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August 2014

Anita says.....

August 2014

Time flies when you are older. It is more true than ever. The second half of the year is upon us, the sun has begun its descent and festival time is upon us in India. In the midst of summer’s blaze, dance is more present than ever – in parks, gardens, lakes, galleries and malls around the world. In this dizzying world of change, blurring images and mind numbing information, we notice that as the world hurtles onwards, the system and methodology of dance training in India has not changed as much. Speaking on this subject in Chennai was Leela Samson- ever thoughtful and articulate – about how each teacher must be respectful of the student and realistic about expectations from the guru-sishya alchemy. An urban experience and diasporic histories must be considered when transferring traditional knowledge systems like the classical arts.

The big news/controversy in the dance world is the recent decision of the Indian Culture Ministry to divide the responsibility of selecting dancers for the international FESTIVALS OF INDIA. With the government committed to showcasing Indian culture through dance and music in over 15 countries over the next three years, the thorny minefield of artiste selection once again rears its head. The ICCR chairman Dr. Karan Singh is resigning and his successor will be named this month. Across the world, ministries and embassies are being asked to clear the backlog of paperwork and streamline their work culture. In India the four government funded institutions, Kalakshetra (Chennai), Jawaharlal Nehru Manipuri Dance Academy (Imphal), Koodiyattam Kendra (Trissur) and Kathak Kendra (New Delhi) have been asked to put forth their large group productions for these PR junkets. In a bid to de-centralise artiste selections for solo and smaller group presentations, the Ministry of Culture has divided responsibility previously resting only with the ICCR New Delhi, into two geographical divisions. Sangeet Natak Akademi in Delhi for North India and Kalakshetra in Chennai for the rest of the country. The thorny issue is that one organisation is a cultural apex body with a national representation of artistes from around the country (SNA) and the other a dance school teaching one style of Bharatanatyam (Kalakshetra).

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Roving Eye: A section of impressions, images and inspirations
Curated by Anita Ratnam

This section reflects my inspirations and moods as my feet and mind travel this amazing planet.
Thank you all for the positive response to the earlier editions of Roving Eye.
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In the news

- The Music Academy confers SANGITA KALANIDHI award on eminent vocalist and mridangist 82 year old T.V. Gopalakrishnan popularly known as TVG, on January 1, 2015, at the Sadas. The Music Academy presents Bharatanatyam dancer Leela Samson with NATYA KALA ACHARYA at the inaugural function of the Dance Festival on January 3, 2015.

- Parwati Dutta, director and guru of Mahagami Gurukul was conferred with BHARAT KALA RATNA National Award by Navaneetham Cultural Trust at Kerala Sangeet Natak Academy, Thrissur, Kerala on 14 July 2014 at the hands of Chairman of Cultural Council. The award was given for her contribution and artistic services in field of Indian dance.

- The Ministry of Culture, Govt of India, has selected the following candidates for the Award of Senior and Junior Fellowships for 2012-13 for dance and dance music.
Senior Fellowships: Narthaki Nataraj & Dr. Lakshmi Ramaswamy (Bharatanatyam), Swati Ajay Mehta, Reema Goyal & Manjiri Makarand Karulkar (Kathak), Devulapalli Uma & Guda Sumitra (Kuchipudi), Kalamandalam Kavitha (Mohiniattam), Guru Ramhari Das, Shyamhari Chakra, Aruna Mohanty, Niranjan Patra & Braja Kishore Mallik (Odissi), P.N. Padmanabha Pillai, Kalamandalam Soman & P.K Rajumohan (Kathakali), Biranchi Mohanta (Chhau), Loknath Saha (Gaudia Nritya), Kusha Mahanta (Sattriya), Dharmendra Kumar Mishra, Naresh Rani, Dr. K Suvarchala Devi (others)
Junior Fellowships: R Vijay Madhavan, Bijal Vipul Haria & Bhramari Shivaprakash (Bharatanatyam), Santosh Kumar, Shailja Bisht, Astha Godbole Karlekar & Manisha Gulyani (Kathak), Sampreeti Malladi (Kuchipudi), Nikhila G.M (Mohiniattam), Rahul Acharya, Bandita Ghosal, Rama Chandra Behera & Priti Ranjan Swain (Odissi), Namaram Rajeshwor Singh & Leiphrakpam Rasheshwari Devi (Manipuri), Aheibam Rishikesh Singh (Thang-Ta), Haripriya P.S (Kathakali), Foren Narayan Dhada & Rajatendu Rath (Chhau), Sudeshna Majumder (Gaudia Nritya), Bhabananda Hazarika (Sattriya), Pujita Krishna Jyoti, Iliya Mukherjee & Raja Anand (others)

- At the 27th Annual Day Celebrations of ABHAI on August 3, 2014 Vyjayanthimala Bali receives the NATYA KALANIDHI award, KALA SEVA NIDHI to Adyar K Rama Rao,   GANDHARVA NIPUNA to K Rajasekharan and NARTAKA NIPUNA to Sathyanarayana Raju, at Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai.

- On August 4, 2014 Natyarangam confers SUDHARANI RAGHUPATHY ENDOWMENT AWARD on B Kannan (veena for Bharatanatyam), OBUL REDDY ENDOWMENT AWARD for Bharatanatyam dancer Vaibhav Arekar, VASANTHALAKSHMI NARASIMHACHARI AWARD for Manjula Amaresh (for talent promotion), SPECIAL AWARD OF EXCELLANCE to Rajkumar Bharati (music composer for dance), at Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai.


- Gati Summer Dance Residency presents
All warmed up

At Max Mueller Bhavan
July 31 – Aug 2, 2014 Delhi

- Sai Arts International presents
Sai Nrityotsav 63

Krishna Devaraya Kalamandira, 5.30pm
August 1, 2014 Bangalore

- Natya & Stem Dance Kampni present
Kathak Through the Ages

Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 6.30pm
August 8, 2014 Bangalore

- Natyasaraswathi with Devmudraa presents
Nrithyabharathi 2014

Aug 15, 2014 Aurangabad

- SUNAINA presents 
Krishnamayee Meera Andal

Stein Auditorium, 7pm
August 27, 2014 New Delhi

Roses & Thorns

- Dancers question new govt. guidelines by Anita Joshua
Artists of high calibre will not appear for an audition before the selection board.


- Attakkalari announces
Attakkalari Talent Academy &
Tata Education Trust Attakkalari Fellowship


- Nrityalaya Aesthetics Society & N Dance & Yoga present
International Conference on Bharatanatyam

Dec 6 & 7, 2014 Singapore
Call for Abstracts: Deadline Aug 31, 2014

- Cirque du Soleil looking for
Female contemporary dancer
For ‘Love’, Las Vegas

Apply immediately


- Sarvam Foundation presents
Dance residency with Rama Vaidyanathan

August 1 - 3, 2014 Puducherry

- Sparsh Studio organizes
Odissi workshop
By Sujata Mohapatra
Aug 11 – 15, 2014 Kolkata


- Lakshmi Parthasarathy Athreya’s pleasant recital by Dr. Sunil Kothari
Performing at Habitat Centre, New Delhi on 2nd July, Chitra Visweswaran’s disciple Lakshmi Parthasarathy Athreya from Chennai impressed the select gathering with her pleasant Bharatanatyam recital.

- Love conquers the terror of death by Dr. S D Desai
The power of the eminent Oriya poet Ramakant Rath’s poetry in Sri Radha gets felt from time to time when Suprava Mishra in slow motion emotes in Odissi dance style to an expressive recital of the poet’s lines in the 90-minute dance drama.

- Kapaalgeeti-Vyahriti by Piyal Bhattacharya by Nita Vidyarthi  
Piyal Bhattacharya commonly known as Kalamandalam Piyal has been striving for years in research on the reconstruction of dance prescribed and elucidated in Bharatamuni’s Natya Shastra. 

- Off the beaten track - Scintillating thematic presentation by Janaki Rangarajan by A. Boothalingam
It was a connoisseur’s delight to be present at the presentation of ‘Voices’, a concept developed by Janaki Rangarajan in collaboration with artists from New Delhi and Chennai.

- Manas is highlight of Yamini Muthanna’s recital by Dr. Sunil Kothari
On 8th July at India International Centre, Delhi, those who attended the Bharatanatyam performance of Yamini Muthanna were in for a surprise.

- Samanvayam: The Synergy by Phanisri Kuchibhotla
I am glad to have made it to this event to see two talented artists enthrall the crowd with their performance at the Historic Hoover Theater in San Jose, CA on July 13, 2014.


- DanSe Dialogues by Shveta Arora
To mark the conclusion of DanSe Dialogues, the Indo-French festival of contemporary dance, the ambassador of France, Francois Richier, hosted a discussion on ‘Locating Dance in India: Between Tradition and Contemporary’ moderated by Alka Pande.

- Monsoon Dance and Music festival by Supriya Rajan
Navaneetham Cultural Trust together with Somayya Trust, Mumbai, organized Monsoon Dance and Music Festival in Thrissur, Kerala, at the Sangeet Natak Academy Regional Theatre from July 14 to 19, 2014.

- Rangoli’s sparkling Gestures
On the stage of Electric Lodge on June 28 at Venice, California, Malathi Iyengar’s program titled Gestures offered the work of her dancers in an amalgam of traditional vocabulary. 

- Encounters of a rainy kind: Monsoon Memoirs by Sulagna Mukhopadhyay
As a continuation of Sapphire Quarterly, Sapphire presented with Mir, Monsoon Memoirs at Palladian Lounge on June 30, 2014.
- Workshop on Kuchipudi Tarangam by Srividya Angara Sinha
Lakshmi Mani, founder-director of Mani Manjeera, a dance school based out of Chennai, conducted a workshop on Kuchipudi Tarangam on the 12th and 13th of July in Bangalore.

- The seven essences of the arts: A satrangi performance by Shveta Arora
‘7 essence’ held at the IHC in Delhi was about seven artists sharing the stage with equal potential and complimenting each other.

- A century of Telugu dance traditions by Neeraja Murthy
The 16th edition of the annual dance magazine ‘attendance’ titled Telugu Traditions, chronicles the glorious history of classical dances of Telugus, with a focus on the future.

Book review

‘Mohiniattam-History, Techniques and Performance’ by Kalamandalam Sathyabhama by Padma Jayaraj
The book ‘Mohiniattam-History, Techniques and Performance’ (Mohiniattam Charithram Sindhadham Prayogam) by Kalamandalam Sathyabhama, co-authored by her daughter Kalamandalam Lathika Mohandas, is a delightful tapestry featuring the story of Mohiniattam traversing through five decades.


- Aruna Mohanty: The thinking dancer by Sutapa Patnaik
Too much of standardization in any process is the result of excessive mechanization which has very little scope in a free-thinking, free-flowing, continuity-based art form like dance.

- Kalamandalam C Gopalakrishnan by Vijay Shanker
Kathakali is the most difficult and strenuous classical dance among all the styles, hence that is one of the reasons there are few takers.

- Art of the matter by Tapati Chowdurie
Sangeet Natak Akademi chairperson Leela Samson on her time in Kalakshetra and the role SNA must play to promote the arts better.

- Adapting to change by Nita Vidyarthi
Odissi dancer Rajashree Chintak Behera seeks to popularise this art but not at the cost of compromising on quality.

- Behind the mask by Tapati Chowdhurie
Shashadhar Acharya, a custodian of Chhau dance, is hopeful that the dance will thrive.


- Mohiniyattam Missteps - A few observations by Methil Devika
Of all papers that I have come across, a must-read is the thesis by recent researcher Justine Alexia Lemos who has carefully detailed out the positioning of the form of Mohiniyattam vis-à-vis the socio-cultural context of the sambandham or ‘alliances’ rampant in Kerala in the 19th century

- Vowels of a bold gender alphabet by Geeta Chandran
So much has already been said and written on the daily horrors faced by women in India. So what can a dancer add?


Seen and Heard by Lakshmi Vishwanathan

- Etiquette for dancers
Most dancers today are well educated and learn early on, to conduct their careers suitably. From writing letters to organisations to applying for scholarships to meeting aficionados, they know pretty much what to do.

The Globetrotter column by Dr. Sunil Kothari

- Remembering Zohra Segal (1912-2014)
Born in Sharanpur in 1912, in a large orthodox Muslim family from Rampur, she was from a very young age of independent temperament.

- Natyanubhava – A film by Sharada Ramanathan
Produced with the assistance of Public Service Broadcasting Trust, Natyanubhava, a documentary on classical dance forms of India by film maker Sharada Ramanathan was screened at Gulmohor, India Habitat Centre, on 3rd July.

- O Friend, This Waiting!
O Friend, This Waiting! is a film on Kshetrayya’s padams by Bharatanatyam exponent Justin McCarthy and Sandhya Kumar. Made in 2012, it won an award in art film category at the 63rd Film Festival.

Dance History column by Ashish Mohan Khokar

- Contemporary Indian Dance
What is contemporary Indian dance and where is it headed? What is choreography? This search sets me thinking in light of Zohra Segal’s passing away on 10th of July in her Mandakini Enclave Delhi home, care of daughter Kiran Segal.


- Zohra Segal passed away on July 10, 2014 aged 102. A student of Mary Wigman, a dance partner of Uday Shankar, initiated into theatre by Prithviraj Kapoor, a collaborator of Guru Dutt, and a rustic traveller by heart, she represented an epic era of modern times. She was a dear teacher at the seminal Almora Center of Uday Shankar where Narendra Sharma was fortunate to learn principles of choreography under her.
More on Zohra Segal

- Zohra Segal (1912-2014) by Ashish Mohan Khokar
In the death of Zohra Segal, who witnessed a century of Indian dance and theatre, films and folk dances, an era is gone.

- A conversation with Zohra Segal 
Various personalities on Zohra.

- Image of a maestro by Anjana Rajan
Veteran Kathakali and Bharatanatyam guru A. Janardhanan remembers his brother disciple K.P. Kunhiraman who passed away recently.


If there is a problem, it is with the fashion of being a dancer, the pride that comes with knowing a little, the trendiness of it, the assumption that you can use it whichever way without in-depth knowledge of it or of oneself. The excessive talk about it at various ‘informed’ forums where the dissection of it does not match up to what the speaker does on stage.
- Leela Samson
(‘Art of the matter’ by Tapati Chowdurie, The Hindu Fri Review, July 4, 2014)


Look out for

- A Tribute to Martha Graham

- My Work, My Thoughts
Renowned architect Charles Correa discusses his creative process by looking at one particular project, the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon.

New Releases

- Nartanam Vol XIV No.2 is a special on the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy. The issue also carries tributes to late gurus Kalakshetra Kunhiraman and guru Jagannath Mahanta and late scholar Suresh Balabanta Ray, apart from a feature on late Maharaj Ghulam Hussain Kathak of Pakistan. Chavittunatakam, Prahlad Natak and reviews of the major dance events are the other features.

- The 16th edition of Ashish Mohan Khokar’s Attendance 2014 titled TELUGU TRADITIONS is put together by guest editor Ananda Shankar Jayant. This edition is dedicated to the composite and combined classical dance traditions of the Telugu people. A host of articles, interviews, personal memoirs, books, research articles, and write-ups reconstruct the creative journey of the many extraordinary artistes and encompasses the warp and weft of Telugu classical dance traditions. The 220 page multi-colour book has been designed by Pratima Sagar.
Price: Rs.1000

Meet the artistes

- Seventy-nine and light-footed by Jagyaseni Chatterjee
Bharatanatyam maestro C.V. Chandrasekhar proves that age is indeed just a number.

- She breathes dance by Shilpa Sebastien
Vibha learnt Kathak late in life and is now passionately promoting this performing art.

- Ambassador of arts by Tapati Chowdhurie
Starting in 1998, Chitra Shankar, an exponent of Bharatanatyam and Odissi, has been attracting dance lovers to her institute in Singapore.

More on the Arts

- Talent on the horizon by Leela Venkataraman
Udayaraga, the three-day festival of the Orissa Dance Academy, brought to the fore the flair of young dancers of different forms.

- Riveting imageries by Nita Vidyarthi
Abhinaya is Rajashree Behera’s forte, while Rahul Acharya shows his mastery over rhythm.

- Handle them with care by Archana Nathan
Leela Samson proposes an evaluation of teaching methodologies for dance.

- Fireworks of an artistic kind by Rupa Srikanth
‘Viralimalai Kuravanji’ was unabashed entertainment of the highest order.

- The Spiritual link by Vidya Saranyan
A new varnam was the highlight of Narthaki Natraj’s latest performance.

- Lavanya Ananth – Tradition to the modern by Sumathi Krishnan
Like the graceful surges of a flowing river Lavanya Ananth’s vazhavoor style of Bharathanatyam made for an awe inspiring performance in the cosy confines of the Redgum Community Centre.
- - Lines of grace by Nandini Ramani
Sri Ramya’s dance was marked by effortless adavus, mature hand gestures and interpretive aspects.

- Hands that talk by Suyash Gabriel
Kutiyattam exponent Gopal Venu on the intimate genre of Pavakathakali and reviving traditional performance art.

- Encounters with a king and a killer by Hareesh N. Nampoothiri
The performance of ‘Poothanamoksham’ and ‘Ravanolbhavam’ in the capital city proved to be an opportunity for Kathakali actors to prove themselves in solo roles.
- Mixed bag that was a bit too full by Archana Nathan
Colours of India was organised by Utsav Music for the 7th Edition of the Yagnaraman July Fest

- It's popular, it's beautiful by Archana Nathan
Clean lines, crisp footwork and apt abhinaya… Christopher Gurusamy’s performance was a treat to watch.

- Visually pleasing by Nandini Ramani
Kanaka Srinivasan, a veteran torch-bearer of the Vazhuvoor style, presented her disciple Uttara Rao at the annual Nalli Adi dance festival of Brahma Gana Sabha.


August 1, Mumbai

The students of Mohiniatta Nritya Kalakshetra felicitate Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon on her receiving the doctorate degree from the University of Mumbai. On this occasion a Mohiniattam recital will be performed by her senior disciples Reshma Kapshikar, Bindu Vinodhan, Anandi Kurup, Nalini Venugopal, Ankita Menon,  Laila Nair, Haridas Raghavan, and Radhika Radhakrishna.
At: Mysore Association, Bhaudaji Road, Matunga East, Mumbai 400019, 7pm

August 1 – 31, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore
Dance historian, scholar, author, critic Dr. Sunil Kothari's itinerary for August 2014.
- 4th Aug: Illustrated talk on Indian Dance, The Indian School, 11 am
- 5th Aug: Guest of honor at Annual Day celebrations of The Indian School
- 14th and 15th Aug: The Hindu Metro Plus Theatre Festival
- 15th Aug: Macbeth by Chorus Repertory Theatre, Imphal
- 16th Aug: Seminar on dance
- 17th Aug: Odissi dance festival arranged by Madhulita Mohapatra, Seva Sadan, 6pm
- 18th Aug: Odissi dance ensemble Nrityagram, paying tribute to Protima Bedi, Chowdiah Hall, 6pm
- 19th Aug: Illustrated talk on Sattriya Dance of Assam for IGNCA-SRC, at Bangalore International Centre, 6 pm. Chair: Dr Maya Rao.
- 21st Aug: Lec-dem: Manipuri with Anusha, S.N.D.T. women's University, Patkar Hall, 11am
Evening: Centenary celebration of Jamshed Bhaba, at NCPA, 6pm
- 22nd Aug: Shanta Rati Mishra's Moksha Katha (Kuchipudi, Kathakali, BN) 6.30pm
- 23rd Aug: Talk on late Guru Bipin Singh on his 94th birthday celebration at 6pm followed by Manipuri dances by Darshana Jhaveri, Kalavati Devi and Bimbavati and her troupe, NCPA.
- 24th Aug: attending screening of film on Malavika Sarukkai with director Sumant Ghoshal
- 26th Aug onwards

August 2, Chennai
Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation conducts 11th year POOJA VIDHANAM (Workshop for women – Varalakshmi Vritam, Krishna Jayanthi & Ganesh Chaturthi) A holistic program to know about significance of poojas, songs & slokas, traditional outfits, arrangements & décor etc… Resource persons are ‘The Mylapore Trio’ S. Amarnath, S. Surendranath, S. Aparna & Prema Krishnamurthi. 
At: R.A. Puram, 5.30pm

August 2, Chicago, IL
TIMELESS TALES - MYTHS AND LEGENDS OF INDIA - Natya Dance Theatre dancers perform Bharatanatyam, interpreting deeper values connected to today’s world. The program is part of Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks. The program is free and suitable for all ages.
At: Austin Town Hall Park, 5610 W. Lake St., Chicago, Illinois, 3pm

August 3 – 9, Leicester, England
Aditi Mangaldas (solo) in Dance Exchange / Workshop.

August 4, Chennai
Vaibhav Arekar presents TRAYYANTA on the inaugural evening of Natyarangam’s week long UPANISHAD BHARATHAM festival, at Narada Gana Sabha, 6pm

August 4, New Delhi
The Hindi Sangit Vidyalaya (affiliated to Bhatkande Sangit Vidyapith, Lucknow) is inaugurating its Platinum Jubilee (75th Anniversary) with a performance by Geeta Chandran. In keeping with the Vidyalaya’s role in propagating classical music, Geeta Chandran presents BHAVAMRIT, in which she elaborates how music is interpreted through angikam abhinaya in Bharatanatyam.  Among the pieces Geeta will render is a charming Ramayana lullaby that Yashoda sang to hush baby Krishna to sleep.
At: the India Islamic Centre Auditorium, Lodi Road, New Delhi 110003, 7.30pm.

August 4 - 8, NYC, New York
Jiva Performing Arts presents SUMMER CAMP: Indian classical dance, music, yoga and story-telling camp.  
Venue: Lighthouse International, 111 E. 59th St, 9am - 1pm 

August 6 & 16, UK & Mumbai
Schedule for Usha Raghavan, Kalasagara UK
- 6th August: Students’ showcase for WI, Havering, UK
- 16th August: Meena Raj performs for Rasika Ranjani Sabha, Mumbai.

August 7, Kolkata
Solo and duet Manipuri dance recital of Baisali Basu Sarkar and Yajnaseni Sarkar in National Program of Dance to be telecast at 11.30 pm on DD1 (National Channel) of  Doordarshan Kendra.

August 8, Bangalore
Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography presents premiere of Dr. Maya Rao’s newest work, KATHAK THROUGH THE AGES, a unique mixed media work featuring a wonderful compilation of her choreographies from the 1950s to the present with 20 dancers, music by the Dagar brothers, Praveen D Rao & Shankar Shanbhogue, voice-overs by Ashish Vidyarthi.  
At: Chowdiah Hall, 6.30pm

August 11 – 24,  Ahmedabad & Baroda
Schedule for Nrityabharti Performing Arts
- Aug 11: Dance ballet SHREE KRISHNA KATHA at Sheth Mangaldas Town Hall, Ahmedabad, 8.30pm
- Aug 14 – 18: Workshop by Nirali and Chandan Thakore
Traditional Bharatanatyam for Basic (age Group 8 to 14) and Creativity in Bharatanatyam For advance Students (age group 15 to 24), 10am to 1pm and 2.30 to 5pm
Venue: Halol, Baroda
- Aug 24: NRITYA MANCH, innovative contemporary Bharatanatyam
Venue: Rangmandal Auditorium, Ahmedabad, 8.15 pm

August 15 - 21, Guwahati, Assam
Ileana Citaristi conducts workshops and performs Odissi dance for Spic Macay Virasat series at Guwahati, Assam.

August 16, Chicago, IL

Musical Theater – RAGAS: INTERPRETING THE COLORS OF EMOTIONS - Natya Dance Theatre dancers perform Bharatanatyam. Moods and emotions are expressed giving visual interpretations to the musical presentation. The program is part of Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks.
At: Humboldt Park Fieldhouse, 1400 N. Sacramanto Ave., Chicago, IL, 12:30pm

August 17, Pune
On the occasion of Janmashtami, Kathak / Odissi exponent Yogini Gandhi presents   KRISHNAYAN, a thematic concert on Krishna through choreographies in Kathak. Illuminating the multi faceted hues of Krishna the concert will be performed to the accompaniment of live music and along with senior disciples of her institute Kalanidhi.
At: Chandrashekhar Auditorium, IUCAA, Pune University, 5.45pm - 8pm

August 17, Mississauga, Canada
Sampradaya presents PRAYOGA, a classical, full length Bharatanatyam program with live music featuring the company’s dance ensemble.  Prayoga is an innovative production showcasing new dimensions in Bharatanatyam.
At: Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga, 4pm

August 17, Mountain View, CA
International Dance Festival Silicon Valley presents DANCE FESTIVAL CONCERT. Celebrated Professional Dancers, Premiere Dance Works, Salsa, Dunham Afro-Haitian Technique, Tap, Line Dances, Contemporary, Manipuri classical Indian dance by Sohini Ray, plus The Festival Dancers
At: Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church Street, Mountain View, CA, 3pm

August 17, Basel, Switzerland
The summer academy Basel presents Sumitra Keshava’s Bharatanatyam solo performance on the theme of "gender and death".
At: Leonhardskirche, Basel, 3.45pm

August 21, Mumbai
Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company - Drishtikon Dance Foundation present UTSAV
Venue: JBT, NCPA, 6.30pm

August 22, Bangalore
KYAAT Ensemble - Students of Kalasinchanam Yogastala Ancient Arts Trust - present SHIVALEELE, stories of Lord Shiva presented in a Margam format for Nrityarpana 2014.
Choreography: Yamini Muthanna, performed by Yamini Muthanna and her students.
At: ADA Rangamandira, JC. Road, 6pm

August 22 & 23, Kolkata
Schedule for Samskritiki Shreyaskar
- Aug 22: SANJOG... an evening of Kathak Duets, performed by Debashree Bhattacharya and Sohini Debnath, senior disciples of Guru Rani Karnaa. The program is presented by ICCR under its Horizon Series at Satyajit Ray Auditorium, RTC, ICCR, Kolkata, 7pm
- Aug 23: PIROYE MOTI presented by Debashree, Sohini, Samila, Rhea and Surangama, senior disciples of Guru Rani Karnaa. The program is organised by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan to  felicitate Karnaa on being conferred with the Padma Shri.
At: EZCC Auditorium, 6.30pm

August 22, 23 & 24, Mangalore
Nrityaangan presents MANTHANA featuring Bharatanatyam performances by Madhuvanthi Muliya (Chennai), Dakshina Vaidyanathan (New Delhi), Tejaswini B (Puttur).
Rama Vaidyanathan will conduct Bharatanatyam workshop as part of Manthana.
Venue: Sri Sudhindra Auditorium, Kodialbail, 6pm

August 23, Bangalore
Rhythmotion in association with ICCR and National Gallery for Modern Art (NGMA) presents SILENT KILLER, the name of the project initiated in 2009 in India. Up till now, it has spread over several different art fields all with tendency to help children and women infected by HIV and/or AIDS who are protégés of MILANA organization from Bangalore, India. Dance performances made under the name SILENT KILLER are inspired by true stories told by protégés of MILANA. Together with two already existing performances - My name is Nisha / For Ever (dance video), Silent Killer will present a new dance piece made in collaboration with Indian classical and contemporary dancers Chitra Arvind and Dr. Seshadri Iyengar. Venue: NGMA auditorium, Bangalore, 6pm.

Bharatanatyam Arangetrams

August 9, New Delhi
Madhura Bhrushundi, disciple of Geeta Chandran, Natya Vriksha
At: Chinmaya Mission Auditorium, Chinmaya Mission, 89 Lodi Road, 6:30pm

August 17, Saratoga, CA
Sweeya Raj, disciple of Mythili Kumar, Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose
At: McAfee Performing Arts and Lecture Center, 20300 Herriman Ave, 4pm

August 24, Saratoga, CA
Sanjana Kaundinya, disciple of Mythili Kumar, Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose
At: McAfee Performing Arts and Lecture Center, 20300 Herriman Ave, 4pm

August 24, Irvine, CA
Sanjana Krishnan, disciple of Ramya Harishankar, Arpana School of Dance, Irvine, CA
Venue: NHS Performing Arts Theater, 6pm

August 31, Saratoga, CA
Goonja Shah, disciple of Mythili Kumar, Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose
At: McAfee Performing Arts and Lecture Center, 20300 Herriman Ave, 4pm

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