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April 1, 2019

I don't see why one shouldn't be fascinated with the human form. We go through life in this wonderful envelope. Why not acknowledge that and try to say something about it?
- American artiste, Dorothea Tanning

The challenge of compressing an entire month's thoughts is heightened when a flurry of events unfold on the first day of the previous month!

I write this from New York City, my former home for over a decade, where my two children were born and where I had an exciting career as a Television host and producer. This image is of me standing under the canopy of my former office. Inside the historic ED SULLIVAN THEATRE building on 53rd Street on Broadway, the same building that now houses the exciting late night talk show of the irrepressible STEPHEN COLBERT.

30 years since I left NYC and my previous life, it still continues to inform and energise me with its chaotic, eccentric energy.

Read on...

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


- After a gap of 8 years, the Tamilnadu Govt has announced KALAIMAMANI awards. Among the recipients are Bharatanatyam dancers Roja Kannan, Lakshmi Ramaswamy, Radhika Shurajith, J Suryanarayanamurthy, Priya Murle, Madurai R Muralidharan, Binesh Mahadevan, Latha Rajendran, P. Muralidharan and Niveditha Parthasarathy. Chennai based Sri Krishna Gana Sabha and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan will receive awards for institutions.
V.P. Dhananjayan and Shanta Dhananjayan receive the BALASARASWATHI MEMORIAL AWARD for Bharatanatyam, along with Vyjayanthimala Bali and Prof. C.V. Chandrasekhar. The award carries a cash prize of rupees one lakh and citation.

- Kathak Guru Pratap Pawar received his MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for services to dance, culture and community cohesion on March 19, 2019 at Buckingham Palace from Prince William. Kathak dancer Sujata Banerjee, founder of Sujata Banerjee Dance Company, received the MBE from Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace on Feb 13, 2019 for services to dance.

- Farooq Chaudhry, co-founder and producer of the Akram Khan Company, has been made OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for services to dance and dance production.

- At the sixth edition of Nayika symposium and dance festival hosted by Shambhavi School of Dance, the NATYASASTRA AWARD was given to Guru Radha Sridhar for her continued contributions to Bharatanatyam, on March 10, 2019 at Bangalore.

- Chitra Arvind received BEST PERFORMER AWARD in Bharat Nritya Utsav on March 10, 2019 from Dr. Nalli Kuppuswamy Chetty, President of Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, at Chennai.

- Usha Raghavan, Bharatanatyam artist, Director, Kalasagara UK was honored in London on March 7, 2019 with SHE INSPIRES AWARD 2019 for Bright Artist - Promoting Art and Culture - by IIW (Inspiring Indian Women) Global, supported by Indo British All Party Parliamentary Group.

- Shanta Dhananjayan was honoured with a LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD by Raindrops Cultural Association, on March 23, 2019 at Rani Seethai Hall, Chennai.

- Dr. Vasundhara Doraswamy was conferred the SINGARA KALA RATHNA by Singapore Kannada Sanga for her yeomen service to Bharatanatyam on 3rd March 2019.

- Kathak dancer Seema Mehta, disciple of Pt Chitresh Das, was awarded NARI SHAKTI PURASKAR by the President of India on 8th March 2019, in recognition of her work to empower women through Kathak.

- Over 7,000 Bharatanatyam dancers set a world record for the maximum number of people performing the classical dance form at the Natyanjali festival in Nataraja Temple in Chidambaram on March 3, 2019.


- Prof D Pasupathi, Carnatic musician and music composer from Kalakshetra, passed away on February 26, 2019.
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- Kathak Guru Ganesh Hiralal Hasal passed away on March 15, 2019.
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- Born on 22 April 1948, Kathak guru Pt Vijai Shankar, a disciple of Pt Birju Maharaj, passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 16, 2019. He also trained in tabla under Khalifa Ghulam Hussain Khan. Vijai Shankar trained many young Kathak dancers at his Shankar's Kathak Dance Research Centre in Kolkata and Varanasi. He received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Kathak dance.
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- Artists Unite
In cities across India, creative citizens and others gathered to express their anger and outrage at the recent political developments that seemed to welcome another war. These are some glimpses of the New Delhi event. Apart from music and dance, the audience at the 15 August Park at the Red Fort encountered an array of installation art, visual art stand-ups, and performances that spoke of resistance and of reclaiming India from the purveyors of hatred. The footfall on Sunday is estimated at more than 20000 people: men, women, children!
-March 2: Artists Unite at Lal Qila, Delhi
-March 3: Artists Unite at Lal Qila, Delhi

- The worlds of Mohamana
The WORLDS of MOHAMANA is a compilation of mini films.

- Nureyev on the Big Screen: A new documentary hits theaters next month

- Explore Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018 with Aalaap's Akhila Krishnamurthy


- Kri Foundation presents
Madhavi Festival

India Habitat Centre, 7pm
April 3, 2019 New Delhi

- Natyasaraswathi presents
Europe tour
By Saraswathi Rajathesh

April 5 - 16, 2019

- Sanjali Centre for Odissi Dance presents
Pravaha 2019

Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 6pm
April 13, 2019 Bangalore

- Sankhya presents
Sindhu 2019

Balgandharva Rang Mandir, 6.45pm
April 13 & 14, 2019 Mumbai

- Jayantika presents
Jai Jagannath Classical Dance Festival

Jagannath Mandir, 7pm
April 13 & 14, 2019 New Delhi

VARNA VARNANAM, a compilation of rare Pada varnams and Tana varnams for both music concerts and natya compositions by Dr. Kanakam Devaguptapu, has a Foreword by Guru V.P. Dhananjayan.


- Attakkalari Diploma
in Movement Arts and Mixed Media

Admissions open
Auditions: April 7 to 28, 2019

- IWCF presents
Bharatanatyam workshop
By Kanaka Sudhakar

April 11-13, 2019 Delhi

- University of Cape Town presents

Aug 29-31, 2019 Cape Town
Deadline for proposals: Apr 15, 2019

- Sanjali Centre for Odissi presents
Odissi workshop
By Sharmila Mukerjee

April 19-21, 2019 Bangalore

- ABHAI presents
Summer Abhivriddhishala

May 1 - 5, 2019 Chennai
Register by: April 20

- American Dance Guild Festival 2019
Call for submissions
Oct 3 - 6, 2019 NYC
Apply by: April 20, 2019

- Nadam presents
Abhinaya workshop
By Bragha Bessell

April 20 - 27, 2019 Bangalore

- Mahagami organizes
Sadhana Gurukul Camp

May 1-14, 2019 Aurangabad



- Sanchari Festival of Films on Dance 2019
Kalavardhini arranged a two day festival of films on dance in collaboration with Pune's National Film Archive of India, and Loud Applause, on 16th and 17th February in two sessions a day.

- First edition of Kalahrnisham National Dance Festival
When Pavitra Bhat invited me to Mumbai for his new venture titled Kalahrnisham (Feb 22 & 23), meaning art day and night, which was given by his Bharatanatyam exponent wife Aparna Shastry, I was delighted to accept.

- Smrutikusumanjali
I happened to be in Mumbai when Dr. Sandhya Purecha, disciple of Guru Parvati Kumar, celebrated his 99th birthday on 27th February at Ravindra Natya Mandir Mini Hall.

DANCE MATTERS: Column by Ashish Mohan Khokar

- April Phool
March brought many interesting ideas and events to fore. I chose a few to show how dance matters in society or can.

THE EASTERN EYE: Column by Dr.Utpal K Banerjee

- Social and metaphysical narratives in Odissi
Vrityant weaving dance, spoken word, music and movement, was presented on February 9 in Kolkata by the US-based senior Odissi dancer Sreyashi Dey and the theatre actor and scholar Dheeman Bhattacharyya.

- The Lyrical and the Intellectual
'Matir Gadi Mrichchakatika' presented by Naye Natua was a delightfully crafted visual play doing full justice to Shudraka's kind of almost comedia del'arte theme. 'Kothakar Charitra Kothay Rekhechho?' premiered by Sansriti was a somewhat fanciful re-naming of an earlier adaptation of the Pirandello play 'Six Characters in Search of an Author.'

TAALAM: Column by Leela Venkataraman

- Women and Ecology
A three day festival on Woman and Nature, recalling passages from traditional arts, from culture and lifestyle studies not omitting folklore, held at the IGNCA, saw the Sattriya exponent Mallika Kandali perform along with her group.

Meet the artistes SANCHARI.. More on the arts Articles

March 25-April 9, Kolkata
Rhythmosaic Dance Therapy is celebrating NATIONAL CREATIVE ARTS THERAPY WEEK 2019 at various venues in Kolkata. It's an awareness camp for all to know more about the practice in movement therapy in various fields.

April 1 - 30, Bhubaneswar, Bangkok, Japan, Bahrain, Delhi, Europe
Schedule for Guru Gajendra Panda and Tridhara
- April 1, Bhubaneswar: Tridhara, Bhubaneswar presents group Odissi SHIVA IN ODISSI DANCE for Odia Mahothav.
Venue: Open Air, Ekamra Hatta, 6pm
- April 2 - 8, Bangkok: Guru Gajendra Panda, Sudipta Panda, Madhusmita Pattnaik, D.Priyanka and Mokshada Tripathy present DEVI DASAVIDHAMI for BHARAT SANSKRUTI YATRA 2019.
Venue: Main Auditorium, Srinakharinwirot University, 6pm
- April 7, Nagoya, Japan: SHIVATANDAV group Odissi by Tridhara, Japan for annual celebration, 6pm.
- April 9 - 12, Bahrain: Guru Gajendra Panda, Sudipta Panda, Madhusmita Pattnaik, D.Priyanka and Mokshada Tripathy perform KRISHNAYA TUVYAM NAMAH for ODISHA DAY CELEBRATION, 6pm.
- April 12, New Delhi: Guru Gajendra Panda and Kaori Naka (Japan) present HARA-GOURI ASTAKAM for Guru Paranam Utshav organized by Vaishali Kala Kendra Noida.
Venue: India Habitat Centre, 7pm
- April 13, Tokyo: Duet Odissi Shivatandav by Kaajal Mishra and Chisato Miura of Tridhara Japan, for KAWASAKI FESTIVAL, 6pm
- April 13, Bhubaneswar: Guru Gajendra Panda and Chaitra Dasegouda present duet Odissi dance ARDHANARISWAR, group Odissi dance GANANAYAKA PANCHAKA by Tridhara on inaugural day of SHRI LINGARAJ FESTIVAL
Venue: Bhajana Mandap, 7pm
- April 14, Bhubaneswar: Guru Gajendra Panda and Chaitra Dasegoda present duet Odissi ARDHANARISWAR and group Odissi GANANAYAKA PANCHAKA by Tridhara for inaugural day of BAISAKHI FESTIVAL.
Venue: Rabindra  Mandap, 7pm
- April 15, Bhubaneswar: Guru Gajendra Panda and dancers of Tridhara present SAKHI GOPINATHA for inaugural day of CAPITAL DAY FOUNDATION.
Venue: Open Air, Indira Park, 7pm
- April 22 - 28: Paris, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland: Guru Gajendra Panda and principal dancers of Tridhara present Odissi dance drama SRI GANESH for BHARAT SANSKRUTIK MAHOTSHAV, organized by HAMS.
- April 29, Bhubaneswar: Guru Gajendra Panda and Chisato Miura present duet Odissi Ardhanariswar; Gayatri Khuntia presents Mahari Nrutya; Group Odissi by Natraj Kala Mandir, Fulbani and Tribhanga Kala Niketan. Organized by Natraj Kala Mandir for WORLD DANCE DAY - NATARAJ DANCE and MUSIC FESTIVAL
Venue: Gandhi Smruti Bhavan, Fulbani, 7pm
- April 30, Bhubaneswar: Pt. Harish Gangani (Kathak), Sanchita Banerjee (Bharatanatyam), Group Odissi by Tridhara Bhubaneswar, for GURU BHUBANESWAR MISHRA AWARD FESTIVAL, organized by Tridhara
Venue: Open Air, Ruchika High School, 7pm

April 2, New Delhi
Geeta Chandran inaugurates Spicmacay's VIRASAT FESTIVAL with her Bharatanatyam performance. She will be accompanied by: Guru S. Shankar-nattuvangam; K. Venkateshwaran-vocal; Manohar Balatchandirane-mridangam; G. Raghavendra Prasath-violin.

April 4, New Delhi
Kanaka Sudhakar and SUNAINA - Society for the Upliftment of National Arts of India - complete 25 years of service to promote Culture, Education and Research. There will be special short performances by Jayaprabha Menon, Mowmala Nayak, Kavita Dwibedi, Rajesh Saibabu, Aparajita Sharma, Abhinaya Nagajothy, Pritpal Singh and Suraj Paul.
At: Triveni Kala Sangam, 6pm.

April 4 & 6, Philadelphia & NYC
Bala Devi Chandrashekar presents:
- 4th April, 11am: Lecture and presentation on Mahabharata / Karna - Department of South Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania
- 6th April, 6pm: BRIHADEESWARA - FORM TO FORMLESS, through the eyes of a Devaradiyal' on Broadway.

April 5 - 29, USA
Sudarshan Chakravorty's schedule for his USA tour.
- April 5 & 7: Sudarshan leads a Community Workshop on Contemporary Fusion dance form for the dance enthusiasts in Bay Area
At: Mosaic RecWedgewood Rd, San Ramon, CA
- April 9: Sudarshan leads a Showcase & Sharing with students of San Francisco based choreographer Mary Carbonara and also discusses the collaborative production FROZEN ANGELS which Mary choreographed for Sapphire in March 2017 as part of INCRES (International Choreographer Residency in Sapphire).
At: Studio 200, 301, 8th Street at Folsom, San Francisco, 6pm
- April 11-13: Sudarshan leads a Community Workshop for Bangaliyana, a Bengali Community based organization in Fremont to promote Indian dances.
At: ICC Studio, Milpitas, CA
- April 14: Celebrating Bengali New Year with dance, music and conversations sharing moments of productions and experience in working with the diaspora in USA.
At: Holly Community Centre, Union City, San Francisco
- April 17- 29: Sudarshan Chakravorty leads and choreographs around 100 dancers for the upcoming NABC (North American Bengali Conference) in July for the Opening Ceremony at various locations in Washington and Maryland.

April 6 - 8, California
Schedule for Ramya Harishankar and Arpana Dance Company.
- Apr 6: Multi Cultural Festival, Univ of Redlands, Redlands, CA
- Apr 7: Hanamatsuri (birth of the Buddha), ADC, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA
- Apr 8: Lec dem, San Diego State Univ, San Diego, CA

April 6 - 21, New Delhi
Presented by Bookmyshow, the 16th century love saga MUGHAL-E-AZAM is directed by film-maker and playwright Feroz Abbas Khan with performances by an enviable cast, beautifully choreographed Kathak sequences by Mayuri Upadhya, mesmerizing music and intricate sets. Mughal-e-Azam captures the chronicles of Salim and Anarkali's classic love story with dazzling costumes by designer Manish Malhotra combined with the technical expertise of Broadway and original hit songs.
At: Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, 7pm on weekdays, 3pm and 7pm on weekends

April 12 - 14, London
Nirupama, Rajendra and Abhinava Dance Company present TAD-BHARATHAM - That! is India. Offered as a lasting experience of the beauty of nature and the Indian tradition well rooted in truth, the production is presented as a conversation between the Himalaya & the ocean.
Choreography - Nirupama Rajendra / Music - Praveen D Rao
Concept & text - Shathavadhani Dr. R. Ganesh
Dancers - Rohini Prabhath, Ashwin Prabhath, Neha Nath, Shreya Vathsa, Kinga Malec, Ramya Shree, Vishruthi Acharya and Naveen R Hegde.
At: The Bhavan (8pm on 12th, 7pm on 13th & 14th)

April 14, Bangalore
As part of the series of KALA SANGAM by Sanjali Centre for Odissi Dance, there will be a lec dem / panel discussion by Geeta Chandran, Madhu Nataraj, and Vyjayanthi Kashi, moderated by Anita R Ratnam. The session attempts to delve into the diverse evolutionary aspects of Indian classical dance forms over the last 20 years.
At: Shoonya Centre for Art & Somatic Practices, # 37 Brahmananda Court, Lalbagh Main Rd, 10am to 2pm

April 20 & 27, Kolkata
- April 20: Sapphire Creations Dance Company performs at the inaugural and closing acts of the gala evening organised by Indian Film Federation in Hotel Hindustan International, 8pm
- April 27: Sapphire Dance Academy shows excerpts of its recently concluded concert DREAMS WITH WINGS for a multi-cultural children's festival called DRAMEBAAZI organized by The Creative Arts at ICCR Gallery, 9A Ho Chi Min Sarani, 5pm

April 21, Kolkata
Rhythmosaic School and Dance Institute presents a contemporary dance series SUBLIME featuring choreography by Prasanna Saikia and presented by Rhythmosaic Repertory.
Venue: Sculpture Court, ICCR, 11am -1pm

April 21, Chandigarh
In its motive to spread social awareness towards cruelty to animals and its prevention, SUNAINA presents for Chandigarh Tamil Sangam, JAI GANESH by Guru Kanaka Sudhakar and senior disciples.
At: Tagore Theatre, 4pm.

April 22, New Delhi
SUNAINA presents in association with India Habitat Centre, HER STORIES, conceptualized and choreographed by Guru Kanaka Sudhakar & Aparajita Sarma, depicting stories of a lovelorn nayika, dilemma of Kaikeyi and today's empowered woman.
At: Stein auditorium, 7pm.

April 27, Chennai
ABHAI celebrates its 31st Annual Day at Narada Gana Sabha main hall, 10.30am.

April 27, Oakland, CA
Abhinaya Dance Company restages STORIES OF JUSTICE which examined the non-violent resistance strategies of Martin Luther King, Jr.
At: the Asian Cultural Center in Oakland.

April 27 & 28, NYC
The World Music Institute presents DANCING THE GODS, co-curated with Rajika Puri.
- April 27 at 8pm: Rama Vaidyanathan and group present VIVARTANA - Transformations.
- April 28 at 7pm: Traditional Odissi solo by Sujata Mohapatra
There will be pre-performance interactive talk by co-curator Rajika Puri on 'What makes an Indian dancer great'
At: Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St.

April 28, Middlesex, UK
Kalasagara UK presents TURN ON LIGHTS BEFORE YOU LEAVE, an evening of Bharatanatyam by the students of Usha Raghavan, Kalasagara UK, in celebration of Mother's Day and to raise funds for 'Gift of sight' program of the charity Navajeevan Blind Relief Centre, Tiruchanur, India. Mothers and their daughters along with some senior students perform.
At: Winston Churchill Hall, 5 - 7.30pm

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