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Creativity is not a will-o-the-wisp muse that visits erratically
Instead, Inspiration is a flower that requires pruning, tending, affection…
- American dance critic Erin Bomboy


Nambi temple, Tirukurungudi

I started writing this month’s musings from the calm environs of my ancestral home in the small village of Tirukurungudi, deep into the heart of Tamilnadu. When softened by the clean air, misty mountains and gorgeous architecture, it is easy to smile at the world. And perhaps I too need to smile, after a month of furious accusations, historic bans and the Carnatic music/dance world aflame with sexual accusations and festival cancellations.
I needed to exhale and the NAMBI Temple deep in the heart of Tamilnadu provided the perfect setting. .

Read on...





Shishira Chhanda Festival


Rangayan Festival of Art and Literature 2018



Festival of Kathak duets


Inclusive Debadhara


Nityananda: The one-legged miracle dancer


TMK - Off Key



Links to articles & Responses from artistes




Dream and iconoclasm


When Kerala connected Kolkata


Delving tradition, deconstructing Ramayana


The political spectra










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

QUOTE
"While dancing, don’t just breathe in air, but breathe in the ‘space’ around you…through every pore…may make your dance fuller, expansive and reach far beyond one’s tiny self…as though the entire space around you, dances within you. Dance space!"
- Aditi Mangaldas

Nambi temple, Thirukurungudi, Tamilnadu
Photo: Anita Ratnam




AHARYA DARPANAM - REFLECTIONS ON A CREATIVE JOURNEY
an exhibition on the design aesthetic celebrating 40 years of Ananda Shankar Jayant's Shankarananda Kalakshetra, at Kalakriti Gallery, Hyderabad, in November 2018.
Photos: G Murali

Dhimahi - Dynamic Meditations on Laya
Conceptualized by Chithra Muralidaran and Madurai R Muralidaran
At Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai, on November 23, 24, 25, 2018


Season schedule



Taneira presents Andal
By The Bhakti Collective

Dec 15, 2018 Mumbai


Kartik Fine Arts presents
Natya Darshan 2018

Dec 15 - 23, 2018 Chennai


Sri Krishna Gana Sabha presents Aneka
38th Natya Kala Conference
Convened by Dr. Srinidhi Chidambaram

Dec 26-30, 2018 Chennai






Chitra Katha: A picture and a narrative
- Satish Suri


Dancers dazzle at Swami Haridas Sammelan
- Vijay Shanker


Raagamayi: Devotion in dance
- Minnie Homchowdhury


'Life of Pi' serves delicious pie to Bay area rasikas
- Poornima Ramaprasad


Redefining dance forms
- Dora Ruzic


Interesting rainbow of dances at Kuchipudi Parampara Utsav 2018
- Dr. M. Surya Prasad


Tat Tvam Asi: A rare treat
- Anandhi Kannan & Chinmayi Bettadapur


Dharma - A weave with a twist
- Poornima Gururaja






The ballet Bayadere - 'Temple Dancer' - a favourite among ballet-goers since 1877
- Rajika Puri


The rise and fall of Jayantika
- Ileana Citaristi


Celebrating Balarama, the royal elephant
- G Ulaganathan


A Kuchipudi workshop by Sangeeta Nrutya Academy
- Sarvani Yadavalli


Re-Imaging the Past: A report on Reimagining Indian Dance: Moving Forward
- Uttara Asha Coorlawala

Sonal Mansingh gets Lifetime Achievement Award from Attendance
- G Ulaganathan


A festival for the artists by the artists
- Satish Suri





Whichever medium you see it on, the make-up should be natural on the dancer: Brij Mohan Gupta
- Shveta Arora


Guru Banamali Maharana and Odissi music-Inseparable
- Ratikant Mohapatra






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