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October 2018
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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!

Read on...


ROVING EYE: A section of impressions, images and inspirations
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 2018), Delhi.


- 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$


- Sparsh Studio presents
Bharatanatyam workshop
By Priyadarsini Govind

Oct 5 - 7, 2018 Kolkata



- The Attakkalari Dance Company presents
Bhinna Vinyasa

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
Nartanam Conclave
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.


- 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 program.

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 their mouths.

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 Safarnama.

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
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

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