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June 2018
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June 1, 2018

"We should consider a day lost in which we don't dance at least once."
- Friedrich Nietzsche (Philosopher)

May is a month of heat, holidays and hiatus.

It used to be that dancers would take a break from the searing heat to rest, recoup and reflect.
No longer.
Too many dancers - too many platforms - too little money. The conundrum continues...

With such low expectations, dancers are content to zip their mouths and accept performance opportunities without any remuneration - in India.

Read on...

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


- Kiran Subramanyam and Sandhya Kiran receive KALAAVATAMSA AWARD at the Kalaarnava celebrations on the 10th of June 2018 at Dayanandsagar Engineering College Auditorium, Bangalore.

- Hemabharathy Palani, rehearsal director for Attakkalari Dance Company, has been offered the prestigious Leverhume fellowship from the Rambert Dance School, UK. Hema is the first Indian national to be part of this fellowship program. She will be a resident artist at Rambert, developing new works and collaborating with multidisciplinary partners from different cultures.

- On 13 May 2018 at the India International Centre Auditorium in Delhi, dancers Bharati Shivaji, Madhavi Mudgal and Geeta Chandran received the DEBADHARA GURU SHISHYA SANMAN bestowed by the Debadhara Nritya Academy led by Guru Binayak Panda.

- On the eve of Shrishti Golden Jubilee, A V. Satyanarayana's Shristi Center presented SHRISHTI NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for dance to Guru Kalamandalam Gopi on May 3, 2018 at Bangalore.

- The Tamil Nadu Urdu Literary Association awarded Dr.Swarnamalya Ganesh on May 7, 2018 in recognition of her research and reconstruction of Jakkini repertoire discovering its Persian connection and her presenting of Sufi poetry in Urdu by poets of the 17th century from Tamil Nadu.

- Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts is now a partner at the Asian Network for Dance (AND+) setup by West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hongkong. The network comprises some of the world's most prestigious dance organisations coming together to connect, empower and facilitate contemporary dance practice in Asia. Jayachandran Palazhy, Artistic Director of Attakkalari, was invited to be part of the launch event and promised to ensure wider representation from across India.

- Kalasagar celebrated the 94th birth anniversary of its founder Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval on 28 May 2018 at Edapally in Kerala where the following artistes were honored with the KALASAGAR AWARD.
-Kathakali: Kalamandalam Prasanth (vesham/actor), Kalanilayam Unnikrishnan (paattu/music), Kalamandalam Raman Nambudiri (chenda/percussion), Kalamandalam Rajnarayanan (maddalam/percussion), Kalamandalam Satheesan (chutty/make-up)
-Vechoor Remadevi (Ottenthullal), Dr. Edanad Rajan Nambiar (Chakyarkoothu), Kalamandalam Rajeev (Mizhavu-Koodiyattam), Dr. Kalamandalam Rachitha Ravi (Mohiniattam), Mattanoor Sreekanth (Thayambika)
- Panchavadyam: Pallassana Murali Marar (thimila), Sadanam Bharatharajan (maddalam), Chalakudy Ravi (thalam), Varavoor Manikandan (kombu)

Renowned Kathak exponent Rani Karnaa passed away peacefully at her home in Kolkata on the morning of 7 May 2018, after ailing for a few months. Mourned by her family, friends, and generations of disciples to whom she was so much more than a guru.
Obit/tribute by Dr. Sunil Kothari:

- Manipuri dancer & choreographer Lokendrajit Singh passed away on May 18, 2018 in Delhi. Born on Jan 30, 1958 he studied choreography from Natya Institute of Choreography in New Delhi under the directorship of Dr.Maya Rao. He was with Jawaharlal Nehru Manipuri Dance Academy in Imphal since 1985 as dancer and choreographer. He was also a regular performer at the state Sangai festival since 2011. He choreographed many dance-dramas for the production unit of JNMDA. He was conferred Manipur State Kala Akademi Award in 2007 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2015.
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- Sanjali Centre for Odissi Dance presents

Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 7pm
June 16, 2018 Bangalore


- Is anybody concerned? by Ileana Citaristi
What actually made me leave the hall the other day was one of the major 'distortions' I have seen till day; one of the classical pallavis not only split into group but transformed into a sort of thematic 'raas leela' presentation...


Vidhya Subramanian premiered her solo dance-theatre work STILL I RISE presented by Narika, on May 18, 2018 at Cubberly Theatre, Palo Alto.
Photos: Swagato Basumallick and Anubhava


- Attakkalari auditions
for National Diploma Program
Mumbai, Siliguri, Kolkata
Rourkela, Bhubaneswar, Goa

June 10 - 24, 2018

- Natya Institute of Kathak & Choreography's
12 month diploma in Choreography

Application deadline: 11 June 2018

- Rhythmosaic, Kolkata, offers
Certificate course in Contemporary dance
Dance Therapy course

Application deadline: June 15, 2018


- Sparsh Studio presents
Workshop by
Rama Vaidyanathan

June 8, 9 & 11, 2018 Kolkata

TAALAM: Column by Leela Venkataraman

- Dancing for oneself
'Nritya Dhara' mounted by Sanskriti Bhuvaneswar, and publicised under the category India International Dance Festival, when I entered the auditorium at 6.30pm had just about half a dozen persons watching.

- Original way of looking at group Bharatanatyam
It was an original way of looking at Bharatanatyam, with Bengaluru's Vyuti Dance Company at the Shri Ram Centre presenting the Delhi premiere of SAKHI, a group production which sought to be, and was, different from the usual Bharatanatyam recital.

- Dancing on rivers
Ganga to Kaveri presented by Utsav Music at Habitat Centre's Stein auditorium, was based more on myth with research work by Chitra Madhavan and Praveen Rao of Bengaluru providing the music.

THE EASTERN EYE: Column by Dr.Utpal K Banerjee

- Is classical dance changing guard?
World Dance Day presented on April 29 in Kolkata by Kalamandalam, comprised refreshingly just eleven classical dance groups, for a change.

- Masquerade of grandiose dreams
DON: TAAKE BHALO LAAGE performed by Chetana on April 30 in Kolkata, was a most enthralling adaptation of 'Man of La Mancha' by the thespian Arun Mukhopadhyay into a Bengali version.

- Masks marking obscurantism
TASER DESH (Kingdom of Cards) performed by Creative Dance Workshop on May 13 in Kolkata, provided a brilliant idea to use the creative idiom of Purulia Chhau to visualise the dance drama penned by Rabindranath Tagore in 1933.


- NCPA's signature Mudra Dance Festival
Come April and NCPA mounts its signature Mudra Dance Festival inviting leading dancers to explore various aspects of classical dance forms. This year the festival embraced the interconnectedness between mind, body and soul through the spirit of classical dance.

- Natya Vriksha celebrates World Dance Day
This was the 13th edition of their curating Young Dancers Festival, Dance Workshops, illustrated lectures and honouring persons with Lifetime Achievement Award.

- Nimitta: Shila Mehta explores new theme in Kathak
Shila Mehta consulted the celebrated Kathakali and Mohiniattam exponent Dr. Kanak Rele in Mumbai for suggestions on mythological story of Shikhandi from Mahabharata to present in Kathak.

- Zohra Segal Arts Festival
The concept of the existential philosophy, 'I am therefore you are,' took shape in form of Nayaka Pratinayaka by Aruna Mohanty in Odissi dance to the libretto written by Odiya poet/critic Kedar Mishra.

- Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company's 10X10 bound by a single conceptual thread
'Conceptualize, choreograph and dance a production by yourselves,' says Aditi. All members of her company are individuals in their own right. Thus was born 10x10.

- Festivals of Debadhara Sansthan and Dhwani
Debadhara Sansthan of Delhi presented under Guru Shishya Sanman, senior dancers and their disciples at Habitat on 12th and 13th May....Vaswati Mishra mounted an ambitious work involving more than 70 students titled Taatil.

Meet the artistes SANCHARI.. More on the artsArticles

June 1 - 4, Busan, South Korea
Rhythmotion performs traditional and contemporary dance at the BUSAN INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL, South Korea, on 1st and 2nd June, 7:30pm. Chitra Arvind is a jury member for the AK21 International Choreographer Performance on June 4th.

June 2, Mumbai

Odissi dance drama MOHAN SE MOHAN presented by Aum Arts Dance Academy, based on the Gujarati book 'Chakra Thi Charkha Suddhi' of Dinkar Joshi.
Concept and choreography by Suprava Mishra
At: SPCE Sabhagrih, Bhawan's Campus, Andheri West, Mumbai, 6. 30pm

June 2 & 9, NYC
On June 2nd, Jiva Dance performs at the JAMAICA DANCE FESTIVAL - a free outdoor concert at Rufus King Park, 7.45pm. The VIDYANJALI annual show for the school takes place on June 9 at JKO Theatre, 4.30pm. They will be accompanied by Sonali Skandan - nattuvangam, Shiv Subramanian - vocal, Bala Skandan/Kabilan Jeganathan - mridangam and kanjira, Krupa Sekhar - violin.

June 6 - 21, Kolkata
Sapphire programs in June:
- 6th June: Sapphire Creations in continuation of its SAPPHIRE QUARTERLY ARTS SERIES launches SUBIJOYA DANCE FOUNDATION in memory of Subinoy Chakraborty and Bijoya Chakraborty, parents of Sudarshan Chakravorty. The evening will premiere Version 1 of dance theatre production KI- TA- RE-BA with anecdotes and music of longing, waiting and love with some eminent singers of the city and Sapphire dancers.
At: Bengal Lounge, Bengal Chamber of Commerce, 7pm
- 15th June: Sudarshan Chakravorty choreographs RANGINI, a 70 mins monologue by award winning actress Gargee Roychowdhuri enacting the journey of a woman from her village to the stage with a realization of the various impediments she has to counter with dance, live songs and music presented by Friends Communication.
At: GD Birla Sabha Ghar, 7pm
- 21st June: Sudarshan Chakravorty choreographs with 50 dancers and 40 actors a multilayered musical play KOHINOOR by musical duo Soumyajit & Sourendro of You&I fame. This musical is the journey of India's most revered gem Kohinoor from the mines of Allauddin Khilji to the crown of Queen Victoria.
At: Kala Mandir, 3pm and 7pm

June 7, Chicago, IL
STOMPING GROUNDS finale features Natya Dance Theatre among others. It is a free two-month citywide celebration of authentic, rhythmic dance companies from a variety of world cultures.
At: Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, 6.30pm

June 9, Kolkata
Rhythmosaic offers a free orientation Program on One Year Certificate on Academic Contemporary Dance/ Movement in Art 2018-19.
At: Rhythmosaic Studio, 6pm onwards.

June 9, Henrico, VA
Apsaras Arts Dance Group of Springfield, presents 18TH APSARAS ANJALI.
At: Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Rd, Henrico, 3pm.

June 9 - 30, Europe
Summer 2018 performance tour of Bala Devi Chandrashekar.
- 9th June: BRIHADEESWARA: FORM TO FORMLESS, through the eyes of a Devaradiyal, at Diamant Theater, The Hague, Netherlands
- 12th June: Natya Shastra, lecture cum demonstration, Paris
- 16th June: KARNA: DESTINY'S CHILD at Whitburn Academy Auditorium, Livingston, Scotland
- 17th June: BRIHADEESWARA , Vani Fine Arts and Bhavan, London
- 18th June: BRIHADEESWARA, for UNESCO, Paris
- 19th June: BRIHADEESWARA, at Riga, Latvia
- 20th and 21st June: Workshop at Riga
- 26th June: Relationship of Margi Tradition of Natya Shastra to Temple ritual and Iconography, lec dem, Tagore Center, Berlin
- 27th - 30th June: Performance and workshop in Athens

June 10, Kolkata
Sparsh Studio for Performing Arts presents Rama Vaidyanathan's lecture demonstration.
At: Sparsh Studio, 11am

June 10, Bangalore
Kiran Subramanyam and Sandhya Kiran present Rasika Dance Ensemble in SHARAVANABHAVA - Tales of the Warrior Lord Subramanya, for KALAARNAVA 2018 Festival of Music and Dance organised by Gokulam School of Music.
Concept, Choreography and Direction - Kiran Subramanyam
At: Dayanandsagar Engineering College Auditorium, Kumaraswamy Layout, 2.30pm

June 11 - July 4, Vancouver, BC
Schedule for Jai Govinda Dance Academy
- June 11: Bharatanatyam lecture demo by Jai Govinda with dancers Aishwarya Roshan and Grihalakshmi Soundarapandian for the Asian Study Department of University of British Colombia
- June 28 to July 4: Abhinaya workshop by Bragha Bessell at Asian studies building, UBC.

June 23, Palo Alto, CA
UNRAVELLED by Janaki Rangarajan explores the unseen layers of the iconic Draupadi. Through Bharatanatyam and the spoken word in English, Unravelled is based on a contemporary script that draws inspiration from Vyaasa Mahabharata and folk traditions. TRADITION AND TRANSCENDENCE by Navia Natrajan features innovative choreography to vedic hymns and devotional pieces and will be followed by THE EARTHEN POT. Containing the ashes of a loved one seems to entice her on an exploration of the idea that there is more to death than the human mind can gauge.
At: Cubberly Theatre, 4pm

Bharatanatyam Arangetrams
June 3, Bangalore
Maitree Srinidhi, disciple of Kiran Subramanyam and Sandya Kiran, Rasika Arts Foundation
At: Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 6.30pm

June 16, San Jose, CA
Maya Shah, disciple of Mythili Kumar, Abhinaya Dance Company
At: Hammer Theater Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio Walk, 6pm

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