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July 2015
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It's a stage, an arena, a crucible, a cauldron, a theatre, a temple..."
Words in a documentary describing Wimbledon's Centre Court.

As I spend most of my precious free time watching my favourite sport, memories of a recent holiday in Greece cling to me. For years – no, five decades - I have longed to visit. Raised on the twin mythologies of India and Greece by my grandmother who would tell these fabulous bedtime stories of the Gods and Goddesses, the soaring pillars of the Parthenon, the magical acoustics of the Acropolis and the glistening waters of the islands were never far from my mind. When a dance conference beckoned, I answered. Although ticket booking snafus ensured that I was only able to attend the event for a few hours, the country seemed like a coming home for my spirit. Everything about Greece seemed familiar.  The chaos of Athens, the view of the Acropolis from almost every   hotel restaurant in the city, the abandoned theatres of Dionysus, the splendour of history and battle speaking through the vast ruins and magnificent museums, the creativity of design in textile and jewellery, the amazing food (oh that yogurt with honey, olive oil, black salt and fresh bread!), the smile of the Greek people, their pride holding amidst the crumbling economy and grim future - it all seemed so familiar and comfortable. I conducted a parallel narrative to the tour guide's description of the heroics and follies of the male Gods with our own stories of antics and mishaps from Indian lore. My family was repeatedly embarrassed with my continued enthusiasm and poked fun with my impromptu singing inside the Acropolis and dancing in the vast theatre at Delphi. It was MY moment. Unapologetic. Unforgettable. I am returning.

My only disappointment was that not a single handsome Greek man appeared before me. Except for marble statues of Zeus, Poseidon and Hercules in their six-pack nude splendour, all I saw were tired, listless, pot bellied Greeks. Perhaps the good ones were all away attending the HOT BOD GREEK GOD CONFERENCE!

However, the reason for my visit was the dance conference conducted jointly by CORD and SDHS. As expected, the presentations were uneven in content and quality. Most noticeable for those of us from India and the USA was the problematic approach of Indian scholars from the UK. A film showing a classical dancer walking on Kolkata's Howrah Bridge with the voice-over asking, "Look at me!", "Are you looking at me?" threw up dated questions of "the gaze" and a recurring skewed optic. Why is the bedecked Indian dancer continuing to be the site of such 20th century negotiations and that too, by budding South Asian scholars? Is there a chasm dividing dance and performance scholarship in UK universities like Roehampton and the US universities? Why are some points poorly argued? Is there less rigour in mentoring and shepherding students? These were the post presentation arguments that many had.

Read more....

ROVING EYE: A section of impressions, images and inspirations
Curated by Anita Ratnam


Arangham Trust presents Padme
- July 2, 8.30pm at Aurodhan, Pondicherry
- July 4, 6pm at Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai 

- Bharatanatyam dancer Jayanthi Subramaniam lost her husband Subramaniam (popularly known as Mani) to cancer on June 20, 2015.

- On July 5, 2015 the SKGS YAGNARAMAN LIVING LEGEND AWARD will be conferred on Dr. Yamini Krishnamurthy, the SKGS YAGNARAMAN AWARD OF EXCELLENCE on Lakshmi Gopalaswamy (Bharatanatyam), Subhasri Ramachandran (vocal), Anirudh Athreya (kanjira) during the Yagnaraman July Fest at Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai.

- The General Council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, at its meeting held on 10 June 2015, selected eminent personalities in the field of performing arts for the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for the year 2014... Read more

- NADAM presents
7th Chinna Kala Nadam

ADA Ranga Mandira
July 3 - 5, 2015 Bangalore

- Arpana Dance Company presents
Quintessence5 Tour

Jul 4 - 26, 2015
USA & Canada

- Sam Ved Society for Performing Arts presents
Rajat Jayanti Mahotsav

Ravindra Natya Mandir, 4pm
July 24 - 26, Mumbai

- Sampradaya presents
Beyond Boundaries: Dance Symposium

July 24 - 26, Mississauga, Ontario

- Sunatya presents

JSS Auditorium, 5.30pm
July 26, 2015 Bangalore

- Kalasagara UK
Bharatanatyam tour of Sri Lanka

July 26 - Aug 1, 2015

- Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company
Auditions for
Repertory members/Understudies

Apply by: July 5, 2015 Delhi

- Chinmaya Naada Bindu organizes
Monsoon Dance Intensive 2015
Bharatanatyam workshop by Ramaa Bharadvaj

July 5 - 25, 2015 Kolwan, Pune

- Mahagami seeks for its projects
Kathak / Odissi dancers, Aurangabad

- Chinmaya Naada Bindu offers
Dance Enrichment Weekend
With Dr. Swarnamalya Ganesh

July 11 & 12, 2015 Kolwan, Pune

- Jiva Performing Arts presents
The art of abhinaya
Workshop by Bragha Bessell

July 17 - 21, 2015 NYC

- Center of Art and Dance of India
Presents Odissi workshop
By Ileana Citaristi

July 22 - Aug 9, 2015 Lima, Peru

- Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media
Call for auditions, Bangalore

Meet the artistes - SANCHARI.. More on the arts

July 1, Bangalore

Sai Arts International presents SAI NRITYOTSAV 74
Parvathy K.A - Mohiniattam, Neha Banerjee - Kathak, Dr. Suparna Venkatesh’s disciples - BN, Sowmya Govind Naidu - BN, Ananya Santhosh - BN
At: Ranga Sthala, Metro Theatre, M.G. Road, 5.30pm.

July 1 - 4, Singapore
As part of the O.P.E.N. Exhibition Series of SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS (SIFA), there will be an exhibition / installation of Attakkalari's groundbreaking research project NAGARIKA, open on 1st July at 7pm up to 4th July. Jayachandran delivers a public presentation on 1st July at 7.30pm.
At: 72-13, Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore.

July 3-16, Brazil
Janaki Rangarajan conducts workshops and presents solo Bharatanatyam performances.

July 4, Chennai
Yagnaraman July Fest features FLOAT and PADME, an evening of contemporary dance and music featuring Anil Srinivasan on piano and dancers mentored by Dr. Anita Ratnam, with choreography by Kalpana Raghuraman.
At: Krishna Gana Sabha, 6pm

July 4 - 18, California
Schedule for Ramya Harishankar
- July 4: Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal Annual Convention, Anaheim, CA
Arpana Dance Company dancers: Ahila Gulasekaram, Nandini Kannan & Preethi Selvan
- July 5: Global Compassion Summit (celebration of the 80th birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama), Anaheim, CA 
Dancers: Ahila Gulasekaram, Nandini Kannan, Preethi Selvan, Amy Vanmali & Yashna Nandan
- July 13 - 17: Bending, Breathing, and Beautifying the Basics camp offered by Ahila Gulasekaram, Irvine, CA
- July 18: Cypress Library, Cypress, CA
Dancers: Ahila Gulasekaram, Nandini Kannan, Preethi Selvan, Amy Vanmali & Yashna Nandan

July 5 - 25, India and Middle East
New Jersey based Bharatanatyam dancer Bala Devi Chandrashekar is presenting her production TRIPURA - DIVINE FEMININE across India and the Middle East this summer. Bala Devi is also conducting workshops in select locations.
5th July: Umayalpuram, India
22nd July: New Delhi - performance
24th July: Dubai - performance
25th July: Abu Dhabi - performance

July 5 & 8, Kochi & Hyderabad
Attakkalari’s multimedia production AADHAARACHAKRA on 5th July at the JT Performing Arts Centre (JTPAC) in Kochi, Kerala.
Attakkalari's repertory company performs at the University of Hyderabad, Prof. C. R. Rao Road, Hyderabad on 8th July.

July 18-19, Columbus, OH
Janaki Rangarajan conducts workshops and presents a solo Bharatanatyam performance as part of the Artist Residency Program at The Ohio State University.

July 22 - August 8, Lima, Peru
Ileana Citaristi conducts Odissi workshop, presents lec-dem on Odissi abhinaya and Talk on History of Odissi dance at Lima, Peru. Organized by Center of Art and Dance of India in Peru.

July 24 & 31, Chicago, IL
In partnership with the City of Chicago, Natya presents AVATAR - INCARNATIONS at Night Out in the Parks.
- July 24: Maggie Daly Park, 337 E Randolph St, 6pm to 7.15pm
- July 31: Amundsen Park, 6200 W Bloomingdale Ave, 4pm to 5.15pm

July 25 & 31, Mumbai
Schedule of Smitalay & Jhelum Paranjape
25 July, 7pm:  Manch Pravesh of Shloka Sah, student of Smitalay at Manik Sabhagriha, Bandra West
31 July, 7.30pm: For GURU PRANAM 2015, students of Smitalay perform traditional Odissi dance at Sane Guruji Arogya Mandir, Santacruz West

July 30, Mumbai
In NCPA’s UMANG series presenting promising artistes, Kathak duet by Indrayanee Mukherjee & Sarita Kalele (Disciple of Uma Dogra )
At: Little Theatre, NCPA Mumbai, 7pm

July 30, Colombo
Bharatanatyam performance by Usha Raghavan
At: the Indian Cultural Centre, R G Senanayake Mawatha, Colombo, 6.30 - 7.30pm


- Shambhavi’s International School of Kathak, Shambhavi Dandekar, Kathak dancer and teacher, California and Pune
- Sunatya Academy of Performing Arts, Shalini Garg, Kathak dancer and teacher, Bangalore

July 4, Chennai: Shruthi Mohan¸ Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium, 4pm
July 18, Oswego, IL: Sree Lakshmi Rajesh, Oswego East High School, 4pm
July 19, Lake Zurich, IL: Tanvi Patel, Lake Zurich High School, 300 Church St, 4pm
July 25, Elgin, IL: Sonia Gaur, Elgin Community College, 4pm
July 26, Ellyn, IL: Sahithya Gowrishankar, McAninch ArtsCenter, 4pm
Guru: Hema Rajagopalan, Natya Dance Theatre, Chicago

July 5, Union City, CA: Vidya Pingali, Logan High School, 4pm
July 12, Woodside, CA: Surabhi Madadi, Woodside High School, 4pm
Guru: Suganda Sreenath, Jayendra Kalakshetra

July 25, Mumbai: Shloka Sah, Manik Sabhagriha, 7pm
Guru: Jhelum Paranjape, Smitalay (Odissi)

July 25, Los Angeles, CA: Deeksha Marla, Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks, 6pm
Guru: Malathi Iyengar, Rangoli Dance Company

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