Renowned playwright and poet Gopal Sharman passed away on June 16, 2016 in Delhi. He was 81.Along with his wife Jalabala, he founded the Akshara Theatre in central Delhi in 1972.

Odissi Guru Kanduri Charan Behera passed away at Kims Hospital in Bhubaneswar on June 21, 2016.

Aruna Sundarlal, the Founder and Managing Trustee of Bangalore School of Music, passed away in Bangalore on June 23, 2016 after a brief illness.  She was 77.

Renowned poet, theatre director and dramatist Kavalam Narayana Panikkar passed away in Thiruvananthapuram on June 26, 2016. He was 88.
Obit/Tribute by Dr. Kanak Rele

Navadisha 2016

She showed me the way
- Vinay Kumar

Taking responsibility, staying accountable
- Dr. Sheela Nambiar
Health Recipes 3 - URAP SAYUR
- Uma Pushpanathan

"Dance will not make money. But the real investment is in the idea. It is about investing in people and in the quality of life and imagination. It is about investing in an alternate vision of life."
- Jayachandran Pallazhy
(‘Dance as an agent of change’ by Archana Nathan, The Hindu Fri Review, Feb 6, 2015)

Anita says.....

An entire month away from home, watching many varieties of dance, theatre and performance art forces me to spend more time and space than usual on a densely packed month of May.


There are movies every dancer must watch, books that are a must read and plays/shows that should not be missed. Broadway continues to be the testing ground for so many great and inventive choreographers. The unique demands of creating for “THE GREAT WHITE WAY” (a euphemism for the glittering lights of Broadway in NYC) has spawned some of the most exciting choreography in American modern dance history. Remember Jerome Robbins’ stunning dance designs for WEST SIDE STORY in 1957 which was later adapted to film in 1961? The opening scene on the basketball court that morphs seamlessly into a dance “battle” between the two rival teams, SHARKS vs JETS? Ballet, modern dance and sports images fused effortlessly like a champion dribbling the creative ball. On a recent visit to New York, I watched AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. The Gershwin lyrics, “I Got Rhythm", "S Wonderful” had me foot tapping in my seat. It was exhilaration from the moment the curtain rose. The male lead was performed by Garen Scribner, a former dancer at NDT1, the fabulous Netherlands contemporary dance company. The TRIPLE WHAMMY of dancing, singing and acting that Broadway exemplifies, always leaves me awestruck. Imagine 8 shows a week. Non stop. For months without end. I wonder how most Indian dancers would handle even a 6 performance week long “run”. Think of what Akram Khan has done for the past 15 years!  3 shows a week without stop. That, according to his manager Farooq Chaudhry!  Mind boggling!

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Birthday wishes

Mayadhar Raut (Odissi guru): July 6
Narthaki Nataraj (BN): July 6
Kalamandalam Venkitt (Kathakali): July 7
Lynne Fernandez: July 10
Astad Deboo: July 13
Yog Sunder: July 16
Rama Vaidyanathan (BN): July 17
D. Keshava (BN): July 18
Sharon Lowen (Odissi): July 23
Sunayana Hazarilal (Kathak): July 28
Parasurameswara temple, Bhubaneswar
Photo: Lalitha Venkat

Bala Devi Chandrashekar presents
Karna-Destiny’s Child

Jun 11 - Jul 30, 2016
Europe, Singapore, India

Nadam presents
8th Chinna-Kalanadam Festival

ADA Rangamandira
Jul 6 - 8, 2016 Bangalore

Art Vision presents
Tribhanga-Explorations in Odissi dance

Jul 13 & 14, 2016 New Delhi

Samved Society for Performing Arts presents 26th Raindrops Festival
Jul 16 & 17, 2016 Mumbai

Aim for Seva presents fundraiser

By Odissi Vision & Movement Centre
Jul 16 - Aug 3, 2016 India

Four iconic 'Purush'
- Priyanka Narayanan

Lepakshi Kalakar Utsav 2016
- Sudha Sridhar

Dancing to the warning bells of drought
- Shveta Arora

Samarasa featured delightful duet performances
- Akila Venkat

Unique dance program
- Vijay Shanker

Karna: Destiny’s Child
- Geetha Chandra

Anurati in varied dance styles

Debjani Chaliha celebrates her 82nd birthday
- Tapati Chowdurie

Bhagavata Mela: 76 and still going strong
- G Ulaganathan

Deba Smruti 2016
- Nita Vidyarthi

Krishna Leelarnava: An endeavour worth emulation
- Padma Murali

Nrityakalya presents its second show: Bhaktha Baalas
- Priya Das

Becoming M.S. Subbulakshmi: A bold move in revealing our true history
- Nithya Iyer

Setting standards
- Shyama Sasidharan

Sri Krishna Leela in South Africa
- Suria D Govender

Birds and animals dance in 'From farm to jungle'
- Vijay Shanker

Nayika: Search of philosophy behind its presentation
- Swarada Dhekane
Kuchipudi: Resurgence or Funeral?
- Amrita Lahiri

Kavalam Narayana Panikkar (1928-2016)
- Dr. Kanak Rele

Aruna Mohanty on Dhauli – Kalinga Mahotsav
- Nita Vidyarthi

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