April 29 - May 5, 2016 Bangalore
Shrishti Center of Performing Arts & Institute of Dance Therapy celebrates World Dance Day across different venues in Bangalore. All are welcome.
For info: dancetherapyindia@gmail.com / 09845698089, (080) - 26671853

April 30 & May 21, 2016 California

Dharma Civilization Foundation presents SHANTI - A JOURNEY OF PEACE. This unique music and dance theater production will feature singers and dancers from the Bay Area Indian community - a 150-member choir, a Western chamber orchestra, an Indian instrumental ensemble, and multi-genre dances by Navia Natarajan, Niharika Mohanty, Tarangini School of Kathak Dance, Ganesh Vasudeva, Vinay Srinivasan, Xpressions etc.
Composed & directed by Dr. Kannisk Kannikeswaran
- April 30: Flint Centre, Cupertino, 5pm & 9pm
- May 21: Interstake Center Auditorium, Oakland, 7pm

May 1 - 30, 2016 California
Schedule for Ramya Harishankar
- May 1 @ 1pm: International May Day Festival, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA
- May 7 @ 2.46pm: 15th Annual International Festival, Soka University, Aliso Viejo, CA
- May 26: Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA
- May 29 @ 4pm: Dance beyond Arangetram – Preethi Selvan & Nikeeta Shah in concert,
Campus Theatre, Fullerton, CA
For tickets
- May 30 @ 4pm: Arangetram – Swathi Balaji, Godinez High School, Santa Ana, CA
Info: www.arpanadancecompany.org

May 4 - 18, 2016 Kerala
Kutiyattam Kendra (Centre for Kutiyattam) Thiruvananthapuram, (Sangeet Natak Akademi Delhi) presents ‘Paithruka kalaaswadana’ programs at various regular venues in Kerala during the month of May 2016 to disseminate Kutiyattam and related forms. All programs will be preceded by a brief interactive appreciation class on the play/episode under performance and on the hand gestures used for Kutiyattam and Nangiarkoothu. Detailed synopsis available at the venues concerned.
- At: Govt Museum Thiruvananthapuram in association with Dept of Museum, Govt of Kerala
May 4: Kutiyattam Shurpanakhangam by Margi, Thiruvananthapuram, 6pm to 8pm
May 18: Nangiarkoothu Pootanamoksham by Kalamandalam Haritha & troupe, 6pm to 8pm
Contact: 0471-2574987 / 9447188584
- At Kerala Museum, Edappally, Ernakulam, Kochi in association with Madhavan Nair Foundation
May 7: Kutiyattam Anthakavadham by Mani Madhava Chakyar Smaraka Gurukulam, Lakkidi, 6 to 8pm
Contact Sreeja: 0484-4020506 / 2541768
- At: Jawahar Library Hall, Kannur in association with Naimisharanyam Festival, Kannur
May 11: Nangiarkoothu Pootanamoksham by Kalamandalam Rasmi & troupe, 6pm to 8pm
Contact Sreehari: 9895269047 / 9388103577
- At Harippad Subramanyaswamy temple Koothambalam, Harippad, Alappuzha in association with Rangadwani, Harippad
May 12: Nangiarkoothu Dhenuka-Pralambha Vadham by Kalamandalam Krishnendu, 6.30 to 8.30pm
Contact Chandran Master: 9447978154

May 6, 2016 Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Chitrasena-Vajira Dance Foundation will be commemorating the 95th birth anniversary of legendary artiste Guru Chitrasena and the 84th birthday of legendary dancer Guru Vajira Chitrasena by hosting the ritual SANNI YAKUMA (Dahaata Sanniya), an exorcism ritual belonging to the Low Country Tradition of Sri Lanka. This ritual will be performed by a group of ritual dancers from Matara led by Kalasuri Parawahara Somathilake. The name of the ritual comes from the Sinhala word “sanniya” meaning disease or ailment, and “yakuma” meaning demon ritual. In Sri Lankan culture, exorcism rituals are known as thovil. The 'Sanni Yakuma' is one of the 4 main rituals in the Low-Country dance tradition. “Sanni Yakuma”, also referred to as Dahaata Sanniya is held to exorcise 18 types of diseases from the human body. The origin of this ritual took place over 2500 years ago during the times of ancient kings and is performed in the Southern and Western parts of the country.
Venue: Chitrasena Kalayathanaya premises (590, Elvitigala Mawatha, Colombo 05), 6pm onwards (the ritual will be performed overnight)
Info: cvdance@gmail.com

May 6, 7, 13 & 14, 2016 New Delhi
Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra presents Thirteenth FESTIVAL OF BALLETS
- May 6: KARNA is a persona of the epic of Mahabharata where circumstances remained consistently hostile, where Karna’s life and times were frozen in their entirety and his misfortunes into a perpetual predicament. This ballet is dedicated to all the Karnas, who are denied the rightful place in the social milieu, seen in its correct perspective. Karna’s life was repetitively unfair, eliciting sympathy. His life in the epic is resplendent with magnificent misadventures and acts of valour.
- May 7: MEERA, her glory lies in her ability to articulate through poetry the turbulence that transpired in her life. Her life seems to be a metaphor for most women, where centuries later, Meera’s name lives on. Wherever Meera went, she spread the message of liberation and urged an inner awakening, through the effervescence of her poetry. 
- May 13: ABHIMANYU, his story of youthful enthusiasm and selfless valour, torn asunder by vested interests and vicious hostilities, is the root of an injustice that we all feel acutely, but in different ways. Abhimanyu leaves his mortal remains and ascends the celestial path. He imparts the lesson that violence is useless in settling any dispute. There are no winners in a battle — the spoils of war being not riches — but senseless death and desolation.
- May 14: SHREE DURGA, her personas resonate even in today’s context, where everyone reads daily about the atrocities on women. When the Gods give boons they themselves become victims of these boons and it is then that they invoke Shree Shakti; Feminine Power, to vanquish demons in society, demonstrating that female power conquers over the several mindless demons of society.
Production & Direction: Shobha Deepak Singh
At: Kamani Auditorium, from 7pm to 8.30pm
Passes and invitations will be available from May 3rd, at Kendra, 1, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi.
Contact: (011) - 43503333 /23386428/ 29

May 6 - 28, 2016 Mt Abu, Kerala, Melattur

Schedule for Kavya Kasinathan, disciple of Mithun Shyam.
-6th & 7th May: Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya, Mount Abu.
-15th May: 6 - 6.30pm at Noopuradhwani Nritholsav 2016, Nagarasabha Samskarika Kendram, Thiruvananthapuram.
-28th May: 8.30 - 9.30pm at Bhagavata Mela Nataka Mahotsav, Melattur, Thanjavur Dist.
Info: kavyakasinathanv@yahoo.co.in

May 7, 2016 Bangalore

Nadam is organising an abhinaya presentation VINARA by Bragha Bessell.
Venue: ADA Rangamandira, JC Road, 6:30pm.
For details contact Nandini K Mehta @ 9880201608 / nadamdance@gmail.com

May 7, 2016 Mumbai
Rama Vaidyanathan performs TAMIZH MARGAM for the Mumbai Tamil Sangam. Nattuvangam by Vasudevan Iyengar vocal by Satish Venkatesh, mridangam by Sumod Sreedharan, flute by Rajat Prasanna
At: 215 Tamil Sangam Road, Sion East Mumbai, 6.30pm
Info: vaidyanathan.rama@gmail.com

May 7, 2016 Cape Town, S Africa
TAAL CHAKRA - THE RHYTHM OF LIFE featuring Kanada Narahari (sitar), Revash Maharaj (tabla), Manesh Maharaj (Kathak)
At: Joseph Stone Auditorium, Cape Town, 6pm
Contact Vadhini Indian Arts Academy ON 27825771555

May 12 - 31, 2016 UK

Itinerary of dance historian, scholar, author and critic Dr Sunil Kothari for May 2016
May 12: Illustrated talk on contribution of legendary dancers Uday Shankar, Ram Gopal,  Mrinalini Sarabhai with screenings of excerpts of their choreographies at The Nehru Centre, 6.30pm
May 17: Preview of Navadisha 2016 conference,  The Nehru Centre, 6.30pm
May 20-22: International conference on dance: Navadisha 2016 from 10am till 6pm followed by performances at Mac centre
May 26: Illustrated talk on Sattriya Dances of Assam with screening of excerpts from film Mists of Majuli at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 11am (to be confirmed)
May 31: Preview and reception: Paintings of late painter Bhupen Khakhar, Tate Modern Gallery
Contact: sunilkothari1933@gmail.com

May 14, 2016 Chennai
In celebration of Balasaraswati’s 98th birthday and commemoration of the contribution to the arts by the Scripps, The BALASARASWATI / SCRIPPS AWARD FOR ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE will be conferred on Pandit Birju Maharaj by the Balasaraswati Institute of Performing Arts. The evening includes performance by Ranjini Menon and Eva Soltes (students of Balasaraswati),  Tribute to Luise Scripps, screening of a video by Eva Soltes, program by the students of Balasaraswati Institute of Performing Arts, tribute performance by Birju Maharaj and. Saswati Sen accompanied by Kaushik Basu and Somnath Mishra.
At: the Music Academy, Chennai, 6pm

May 14, 2016 Glen Allen, Virginia

For 16th Apsaras Arts dance group Annual Day, all Apsaras students and teachers present the 16th APSARAS ANJALI.
Venue: Short Pump Middle School Auditorium, 3pm to 6pm. All are welcome.
e-mail: umachetty@gmail.com
Website: www.apsarasvirginia.com

May 16, 2016 NYC
ÉTUDES (first draft) features Amar Ramasar (Principal Dancer, NYCB) and Bharatanatyam dancer Preeti Vasudevan. A key part of the project is the documentation of the process of collaboration, using Laban Motif Writing. It is hoped this will provide a unique resource for choreographers and dance scholars interested in the ways by which a new dance idiom can emerge from an open encounter between two classical forms (western ballet & BN). Amar and Preeti will be joined by musicians Jerry Korman (piano), Dave Eggar (cello) and Balaskandan (Indian percussion).
At: The Center for Ballet and the Arts, 16 Cooper Square, 1st Floor, New York, NY 10003, 3pm
Reservations on a first come, first serve basis
Info: vasudevan.preeti@gmail.com

May 17 - 27, 2016 Italy & UK
Schedule for Ileana Citaristi for May 2016
- 17th May, Rome: Ileana Citaristi presents Odissi performance in  ”Paesaggi Indiani”  at Teatro Tordinona, Rome, as part of two days mini festival dedicated to Indian dance and music organized by Argilla Teatro.
-24th - 30th May, London: Odissi workshop by Ileana Citaristi on 24th, 25th, 26th, at The Bhavan Centre for beginners and intermediate, 6.30/8.30 (booking: info@bhavan.net)
28th, 29th, 30th, Odissi workshop at Rambert Studios and Academy Mews for advanced (booking: info@pulseconnects.com)
- 27th May, Oxford: Ileana Citaristi performs Odissi dance for Oxford Odissi, a Festival of Indian Classical Dance, at Grove Auditorium, University of Oxford, 6.30pm
Info: ileana5@hotmail.com

May 18, 2016 Irvine, CA

Workshop in classical Manipuri dance by Sohini Ray along with Manipuri Dance Visions Youth Ensemble.
At: Department of theater, University of California, Irvine, 11am

May 19, 2016 Mumbai
Schedule of Smitalay & Jhelum Paranjape:
A medley of Folk & classical dance by Tushar Guha’s Nrityanjali & Odissi by artists of Smitalay for NCPA at NCPA Experimental Theatre at 7pm.

May 19, 2016 Mumbai
Dr. Tushar Guha’s Nrityanjali & Dr. Anonna Guha present ANURATI. Dance is an expression of self and emotion. For centuries it has been a part of various cultures – from primitive man to the modern urban individual. Emotion is an integral aspect of the Indian heritage of dance. The strongest emotion that binds people together is Love. We define Love as mutual respect and understanding and its dimensions are many. Anurati (Love) will explore these various dimensions – togetherness, love for self (body, mind, soul) through the physicality of movements (nritta), romanticism, love for nature, love for the almighty, love for the community. Anurati will be reflected through Kathak, Bharatanatyam and Indian Folk Dances, by the young dancers of Dr. Tushar Guha’s Nrityanjali and Dr. Anonna Guha.
At: NCPA,7pm
Info: abhisarika3@gmail.com

May 19 & 20, 2016 Paris, France

Bharatanatyam recital SONGS OF THE BLUE LORD by Mavin Khoo.
At: The auditorium, National Museum of Asian Arts - Guimet 6, 75116 Jena Place Paris, 8:30pm
Info: auditorium@guimet.fr / 01 40738818

May 19 - 21, 2016 Singapore
Maya Dance Theatre presents its latest production RESIST, RESURGE: TRACES OF HOPE (world premiere) with artistic direction by Kavitha Krishnan and co-direction and choreography by Olivier Tarpaga, (USA/Burkina Faso). It explores women empowerment in a male dominated world. A very physical but emotional contemporary dance theatre piece exploring the passion and frustration behind stereotyping bodies, ethnicity and the power of politicizing race.  
At: Drama Centre Black Box, 8:30pm
Info: info@mayadancetheatre.org

May 19 - 21, 2016 Birmingham, UK
IDFB 2016 will present an impressive range of shows in traditional theatre spaces across the city, from ballet to neoclassical, contemporary to physical theatre, hip hop to flamenco and circus. There will also be plenty of free performances, helping to engage and enthral shoppers and passers-by, attracting diverse new audiences and creating a buzz on the city streets. The performances will include:
- 19 May, 7pm: UK premieres from Indian companies - Sujata & Preetisha Mohapatra present SANGACHHADHWAM / Shijith Nambiar & Parvathy Menon (India) present SANDHYA at The Crescent Theatre 
- 20 May, 8pm: ECHOES from Aakash Odedra Company (UK) and Sanjukta Sinha's production INCEDE – choreographed by Guru Kumudhini Lakhia (India) in The Patrick Centre
- 21 May, 6pm:  Hembharathy Palani in TRIKONANGA & TWINE (India) & Subhash Viman MORPHED (UK) in The Patrick Centre

May 20, 2016 Bangalore

Solo Kuchupudi performance by Shekar Rajendran at Every Friday Cultural Evening Program- ICCR, Bengaluru
At: Yavanika, Nrupathunga Road, Bengaluru, 6:30pm
Info: 9844115778 / shekar.rajendran@gmail.com

May 20 - 22, 2016 Birmingham, UK
New Dimensions Arts Management in partnership with Sampad Arts will host NAVADISHA 2016 – an industry-wide ground-breaking South Asian Dance conference from 20 to 22 May 2016 at mac Birmingham.
The conference will feature: key speeches by Akram Khan, Naseem Khan, Shobana Jeyasingh and others, the impressive visions and aspirations of dancers currently inscribing their imprint on South Asian dance such as Aakash Odedra, Sonia Sabri, Seeta Patel, Shane Shambhu and Balbir Singh; signposts on Outdoor Arts from genre innovators led by Akademi; International perspectives from Anita Ratnam, Hari Krishnan, Lata Pada, and new generation interlocutors; Inspiring sessions on Dance, Health & Change with Aloknanda Roy and Sohini Chakraborty (India); Latest insights into Dance & Disability with Bisakha Sarker and Anusha Subramanyam; Opportunities and gaps in Training & Development led by the ISTD and Centre for Advanced Dance Training; and much more. Conference moderator: Chitra Sundaram.
To register for the conference, email: info@newdimensions-arts.com
http://www.sampad.org.uk/special-projects/navadisha2016 / http://navadisha2016.co.uk/

May 21 & 26, 2016 NJ & NYC

- May 21: Srivari Sri Balaji Temple and IACRF present Bharatanatyam by Bala Devi Chandrashekar in KARNA – DESTINY’S CHILD.
Venue: Cross Roads South Middle School,195 Major Rd., Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852, 5pm to 7pm. Admission: $50, $20
- May 26: Lecture and Demonstration by Bala Devi Chandrashekar at the FBI, New York  as a part of the Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage celebration Series, 11am
More details: www.shreepadmanrityam.org / www.baladevichandrashekar.com

May 22, 2016 Victoria, Australia

Sharmila Mukerjee performs Odissi at South Oakleigh Secondary College Hall, Bakers Road, Oakleigh, South,VIC 3167 at 7pm.
Contact: 0407 597 2344, 0452 533 480
Info: sharmila.mkrj@gmail.com / www.sharmilamukherjee.com

May 22, 2016 Irving, Texas
Grace and Grooves, Dallas, presents their annual family celebration recital event DANCE OF GODS. It is a salute to unlimited powers of "Adi-Shakti" in various dance forms, and styles of performing arts. Special Feature - A Musical: When The Grace Met The Gods. From Bharatanatyam, Folk & Bollywood to fusion category of performances, they will not only showcase some of their past-award winning works but they will show some of their guru’s art-works. Some proceeds go to Cry America.
Venue: Mustang Park Recreation Center, 2223 Kinwest Parkway, Irving, TX 75063, 6 - 7.30pm
Info: info@graceandgrooves.com / 972 -979- 2559

May 27, 28, 29, 2016 London
ACROSS, NOT OVER performed by Vikram Iyengar and choreographed by Preethi Athreya
Venue: South Bank Centre. London as part of Alchemy 2016

May 27 - 29, 2016 Alberta, Canada
Sanskriti - Temple of Fine Arts, Edmonton, presents its 1st annual feature GNANA SHALA, a 3 day conference for Bharatanatyam in Alberta.
Info: gnanashala@gmail.com

May 28, 2016 Shornur, Kerala

Kalasagar, the organisation founded by Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval, a chenda maestro and an informed critic of Kathakali, is planning to mark his 92nd birth anniversary with awards for those who have excelled in Kathakali and other classical performing art forms. Kalasagar is giving awards to artistes in the field of Kathakali: vesham, music, chenda, maddalam and chuttty as well as Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattam, Kuchipudi, Ottenthullal, Chakyarkoothu, Koodiyattam, Thayambaka and Panchavadyam:- thimila, maddalam, edakka, thalam and kombu. Awardees will be selected through nominations received from art lovers. The criteria set for nomination are that the artistes should be aged between 40 and 70 years, should be well-known performers or teacher and a permanent resident of Kerala. Nominations with details of the artistes should reach the secretary, Kalasagar, Kavalappara, Shoranur, Palakkad district, on or before April 28, 2016.
KALASAGAR AWARD 2016 will be presented at Kerala Kalamandalam’s koothambalam during ORU PIRANALINTE ORMAKAYI (remembrance of a birthday).
Nomination form
Info: kalasaagar@gmail.com