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ANITA SAYS..... |
How much dance can one watch in a month?
For yours truly, it becomes difficult to attend shows more than 4 times a
week, since feelings and images blur and bleed into one another and the
distinct memories and architecture of each performance dissolves to
leave one large incomprehensible stain. February was one such month. So
much dancing, rehearsals, touring, watching.... the year's shortest
month flew by.
February also gave me the opportunity to be a part of a dramatically
diverse swathe of dance experiences. Erotica, arangetrams, doom as
personal diary, the evergreen Krishna as protagonist, an outdoor
performance in an open maidan, day long immersion seminars, clueless
university professors - I was thrown into the thick of them all!
|March 17, Delhi |
Dr. Anita Ratnam presents dance theatre A MILLION SITAS for Conference on Women.
At: India International Centre, 11am to 12pm
|March 24, Kuala Lumpur |
Indian Cultural Centre and Sutra Foundation present Anita Ratnam in
SMOKE AND MIRRORS, a talk and interactive discussion on the rich and
complex modern history of Bharatanatyam.
At: India Cultural Centre, Brickfields, 7.30pm
ROVING EYE: A section of impressions, images and inspirations|
Curated by Anita Ratnam
LATEST UPDATE IN THE SITE
- Dance critics/scholars Dr. Sunil Kothari
and Leela Venkataraman received GURU GANGADHAR PRADHAN SMRUTI SAMMAN
from Orissa Dance Academy at Dhauli Kalinga Mahotsav on 6th February
- On February 19, 2017 the GURU KJ SARASA AWARD was conferred by
Sarasalaya on dance violinist MV Sreenivas, at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,
- On March 5, 2017 the NATYASHASTRA AWARD will be conferred by Shambhavi
School of Dance during its fourth edition of Kuchipudi seminar Nayika
on Sumathy Kaushal, one of the senior gurus of Kuchipudi, at Seva Sadan,
- ABHAI Annual Day will be celebrated on April 29, 2017, in
collaboration with Utsav on International Dance Day, at Sri Krishna Gana
Sabha, Chennai. The awardees for 2016 and 2017:
NATYAKALANIDHI: Dr. Yamini Krishnamurthy & Indira Rajan
GANDHARVA NIPUNA: Khandadevi Vijayaraghavan (violinist) &Veda Krishnan Ram (mridangist)
NARTHAKA NIPUNA: Deepak Majumdar & Sheejith Krishna.
NRITHYAPERUNJYOTI: Radhika Shurjit (a new award from 2017 for female dancers above 45 years).
|WORKSHOPS / ANNOUNCEMENTS|
- Lshva presents
Workshop on rhythm
by Guru Kiran Subramanyam
March 3 - 5, 2017 Bangalore
- Gati presents
April 3 - 21, 2017 Delhi
Call for applications
LOOK OUT FOR
- Sari by Daksha Sheth Dance Company
- Within by Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company
- Ashish Khokar's DANCE DISCourse
8th year Season 2017
Kuchipudi is an alignment of Odissi, Bharatanatyam and Kathak. We have
the angles and postures of Bharatanatyam, the grace of Odissi and the
footwork of Kathak. All this put together makes Kuchipudi dance come
alive. So when you have to align everything you have to pay a lot of
attention to your feet, your hands and your body as well because when
you do movements the body automatically goes with the hand which does
not happen with Bharatanatyam. When you move the hand, only the hand
moves, the body doesn't move. Like in Odissi, the body moves with the
hands. That's how I am comparing. Then there is a total body language
connected with the facial expression in Kuchipudi. Like they say, 'Where
the hands go, the eyes have to follow. When the eye follows, then
expression follows.' That is very mandatory in Kuchipudi.
- Manju Barggavee
('It doesn't come on a platter' by Nita Vidyarthi, The Hindu Friday Review, Oct 27, 2016)
- inDANCE presents world premiere
Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 8pm
March 23 - 25, 2017 Toronto
|TRENDING by Ashish Mohan Khokar
what are dance aspirations of the marginalized, small town India? What
facilities they have by way of halls, support systems and students.
THE EASTERN EYE: Column by Dr.Utpal K Banerjee
- Twin yarns of empowered Eves
Tagore, in his time, penned inimitably his long poem Viday Abhishap (The
Parting Curse) and the dance drama Chitrangada, based on two mythic
encounters to pass a clear message for women's empowerment and
emancipation, much ahead of his time.
Not just anyBODY - a health and fitness column
- Poison-free nourishment by Nimmi Ittycheria John
Thirty years of telling people what to eat and how good it was for their bodies got me thinking...
Health Recipes 10: Roasted Tomato and Capsicum Soup by Uma Pushpanathan
- Benefits of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)
MOTHERS BY DAUGHTERS AND OTHERS
- Spontaneous, yet measured by Chitra Chandrasekhar Dasarathy
My mother Jaya Chandrasekhar, from the time I can remember, balanced
her multiple roles and continues to amaze us with her energy for her
TAALAM: Column by Leela Venkataraman
- Unique tribute to a maverick musical genius
Murali Samarpanam held at the India International Centre
auditorium as an evening of tribute to the “inimitable
Gandharva Vaagyekara” Dr. M.Balamurali Krishna, designed and organised
by Usha R.K, proved to be a riveting event, featuring six Bharatanatyam
dancers from Delhi.
- Tantu needs more than hype and hurry
Hype has become the tenor of this generation and young Madhur Gupta, true to this age, seems a man in a hurry.
- Dhauli-Kalinga Festival epitomises peace and unity amidst diversity
What was initially started thirteen years ago in the Peace Pagoda atop
Dhauli as the Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav featuring only martial art forms,
has expanded in scope, bringing under its sponsoring umbrella classical,
folk and martial art forms.
FOOTLOOSE AND FANCY FREE with Dr. Sunil Kothari
- Remembering Rohini Bhate
I clearly remember Rohini Bhate and I sitting together at the historic
All India Dance Seminar convened by Sangeet Natak Akademi from 31st
March till 7th April 1958, at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.
- 26th Nishagandhi Dance Festival
The festival at Thiruvananthapuram (20-27 January 2017) was flagged off
by the Governor P. Sathasivam, by lighting the lamps held by some ten
dancers in a semi circle and more than 30 dancers providing backdrop and
few standing on either side, choreographed by senior Guru Girija
|Meet the artistes
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|March 1 - 31, Allahabad, Delhi, Patna
Schedule for Geeta Chandran and Natya Vriksha
-1 March: Geeta Chandran will attend the 87th Founding Day of
Allahabad Museum. Her senior disciple Sneha Chakradhar presents a short
performance and will be honoured by the Museum.
-3 March: To mark the 30th Anniversary of Dua Associates and the 20th
Anniversary of Dua Consulting, Geeta Chandran presents the invocation at
Delhi Gymkhana Club.
-5 March: Natya Vriksha dancers perform for Sahitya Kala Parishad at Central Park, Connaught Place, Delhi.
-8 March: For International Women's Day at the British Council in New
Delhi, Geeta Chandran presents a short performance highlighting gender
-10 March: At the launch of Shakti Maira's book 'The Promise of Beauty
and Why it Matters,' Geeta Chandran performs at 7pm in the IIC Art
Gallery on 'Beauty - The Frontiers Within.'
-21 March: In a conversation with Poonam Surie, Geeta Chandran speaks of
her 'So Many Journeys' with dance and her efforts to “en-dance” the
universe! The private event is at the residence of the Foreign
-22 March: Natya Vriksha Dance Company participates in SANKRITI
choreography being presented at Purana Qila by Seher. Sankriti is
directed by Madhavi Mudgal.
-26 March: Geeta Chandran performs in Patna for Spic-Macay's State Convention
-27-31 March: Intensive Workshop on Bharatanatyam for Spic-Macay Virasat conducted by Geeta Chandran at IIT New Delhi.
March 2, NYC
Sonali Skandan presents FROM HEAVEN AND EARTH, an evening of solo
repertoire where the earthly become divine, where ritual and daily life
merge and the Gods and Goddesses walk the earth. She is accompanied by
Kasi Aysola on nattuvangam, Vignesh Ravichandran on vocals, Bala Skandan
on mridangam and Arun Ramamurthy on violin.
At: St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY, Perterson -Kermani Performance Hall, 8pm
March 3, Delhi
The Raza Foundation presents Astad Deboo and dancers of Shree Shree
Govindajee Natasankirtan from Manipur in RHYTHM DIVINE II: RIVERS RUN
At: Kamani Auditorium, 7pm
March 4 & 5, San Jose & San Diego, CA
Rama Vaidyanathan presents CHITRAVALI-a picture book on Krishna Maya.
- March 4: CET solo theatre, 701 Vine St, San Jose, 4pm
- March 5: J Crivello Hall, Francis Parker School, 6501 Linda Vista Rd, San Diego, 4pm
March 5 & 19, OH & CA
Schedule for Ramya Harishankar
- Mar 5: SWEATING SARIS, Dhvani, Columbus, OH
-Mar 19: Senshin Buddhist Temple, Los Angeles, CA
March 8 - 18, Mumbai & Bhubaneswar
Schedule for Jhelum Paranjape & Smitalay.
-8th March: ARGHYA - an offering by Smitalay, for International Women's Day at Carter Road Promenade, Bandra West, Mumbai at 7pm
-10th March: Manch Pravesh of Aneesha Ramani, student of Jhelum Paranjape, at Mysore Association Auditorium, Mumbai at 6.30pm.
-18th March: Solo performance by Priya Singh during the Pankaj Utsav at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneshwar, at 7pm
March 8 - 31, Kolkata, Delhi, USA
Schedule for Sapphire Creations Dance Company.
- 8th March: Workshop led by Sudarshan Chakravorty and Sapphire
repertory members as part of INCRES (INspiring Artistic Sensibilities on
your Campus). Workshop is on floorwork, Release Technique, Indian
aesthetics, and demonstration on pollution free environment and
At: Future School at Sonarpur, 11.30am onwards
- 8th March: Sudarshan Chakravorty is a speaker in a panel organised by
Public Relation Society of India in Kolkata talking about the topic '
Why The World should Move Towards Neutrality'- for International
Woman's Day at Hotel Sonnet in Kolkata, 6pm.
- 9th March: Workshop led by Sudarshan Chakravorty and Sapphire
repertory members as part of INArtSyC (INspiring Artistic Sensibilities
on your Campus). Workshop is on 'Dynamics of Stillness' and on pollution
free environment and cleanliness.
At: Sushila Birla Girls High School at AJC Bose Rd, 11.30am onwards
|- 9th to 22nd March: Sudarshan Chakravorty visits USA to give workshop
and choreograph 150 dancers from Bay area in Fremont to be part of the
Opening Ceremony of North America Bengali Conference to be held in July
in San Francisco.|
- 17th to 30th March: Acclaimed choreographer Mary Carbonara visits
Kolkata to be part of the International Choreographers' Residency in
Sapphire (INCRES) with an 8 hour class each day to create a new piece
with both Repertory members and senior students of Academy at SappTop,
11.30am to 8.30pm
- 21st March: Sapphire Creations performs with eminent musicians like
Tanmoy Bose, Jyoti Shankar in SOUNDSCAPES collaborating with classical
music and Contemporary dance at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi, 7pm
- 31st March: Sapphire Creations organises the Annual Sapphire Gala as
part of the 4th Quarter of SAPPHIRE QUARTERLY SERIES with performances
by Sapphire repertory members, Academy students and also showcasing the
outcome of Residency by Mary Carbonara and CERTIFICATION CEREMONY of
successful students at Minerva Theatre, Beaden St. Kolkata 6.30pm
March 9 & 11, Sheyboygan, WI
Natya Dance Theatre performs at Kohler Arts Center as part of Community Festival India.
-March 9: Natya brings new work THE ONENESS IN DIVERSITY to the Kohler
main stage, 7.30pm. Natya performs as part of an evening of Indian music
and dance that also includes a performance by Indian vocalist Kiran
-March 11: The Kohler's Community Festival India celebrates the culture
of India. Natya will perform several short pieces through the afternoon
in the Kohler Matrix performance space, 11am to 3pm.
March 11 - 25, Italy, Portugal and Spain
Schedule for Sonali Skandan.
Sonali Skandan from NYC and Lucrezia Maniscotti from Milan present an
evening of shared and solo pieces in SAMYUKTA, presented by L'Accademia
Sangam in Italy.
*March 11: Mantova, Italy - Workshop 4:30pm / Performance 7pm | Yoga Padma Niketan, Via Pascoli, 12 - Loc. Belfiore (MN)
*March 15: Milan, Italy - 9pm | Spazio Sirin Via Vincenzo Vela 15, 201
- Sonali presents FROM HEAVEN AND EARTH in Lisbon, Portugal, presented by Eka Dance Company.
*March 17, 10pm: concert with Bhavana Pradyumna
*March 17-19: Bharatanatyam workshop, 7 - 8:30pm
Eka Palace, Calçada Dom Gastão nº 12, porta 8, 1900-194 Lisbon
- Sonali presents FROM HEAVEN AND EARTH in Spain, presented by Chandrika Natya
*March 22: concert, Sevilla, 9:30pm | Sala el Cachorro c/Procurador, 19 Triana
*March 24: concert with Bala Skandan - Madrid, 9pm | Espacio Ronda, Ronda de Segovia 50m Porta de Toledo
*March 25: Bharatanatyam Intensive Workshop, Madrid, 10am-12pm and 4-8pm
La Corrala de la Danza c/ Dr. Piga 5 bis metro Lavapies
March 16, Vancouver, Canada
A Bharatanatyam lecture demo with Jai Govinda and dancers Aishwarya
Roshan and Grihalakshmi Soundarapandian, presented by Dr. Thomas Hunter
for the Asian Studies dept. of UBC.
At: Asian Centre Auditorium, 3.30pm
March 19 - 26, Kolkata
Schedule for Rhythmosaic Dance Company.
- March 19-21: National Creative Arts Therapy Week 2017, though Seminar,
Workshop and Awareness Camp by Shubha Lihala, Angira Chakravorty
Dasgupta, Shayori Mitra, Noel Datta & Snehashree Neogy. Various
- March 24 - 26: Workshop by Shruti Datar - Flying Low Technique.
Venue: Rhythmosaic Studio, Kolkata
March 26, Mississauga, ON
Sampradaya Dance Creations presents another installment of its Horizon
Series: Emerging Artist Performance Showcase features Monica Shah
(contemporary) and Supriya Nayak (Odissi)
Venue: Sampradaya Theatre, 4-3250 Ridgeway Drive, 4pm
March 29, Bangalore
Rasika Kiran, daughter and disciple of Kiran Subramanyam and Sandhya Kiran will perform as part of Sri Ramanavami celebrations.
At: Sri Rama Kalyana Mandira, 3rd Cross, Sriramapuram, 6.30pm