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October 1, 2017

"Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide."
- DW Winnicott

The party is never ending. There was a 19 day respite between Dussera (September 30) and Diwali (October 18) but no more. Indian communities across India and elsewhere have geared up for nonstop celebrations. From the jam packed streets of Newark Avenue Garba frenzy in New Jersey to boulevards in many parts of the UK and of course India, sticks click away, skirts swirl, laughter overflows and food and drink help the mood build to a lively frenzy. DURGA may have performed HER time honoured ritual of slaying darkness and restoring balance to the universe. SHE has been immersed yet again amidst cheers and tears but calm has not descended over her devotees. As you read this, many will be preparing to dress up to attend fabulous Ram Lila pandals and card parties in North India which have already started as a curtain raiser to Diwali.

Read on...

Visual poetry

Scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata

A magical evening

Spectacular musical Mughal-e-Azam

The Choreography Connect

The Mythologist and the Muses
- Stephen Gerringer

Thari exquisitely weaves the warp and weft of life’s saree

Dance reflecting an approach not tethered to form

Parampara finds the right dance/music blend

Mega Shows

Birthday wishes

Sudha Chandra Sekhar (BN): Oct 4

Madhavi Mudgal (Odissi): Oct 4

Roja Kannan (BN): Oct 6

Raja Reddy (Kuchipudi): Oct 6

Chitra Visweswaran (BN): Oct 12

Rathna Kumar (Kuchipudi, BN): Oct 27

Hema Rajagopalan (BN): Oct 28

Badami, Karnataka
Photo: D Keshava

Kumudini Lakhia presented Kadamb dancers in Vivarta
on September 29, 2017 at Purana Qila Dance Festival, New Delhi
Photos: Avinash Pasricha

"Dance and the drums go together. It's like a marriage. One can't do without the other."
- Upeka Chitrasena
(‘Upeka: Sri Lanka’s Fiery Danseuse,’ Manori Wijesekera, Serendib, July 2011)

Narthaki is a great one stop guide and resource for dancers, connoisseurs and dance patrons.
- Courtyard Dancers, PA
Milap Festival Trust, its Board and Staff Team, have chosen and Dr. Anita Ratnam as its Founder Director, for the first International Arts Award VISHWA KALA RATNA established by the Trust for the year 2017. The award celebrates and acknowledges the sterling contribution made by dynamic, well established individuals  /organizations towards promoting and strengthening Indian Arts globally. Milapfest will confer the award in England at the Awards Ceremony later in the year. ...Read more

From Bharata Natyam to Contemporary Dance
by Sushila Ravindranath

Nritya Nadam presents

Oct 21, 2017 Bangalore

Natyanjali presents
Natya Utsav: Oct 21 & 22
Nartaka Festival: Oct 28 & 29

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai

Guru Shradha & Mosaic Silicon Valley present Spark!
Oct 22, 2017 Palo Alto, CA

Sharmila Biswas presents
Antar Yatra

Aim For Seva fundraiser
Oct 22 - Nov 19, 2017 USA

Padmalaya Dance Foundation & IDA present IDA 2017: Bhakthi Bhava
Oct 28, 2017 Bangalore

Kuchipudi Parampara Foundation presents
Natya Parampara Utsav
Oct 29, 2017, Bangalore

Preeti Vasudevan premieres
Stories by Hand

Nov 2-4, 2017 NYC

Drishti Art Centre presents
Nrityarpana, celebrating 17 years

Nov 6, 2017 Bangalore

Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose premieres Apoorva Katha
Nov 11 & 12, 2017 San Jose, CA

An elevated theme for a contemporary audience in Chitralekha
 - Dr. S.D. Desai

Brukumsa: Festival of woman impersonators
- G. Ulaganathan

Guru Vandanam
- Bhavanvitha Venkatesh

From wings to wheels
- Padma Jayaraj

Canvas of different textures and colors
- Chittaranjan Mothikhane

Purandaradasa comes alive
- G. Ulaganathan

Rohini Bhate Dialogues
- Nikhil Ravi Parmar

Shirin Vajifdar
- Dr. Sunil Kothari

The Reddys: A family dedicated to dance
- Shveta Arora

Andhranatyam: History and Revival
- Kalakrishna

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