Art historian, writer and painter Dr. Dinanath Pathy passed away on Aug 29, 2016 at Bhubaneswar. He was 74.

Bharatanatyam / Kuchipudi guru Dr. K Uma Rama Rao passed away in Hyderabad on Aug 27, 2016.

A flame of dream

My Mother
- Ramli Ibrahim

How good is your sleep performance?
- Dr. N. Ramakrishnan

Health Recipes 5: Thai Green Curry
- Uma Pushpanathan

Simplicity sans glitz has Meera walking into every heart

Ekaika solo Odissi performance by Aarya Nande

7th edition of Nrityantar’s Naman Odissi Dance Festival

Paris diary:
Milena Salvini, Centre Mandapa, and Shantala Shivalingappa


"There is a complete paranoia that we are going to lose our heritage if we expand its boundaries, but we will actually lose it only if we put it in a museum and don’t let it breathe."
- Aditi Mangaldas
(‘Dance has to breathe, and it has to breathe today’s air’ by Pooja Pillai, Indian Express, Aug 14, 2016)

Anita says.....


Returning to the rehearsal space after a full year's hiatus has been a milestone. A healthier body, a calmer mind and a spirit revived by months of watching, reflecting, reading, walking, sailing, trekking and dining in far away cities, small towns and villages has rebooted my body and soul. I needed to take this break after 26 years of non-stop creating, performing, producing, speaking, convening, curating and mentoring. (In saying this, I realize that the time between age 5 and 21 that was spent in the dance class and a thriving performance career until age 21 is not being included in this discussion. I am only counting the years since my return from the USA in 1990). What if I said that NOT DANCING for 12 months has made me fitter, healthier and more energetic than ever!  Don't raise those eyebrows!

The time was spent analyzing my body and limbs - internal and external, immersing myself in yoga intensives and other cross training programmes, long periods of total silence and a 24/7 health regime that was very difficult to sustain with the constant pressure of daily dancing.

It was a RELIEF not to worry about putting on makeup, managing the pressures of producing and performing simultaneously and instead, concentrating on observing and assessing the world I had chosen to inhabit. Even writing this monthly column required a conscious tug back into the issues and events that unfolded in the dance world.

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‘Inter_rupted’ by Aditi Mangaldas and Drishtikon Dance Company

World premiere on Aug 6, 2016 at NCPA, Mumbai

Photos: Nirvair Singh
Krishna Bharatham fest by Natyarangam

- P Praveen Kumar & Jyotsna Jagannathan / RK Shriramkumar / Dasa Parampara

- Shweta Prachande & Apoorva Jayaraman / Kausalya Sivakumar / Krishna Karnamritam

- Radhika Vairavelan & Uttiya Barua / Dr Sudha Seshayyan / on Alwars

- BK Shafeekudeen & Shabana / Dr Pappu Venugopala Rao / on Geeta Govindam

Birthday wishes

Jitendra Maharaj (Kathak): Sept 9

Kumkum Mohanty (Odissi): Sept 10

Rajika Puri (Odissi): Sept 14

Alarmel Valli (BN): Sept 14

Jhelum Paranjape (Odissi): Sept 24

Ananda Shankar Jayant (BN): Sept 27
Mahanavami Dibba, Hampi, Karnataka
Photo: Madhu Nataraj-Kiran

Rukmini Vijayakumar
Bharatanatyam solo

USA & Canada tour
Aug 19 - Sep 4, 2016

Ektaa Center, Arpana Dance Company present
Dance Conversations 2016
Festival of dance/music from India

Sep 2 & 3, 2016 Irvine, CA

Malavika Sarukkai presents
Vamatara - To the Light

Sep 2, 2016 Bangalore
Sep 16, 2016 Delhi

Sapphire Creations presents

Sept 5 & 6, 2016 Delhi
Sept 9 - 11, 2016 Kolkata

The curious case of the Bharatanatyam mentor
- Jitinder Krishna

Dhepa Dhol / Dhepa Dhulia dance
- Meenakshi Medhi

Shakespearean comedy takes on Nautanki  hues               
- S.D. Desai

Sankalpa 2016 by Nrittyoday
- Nita Vidyarthi

Kathak’s date with Academia- Mumbai’s first Kathak Symposium
- Devesh Mirchandani

Seminar on Guru Shishya Parampara at Mulam Festival
- Apoorva Sameer Rao

Performances at Mulam Festival
- Dr. Rama V. Bennur

The wonderment of Ramayana by Academy of Bharatanatyam
- Satish Suri

When smaranam becomes a thematic narrative
- Anita Vallabh

Krishna Bharatham
- Lalitha Venkat

Month long workshop on classical dances
- Jintu Sarma

Prakruti Dhwani by Anantara
- Padma Jayaraj

Wings of Fire - Ignition Stage One!
- Harish Jayanth and Sumant Nemmani

Captivating recitals by Sivasri Skandaprasad and Tanya Saxena
- A. Boothalingam

Graceful recital by Smrithi Chanjeevaram
- A. Boothalingam

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