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Kalakshetra: Director appointment 
- Naatyaachaarya (Dr) V.P.Dhananjayan
Chennai Creative City - to be or not to be
- Malavika Avinash, Artist, Board Member Kalakshetra & BJP spokesperson, Karnataka

Veteran musician-nattuvanar Bhagavatula Seetharama Sarma, acclaimed for his multiple skills in singing, composing and conducting, passed away in Bangalore on December 10, 2017. His body will be brought to Chennai and is available for paying respect on Monday. Cremation is on Tuesday morning.

Kathak Guru Dharamshi Shah (born April 5, 1921) passed away on December 9, 2017. He was 97.

Harbans Lal Nakra, husband of Mamata Niyogi Nakra, Kala Bharati (Montreal), passed away  on December 2, 2017 in Montreal.

Anita says.....

December 1, 2017

"Everything comes to us that belongs to us, if we create the capacity to receive it."
- Rabindranath Tagore

And just like that we come to the end of another year.
Eleven months of whirling around the globe, sharing, teaching, learning, watching, discussing, applauding and DANCING.

It is this month when thousands of artistes and art groupies descend upon my city to soak in the month long festival of performances. This is the time for dancers to glisten, glimmer and glide through crowds like a shimmering scythe - cutting through audiences who will gape, stare, admire and covet our very special aura that we will exude.

Sitting in the ancestral home in my native village - deep in southern Tamilnadu - I look back on the year that was... another year... but not like just another... it has been a time when the #METOO campaign has resulted in a literal purge of the US entertainment industry and in India we are also coming to grips with our deep rooted prejudice and fear of male privilege in the arts and society.
We are witnessing a hyper-nationalism and any whisper of dissent or argument is being construed as unpatriotic.
The arts are under attack more than ever.

Remember the killing of theatre activist Sardar Hasmi on the streets of New Delhi...
Recall the mutilation of guitarist Victor Jarra in Chile by dictator Pinochet...

What happened in November? Plenty... So let's begin to wrap my head and my galloping fingers across the keyboard.

Read on...

Magical experience to be on stage
- Aalaap

Housing tradition and innovation

Tagore, the early women’s libber

From roots to efflorescence

Singapore and Kuala Lumpur Diary

Remembering Ram Gopal

Miracle on wheels

Mega Hanuman


The Ecstasy of Being: Mythology and Dance
- Leigh Melander

Delhi diary

Poetry in out-of-the-book art translations

Young dancers to the fore

Birthday wishes

Kalamandalam Suganthy (Mohiniattam): Dec 2
Dr. Sunil Kothari (scholar): Dec 20
Yamini Krishnamurthy (BN): Dec 20
Ratikant Mohapatra (Odissi): Dec 24
Dr.Kapila Vatsyayan (scholar): Dec 25
Rhadha (BN) - Dec 31

"I learned to act by watching Martha Graham dance and I learned to dance by watching Charlie Chaplin act."
- Louise Brooks

Vijayasthamba, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan
Photo: Lalitha Venkat

Chennai Season schedule

Mahagami Gurukul presents
Aura Aurangabad

Nov 18 - Dec 31, 2017
At Mahagami, Aurangabad

Anitha Guha's Bharathanjali
& Cleveland Aradhana present
Vijayathe Gopala Choodamani

Dec 3, 2017-Jan 15, 2018 Chennai

Ayswaria Wariar presents Mohiniattam film
Nilima: Beyond the Blue

Dec 13, 2017 New Delhi

Bala Devi Chandrashekar premieres Brihadeeswara
Dec 16, 2017-Jan 1, 2018 Chennai

Kartik Fine Arts presents
17th Natya Darshan
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan

Dec 22 - 24, 2017 Chennai

Sri Krishna Gana Sabha presents 37th Natya Kala Conference - Sringaram
Dec 26 - 30, 2017 Chennai

Lakshmi Vishwanathan & Apsaras Arts present Tanjore: The Golden Ages of Bharatanatyam
Dec 28, 2017 Chennai

AH SU RA- Anita Ratnam, Sharmila Biswas, Geeta Chandran
Dec 28, 2017 & Jan 2, 2018 Chennai ; Dec 30, 2017 Puducherry

Lakshmi Vishwanathan performs for Chennai Season
Dec 28, 2017-Jan 21, 2018

Rhythmosaic premieres

Jan 16, 2018 Kolkata

Indradhanush Dance Festival: Celebrating young choreographers
- Shilpi Aggarwal

Moved by sacred beauty-in-motion
- Dr. Michelle Lelwica

Pt Birju Maharaj launches the First Edition of Kalashram Kathak Contest in Mumbai
- Sunil Sunkara

Kathak Dance Workshop and Bhaithak by Guru Vaswati Misra
- Vibha Ramaswami

Ascending the ladder of bliss
- Payal Ramchandani

With changing mindsets, the dance also has to change: Kumudini Lakhia
- Shveta Arora

Rani Padmavati

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