Sastra, Shishya, Shah

Akademi awardees prove mettle

Reviving Kuchipudi Yakshagana demands more than showcasing

Oh, how I miss you!
- Ananda Shankar Jayant

Traipsing into light

Creatrix of universe

Health Recipes 6: Miso Soup
- Uma Pushpanathan

Balance of life - the goldilocks effect
- Jayashree Gopal

From diets to lifestyle changes: Being in the driver’s seat
- Sathya Nagaraj

Nitya Nritya Dance Festival 2016

Vienna Diary: Natya Mandir and Radha Anjali

2nd edition of ‘Nrityabritti Batayan’ festival at Durgapur

"If you don’t fail it’s because you did not risk enough, and if you didn’t risk enough it’s because you didn’t put your whole self out there."
- Carlos Barrabes

Anita says.....

- American President Harry Truman

As war clouds collect across our national borders, the festival season has also descended.
It is a surreal time. Streets and shops are filled to bursting with merchandise and buyers are everywhere loosening purse strings.
Armed guards stand vigilant at all public monuments and temples.
Airports and train stations have doubled security personnel as men and women in brightly festive clothes stream onto the streets.
The immediate future looks filled with storm clouds waiting to burst.


At this seeming crossroads, I notice that some words associated with violence have become signs of success and achievement.
She KILLED the Varnam!
He CRUSHED that Tillana!
They simply SLAYED that Jathi!

With the growing aggression in life around us, it seems only fitting that the world of dance has started using these terms instead of the former EPIC, ROCKING, AWESOME!
They all mean the same thing.
That the performance was EXCELLENT!

And so let me "SOLDIER ON" with thoughts and reflections on the month gone by....
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Birthday wishes

Sudha Chandra Sekhar (BN): Oct 4
Roja Kannan (BN): Oct 6
Raja Reddy (Kuchipudi): Oct 6
Chitra Visweswaran (BN): Oct 12
Rathna Kumar (Kuchipudi, BN): Oct 27
Hema Rajagopalan (BN): Oct 28

Nataraja temple, Chidambaram
Photo: Dr. Susil Pani

Shekawati Utsav, Momasar, October 2016, Rajasthan
Photos: Anantha Krishnan

Natya’s Artistic Director Hema Rajagopalan in collaboration with Eri Mefri, Artistic Director of Indonesia’s Nan Jombang Dance, presented THE INCOMPLETE GESTURE on Oct 1, 2016 at  North Shore Center for the Perf Arts, Skokie, IL.
Photos: Amitava Sarkar

Dance: An integral part of human existence
- Sudha Sridhar

The ethics of making dancers pay to perform
- Sumangala V Varun

Graceful performance by Sinni Krishnamyuri
- A Boothalingam

An August evening in September
- Rajesh Chandrashekaran

Rasanubhuti at Rasasvada
- Ashish Mohan Khokar

Kalakshetra’s Valmiki Ramayana at Iskcon, Bangalore
- Ulaganathan Ganesan

Kathak workshop by Guru Parwati Dutta
- Vibha Ramaswami

Delightful recital by Prateeksha
- A Boothalingam

Scintillating Bharatanatyam by Shivangi and Aninditha Nagarajan
- Melattur S Natarajan

The liberating dance - Natya Tantra
- S.V. Indu

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