Season schedule

October 20 - November 30, 2014 USA & Canada

Ananda Shankar Jayant  and the Shankarananda Kalakshetra ensemble embark on a dance  performance tour of USA and Canada with NRITYOPAHARA, a collage of Shankarananda Kalakshetra's signature choreographies & NAVARASA - EXPRESSIONS OF LIFE, a work that uses abstraction as a way to explore human experience and emotion
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October 20 – December 31, 2014 New Delhi

Natya Vriksha presents IN THE CLICK OF A MOVEMENT, an exhibition of iconic photographs by Rakesh Sahai, which celebrate four decades of the artistry of dancer Geeta Chandran. For the past five years, Rakesh Sahai has been following the dancer on her creative journey, and the collaboration between dancer and photographer has thrown up a spectacular oeuvre of images.
At: Desmania (Sandhya Raman’s atelier), F-213 – C, Lado Sarai, New Delhi, from 10am to 7pm.
Ph: Desmania Foundation 46576170. Entry is open and free. (Sundays closed)

October 31 - November 30, 2014 Mumbai

British Council is bringing in FOLK ARCHIVE to India for the first time. Folk Archive is a vibrant, visual account of contemporary popular British culture by leading international artists Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane. Folk Archive brings together drawing, painting, film, performance, costume, decoration, political opinion and humour, and some astonishing objects from prisoners and community groups, Notting Hill Carnival troupes, protesters, pop fans, teenagers, villagers and the homeless. Treading the fine line between art and anthropology, Deller and Kane selected over 280 elements over a period of six years to form an archive which provides a snap-shot of the state of contemporary folk art in the UK. Folk Archive attempts to update the idea of folk art by collecting an array of objects besides documentation of performances and idiosyncratic events associated with Britain’s contemporary local folk culture. Folk Archive was acquired by the British Council Collection in 2007 and has since been exhibited in Belgrade, Paris, Milan and Shanghai. After Mumbai, the archive travels to Kolkata and Delhi.
At: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai

November 1 - 29, 2014 Delhi, Odisha, Imphal

Dance historian, scholar, author and critic Dr. Sunil Kothari's  monthly itinerary for November
NEW DELHI: 1st Nov, arrival from New York
IMPHAL: 6th till 10th Nov, Bhagyachandra Dance Festival
CUTTACK: 18th till 20th Meera Das's Odissi dance festival
NEW DELHI: 21st and 22nd Nov, Sudhyaa Dance Foundation and Kalakriti Arts Foundation in collaboration with India International Centre, is organizing EK- ANANT... the unending one, a two day festival on solo choreographies in the various classical dance forms. The morning
sessions will comprise of a series of lectures. 
BHUBANESWAR: 28th and 29th Nov, Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya Golden Jubilee
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November 2 - 29, 2014 Kuala Lumpur, Odisha

Schedule for Ileana Citaristi
- Nov 2 to 4, Kuala Lumpur: Ileana conducts an Odissi dance workshop KNOWING ODISSI for intermediate dance students at Temple of Fine Arts, Kula Lumpur, followed by a lec-dem on the concluding day. Contact:
-Nov 26, Bhubaneswar: Ileana Citaristi performs Chhau dance on the occasion of Golden Jubilee Celebration of Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, at Rabindra Mandap
 - Nov 29, Puri: Art Vision performs Odissi group choreography on the opening day of PURI BEACH FESTIVAL at Puri, Odisha

November 2 - December 2, 2014 Kolkata, Thailand
The schedule for Rhythmosaic for November

- Nov 2: Rhythmosaic is organizing workshop by Avant Garde Dance Company UK at ICCR, Sculpture Court, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kolkata as a part of IMPULSE 2014 in association with The Park New Festival Series 2014, Prakriti Foundation, The Park Hotels, British Council.
- Nov 9: Rhythmosaic Dance Institute students perform for Indian Navy at 7pm onward organized by Opendoors.
- Nov 21 – Dec 2: Rhythmosaic - Sengupta Dance Company tour with its double bill production ‘Swan Lake – Revisited’ and ‘Buddha - The ' Why' Within’ supported by ICCR to Thailand International Dance Festival

November 6 & 30, Dec 16 & 17, 2014 Mumbai
NCPA presents the 4th edition of NCPA CONTEMPORARY DANCE SEASON featuring Avant Garde – London, Daksha Sheth Dance Company, Astad Deboo
- Nov 6: Avant Garde –by London-based hip hop and contemporary dance company
At: Tata Theatre, 7pm
- Nov 30: The SARI workshop - by Rta Kapur Chisti at 4pm
Sari – by Daksha Seth Dance Company, 7pm
At: Jamshed Bhabha Theatre
- Dec 16 & 17: RHYTHM DIVINE by Astad Deboo Dance Company
At: Experimental Theatre, 7pm

November 7 - 30, 2014 Aurangabad
A unique dance concert series named AURA-Aurangabad is being launched which aims to showcase the rich and diverse heritage of Aurangabad through Indian classical dance performances. Aurangabad region pulsates with many legends of Shiva, Dashavatar, Ramayan, Mahabharat, Buddha, Mahaveer in the form of sculptures and paintings in Ellora and Anjanta. Also the Daulatabad (Devagiri) Fort, Bibi-ka-Maqbara, Ghrushneshwar Temple, etc have had a rich history of arts and philosophy. A unique dance performance series catering to the cultural quest of the tourists and guests visiting the city being presented at MAHAGAMI will bring to life this wide spectrum of legends, master-pieces and monuments through the Indian classical dance forms like Kathak, Odissi, Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattam, Kuchipudi, ect. curated by Parwati Dutta (Director, MAHAGAMI)
Performances on 7, 8, and 9; 14, 15 and 16; 21, 22 and 23; 28, 29 and 30, from 7.30pm to 8.30pm
At: Mahatma Gandhi Mission Sangeet Academy, N-6, CIDCO, Aurangabad 431003

November 7 - 30, 2014 Aurangabad, Mumbai
Schedule for Parwati Dutta
- 7, 8, 9 Nov: Aura-Aurangabad concerts at Mahagami, Aurangabad
- 9 Nov: Odissi by Parwati Dutta and disciples at Veer Savarkar Auditorium, Mumbai
- 14, 15, 16 Nov: Aura-Aurangabad concerts at Mahagami
- 21, 22, 23 Nov: Aura-Aurangabad concerts at Mahagami
- 28, 29, 30 Nov: Aura-Aurangabad concerts at Mahagami
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November 10 - 28, 2014 Chennai, Delhi, Singapore

Schedule for Aditi Mangaldas
- Nov 10, Chennai: Aditi Mangaldas presents her solo SEEKING THE BELOVED
Venue: Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium, Chennai
- Nov 22, Delhi: Aditi Mangaldas gives a talk at Ek Anant festival
Venue: India International Centre, 10:30am
- Nov 28, Singapore: Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company – The Drishtikon Dance Foundation
presents WITHIN
Venue: Esplanade, Singapore, 8pm

November 16 & 30, 2014 Bangalore
- Nov 16: Indiranagar Sangeetha Sabha presents Kiran Subramanyam and Sandhya Kiran in NRITYA ARADHANA
At:  Purandara Bhavana, 8th Main Road, HAL II Stage, Bangalore 560008, 6.30pm
- Nov 30: Kiran Subramanyam and Sandhya Kiran present RASIKAARPANA for the 22nd RAGASREE SAMMELANOTSAVA 2014
At: Sri Jayarama Seva Mandali, Jayanagar, Bangalore, 6.30pm

November 18 & 28, 2014 Mumbai
Schedule for Smitalay for November 2014.
- Nov 18: Traditional Odissi performance during “Dnyan-Daan” event at Buldana at 6.30pm
- Nov. 28: "Mae Ri" Bond of Motherhood for Celebrate Bandra Festival, at Carter Road Promenade, Bandra at 7pm

November 19 - 28, 2014 Cuttack, Chandigarh, Trivandrum
Schedule for Vyjayanthi Kashi and Prateeksha Kashi
- Nov19: Prateeksha Kashi presents a solo Kuchipudi recital at Cuttack Mahotsava
- Nov23: A Kuchipudi duet by Vyjayanthi Kashi and Prateeksha Kashi at Chandigarh
- Nov 24 to 26: Vyjayanthi Kashi assisted by Prateeksha Kashi conducts a KUCHIPUDI WORKSHOP in Chandigarh
- Nov 28: Prateeksha Kashi presents a solo  Kuchipudi recital at Trivandrum

November 20-28, 2014 Buenos Aires

Schedule for Janaki Rangarajan
- 22 Nov: Auditorio Piazzollo, 7pm, Centro Cultural Borges
- 23 Nov: Auditorio Piazzollo, 6pm, Centro Cultural Borges
- 20 Nov - 28 Nov: Workshops and Masterclasses

November 26 - 30, 2014 Yogyakarta & Bangkok
Maya Dance Theatre performs at 2 festivals in Asia. RANDOM CHAPTERS tells the story of different conversations and moments between people from all walks of life; each story echoing the varied voices of individuals and groups as they narrate their experiences, journey and life! Choreography by: Shahrin Johry, Bernice Lee, Star Guo  & Kenneth Tan (Singapore), and international collaborators, Janis Brenner (NYC, USA),  Phittaya Phaefuang-Sun (Norway/ Thailand) & Danang Pamungkas (Solo, Indonesia), with music by Alex Dea (USA/ Indonesia).
- 26-29 Nov at Jogja International Performing Arts Festival (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
Venue: Stage Auditorium P4TK Seni dan Budaya Yogyakarta, 4pm - 9pm
- 29-30 Nov at International Dance Festival (Bangkok, Thailand)
Venue: Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre, 7pm

November 27, 2014 New Delhi
SAMĀGAT, a duet of Kathak and Odissi by Monisa Nayak and Arushi Mudgal
At: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, 7pm

Nov 27 & 28, Dec 1 & 2, 2014 New Delhi
Bharati Shivaj's Centre for Mohiniattam is organising a Mohiniyattam Festival divided into two segments – Samvaad and Global. The Samvaad segment constitutes a dialogue with other Indian classical dance forms, namely Odissi, Sattriya, Manipuri and Kuchipudi. The Global segment celebrates the global outreach of Mohiniattam by featuring various schools of the dance form spread across the world. Included in this list are well-known Mohiniattam dancers from Japan, Germany and Russia.
- Nov 27 & 28: Sailaja (Kuchipudi), Vijayalakshmi Sivaji (Mohiniattam)
Mom Ganguly (Mohiniattam) & Nandita Devi (Manipuri)
Vinaya Narayanan (Mohiniattam) & Anwesa Mahanta (Sattriya)
Shagun Bhutani (Odissi) & Manjula Moorthy (Mohiniattam)
At: Chinmaya Mission Auditorium, 6pm
- Dec 1 & 2: Alexandra Vodopynonova (Russia), Anna Dietrich (Germany), Olga Stoliarova (Russia), Kieko Okana (Japan)
At: India International Centre Auditorium, 6pm
Info: 26492578 /

November 27 - 30, 2014 Bangalore

The Art of Living presents NRITYA SADHANA, Kathak dance taught by Pt. Birju Maharajji. It is a five day residential program beginning on 27th November till 30th November (Check-in on 26th Nov and check-out on 1st Dec). Nritya Sadhana ia a holistic event which includes along with Kathak, yogasanas, breathing techniques, meditation and Ayurveda. It is going to be conducted at the Art of Living International Center, Bangalore, India in the midst of beautiful, serene and tranquil nature. All above 17 years can participate in either the Basic level or the Advance level. The latter requires a minimum of 3 years training in Kathak.
Contact: (080) - 67262637/ 8123474509 /
Prior registration is a must.

November 28, 2014 Chennai

ANTARAM is a journey of innovation and creativity which lead us to the very essence of divine femininity. Vasavi, Kannagi and Andal – legendary native women from the South of India who attained divinity, aptly infuse divinity in their character within (Antaram).  In exploring their life story the attributes of Devi or the powerful divine feminine form is revealed. Rhamba emerges as the culmination of feminine aspirations in liberation.
Vasavi of Telengana is danced in Kuchipudi by Yamini Reddy. Gnanashakti is manifest as she is an intellectual social relevance for knowledge and grow the mind by renouncing the body.
Kannagi is danced in Mohiniattam by Gopika Varma. Full of veeram, she embodies the Kriya Shakti or capacity to Act purposefully with dynamism physical energy to accomplish and prove. She is revered as Attukal Bhagavathi Amman of Kerala.
Andal of Tamil Nadu is performed by Krithika Subrahmanian in Bharatanatyam. Ichha shakti or the capacity to envision and achieve the ideal is manifest. Bhakti Shringara or devoted love, characterizes this manifestation of Bhudevi.
Rhamba entombed in Karnataka is enacted by Suhasini Mani Ratnam. As the consummate woman she embodies the dynamism and strength of these iconic characters. Her theatrical presentation of poetry, song and script will weave through the production and translate as the contemporary embodiment of Shakti, the universal energy. She weaves the characters from history with the present day women.
The production premieres in Chennai at Music Academy, 6:30pm.

November 28, 2014 Singapore
India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) will be going back to Singapore this year, for yet another showcase of its work with an evening of DASTANGOI with IFA grantees Mahmood Farooqui and Danish Husain at The Arts House. Dastangoi has its origin in a Persian storytelling form, and is a compound of two Persian words, Dastan and goi, which mean to tell a Dastan (story). Farooqui & Husain will perform from Dastan Mehtaab Jaadu Ki - a typical episode from the Tilism-e-Hoshruba chapter of the Dastan-e-Amir Hamza. Afraasiyaab (the king of magicians) wants his aides to stay alert as Amar Ayyaar (the king of tricksters) and his disciples are up to some mischief in the tilism. The tricksters now enter the boundary of tilism governed byMehtaab Jaadu (the magician who can create the brightness of moon), a known aide of Afraasiyaab. What follows is a series of tricks. The performance will be in Hindustani with English subtitles.
At: The Arts House, 7pm

Nov 28 - Dec 7, 2014 Mumbai
In 2010, the NCPA launched its first ever multi-lingual theatre festival of premiering plays – NCPA Centrestage. It created a platform for fresh works and encouraged the birth of new groups. The plays went on to perform and win awards at various prestigious national and international festivals. The fifth edition of Centrestage will be a ten-day event with a selection of brand new plays by some of the best theatre groups in the country. It also includes workshop and outdoor performance.

November 29, 2014 Bangalore

Padmalaya Dance Foundation & International Dance Alliance present INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL 2014 on the theme of “Legends” - compositions of singers through the centuries. This year’s IDA is in memory of Leela Sekhar, Founder Chairperson of IDA. The ‘Leela Sekhar Memorial Award’ will be awarded to  P. Ramaa, for her contribution to the field of classical music and dance. Groups performing at the event will be Dr. Vasundhara Doraswamy & Group, Mysore, Janani Jayanth & Poornima Kaushik (PDA) Bangalore, Mrinalini Sadananda & group, USA and Padmini Ramachandran & group, Bangalore
At: Khincha Auditorium’ Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, Race Course Road, Bangalore, 6pm
For further enquiries, contact Sudarshana @ 9980773466

November 29, 2014 Chennai

Parashah presents MARABU - The Fragrance of Tradition that has given the traditional Margam of the Bharatanatyam repertoire a slight twist.
At: Narada Gana Sabha, 6pm

November 29 & 30, 2014 New Delhi

The Arshinagar Project (Kolkata) in association with Studio Safdar presents IF IT BE NOW - Fragments and Impressions of Hamlet, devised and performed by Arka Mukhopadhyay. The piece is based on works by Boris Pasternak, Heiner Muller, Jan Kott and others, as well as original writing and Shakespeare's play. Combining elements of structured action and improvisation, it looks not for meaning or a message, but at an utterly human Hamlet, trapped inside a prison of words, giving birth to him in the immediacy of the now, responding as much to the physical space and the presence of the watchers, as to the universe of Hamlet.
At: Studio Safdar and May Day Bookstore and Café, 2254/2A Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi 110008, 6.30pm

November 29-30, 2014 New Delhi
Sarvam Foundation’s PRATHA THE TRADITION is a one night residential program featuring Night Ragas and Morning Ragas along with guided processes to enable you to enjoy music with all five senses, without being time or space bound. Night Ragas will feature legendary Pakistani classicist and Sufi music singer Shafqat Ali Khan with his musicians and a special Sufi Kathak performance by Astha Dixit. Morning Ragas will feature Carnatic vocalist Sudha Raghuraman and sarangi exponent Suhail Yusuf Khan, and a special Bharatanatyam piece by Nehha Bhatnagar.
Saturday, 29th Nov afternoon to Sunday 30th Nov morning) at Zorba The Buddha, Delhi.
Info: 9871157202 /

November 30, 2014 Chennai
Bharata Kalanjali presents a talk and concert titled GOD IS MY CUSTOMER-DEMYSTIFYING THE SRINGARA PADAMS OF KSHETRAYYA. The talk will examine what a Padam is – how it differs from a keerthanai and a Javali. It will look at some of the famous composers and focus on the greatest of them Kshetrayya, and some famous singers (with audio clips). Using parallel evidence from art and sculpture, the talk will explore possible reasons on why Padams became increasingly erotic in the 17th and 18th centuries. As the lecture ends, we will hear a few padams in the T Brinda, T Mukta style. The talk is specifically for those who seek to be initiated into the metaphor and music laden world of Padams and also interested to understand the socio-political milieu in which they were created.
Specific effort will be invested in keeping the talk free of jargon and academic minutiae – those are best left for expert musicologists. This is an exploration of this genre and composer by a devoted rasika and not a comprehensive and deeply scholarly study.
- Speaker: Pradeep Chakravarthy is the author of Thanjavur – A Cultural History and  other books, and a much sought after heritage speaker. Combining music and his experience as a management consultant, he links the past to emotions and behaviors today. In addition to writing books on Thanjavur, Vahanas, lesser known temples and Kodaikanal, he writes frequently and pioneers heritage walks on temples in Madras.
- Singers: Bhargavi, a disciple of Chitravina maestro N Ravikiran, is a talented and committed performer and guru, both in vocal and Chitravina. She is also the architect of the website on Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi. Vishaal R Sapuram, a disciple of Chitravina maestro N Ravikiran is a proficient Carnatic Chitravina artiste and vocalist. He has also been teaching music from the age of ten.
Venue: Baratha Kalanjali, 6, Jeevaratnam Nagar, 1st street (Near Shanti colony-Lister Lab) , Adyar, Chennai 600020, 10am – 12pm
Contact:  24911125 /

November 30, 2014 Mumbai

The team leading the DHARAVI BIENNALE will present a critical reading of some of the projects that are part of a two-year process, leading to an exhibition in 2015, called the Alley Galli Biennale, a lighthearted name for a bighearted show involving a mixture of languages, media, places and subjects. The Alley Galli Biennale exhibition will bring together multimedia work, performances, screenings and site-specific installations, developed during workshops, each called an ‘Art Box’ that takes place in their Dharavi workspace and gallery, the Colour Box. The project blends art and science to share information on urban health and to highlight the contribution of the people of Dharavi to Mumbai’s economic and cultural life.
Projects include traditional blockprints used to create images about anxiety and depression, appliqued sarees responding to the rape of Nirbhaya, an installation of painted pots representing the spread of sexually transmitted disease, 3-D installations of pixelated photographs of occupational hazards, a series of comics and wall paintings on nutrition, accidents and gender-based violence, and a depiction of the body’s immune system made from recycled plastic waste.
The Biennale project has been organized by SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action), an NGO working to improve the health of women and children in Mumbai’s informal settlements.
At the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, 6.30pm to 8pm. All are welcome.

November 30, 2014 Mumbai

Composed by Devissaro, and choreographed by Dakhsha Sheth, SARI is initiated by Rts Kapur Chisti, co-author and editor of ‘Saris- Tradition and Beyond’. The show was conceived to re-kindle the lost playfulness and individuality of the Sari. Through the art of draping, a woman reveals her demeanor and her regional identity. This union of the Sari and the wearer exudes the sensuality of dance. The performance highlights the stages in the journey from cotton pod to a magnificent fabric, draped in a range of wearing styles. The performance will be preceded by a participatory workshop by Rta Kapur Chisti.
At: Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA, 7pm

November 30, 2014 Thiruvananthapuram

Sneha Devanandan presents a Bharathanatyam solo for CHILANKA DANCE FESTIVAL 2014 At:  Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan, 7.3pm