Mother and daughter or daughter and mother?
- Aniruddha Knight

Health Recipes 4: Quinoa stir fry wrap
- Uma Pushpanathan

Of Nattuvanars, Chinna Melam and the past to the present


Journeying into woman dancer’s inner world

Bharatanatyam duo at California’s Chinmaya Mission

Aishwarya Nityananda’s Bharatanatyam recital was visual poetry

Devadasi, Apsara and Chali Nritya seminar at Guwahati


"Dance will not make money. But the real investment is in the idea. It is about investing in people and in the quality of life and imagination. It is about investing in an alternate vision of life."
- Jayachandran Pallazhy
(‘Dance as an agent of change’ by Archana Nathan, The Hindu Fri Review, Feb 6, 2015)

Anita says.....

"I can float like a butterfly and sting like a bee
I am the greatest. The boldest, the prettiest, the most superior, most scientific, most skillfullest."

- American boxing and cultural icon Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

"Time is the curtain, a walled city with doors that let you in and not out."
- Opening lines of THE RAMAYANA, written and directed by Gopal Sharman, writer, poet, musician, culture catalyst and co-founder of AKSHARA THEATRE, New Delhi (1935 - 2016).

As we mourn two very different individuals, we also mark the power of creativity and conviction. Cassius Clay aka Muhammad Ali became more than a sporting legend. He was the conscience keeper of the USA, sparring with his government and delivering the knockout punch when he refused to enroll in the army to fight the Vietnam war.

Gopal Sharman was not a sporting icon or a politician. He was the quintessential free spirit - creating, dreaming and manifesting his passion in the arts through the charming Akshara Theatre in the nation's capital. A generous host, many remember his warmth and bonhomie during the numerous plays that were staged or nurtured at Akshara.

Four more giant trees fell late last month. Aruna Sundarlal, the music patron and iconic Bengaluru cultural figure, breathed her last. Nearby, in Kerala, the giant savant Kavalam Narayana Panikker bid farewell in a peaceful final transition in his home. Another renowned artiste, noted Hindustani classical musician Veena Sahasrabuddhe, made the final transition. Odisha lost Odissi guru Kanduri Charan Behera. They are going. Fast. Quickly. Quietly. Our cultural landscape is looking sparse. Retilling the soil is becoming more and more urgent.

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Slide show

Aim for Seva presented ANTAR YATRA by Odissi Vision & Movement Centre
At Music Academy, Chennai, on July 16, 2016
Photos courtesy: Aim for Seva

Birthday wishes

Mayadhar Raut (Odissi guru): July 6
Narthaki Nataraj (BN): July 6
Kalamandalam Venkitt (Kathakali): July 7
Lynne Fernandez: July 10
Astad Deboo: July 13
Yog Sunder: July 16
Rama Vaidyanathan (BN): July 17
D. Keshava (BN): July 18
Sharon Lowen (Odissi): July 23
Sunayana Hazarilal (Kathak): July 28

Parasurameswara temple, Bhubaneswar
Photo: Lalitha Venkat

Bala Devi Chandrashekar presents
Karna-Destiny’s Child

Jun 11 - Jul 30, 2016
Europe, Singapore, India

Ashish Mohan Khokar’s attendance
National launch - Delhi, Baroda & Pune

Jul 14 & 19, Aug 27, 2016

Amritanjali School of Bharatanatyam presents Amritanjali Festival
Jul 16, 17 & 30, 2016 Pune

Aim for Seva presents fundraiser

By Odissi Vision & Movement Centre
Jul 16 - Aug 3, 2016 India

Sharmila Biswas: Antar Yatra has helped me to evolve
- Kathakali Jana

Rajashri Praharaj: Story of an upcoming Odissi dancer
- Tapati Chowdurie

Kavalam: Guru non-pareil
- Methil Devika

The eyes of Sita: ‘Sitaparityagam’ performed by Kapila Venu
- Shebana Coelho

'Soaked in Love' in San Francisco
- Poornima Ramaprasad

Samanvita glides through a historic dance performance in St. Louis
- Anitha Nagendra

Scintillating recital by Meera Sreenarayanan
- A. Boothalingam

Margam by Natya Niketan: A visual delight
- Satish Suri

South Asian Dance Retreat returns with a bang to Columbus, Ohio
- Sudha Ganesh & Fenella Kennedy

Biennial program of Nritya Kalangan and premiere of ‘Agni: The Bird of Fire’
- Nita Vidyarthi

Manikanda Charitam
- Prabal Gupta

The 26th Raindrops Festival 2016
- Sanjukta Wagh & Daksha Mashruwala

Delightful Odissi by Sujata Mohapatra
- Shveta Arora

Raining dance and music in monsoon
- Renu Ramanath

Dharani’s new theatre
- V.P. Dhananjayan

Understanding Sattvika abhinaya
- Dr. Gauri Ponkshe

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