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June 26: Id al Fitr
"Between lies and the truth lies the truth."
- Controversial British artist Damien Hirst
#SNA AWARD - REFLECTIONS AND REACTIONS
Acceptance and acknowledgment need to come to every creative person. It is best if it comes at the right time, when the artiste is not yet past her/his prime. But better late than never!
The news of my selection to receive the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi honour for my contribution to the field of contemporary dance in India could not have come at a more surprising moment. I was gazing at the calm waters of the Adriatic Sea, off the coast of Dubrovnik in Croatia when my phone lit up with several text and direct messages. The terse words just said "CONGRATULATIONS!" Another said "FINALLY!" Disconnected and on my own since May 22nd, I could not comprehend the intent of these messages until a dance colleague said it in a complete sentence! And what followed was a tsunami of emojis!
I did emit a silent exhale. It has been a long and mostly lonely road. For many, my dance-bio seemed a mottled and confused trajectory. Was I sprouting too many heads? I was not only performing but also organizing, speaking, writing, mentoring, travelling, curating... too many "distractions" or "lack of focus" to excel or shine in one particular field was the criticism I was often hearing. At a SRUTI magazine meeting presided over by founder N Pattabhiraman 18 years ago, I was roundly accused by senior gurus of encouraging young classical dancers to experiment and create on their own.
A life like no other
Takeaways from SPIC MACAY’s annual convention
Novelty in Arts: An interesting dialogue
Calligraphy and Kathak
Nine steps to visualising Tyagaraja kritis
Ushering in Seasons
Sparks of passion
Delicious snack packs that do your waistline justice
- Sathya Nagaraj
Astad Deboo at Mt Cypress in British Columbia, June 2017
Photos: Amit Kumar
Controversial art installation and exhibition by artist Damien Hirst based on a fictitious civilisation unearthed from the depths of the ocean near Italy. Works in bronze, gold, stone, sand, ceramic and material created to resemble sea algae and ocean life. Venice, Italy
Anil Srinivasan (musician): June 4
Kanak Rele: June 11
Malavika Sarukkai: June 15
Kamala Lakshminarayanan: June 16
GS Rajan (flautist): June 17
Sujata Mohapatra: June 26
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Mohiniattam Guru Kalamandalam Leelamma passed away after a prolonged illness on June 15, 2017 at Thrissur.|
Prince Braj Bhanu Singh Deo, dancer, patron and promoter of Seraikella Chhau, passed away on June 15, 2017.
"Common sense and a sense of humour is the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humour is just common sense, dancing."
- Clive James
On the first of each month, for several years now, I wait to read the candid comments, editorial and news about dance events...
- Shyamala Raman
Sarangapani temple, Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu
Photo: Lalitha Venkat
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