017 at Chennai.

- KARNATAKA NRITYAKALA PARISHATH AWARDS were given to Bala Vishwanath (Tumkur) and Sudhir Rao (Udupi) on Oct 13, Rupashree Madhusudan (Bangalore) and Poornima Bhagawat (Davanagere) on Oct 14, Sahana Bhat (Hubli) and Balakrishna Manjeshwar (Mangalore) on Oct 15, 2017 during the Ankura Festival at Shukra Auditorium, Bangalore.

- For their contributions in their respective fields, three eminent Delhi dancers Bharati Shivaji, Deepti Omcherry and Geeta Chandran, were honoured by the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, P.J. Kurien and Kerala Minister Ramachandran Kadannappalli with the KERALA DELHI CULTURE HERITAGE AWARD on October 15, 2017 in Delhi.


- Kathak dancer Shirin Vajifdar, aged 92, passed away in Mumbai peacefully on Sept 29, 2017. She trained in Kathak under Guru Sunder Prasad of Jaipur gharana.She further studied Kathak at Madam Menaka's Nrityalayam at Khandala. She was a pioneer among Parsi community to take to classical dancing. With her younger sisters Khurshid Chavada and Roshan they were popular dancers known as Vajifdar Sisters. Shirin was a dance critic for the Times of India. She was married to celebrity writer Dr. Mulk Raj Anand.
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- D.S. Aiyyelu, legendary master dance costume designer, passed away (Oct 1, 1930 - Oct 22, 2017) at Chennai. A true pioneer in designing traditional Indian dance costumes (Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Odissi and Mohiniattam), he was much sought after in India and internationally. He will always be remembered in the history of Indian classical dance for his artistic vision in creating innovative costume designs. Aiyyelu's costumes have dressed almost all legendary dancers, celebrity dancers and budding dancers for many decades. Aiyyelu received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 2005 in New Delhi from President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
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- The depth of Girija Devi's fluid notes will continue to anchor the memory of Banaras by Navina Jafa
Girija Devi epitomised an era gone by. One knows that the depth of her fluid notes will continue to anchor the effulgent memory of Banaras, of Anandvan, the garden of delight. That is Girija Devi's gift to her rasikas.


Kumudini Lakhia presented Kadamb dancers in Vivarta
on September 29, 2017 at Purana Qila Dance Festival, New Delhi
Photos: Avinash Pasricha

Kathakali is a well-balanced art form of dance, drama, and music. If one of these components gets more prominence than the other, then the art form will lose its balance. I used to feel that the drama aspect was becoming stronger than the other two, and I was a bit anxious about the future of the art form. But recently, I was invited to a 20-hour performance in Kerala where a lot of young, upcoming artistes performed. After watching that performance, I felt that the younger generation is really going back to the roots, the tradition of the art form. That gave me immense joy and hope. The performers were all in their early 20s, and are not trying to imitate or follow their seniors. If they continue and carry forward the legacy in the same direction, the future of Kathakali is certainly bright and sparkling.
(Guru Sadanam P V Balakrishnan: 'Art must not drag people lower, but raise them higher' by Payal Chhabria, Aug 28, 2017 - The Qs)



- Sharmila Biswas presents
Antar Yatra

Aim For Seva fundraiser
Oct 22 - Nov 19, 2017 USA

- Preeti Vasudevan premieres
Stories by Hand

Nov 2-4, 2017 NYC

- Rasika Arts Foundation premieres
Sharavana Bhava

ADA Rangamandira, 6.30pm
Nov 4, 2017 Bangalore

- SUNAINA presents
Indradhanush Dilli 2017

Nov 6 - 13, 2017 New Delhi

- Drishti Art Centre presents
Nrityarpana, celebrating 17 years

Nov 6, 2017 Bangalore

- Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose premieres
Apoorva Katha

November 11 & 12, 2017
San Jose, CA


- Riyaaz Dance Studio presents
Kathak workshop
by Vidha Lal

Nov 6 - 10, 2017 Bangalore

- Mahagami presents Aura Aurangabad
Nov 18 - Dec 18, 2017
Call for application by dancers

- Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula presents
Winter Arts Intensive: Dance
Residential learning lab

Nov 26 - Dec 2, 2017 Kolwan, Pune

- Sri Sumukhi Rajasekaran Memorial Foundation presents
Visesha Kala Poshakam Utsav

Feb 1 - 5, 2018 Chennai
Application deadline: Nov 30, 2017


- What is Contemporary Dance?

- Gaudiya Nritya
A film by Asok Kumar Chattopadhyay

- Unwelcomed
Feat. Abi Manyu, Rathimalar Govindarajoo , Deeveshh IZl ,Selvendrrah Krishnan
directed by Nasri Lian + Groundhouse, dot connector: Ling Chen

- The Mirror: The Heart Races
Srinidhi Raghavan and Navatman Dance present a Bharatanatyam based web series - The Mirror - on important social issues. This three part series highlights one issue in each episode (1) anxiety and mental health (2) gender bias and (3) displacement / the idea of home.

Ancient Futures- Thoughts on myth, legend and beyond

- The Mythologist and the Muses by Stephen Gerringer
In this Practical Campbell essay, Stephen Gerringer examines the role of the arts in Joseph Campbell's life and work, along the way touching on the roots of creativity

TAALAM: Column by Leela Venkataraman

- Dance theatre with confluence of dance traditions
In a professionally designed programme, what was evident right through was the coordination existing amongst like minded young people representing different disciplines of dance and music, who constitute Rasa United, with the lead provided by Vanashree Rao.

- Parampara finds the right dance/music blend
Natya Tarangini's 'Parampara' festival (Sept 22 - 24) observing its 21st consecutive year of celebration, attracted large audiences to the Kamani Auditorium, Delhi, for what, this year turned out to be fare offering a magical dance/music blend.

- Dance reflecting an approach not tethered to form
After the formal release function followed a short but varied and arresting programme, which dancer Astad Deboo with his aesthetic refinement, had curated.

- Thari exquisitely weaves the warp and weft of life's saree
In the 75 minutes of non-stop group presentation in Thari -The Loom conceived and choreographed by Malavika Sarukkai, the audience after having experienced artistic excellence of exquisite subtlety, leaves the auditorium with a mind filled with the lurking poetry hidden in that unstitched traditional garment - the saree.

- Evening concerts after morning deliberations in Nartanam Conclave 2017
Morning deliberations on dance treatises, involving scholars, artists and university research students, during the three- day Nartanam Conclave 2017, mounted at Hyderabad's Hotel Plaza, were substantiated by recitals of different classical forms in the evening.

Trending: Column by Ashish Mohan Khokar

- Mega Shows
And one thought there were no audiences left for dance, when one saw pathetically filled halls in metro cities. 100 people on a good day. Often, there were none because it - the dance - had no real connect with the people.

Lights On

- Centering Matters by Aalaap
Dancer Navia Natarajan speaks about what's going through her mind and body on the day of a performance.

Seen and Heard: Column by Lakshmi Viswanathan

- Solo, the soul of Bharatanatyam
At first it seemed rather unusual to be invited to give insight lectures on solo Bharatanatyam on three consecutive evenings as part of a festival titled Eka Bhavana in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


- Scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata
Bharati Shivaji's institution Centre for Mohiniattam presented on second day of Mohiniattam Festival, 'Sita Ram Parinay' based on chaupais of Tulasidas's Ramcharitmanas...

- Visual poetry
Kumudini Lakhia offered visuals of great beauty of the Kathak form in Vivarta, transformation, which will linger long in one's memory, while Malavika Sarukkai's Thari was visual poetry.

- Salute to heroes: A tribute
Bangalore based Subhashini Vasanth, disciple of Vyjayantimala, formerly trained under late Guru Narmada, gave a Bharatanatyam performance at Chowdiah Hall on 21st October under the aegis of Vasantharatnam Foundation for Arts.

THE EASTERN EYE: Column by Dr.Utpal K Banerjee

- The Choreography Connect
Since Sapphire works in the domain of contemporary dance, it was thought worthwhile to inquire into their gains from the decade long exposure to a fairly large number of modern choreographers from abroad.

- Dissolving borders
Epar-Opar (This Border, That Border) presented by the Shilpakala Academy from Bangladesh, was indeed a bonanza drawn from the land's rich folk dance and music repertoire.

- Post Uday Shankar, any which way?
Prayas 2017 presented recently by Udayan Kala Kendra, at the spacious Science City in Kolkata, was a brave effort to carry the mantle of Uday Shankar - in a journey of 31 years - under the baton of his gifted daughter Mamata Shankar.

Meet the artistes SANCHARI.. More on the artsArticles

Nov 1 - 27, Benaras, Hampi, Bangalore, New Delhi
Schedule for Geeta Chandran and Natya Vriksha Dance Company
- 1 Nov: Geeta Chandran and NVDC perform at the GANGA MAHOTSAV in Benaras, Uttar Pradesh.
- 4 Nov: Geeta Chandran and NVDC perform at the HAMPI UTSAV in Karnataka.
- 6 Nov: Hosted by Faculty Head Dr. Vasanth Kiran at Reva University, Bangalore, Geeta Chandran joins dancers Lakshmi Viswanathan and Manju Bhargavee in a freewheeling discussion on classical dance - the way forward.
- 14 Nov: As part of the Delhi International Arts Festival 2017, Geeta Chandran's performance in and as Ravana will be part of an evening of classical dance based on the Ramayana, Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi.
- 16 Nov: Geeta Chandran presents an illustrated lec-dem on Bharatanatyam under the aegis of SPIC MACAY at the Japuria School, Vasundhara.
- 25 Nov: Geeta Chandran and NVDC perform as part of the ongoing Mandala Celebrations at the Ayyappa Temple, Sector 2, R.K. Puram, New Delhi.
- 27 Nov: To mark the silver jubilee celebrations of India Habitat Centre, Geeta Chandran and NVDC present ANEKANTA at the Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Nov 5 - 19, Bangalore, Hyderabad
Schedule for Nirupama-Rajendra and Abhinava Dance Company
- Nov 5, Bangalore: ADC presents SAMBHRAMA at the Indian Road Congress Meet, Palace Grounds, 6.30pm
- Nov 10, Bangalore: ADC presents SAMBHRAMA for the Second Indian Cancer Congress, Convention Hall, 6.30pm
- Nov 11, Hyderabad: Nirupama, Rajendra, Rohini Prabhath & Naveen Hegde offer a classical concert for (SICA) South Indian Cultural Association.
Venue: Ravindra Bharati, 6.30pm
- Nov 19, Hyderabad: Nirupama Rajendra and ADC present KATHAKITATHOM for dance festival conducted by Lasya Kalpa Foundation.
Venue: Ravindra Bharati, 7.30pm

Nov 9, Mumbai
Every year, the NCPA organises the Contemporary Dance Season with a view towards showcasing performances that combine innovation and cutting-edge choreography from some of the most prominent dancers of this genre from India and abroad. NCPA presents PADME and PRISM by Anita Ratnam & troupe. Padme is a contemporary Indian dance performance produced by dancer, actor and arts' administrator Anita Ratnam and choreographed by Netherlands-based choreographer Kalpana Raghuraman. Padme brings together classically trained dancers from different dance schools, training styles and backgrounds.
At: Experimental Theatre, 7pm

Nov 9, NYC
Jiva's 10 Year Anniversary Gala is a special evening commemorating 10 years.
Dance: Jiva Dance Company, featuring Sonali Skandan, Maya Kappil, Aishwarya Madhav and Aishwarya Sriram
Music: Abhik Mukherjee - sitar, Monir Hossain - tabla
Special Dance by Jiva's first arangetram student Aditi Narayanan
Keynote Speaker Sabrina Dhawan - screenwriter and producer, known for her work on Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding
At: DAG Modern, 6.30pm

Nov 12, Pune
Nrityayatri presents UTKARSH - A Children's Day special programme.
Panchatantra stories by Pavithra Srinivasan
Bharatanatyam by Sreedevi Nrithyalaya, students of Guru Sheela Unnikrishnan
Venue: Tilak Smarak Mandir, 10.15am

Nov 12, Chennai
Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation conducts 142nd KALA POSHAKAM monthly concert.
5.30pm: Bharatanatyam recital by Resmi Govindankutty (Kalakshetra Alumna).
7pm: Bharatanatyam recital by Nikitha Gopalakrishnan (Disciple of Saikripa Prasanna).
Venue: Narada Gana Sabha (mini hall)

Nov 12, Chicago, IL
In honor of the 1000th birthday of Ramanujar, Natya Dance Theatre and the Greater Chicago Vedic Society present a day of performances, including the world premiere of RAMANUJA DARSHANAM: THE BEACON OF SPIRITUAL LIGHT by Natya Dance Theatre at 4.30pm (with concept and script by Swami Dushyanth Sridhar, music by Rajkumar Bharathi, and choreography by Hema Rajagopalan).
At: Oswego East High School, 12.30pm to 6pm

Nov 16, Chennai
Lakshmi Vishwanathan presents solo HRDAYA VILASAM based on love poems.
At: Narada Gana Sabha, 6pm

Nov 18, Bangalore
Rhythmotion in association with ICCR and National Gallery of Modern Art presents the fourth edition of CHALANA - DANCE FOR A CAUSE 2017, an evening of Indian classical and Contemporary dance, in aid of the Deaf Aid Society
At: NGMA, Palace Road, 4pm

Nov 19, Mississauga, ON
Sampradaya Dance Creations presents another installment of its Horizon Series - EMERGING ARTIST PERFORMANCE SERIES, featuring classical dancers - Naren Ganesan (Sanskriti Temple of Fine Arts, Edmonton) and Taniya and Puneet Panda (Georgia, USA).
Venue: Sampradaya Theatre, 4pm

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