September 1 - 30, 2014 India, USA

Dance historian, scholar, author, critic Dr. Sunil Kothari's itinerary for September 2014
1st Sept: Receiving Ranjit Ram Suvarna Chandrak for contribution to dance from Gurjar Sahitya Sabha.  Venue: Vishwakosh at 6 pm
3rd Sept: Parampara Festival of Raja Radha Reddy at Kamani Hall
4th – 7th Sept: Samarpana Festival of dance: 3rd edition at Jubilee hall: performances and seminar
​9th Sept: Illustrated talk on dance at The Sandal Wood Room Art Gallery on Prince Street, courtesy Samarpana fest in collaboration with Apsara Arts at 7pm. Contact Aravinth Kumarasamy
10th Sept arrival:
11th till 13th: Anila Sinha Kathak Foundation - 3rd International Kathak dance conference at International House, University of Chicago​. Seminar and performances by Birju Maharaj and troupe, Kumudini Lakhia and troupe and other Kathak dancers.
​14th till 18th Sept: Natya Institute of Hema Rajagopalan : attending performances and illustrated talk on Sattriya dances with excerpts of film on monks of sattra of Majuli island, Assam, at Columbia University (to be confirmed)
19th Sept: arrival
Attending seminar and performances of UTSAV Dance and Music Festival till 21st September: The Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts Centre: Dance performances by Birju Maharaj and troupe and Alarmel Valli.
23rd till 29th Sept: Illustrated talks at Barnard College, Columbia University. Contact Prof Uttara Asha Coorlawala
- Wesleyan University, New Haven
29th Sept: Illustrated talk on Dance in Indian Films, at Dance Dept: Wesleyan University
30thSept: leaving for Montreal, Canada

September 4 & 27, 2014 New Delhi & Bangalore
- Sept 4: Sharmila Mukerjee performs Odissi at SAARE JAHAAN SE ACCHA festival of dance.
At: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, 7pm.
- Sept 27: Sharmila Mukerjee and the Sanjali Dance Ensemble present an Odissi performance at KINKINI FESTIVAL.
At: JSS Auditorium Jayanagar, Bangalore, 7.30pm
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September 19 - 24, 2014 Mysore
The 28th Pallavothsava, National Level Classical Dance & Music Festival under the aegis of Vasundhara Performing Art Centre Trust, Mysore, will be held for six days.
- Sept 19:
Vasundhara Doraswamy’s latest choreography in Vasundhara style SAPTAGIRISHA PANIGRAHANA with lyrics by Late Sarot Ashwath, performed by Vasundhara & her disciples 
- Sept 20:
Apoorva K Keshava, disciple of Soundarya Srivatsa (Bharatanatyam), Bangalore
Sayani Nath, disciple of Emelee Ghosh (Kathak), Kolkata
Akshatha Y, disciple of Sandesh Bhargav (Bharatanatyam)
- Sept 21:
Aishwarya, student of Anuradha Vikrant (Bharatanatyam), Bangalore
Malavika Vasudevan, disciple of Kalamandalam Jayasree Vasudevan and T.P Vasudevan Namboothiri (Kuchipudi), Kerala
ShwethaVenkatesh, disciple of Dr. Suparna & Sai Venkatesh (Bharatanatyam), Bangalore
- Sept 22:
Shilpa Hegde from Hubli will render Hindustani vocal
Shruthi Jain and Rajashree Das, disciples of G. Ratheesh Babu of Bhilai (Bharatanatyam)
M.S. Archana presents Bharatanatyam
- Sept 23:
Carnatic vocal by Varuni C Rao
Bharatanatyam by Khushi Jain,V.L. Soujanya & Poulami Roy, disciples of Rakhi Jayant Roy from Chattisgharh.
Kathak by Lopamudra Roychoudhary from West Bengal, disciple of Dr. Malabika Mitra
- Sept 24:
Sikaa Bhatacharya from Hoogly, disciple of Kanan Sen and Madhumita Roy (Kathak)
Mrudhula Bhasker, disciple of Mithun Shyam (Bharatantayam)
Gauri Anil Swakul, Pune disciple of Maneesh Sathe (Kathak)
At: J.M. Palace Auditorium, K.V. Road, Mysore, 6pm
Info: (0821) 2542819 /

September 19 - 26, 2014 Mumbai

Bringing together the cream of senior classical dancer-choreographers who have displayed startlingly contemporary sensibilities throughout their long careers, the NCPA Centre for the Promotion of Arts and Culture Trust (CPAC) presents the NAKSHATRA DANCE FESTIVAL, showcasing classical dance traditions that are ancient in essence, yet continually evolving.
- Sept 19 - 21: NEPATHYA, An exhibition of the costuming traditions of performing arts of Kerala. There will be a display of Kathakali and Mohiniattam costumes and clay pots depicting the elaborate facial make-up that the dance characters display. The exhibit has been conceived and curated by Mandakini Trivedi and Kalamandalam Piyal Bhattacharya
At: Experimental Theatre, 5pm
- Sept 20: CHATURVIDH, Odissi by Sharmila Biswas and OVM ensemble
Chaturvidh is created in the traditional vocabulary of the Odissi repertoire but each dance piece repeatedly finds reference in the contemporary life. Devi Bharani, the mystical and spectacular ritual of the spirit of the devi rising, Abartan Bibartan, the flow of life, the eternal sentiments of a mother in Yashoda’s story, Maya Manav, an observation on the perpetual human quest for the unattainable and Murchhana, all are a connection to history and epitomizes the aesthetics, art and culture of the society.
At: Experimental Theatre, 7pm
- Sept 20 & 21: As part of the Nakshatra Dance Festival, the NCPA offers a unique two day BHARATANATYAM WORKSHOP by the legendary C V Chandrasekhar.
To register, please call Binaifar Bhesania at 66223822/ 9869112010
- Sept 20: PANCHAMAHABHUTAM by C.V. Chandrasekhar and troupe
Panchamahabhutam is a journey into the idea and philosophy of the five primordial elements, Prithvi (Earth), Akasa (Ether/Space), Jala (Water), Vayu (Wind) and Agni (Fire). Beginning with an invocatory verse of Siva, an embodiment of the five elements, the prelude is followed by five sections each dedicated to the five elements, as we encounter it in World and Nature. Each segment ends with a prayer to the Supreme Spirit personified as the element.
At: Experimental Theatre, 7pm
- Sept 21: URVASHI SHAPAM - Mohiniattam and Kathakali - by Mandakini Trivedi and Kalamandalam Piyal
Derived from the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata, this is a story of a woman’s rejection and rage. Based on the famous attakatha ‘Kalkeya Vadham’ penned by the legendary Kottayattu Tampuran, this challenging story is one of the few kathas in Kathakali where the female character is in a major role.
At: Experimental Theatre, 7pm
- Sept 26: SAMIDHA & TRAYYANTA (Odissi & Bharatanatyam)
*Odissi by Daksha Mashruwala and the students of Kaishiki
At Kaishiki dance is SAMIDHA, an offering of their devotion and an essential medium for a higher purpose. The evening begins with a shloka from the Upanishad- Isha Vasyam Idham Sarvam, then move along to an item yet again seeped in the emotions of patriotism. The next song Vaishnavajan To Tene Kahiye was Gandhiji’s favourite bhajan set to the backdrop of life, in his Ashram. The performance ends with Mangalam, an invocation to our universe.
*Bharatanatyam by Vaibhav Arekar and troupe
A presentation based on the philosophical truths culled out of a collective understanding of the Upanishad. TRAYYANTA, an endeavor in its entirety, is a quest at the macrocosmic level that signifies the pursuit of the human race to find a deeper meaning of life beyond the mundane existence as propounded in the Upanishad. And at the microcosmic level, the quest of the choreographer to re-investigate the power of abstractions and images in Bharatanatyam to  perceive and project the Upanishadic truths.
At: Experimental Theatre, 7pm
Info: (022) – 22824567 / 66223724

September 24 - 26, 2014 Bhubaneswar
9th DEVDASI NATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL takes place at Rabindra Mandap daily from 6.30 - 9.30pm.
- Sept 24: Lingaraj Pradhan (Odissi), Rukmini Vijayakumar (Bharatanatyam), Dali Basu Choudhury (Odissi), Sreelakshmi Govardhan (Kuchipudi), Lokendrajit Singh (Manipuri)
- Sept 25: Rahul Acharya (Odissi), Rajashree Warrier (Bharatanatyam), Mallika Kandali (Sattriya), Dibyashree Panda (Odissi), K Manoj Kumar (Kathakali)
- Sept 26: Sangeeta Dash (Odissi), Sunanda Nair (Mohiniattam), Deepika Reddy (Kuchipudi), Malti Shyam (Kathak), Tulika Tripathy (Odissi)
Contact Jagabandhu Jena: 09861064198 /

September 25, 2014 Kolkata
UTSAV, annual students presentation by Brindar (Ranan's Kathak training wing) conceived, choreographed and conducted by Debashree Bhattacharya
Venue: Gyan Manch, Kolkata, 7pm
Info: / 9830348443

September 25, 2014 Berlin
Janaki Rangarajan presents ANTARYATRA - THE JOURNEY WITHIN, a dance production in Bharatanatyam
Venue: Auditorium, Indian Embassy, Tiergartenstr. 17, 10785 Berlin, 6pm
Admission to event is free, a maximum of 200 guests are admitted.
Information / registration: 030-257954-03/-05
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September 25 & 26, 2014 London

Wild Card returns with more specially curated evenings from a new generation of dance makers, bringing fresh perspectives to the stage. For each Wild Card, an up-and-coming artist is given the opportunity to present work that excites them alongside their own. UK born and raised dance artist Seeta Patel has been championing Bharatanatyam for many years. Under the guidance of her teacher Mavin Khoo, she has become a growing voice for the form. SOMETHING THEN, SOMETHING NOW is an intimate evening of dance and music. After a solo work by Patel, she offers a rare opportunity to see seasoned dancer and musician Pushkala Gopal in an up-close presentation of song and abhinaya.
At: Lilian Baylis Studio, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R, 7.45pm

September 25 - 30, 2014New Delhi

To mark four decades since Geeta Chandran’s arangetram, IN THE CLICK OF A MOVEMENT exhibition of iconic photo images by Rakesh Sahai, celebrate the dancer’s artistry.
At: lobby of the India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road (Entry via Gate # 3), daily 10am to 8pm 
Contact Natya Vriksha: (011) – 26964964. Entry is free.

September 25 - October 21, 2014 New Delhi

Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra presents its 58th edition of the enchanting RAMLILA, a mythology that has eternally captured the soul, in its much awaited unfolding of the messages of Rama’s enunciations on the wheel of karma; consequences of past deeds, layers of karma that comprise the journey of life and the larger cosmic purpose that seeks to be fulfilled, where devotion, loyalty, family relationships and respect to elders are paramount. The Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s Ramlila is produced and directed by Shobha Deepak Singh (Director -Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra).
At: Kendra Lawn, 1, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi, from 6.30pm to 9.15pm
Entry by tickets available at Kendra, 1, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi
Contact: (011) – 43503333 /23386428/ 29

September 26, 2014 Bangalore

AKKA MAHADEVI, a solo thematic Bharatanatyam production by Manjula Amaresh (disciple of the Dhananjayans & Kalanidhi Narayanan)
At: Yavanika, (Next to RBI), Nrupatunga Road, Bangalore at 6.30 pm.
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September 26, 2014 Chennai

Ranga Mandira presents the DVD and book launch of NAMMAI MARANDARAI NAAM MARAKKAMATTOM, the story of Madhavi of Silappadikaram. The book is written by Dr. Swarnamalya Ganesh. After a successful stage presence, this epic dance drama has taken shape into a filmed version in a DVD format. Shot on high definition, it will bring the sounds and colors of the Sangam age alive.
At: Rani Seethai Hall, Anna Salai, 6.15pm

September 26, 2014 Delhi
Swaranjali in association with Lok Manch presents MURCHHANA FESTIVAL.
- Classical vocal recitals by disciples of Subrata Das, Damodar Lal Ghosh & Saroj Mohanty
- Sitar group recital by disciples of Subrata
- Tabla Taal Tarang by disciples of Pradip Kumar Sarkar
- Kathak by disciples of Lily Bhattacherjee
At: Vasuki Auditorium, Lok Kala Manch, 20, Lodhi Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003, 6pm. All are welcome.
RSVP: 9810502396, 9891720294 /

September 26, 2014 New Delhi
Gandharva Mahavidyalaya continues its 75 years' celebrations with UDGAAR, a Kathak performance by Moumala Nayak.
At: Sannidhi, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi, 6.30pm.

September 26, 2014 Mumbai

Sankhya presents TRAYYANTA - AVASTHARAHIT (a production based on Upanishads) at NCPA. 
At: Tata Theatre, 7pm
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September 26, 2014 Montreal, Canada

Kala Bharati presents CELEBRATING RESONANCES IN CULTURAL DIVERSITY. The evening’s proceedings have been inspired by Bulaadhar, a painting of a totem pole by Premola Ghose, of India International Centre, Delhi, gifted to Kala Bharati after she visited them this summer. In talking about her creative source, she states: “Bulaadhar is a direct take off from what I saw in Ottawa, only that the animals on it are from India.”
At: Le Niketan 3410 A Sherbrooke St East, Montreal, 8pm
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September 26 - 28, 2014 Bangalore

Dr. Seshadri Iyengar and Chitra Arvind present a Contemporary dance piece based on Tiffany Art by Usha Dinakar as part of Nupura Nitya Nritya Dance Festival 2014 on 26th, 27th and 28th of Sept 2014 at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore at 11am.
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September 27, 2014 Gurgaon

Delhi Dance Academy's annual show AVAJARRED 3 - performances in 13 + dance genres featuring 200 dancers at Ambience Mall, Gurgaon is its biggest annual show till date. About 1.5 lakh customers will witness the show.
Venue: Reliance Atrium, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon, 5pm till 10pm
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September 27 & 28, 2014 Delhi

DIVINITY SERIES, a Jyostna Shourie Dance Society initiative, is a two-day dance and music festival. Divinity Series 2014 has added music to its repertoire this year. 
- Sept 27
6pm: Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy from Nrityagram, Bangalore
- Sept 28  
6pm: Lakshmi Parthasarathy Athreya from Chennai
7.30pm: Hindustani vocalist Kaushiki Chakraborty from Calcutta
At: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi
Info: 90153 60000 /

September 28, 2014 New Delhi
Kathak duet by Rashmi Uppal (disciple of Bharti Gupta and Aditi Mangaldas) and Manisha Gulyani (disciple of Pt. Girdhari Majaraj) in an intertwining of Lucknow and Jaipur gharana.
At: India International Centre, Delhi, 7pm. Seating on first come first served.

September 28, 2014 Tanjavur
Dr. Padmaja Suresh gives Bharatanatyam performance at Big Temple, Brahadeeshwarar, Tanjavur at 7pm.

September 28, 2014 London
DANCING DEITIES by Kshetra Dance Company commences with a vibrant pushpanjali, then to the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The journey continues into the battle between the serpent and Lord Krishna. Then, the marriage of Lord Mahadeva in a different form is narrated. Another piece portraying power of Shakti is also depicted, concluding with a thillana.
Featuring: Santosh Menon, Bhagya Lakshmi Thyagarajan,  Swarup Menon, Adity Roy, Vinod Nair, Kaushalya Kularatnam, Dushyanthi Anathanan, Latha Niranjan, Sivaraji Sivakumar and Vineeth Pillai.
At: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London, 6pm

September 29, 2014 Bangalore
At: Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, 6.30pm

September 29, 2014 Gurgaon
UTSAV - Ranjana's Odissi Dance Academy is organising a dance festival NRITYA VENI, an Indo- German collaboration. Featuring Bharati Avireddy (Kuchipudi, Germany), Vrinda Chaddha (Odissi, Odisha), and Odissi by Utsav’s repertory.
At: Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector -44, Gurgaon 122001, 7.30pm

September 29 - Oct 10, 2014 South India
Suman Sarawgi and her troupe Sparsh present LEISEM: CREATION, a choreographic presentation in Manipuri dance style.
29th Sept: Bangalore
30th Sept :Chennai
1st Oct: Trichy
2nd Oct: Trivandrum
3rd Oct: Cochin
5th Oct: Idukki
6th Oct: Pallakad
7th Oct: Palakad
10th Oct: Kozikode
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September 30, 2014  Kottayam, Kerala
Sneha Devanandan, disciple of Padmini Ramachandran, presents  Bharatanatyam , 7pm 
At: Panachikadu Saraswathi Temple for Dakshina Mookambi National Festival For Dance and Music.