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Anita says.....

July 1, 2019

Awake my friends!
Let us pray for
Verdant fields drenched with rain
Cows with udders swollen and full
Families sated with gratitude and plenty.
- ANDAL, mystic poet 9th century

I am reading these verses as I am in the midst of endless rehearsals for the new version of my 2002 ensemble production NAACHIYAR. I am struck with the irony of these words replete with generosity and grace.

I write from a city now famous as the worst spot for WATER shortage and drought on the entire planet!

How can I begin my monthly musings about DANCE when every waking thought on everyone's mind in Chennai is about water or the lack of it!

We have become the headline!

So what AM I doing, I asked myself. Dancing and singing about rain when everywhere around us we are bombarded by images of women standing with plastic pots for hours waiting for the water lorries to arrive.

All through the month reports poured in about musicians and priests engaged in praying for rain with several versions of pujas and invocations. Rationalists scoffed, politicians became camels and hid their brains in the sand, social media was inundated (I do notice the pun!) with varying opinions between the rationalists and the faithful. The crisis also caught the attention of Hollywood actor Leonardo Di Caprio who highlighted the environmental calamity through a tweet.

When the first rains arrived on June 27th - a month late - the entire city was out in celebration. Water that fell from the skies was never more beautiful! It was the truly visual embodiment of the dancer's mantra - JEEVATMA meeting PARAMATMA!

And so to the month that was!

Read on...

An unusual Kathak performance by Ishwari Deshpande

Prune in June

Dance is a part of who they are not

Navapallava in Bhubaneswar

Yoga / Nritya reaches out to the common public

SPIC MACAY Convention with JNU collaboration centre stages multi- flavoured exercise as meditative not entertaining

Summer in Delhi

Social mirror - real and surreal

Chennakesava temple, Belur, Karnataka
Photo: Lalitha Venkat

Try all the things that fail, and don't be afraid to fail, and fail a lot. Do the ugly things that don't make sense and don't work, and eventually you'll land on something really beautiful.
- Tessandra Chavez
(‘Why ‘World of Dance’ choreographer Tessandra Chavez believes failure is essential’ by Ali Castro, Dance Magazine, March 14, 2019)

Mayadhar Raut (Odissi): July 6
Narthaki Nataraj (BN): July 6
Kalamandalam Venkitt (Kathakali): July 7
Astad Deboo (Modern): July 13
Yog Sunder (Kathakali & Manipuri): July 16
Rama Vaidyanathan (BN): July 17
D Keshava (BN): July 18
Sharon Lowen (Odissi): July 23
Sunayana Hazarilal (Kathak): July 28
Akram Khan: July 29


Naachiyaar Next - Mobile Photography Contest-slide show

Auditions for Attakkalari's
Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media

Jun 8 - Jul 27, 2019 across India

Shambhavi School of Dance presents

Jul 19, 2019 Bangalore

Sampradaya Dance Creations
Launch of 30th Anniversary Year
Jul - Dec 2019
Canada, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh

Arangham Learning Labs
a capacity building initiative
for classical dancers

Sep 3 to 9, 2019 Chennai

Natya Dance Theater premieres
Inai - The Connection

Nov 7 - 10, 2019 Chicago

Rhythmosaic & Phoenix Dance Theater
premiere Black Waters
Feb 2020
Leeds & London

Panch Tatva: Kathak conference and performances
- Vijay Shanker

Encouraging young talent
- Vijay Shanker

Delightful thematic performances
- Satish Suri

Artistes bloom in Navapallava
- Dr. M. Surya Prasad

New choreographies with an old touch
- Madhur Gupta

Sang Saath: Unique togetherness in art
- Madhur Gupta

Influence of Bharata's 'Tandavalakshanam' on Kathak 'Taalpaksh'
- Sunil Sunkara

Tana varnams: The promise of more than an abhyasageetham
- Mridula Anand

Freezing Performance - Art of Avinash Pasricha
- Dr. Navina Jafa

My tryst with classical dancing in 1950, at the age of six!
- Satish Pillai

An intellectually engaging encounter between Tagore and a modern writer
- Dr. S D Desai

Krishna or Godot?
- Ileana Citaristi

Reviewing the Reviewer
- Madhur Gupta

Epitome of shringara in Kathakali with Guru Sadanam Balakrishnan
- Shveta Arora

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