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Anita says.....
"Between lies and the truth lies the truth."
- Controversial British artist Damien Hirst

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.

Read on...

A life like no other

Takeaways from SPIC MACAY’s annual convention

Novelty in Arts: An interesting dialogue

Natya Bharatiyam

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

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

Birthday wishes
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
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

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

A welcome initiative to educate dancers and viewers
- Dr. S.D. Desai

Brilliant Bhavna by Hari and Chethana
- G.Ulaganathan

MahaMaya: The Grand Illusion
- Satya Brata Das

The 7th Parampara Festival
- Tapati Chowdurie

Kāvyarasa 2017: An ode to Gita Govindam
- Veejay Sai

Talented young dancers
- Vijay Shanker

Dr. Priyambada Mohanty Hejmadi
- Tapati Chowdurie

Success is never final to Sanjukta and failure never fatal
- Dr. S.D. Desai

Bollywood Kathak
- Shama Bhate

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