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Anita says.....

January 2023

Celebrate endings - for they precede new beginnings - Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Cheers to the new year and another chance to get it right - Oprah Winfrey
Don't live the same year each time and call it a life - Robin Sharma
Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one - Brad Paisley.

Anita Ratnam

I have chosen the word FURIOUS.

Because that is the pace and velocity with which we have lived this past year.
Devouring anything and everything in our path - food, travel, clothes, art, recreation, vacation, celebration, work - everything had a quality of happening at a FURIOUS pace. It was as if we were not going to see, experience or live through the next moment. It was a voracious whirl.

And December brought it all to a pinnacle. Like the heart of a tornado, where the centre is quiet but deadly. Like the promise of yet another twisted version of the virus. But this time, we are ready. Or not. Two years of isolation brought the Christmas month to a fever pitch of performances, festivals, celebration and bonhomie across the world. Just seeing the crowds at the auditoriums, faces familiar and new and everyone with a mixture of relief and joy in their eyes was enough to reassure me that even GRATITUDE must be cultivated with FURIOUS determination.

Having been in the thick of so many (too many) events in December, I missed so much of what was happening around me. Chennai maybe the epicentre of a mammoth music and dance festival but many other cities were also celebrating with equal aplomb.

Read on...

Dancer, choreographer, speaker, writer and Arts entrepreneur, Ananda Shankar Jayant, director of Shankarananda Kalakshetra in Hyderabad, has been a member of Narthaki since 2004.
Ananda Shankar Jayant
Narthaki is our Information patron!
I still remember how difficult it was to source information like contacts, addresses, phone numbers related to dance before Narthaki happened, democratising the flow of information related to dance.
What a monumental shift that was in the world of classical dance in India. To be featured in narthaki under 'In the Limelight' was a feather in itself! The Narthaki directory was the first thing I packed on dance tours.
Over the last 3 decades, Narthaki has grown from strength to strength, and continues to be an essential part of our dance trajectory, bringing incisive insight to the wide spectrum of dance.
Kudos to Anita Ratnam for her vision, and team Narthaki, for continuing to have our hearts forever.

The next time you look into the mirror, just look at the way the ears rest next to the head; look at the way the hairline grows; think of all the little bones in your wrist. It is a miracle. And the dance is a celebration of that miracle.
- Martha Graham

Kapila Venu: Feb 3
Saskia Kersenboom: Feb 3
Padma Subrahmanyam: Feb 4
Tara Rajkumar: Feb 5
Sadanam Harikumar: Feb 5
Pushkala Gopal: Feb 9
Radha Reddy: Feb 15
Madhu Nataraj: Feb 24
Ashish Khokar: Feb 29

Hampi, Karnataka, 14th c
Hampi, Karnataka, 14th c
Photo: Seetha Ratnakar

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