December 6, 2014 London

Jayashree Sundaresan’s performance with live orchestra at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan auditorium, London, for raising funds for Samantha Dixon brain tumour trust and cancer research, UK.
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December 6 & 7, 2014 Singapore
The ‘First International Conference on the Emergence, Development and Future Directions of Bharatanatyam in Singapore and Malaysia’ will be held on December 6th and 7th 2014. The conference is being jointly organised by Nrityalaya Aesthetics Society and N Dance & Yoga, with support from the National Arts Council (Singapore) and NUS Centre For the Arts. This event has been conceived and curated by native Singaporean dancer, choreographer and researcher Nirmala Seshadri, a recipient of the Young Artist Award (National Arts Council, Singapore) and N Dance & Yoga’s Artistic Director.
The conference will witness a coming together of internationally renowned Indian classical dance scholars, practitioners and researchers from Malaysia, UK, Chennai, India, USA, Canada, Japan and Singapore. Keynote lectures will be presented by Santha Bhaskar (Cultural Medallion recipient and pioneering force in the field of Bharatanatyam in Singapore) and Professor Urmimala Sarkar (Social Anthropologist and Dance Studies scholar at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, India). Other luminaries in the field who will present papers include Sadanand Menon (India), Professor Davesh Soneji (Canada), Dr. Ann David (UK), Professor Hari Krishnan (USA), Dr. Yoshiaki Takemura (Japan), Dr. Joseph Gonzales (Malaysia) and Dr. Premalatha Thiagarajan (Malaysia). Scholars and researchers from Singapore include Dr. Caren Carino, Dr. Siri Rama, Dr. Gauri Krishnan, Nirmala Seshadri, Aparna Nambiar and Dr. Wong Chee Meng. A special slot for exploratory works by practitioners and choreographers will feature the work of Kavitha Krishnan, Aravinth Kumarasamy, Ampili Predeep and Kiran Kumar. Roundtable sessions will draw in members from diverse sections of the wider society to discuss crucial issues pertaining to the practice of Bharatanatyam in this region.
At the Stephen Riady Centre, University Town, National University of Singapore.
- December 6
8.15- 9am Registration
9 – 9.30am Arrival of Guest of Honour, Ms Kathy Lai, CEO, National Arts Council (Singapore)
Opening address: Nirmala Seshadri, Curator, ICBS 2014
9.30 – 10am: Keynote Speech 1, “Bharatanatyam in Singapore: Journey in Time” by Santha Bhaskar (Artistic Director, Bhaskars Arts Academy, Singapore)
10 – 10.15am: Tea
10.15- 11.45am: Panel Presentation 1, History of Bharatanatyam: Singapore & Malaysia
Chair: Sadanand Menon
 “Mapping Representations of Tamil Devadāsī Dance in the Malay Peninsula, c. 1890-1948”
by Prof. Davesh Soneji (Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, Canada)
“The Aesthetic Influences of Tamil Cinema on Bharatanatyam in Singapore” by Prof. Hari Krishnan (Department of Dance, Wesleyan University, USA)
“Rathi Karthigesu: pioneer in Singapore’s emergent Bharatanatyam landscape” by Dr. Ann David (Head of Dance Department, University of Roehampton, UK)
11.45– 1.15pm: Panel Presentation 2,  Bharatanatyam and Identity
Chair: Dr. Premalatha Thiagarajan
“Bharatanatyam as Singapore heritage” by Dr. Gauri Krishnan (Director, Indian Heritage Centre, Singapore)
“Role of Bharatanatyam in the Socio-cultural life of the Indian Diaspora in Singapore” by Aparna Nambiar (Artist/Researcher, Singapore)
“Why do we learn Bharatanatyam?”: Symbolic Boundary Making and Social Exclusion by Lavanya Ramesh (PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore)
1.15-2pm: Lunch
2 – 3pm: Roundtable discussion 1, Moderator: Dr. Caren Carino 
“Present-day teaching, practice and performance of Bharatanatyam”
Panelists: Ajith Bhaskaran (Performer/Choreographer/Artistic Director Suvarna Fine Arts, JB),
Apsara Ram Gopal (Performer/Teacher/Founder Kshetra Academy, PJ, Malaysia), Bhanumathi Krishnan (Choreographer/Teacher, JB, Malaysia), Durga Mani Maran (Performer / Choreographer / Founder Tripataka, Singapore), Meenakshy Bhaskar (Performer/Choreographer, Nrityalaya Aesthetics Society, Singapore & Bhaskar’s Arts Academy, California), Dr. Siri Rama (Dancer / Teacher/Choreographer/Researcher, Singapore/India), Yam Boon Fong (Bharatanatyam Practitioner, Senior Specialist (Dance), Ministry of Education, Singapore)
3 – 3.30pm: Tea
3.30 – 5.30pm: Exploratory Works: Practitioners & Choreographers
Chair: Aparna Nambiar
 “Tradition & Transition” by Kavitha Krishnan (Artistic Director, Maya Dance Theatre, Singapore)
“Beyond the Solo Maargam in Bharatanatyam” by Aravinth Kumaraswamy (Managing & Creative Director, Apsaras Arts, Singapore)
“Carnatic Music and its Interaction with Bharatanatyam” by Ampili Pradeep (Vocalist/ Teacher/Composer, Nrityalaya Aesthetics Society, Singapore)
“Indiscipline: Cracking Dance and New Media” by Kiran Kumar (Artist/Researcher/Writer, Singapore/Berlin)
– December 7
9- 9.15am: Opening Comments
9.15 – 10am: Keynote speech 2, “Yet another gendered reading of Bharatanatyam: constructions
within a trans- generational/ trans-geographical/ trans-cultural visibility” by Assoc Prof. Urmimala Sarkar Munsi (School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)
10 – 10.15am: Tea
10.15 – 11.45am: Panel Presentation 4, Building bridges: Bharatanatyam in education
Chair: Peter Gn (Choreographer/Researcher Senior Soecialist (Dance), Ministry of Education,
“Crossing Borders in Bharatanatyam at Aswara” by Dr. Joseph Gonzales (Dean, Faculty of Dance, Aswara, Malaysia)
“Bharatanatyam at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts: Emulation, Rejection and Negotiation of Western Constructs” by Dr. Caren Carino (Head of Dance, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore)
“The role of Bharata Natyam in the growth and development of the Indian dance section of the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF)” by Dr. Siri Rama
11.45 – 1.15pm: Panel Presentation 3, Bharatanatyam: Inter/Multi-cultural and collaborative
Chair: Dr. Ann David
“Performing Bharata Natyam: Cultural Authority and Multiculturalism in the Little Red Dot”
by Dr. Nidya Shanthini Manokara (Lecturer, Wee Kim Wee School of Information and
Communication, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
“The Challenge of Intercultural Dialogue with Bharatanatyam in Singapore” by Dr. Wong Chee Meng (Post Doctoral Fellow, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
“Then & Now/This & That: A Continuing Conversation” by Nirmala Seshadri
1.15– 1.45pm: Lunch break
1.45 – 2.45pm: Roundtable discussion 2:
2.45 – 4.15pm: Panel Presentation 5, “Bharatanatyam and the Negotiation of Geographies and
Moderator: Dr. Stephanie Burridge
Panelists: Kelvin Ang (Director, Conservation Management, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore), Kiran Kumar, Prof. Mohd. Anis Md Nor (Professor of Ethnochoreology and Ethnomusicology, University of Malaya), Pooja Makhijani (Writer / Editor/Blogger/Social Media Maven/Amateur Dancer, Singapore/USA), Sabanitha Shanmugasundram (Dancer / Media Professional, Singapore), Shobha Vadrevu (Research Scholar, Singapore)
‘Gender, Contested Spaces & the Positioning of Bharatanatyam’ by Prof. Davesh Soneji
“Choreographing History: Emergence of Male Dancers in Malaysia” by Dr. Premalatha Thiagarajan (Head of Dance Department, University of Malaya, Malaysia)
“Letting the Body Move: Chandralekha’s Demystification of Cultural Pasts” by Sadanand Menon (Arts Editor/Lecturer of Cultural Journalism/Writer, India)
 “Positioning Bharatanatyam in Singapore in the 21st Century: Ethnic/National/South Asian or World Dance?” by Dr. Yoshiaki Takemura (Ph.D. Research Fellow, Center for Contemporary India Area Studies, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan)
4.15 – 4.30 pm: Tea
4.30 – 5.30pm: Roundtable discussion 3: “Re-envisioning Indian Dance in the 21st
Moderators: Prof. Hari Krishnan & Nirmala Seshadri
Panelists: Santha Bhaskar, Shanta Ratii (Dancer/Choreographer/Filmmaker, Singapore),
Kavitha Krishnan (Artistic Director, Maya Dance Theatre, Singapore), Dr. Joseph Gonzales,
Dr. Yoshiaki Takemura
5.30 - 6pm: Closing session with closing remarks by Sadanand Menon
Info:  /

December 7 & 12, 2014 Spain

For the new creation IMPRO (working title), a variety of instruments gather around Ferran's soulful voice and Shantala Shivalingappa's delicate gestures : Driss El Maloumi's Oud, Nedyalko Nedyalkov's Kaval, David Mayoral's Percussions and Jordi Gaspar's double bass. Compelled by the unique and specific sounds of these talented musicians, Ferran and Shantala invited them to share a very promising residency in Rome where they will experiment, invent and create together, a new show to be performed in Spain.
Creation in December 2014.  Co-production: Mercat de le Flors, Barcelona; Festival Temporada Alta, Girona; FIND, India-Europe Foundation for New Dialogues – Rome / Paris / Lausanne / Varanasi
Dec 7: Temporada Alta, Teatre de Salt, Girona
Dec 12, 13 and 14: Mercat de Les Flors, Barcelona

December 7 - 14, 2014 Spain
Following the release of his new album IMPRO, Ferran Savall and dancer Shantala Shivalingappa, long-standing friends and collaborators, create a new program together. Accompanied by four musical accomplices, they explore and play with music and movement.
December 7 – Girona, December 12, 13 and 14, Barcelona

December 8 - 28, 2014 Canary Islands
3rd International Interdisciplinary NO BORDERS project in collaboration with & supported by Teatro Guimera and Ayuntamiento de Arafo
From 8th – 28th December 2014 at Canary Islands – Tenerife – Spain
Performance │Dance │ Visual Arts │ Spirituality
Fees: 670 Euros for international applicants
600 Euros for Indian, Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian, Philippine, Chinese, African
Fee includes accommodation and 3 meals/weekdays
Scholarships are available for people with financial difficulties. Specify reasons in the motivation letter.
Facilitated & Organized by: Vangelis Legakis
Coordinated by: Acerina Amador
Teachers: Vangelis Legakis, Acerina Amador, Goran Bogdanovski,
Sandra Dorem, Bibiana Crespo, Camila Cavieres
Accommodation:  /Theater Performance: 
Exhibition Hall:
The 2nd project in 2013 was created in China – Xiamen supported by and in collaboration with
Xiamen University, Xiamen Kendo-Yishan & Massbox Art Camp
The 1st project in 2012 was created in Thailand, Chiang Mai Supported by and in collaboration with Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai Dramatic College and The Yoga Tree
Send your CV and a motivation letter latest by 3rd November 2014

December 19 - 21, 2014 Chennai
Kartik Fine Arts presents LOTUSES BLOSSOM: THE CREATIVE PROCESS, conference / performance conclave. Curator & Convener: Malavika Sarukkai
Morning sessions: 9.30am to 12.30pm, evening sessions: 5pm to 8pm
Venue: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore

December 22, 2014 Delhi
Swaranjali presents CHAYANIKA (an evening of Indian classical Music and Dance) featuring solo sitar recital by  Subrata De & Sreyashi Dey and the Srishti Dances ensemble (in a new Odissi - Bharatanatyam collaborative choreographic work)
Dancers: Sreyashi Dey, Ishika and Kritika Rajan in Odissi and Vertika Srivastava, Krithika and Akshaya Rajkumar in Bharatanatyam
At: Stein Auditorium, Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Rd, New Delhi 110003, 7pm
Admission free
Contact: 9910300319 /

January 1, 2015 Chennai

On Vaikunda Eakaadasi Day, NAADABRAHMAM ART FESTIVAL concludes with Bharatakalanjali's SRIRAAMA PATTAABHISHEKAM (Scenes from Ramanatakam)
At: Ramakrishna Mission High school premises, opp T. Nagar Main Bus terminus, 6 to 8pm

January 15 - 18, 2015 New Delhi

Gati presents the third edition of IGNITE! Festival of Contemporary Dance featuring BRUISE BLOOD by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, LIVE by Navtej Singh Johar and Ben Riepe, PUSHED by Padmini Chettur Dance Company.

February 6 - 15, 2015 Bangalore
The next edition of the ATTAKKALARI INDIA BIENNIAL, South Asia's largest international contemporary dance and digital arts festival, will be held from 6th to 15th February 2015. This edition of the Biennial is conceived around the theme DANCE CONNECT and true to this idea, will strive to foster new connections in producing, presenting and receiving contemporary dance locally and globally. Over the last six editions, the Attakkalari India Biennial has managed to develop audiences for Contemporary Dance throughout South Asia through its many strategic and imaginative initiatives and interventions.
Held over 10 days in multiple venues across Bangalore with satellite events in other cities in South Asia, the Attakkalari India Biennial, apart from the Main Stage performances, will also include the Emerging South Asia Platform, Seminars, Colloquia and Meet the Artist sessions, a residency on Writing on Dance, Master Classes and FACETS the international choreography residency.
For more details, and if you would like to support, participate, intern with or volunteer, write to

February 19 - 23, 2015 Konark, Odisha
Guru Gangadhar Pradhan Foundation presents the 30th edition of the KONARK DANCE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL.
At: Open air theatre, Konark Natya Mandap, 7pm daily
Info: (06758) - 236835 / + 91 9937008022 /

July 2 - 5, 2015 Birmingham, UK
NAVADISHA 2015 - New Dynamics in South Asian Dance @ mac, Birmingham, UK
A major British based international dance conference in partnership with Sampad - South Asian Arts, SADAA South Asian Dance Alliance and New Dimensions Arts Management, featuring young and established artists & commentators from around the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Asia.
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