Renowned playwright and poet Gopal Sharman passed away on June 16, 2016 in Delhi. He was 81.Along with his wife Jalabala, he founded the Akshara Theatre in central Delhi in 1972.

Odissi Guru Kanduri Charan Behera passed away at Kims Hospital in Bhubaneswar on June 21, 2016.

Aruna Sundarlal, the Founder and Managing Trustee of Bangalore School of Music, passed away in Bangalore on June 23, 2016 after a brief illness.  She was 77.

Renowned poet, theatre director and dramatist Kavalam Narayana Panikkar passed away in Thiruvananthapuram on June 26, 2016. He was 88.
Obit/Tribute by Dr. Kanak Rele


Navadisha 2016

She showed me the way
- Vinay Kumar

Taking responsibility, staying accountable
- Dr. Sheela Nambiar
Health Recipes 3 - URAP SAYUR
- Uma Pushpanathan

"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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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

Nadam presents
8th Chinna-Kalanadam Festival

ADA Rangamandira
Jul 6 - 8, 2016 Bangalore

Art Vision presents
Tribhanga-Explorations in Odissi dance

Jul 13 & 14, 2016 New Delhi

Samved Society for Performing Arts presents 26th Raindrops Festival
Jul 16 & 17, 2016 Mumbai

Aim for Seva presents fundraiser

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

Four iconic 'Purush'
- Priyanka Narayanan

Lepakshi Kalakar Utsav 2016
- Sudha Sridhar

Dancing to the warning bells of drought
- Shveta Arora

Samarasa featured delightful duet performances
- Akila Venkat

Unique dance program
- Vijay Shanker

Karna: Destiny’s Child
- Geetha Chandra

Anurati in varied dance styles

Debjani Chaliha celebrates her 82nd birthday
- Tapati Chowdurie

Bhagavata Mela: 76 and still going strong
- G Ulaganathan

Deba Smruti 2016
- Nita Vidyarthi

Krishna Leelarnava: An endeavour worth emulation
- Padma Murali

Nrityakalya presents its second show: Bhaktha Baalas
- Priya Das

Becoming M.S. Subbulakshmi: A bold move in revealing our true history
- Nithya Iyer

Setting standards
- Shyama Sasidharan

Sri Krishna Leela in South Africa
- Suria D Govender

Birds and animals dance in 'From farm to jungle'
- Vijay Shanker

Nayika: Search of philosophy behind its presentation
- Swarada Dhekane
Kuchipudi: Resurgence or Funeral?
- Amrita Lahiri

Kavalam Narayana Panikkar (1928-2016)
- Dr. Kanak Rele

Aruna Mohanty on Dhauli – Kalinga Mahotsav
- Nita Vidyarthi

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