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Breathing in I am aware of the blue sky
Breathing out I smile at the blue sky
Suddenly, the blue sky smiles back
The blue sky becomes a smile
I smile back
- Thich Nhat Hanh
Buddhist Monk



For the past few days, my I POD playlist is looping the songs of Sridevi. She was not my favourite actor and I winced when I heard her squeaky voice on screen, but her charisma and comic timing was without dispute. While most of the Bollywood fans around the world may remember her from her Hindi films, we in South India were fortunate to see her before her NIP AND TUCK era as a fabulous actress in films like SADMA and MOONDRAM PIRAI. Despite her “thunder thighs” her dancing was also specially crafted for the camera, every angle and every bend catering to the loving glance of that glass eye that forever captured her sparkle and talent.

While the entire nation mourned her tragic passing, I wondered if the death of a dance artiste would garner so much national media. Of course not! What am I thinking? Dance? Important? Cha Cha! What a stretch of imagination to even THINK that! And with this government that spouts “ancient culture” and claps Bollywood in the same breath!

Ironically, I was at an event in Chennai accepting the GOLDEN STAR award (THANGA TARAKAI) on the birth anniversary of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. She was also a Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancer and it was she who gifted the prime Chennai land to Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam. With the passing of Vempati Ravi, the future of the academy remains unanswered. While making the acceptance speech surrounded by political MIKE-LLS (those who seize the mike and never give it up!) I mentioned this very fact that learning Bharatanatyam was a MUST for every aspiring actor. Kathak also was a style that many actors had to pick up for the camera close up of the eyes and the eyebrows.

Sridevi was the last of the South Indian dancing heroines to storm the Bollywood bastion and her dance tracks became iconic globally. It was perhaps around the same time of my delayed award ceremony that the film queen was found dead in the bathtub in Dubai. ATMA SHANTI to a dancer, actor and true diva! 

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Sarasalaya presented Sarasa Natya Mala 2018

Photos: Chella Vaithiyanathan
Mumbai Odissi Utsav 2018

Organised jointly by Samskriti Cultural Society, festival founder Shyamhari Chakra and Namrata Mehta from Kaishiki Dance Academy, Mumbai.

Day 1, Feb 17, 2018:

Day 2, Feb 18, 2018:

Photos: Suchit Nanda Photography / Photonic Yatra

Birthday wishes
K Kalyanasundaram (BN): March 1
Menaka Thakkar (Odissi): March 3   
Rani Karnaa (Kathak): March 11
Shobana Chandrakumar (BN): March 21
Sudharani Raghupathy (BN): March 21
Vidhya Subramanian (BN): March 24

Merit alone is not enough these days. You require showmanship and publicity. But leadership must come out of merit alone.
-Rukmini Devi Arundale
(‘I want everybody to help Kalakshetra: Rukmini Devi Arundale,’ India Today, Jan 15, 1986)

I came across, a gem that you have created and nurtured over the years. It is truly inspiring to see the vibrant community of dancers you have created online.
- Pallavi Shome, Mumbai

Iravateswara temple, Darasuram, Tamilnadu
Photo: Lalitha Venkat

Pick of the month
From Kalakshetra Alumni Association

Alumni meet minister, say Kalakshetra 'desecrated' by Siddharth Prabhakar

Akademi presents

The Troth - Usne Kaha Tha

Jan 26 - Mar 16, 2018
India & UK

Basement 21 presents
March Dance Festival of contemporary dance

Mar 19-24, 2018 Chennai

Kalakshetra Foundation & Lalgudi Trust present
Sambhavami Yuge Yuge

Mar 25, 2018 Chennai

Guru Kanaka Sudhakar presents Nagarathnamma
Pacharatna Pacharasam Natya

Mar 30, 2018 New Delhi

Sparsh presents Murchhana: Eternal spirit of music By Sharmila Biswas & OVM
Apr 6, 2018 Kolkata

Nandanik presents
Vilaya: The Confluence

Apr 13 & 14, 2018 Carnegie, PA

Natya presents
Rama Vaidyanathan's Vivartana

Apr 29, 2018 Naperville, IL

Koodiyattam maestro P.K. Govindan Nambiar
- Padma Jayaraj

You are just as good as your last performance: Geeta Chandran
- Shveta Arora

Dancing the distractions: In a lighter vein
- Bhavanvitha Venkatesh

'Sita Apaharan' Yakshagana
- Shama Bhate

Meera comes alive
- G. Ulaganathan

Dikshant Samaroh for six young dancers
- G.Ulaganathan

Maha Shivaratri Festival at Sivasagar
-Tapati Chowduri

- Janani Murali

Shivaaraadhana through Nrityaadhyayana
- Vishnuprasad

G. M. Sarma (1936-2017): A tribute
-Madhavi Puranam

Vempati Ravi Shankar: A complete artist 
- Shantala Shivalingappa

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