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“What a lovely performance you gave us after all your NAT-KHAT stuff!”
That was the first comment from a senior critic in New Delhi minutes
after the completion of my NEELAM performance while I was surrounded by
old and new friends on stage. How odd and predictable I thought! How easy
to place me in a conveniently pretty package – classical OR modern – and
tie up the assumptions with a neat ribbon. Was NEELAM supposed to
be my ‘Samatthu Ponnu’ (good girl) avatar, a temporary return to
‘sanity’ after my rebellious ‘nat-khat’ /mischievous outings through
ADHIROHANA, MA3KA, A MILLION SITA’s , SUVADU, NAACHIYAAR, DAUGHTERS OF
THE OCEAN, VAITHARANI, FACES, SEVEN GRACES, UN-EARTH and other
adventures? How does ONE presentation with familiar accents and beloved
music suddenly anoint or co-opt me into the familiar fold of the
classical? NEELAM was and is, for me, a deeply personal work. As I said
in my closing remarks after the performance to the warm and appreciative
Delhi audience, it was a convergence of my many decades of observing
and attending hours of prayer, music lessons, pujas, walking in the long
quiet corridors of Vishnu shrines of South India and observing the
elaborate rituals in prayer and celebrations. The 60 minute work was
taking shape all through my life as a personal diary. The 25th show
which occurred in Delhi was as fresh for me as the very first in 2006 on
the occasion of legendary singer MS Subbalakshmi’s birth anniversary. 8
years later, NEELAM continues to be my personal touchstone, like a
comforting return to my mother’s home, my head resting on her lap. To
even suggest that I have somehow erred, strayed and like a prodigal
daughter, have returned home would be very far from the truth. Life,
like art, is a spiral but it is constantly moving, with its vortex
always changing and shifting centre. NEELAM’s gorgeously costumed
silhouettes and lush visual design was conceived as crucial aspects in
the entire immersion experience. Choreography and music became
co-players in the lustrous quilting of collaborative ideas. The bold new
costumes as conceived by Rex continue to challenge me in terms of
choreography – what works in rehearsals will still need to be tempered
with the costume silhouettes so different from the casual rehearsal
outfits. However, NEELAM will be an evergreen presence in my life and
repertoire, but my adventure, curiosity and questions continue.
“Being punctual has its problems. There is nobody around to appreciate
it.” Anonymous quote on T -shirt.
Being a meticulous producer, who demands much from herself as from my
team, I was very frustrated during my recent experiences in Delhi and
earlier in the month, in Baroda. I am fastidious about punctuality,
knowing all along that very few around me are. Lazy tech staff (I refuse
to call them lighting designers. They are merely vendors in disguise),
crew dressed in gaudy striped shirts arrived late and were patching
lights even up to the time the audience walked in, leaving me with no
chance for lighting and sound cues. Of course I performed, drawing on
the strength of experience and belief in the work. This is what carries
me through more times than I would like to confess in India. No matter
how high the rentals are for some auditoriums, the carpets and green
room facilities leave much to be desired. Presenters and producers MUST
pay attention to the emotional and psychological health of the invited
artistes on the day of the performance. Leaving them calm and focused
should be one of the top points in their TO DO sheet. In one city,
I was actually prevented from entering my own green room because the
PYT (pretty young things) students were busy dressing up to pose for
selfies and other photo ops outside! Ah well…Yeh Hai India Meri Jaan
cannot be an endless excuse for a ‘chalta hai’ mind set. Yet as
performers, we continue to do what we do but the bar MUST be raised if
we are to even begin a professional discourse about dance.
Still, NEELAM was an opportunity to celebrate 20 years of design
collaboration with Sandhya Raman, who launched her Desmania Foundation
initiative with the performance. I still have her very first costume she
made for me in 1995. I have never worn it in performance. I am
convinced she did not know the difference between Kathak and
Bharatanatyam when she was creating it. Long, flowing in flame orange,
it was a stunning party outfit, suited for Holi or Basant festival
celebrations and not for the ‘araimandi’ and stretches of BN. Over 2
decades, many of you have seen me photographed in several of Sandhya’s
designs, both on and off the stage. Each have been unique and dreamed up
solely for me - my height and long arms and legs. They still occupy
pride of place and will soon find themselves in a more permanent place
if our mutual plans take shape. Thank you, Sandhya, for the friendship
and the creative juices that continue to flow.
NEELAM also reminded me about the changing contours of my own body.
Looking at photos taken during its premiere 8 years ago, when I was 10
pounds heavier, to the present set of images, I am struck about how my
body shape has changed… and not necessarily for the better. Costumes add
unflattering pounds to our physique – unfair but true! The female
dancing body has so much to experience and time takes its toll. A
salute to all those amazing women who have remained so slender and
wonderful with or without babies, marriages, lovers, families and other
distractions. And a stern note to self – Get with the programme! You
have to LOOK like a dancer to call yourself one!
My visit to the MS University of Baroda (Vadodara now) was very
eventful. It is a centre of learning and erudition much lauded across
India for over a century and the magnificent buildings attest to the
vision and hope of its brilliant founder, Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad
III. However, there is a state of decay that lingers everywhere, like a
beloved family elder who is slowly withering. While everyone from the
auto driver to the chaiwallah and others were optimistic about their man
– Narendra Modi – marching to Delhi soon, the streets and buildings did
not reflect a state that boasts progress. Or perhaps education is not
the priority of any politician for the moment. On the day I performed,
Dr. Parul Shah, long time Bharatanatyam performer, scholar and teacher
and HOD of the Dance Department, retired. Two days were set aside for
Geeta Chandran and myself to talk to the faculty and staff during the
day and perform for the city audiences in the evening. Good crowds and
warm appreciation were heartening for us and I observed the students
riveted by Geeta’s magnificent singing and clear ideas about dance and
its attendant challenges. Finding them a bit overwhelmed, I suggested a
movement session where I conveyed a single idea for them to develop.
What I was seeking was to somehow remove, if only temporarily, a patina
of confusion that their faces carried. Somehow, every Bharatanatyam
student wants to perform in Chennai and do the annual Sivaratri
Natyanjali circuit. There are now too many dancers and too few
opportunities. Teachers and students must think differently, creating
venues and opportunities that do not converge on Chennai, the December
season and the inevitable corruption that has seeped into the ‘mecca’,
‘vaikuntam’, ‘kailasam’ of Bharatanatyam.
- Heritage presents
The Bengaluru temple festival
Jan 18 - March 2, 2014
- Soorya Performing Arts presents
CHS Little Theater, St Louis, MO
February 28, March 1 & 2, 2014
- Sai Arts International presents
Sai Nrityotsav 58
Seva Sadan, 5.30pm
March 1, 2014 Bangalore
- Rhythmosaic - Sengupta Dance Company &
Offjazz Dance Company premieres
Buddha - The Why Within
Birla Sabhaghar, 6.30pm
March 2 & 3, 2014 Kolkata
||- Shambhavi School of Dance presents
Nayika: Excellence Personified
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
March 8, 2014 Bangalore
- inDANCE presents triple bill
Box, Mea Culpa and Uma
Kalanidhi International Dance Festival
March 13, 2014 Toronto, Canada
- Geeta Chandran presents
Chinmaya Mission Auditorium, 6.45pm
March 15, 2014 Delhi
- Guru Shradha presents
Kelucharan Keerti Sampradaya 2014
Cubberley Theatre, 4:30pm
March 16, 2014 Palo Alto, CA
- Dance all the way!
by Masoom Parmar
Bangalore’s very own dance historian Ashish Khokar’s Dance DIScourse 2014 series began with aplomb to say the least.
- Gandhi: Warp and Weft - Epic action in flowing sketches
by Dr. S. D. Desai
It is artistic economy and symbolic profusion that set Geeta Chandran’s Gandhi: Warp and Weft
apart as one of the most significant enunciations of the essence of
Gandhism and encapsulates the epic narrative of the greatest man after
the Buddha that walked on this earth.
- Sharmistha's bliss
by Ashish Mohan Khokar
Today, Sharmistha has carved out a niche for herself in dance. Her
latest work - Forest of Bliss: Benaras – was shown to a full FICCI house
in Delhi on 15th Feb.
- Odissi Music and Dance Seminar at Cuttack
by Nita Vidyarthi
An introspective seminar on Odissi music composition and choreography on
Odissi dance was organised by Soor Mandir, by the upcoming Odissi
dancer Jyotsna Sahoo at the Odissa Cricket Conference Hall, Barabati
- Navya and Kavya at Nishagandhi
by Hareesh N. Nampoothiri
Nishagandhi Festival is the flagship annual cultural event organized by
the Department of Tourism, Govt. of Kerala, focusing on the Indian
classical art forms.
- Art for life’s sake
by Padma Jayaraj
The dance drama ‘Gandhari’ staged on the inaugural day of the Vibgyor
Film Festival proved to be a befitting curtain raiser giving a
mythological dimension to its theme.
- Buddhacharitam - a contribution to the Kathakali repertoire
by Dr. S. D. Desai
Kathakali dancer Prabal Gupta essays pretty well a portrayal of the man,
his pursuit, the gradual rise to full enlightenment and his teaching.
|- 24th edition of Pt. Durgalal Festival by Vaibhav Arekar
It is no exaggeration to say that Pt. Durgalal Festival, organized by
Sam Ved under the direction of Uma Dogra, has become a landmark event in
Mumbai’s performance calendar for February for the past 24 years.
- An exquisite disposition of femininity with a spiritual approach by Usha RK
It was a pleasure to watch Narthaki keeping strictly to the erstwhile style of her Guru Kittappa Pillai.
- In the eye of the beholder by Anjana Rajan
Anita Ratnam brought her memories packaged as a production on Vishnu that had resonances for many in the Delhi audience.
- A whirl of memories and ardent invention, from Nureyev to now by Alastair Macaulay
New York’s Dance on Camera festival has now reached its 42nd edition.
Started as a Dance Films Association initiative and itinerant for its
first 25 years, it found a home at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in
- Seasons of remembrance by Leela Venkataraman
What with the launching of Kathak Kendra’s 50th anniversary year and
Birju Maharaj’s 75th birthday, the Kathak community was in a celebration
- Boys with ankle bells by Veejay Sai
It takes a leap of faith to be a male dancer at a time when female dancers get all the name and fame.
- Sanity after seasonal madness by Leela Venkataraman
A look at the cultural avalanche that sweeps Chennai during Margazhi.
- ...Long live the king by Leela Venkataraman
The incomparable Kathak maestro, late Pandit Durga Lal, was remembered
by his disciples and other dancers at an event that showcased some fine
- 29th edition of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan’s Konark Dance and Music Festival by Lalitha Venkat
Among the many festivals Gangadhar Pradhan organized at his mandap
through the year, he launched the Konark Dance and Music Festival that
is still a fest to be reckoned with even after his demise 5 years ago
with his only son Sibashish Pradhan valiantly continuing the tradition.
- Fifth edition of Keremane Shambhu Hegde Rashtriya Natyotsava by Sudha Sridhar
The fifth edition of the five day festival organized by Sri Idagunji
Mahaganapati Yakshagana Mandali Keremane, took place from January 18 to
- Welcoming spring with vibrant abhinaya by Shveta Arora
Vaasuki Natyashala, Nandini Singh’s school of music and dance, presented
the Vasantnrityotsav in commemoration of the Kathak legend Pt. Durga
Lal’s 25th year of nirvana, at the IHC auditorium, Delhi.
- Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography at Vishwa Nudisiri-Virasat 2013 by Meghna Rao
Vishwa Nudisiri-Virasat 2013, a cultural festival and literary
extravaganza, was organized by the Alva’s Education Foundation (AEF),
- Nritya Parva: Annual Festival of Sattriya dance
by Nita Vidyarthi
Nritya Parva, the annual festival of Sattriya dance, the classical dance
of Assam designed to propagate the Sattriya tradition, was celebrated
at the Rabindra Bhawan, by the Sattriya Kendra, Guwahati.
- Koodiyattam workshop by Rajaneesh Chakyar
by Sulagna Mukhopadhyay
Kolkata audience watched a workshop and an hour long performance by the
trainer Rajaneesh Chakyar held between 18th and 22nd January at Mysore
- Krishna in life, death and in between
by Shveta Arora
Kathak Kendra organized its Kathak Mahotsav 2014 to celebrate its 50
years from the 29th -31st January at the Kamani auditorium, Delhi.
- Visesha Kala Poshakam Utsav
The “Mylapore Trio” of Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation
conducted its 8th edition of Visesha Kala Poshakam Utsav, festival for
dance from 20th to 26th January 2014 at Narada Gana Sabha mini hall,
Obit/Tribute - IDA and Leela Sekhar by Revathi Ramachandran
IDA has 32 branches all over the world and its Madras Chapter was started by Leela Sekhar in 1986.
and Heard by Lakshmi Vishwanathan - A special visitor
Guiding Mark Morris through concerts and dance performances is a
pleasure. But what is more engaging is our discussions over dinner on
music and dance
Globetrotter column by Dr. Sunil Kothari
- Sarangadeva Samaroha in Aurangabad (17 – 20 Jan 2014)
Organized by Mahagami Gurukul under the guidance of its director, Kathak
and Odissi exponent Parwati Dutta for the past three years, Sarangadeva
Samaroha and dance festival have by now acquired an important academic
- A performance giving voice to the voiceless by Dr. S. D. Desai
Naomi gets the performers of Darpana so infused with intensity that they
were seen hugging one another with tears at the end in something of an
inconsolable state of mind.
- Heart’s beat by Tapati Chowdurie
Jhelum Paranjape on her passion for Odissi.
- Idiom of the heart
Ileana Citaristi recalls how her quest for meaning in life coalesced
with her search for a personal theatre language when she started
- Clothes too have stories to tell by Ashwini Kaarthikeyan
For four days, I had the privilege to attend the master class conducted
by internationally renowned, revivalist fashion designer, Sonam Dubal,
entitled, ‘Clothes tell stories’ at Adishakti Laboratory for Theater
Arts & Research, in Puducherry.
- Theatre workshop on source of performance energy by Ashwini Kaarthikeyan
In November 2013, I enrolled myself quite unexpectedly for my first
workshop for actors, at Adishakti Laboratory for the Theatre Arts &
Research, in Puducherry.
- Save dance from haze of orientalism by Geeta Chandran
I was fortunate to attend the fabulous Purush Conference at Kartik Fine
Arts in Chennai, meticulously curated by my good friend, dancer Anita
- At New York City Ballet, the bouquets are wilting by Robert Johnson
- When inspiration escapes us by Aranyani Bhargav
How do you get over those periods when you find it difficult to shake off a lull in your creative explorations?
- A look back at the songs of yore extolling virtues of love by Vasumathi Badrinathan
The celebration of sringara as an extension of man-God relationship and
attempts to reach a higher plane is a unique concept that allows us to
access these love lyrics with respect, even awe.
- Bridging the gap by Aranyani Bhargav
Have the youth lost their ability to perceive dance imaginatively?
"The argument is that the youth cannot relate to a ‘traditional’ notion
like waiting by the moonlight for a lover’s arrival. The youth of today,
it is argued, connects to waiting by the phone. Neither can the youth
relate to a nayika adorning herself with jewels, self-made flower
garlands, sandalwood or rosewater and wearing a sari in preparation for
the man’s arrival. It was here that I wondered – have we, the youth lost
our power of interpretation and the use of our imagination? Have the
youth lost their ability to perceive dance imaginatively?
I agree that the youth of today do not wait for their beloveds in a
moonlit forest, but rather next to their mobile phones. But the anxiety,
excitement and nervousness that embodies both these activities is the
same isn’t it? Those feelings have not changed over time. The phone and
the moonlit night are secondary; it’s the anxiety of that wait that is
central. As long as that has not lost its relevance, how can we say
classical dance has?
Similarly, a young girl today may not apply a bindi, wear traditional
jewels, sprinkle rose water on herself and wear a sari to look beautiful
in time for her beloved, but the modern-day ‘nayika’ does certainly
adorn herself before going out ‘on a date’. The raw materials maybe
different – perhaps today it means getting a manicure, spraying designer
perfume to smell good, wearing lipstick and spending hours in front of
the wardrobe deciding what to wear. But again, the sentiment is the same
– beautifying oneself in preparation for the lover’s arrival – and that
is what is central, not the sari or the manicure."
- Aranyani Bhargav
(‘Bridging the gap,’ the Hindu Friday Review, Jan 30, 2014)
Meet the artistes
- Choreography framed by Budhaditya Bhattacharya
Canadian filmmaker Marie Brodeur on the art of dance filmmaking
- In tune with the youth by Liza George
Kiran Seth, founder of SPICMACAY, says the organisation’s next step is to organise a reality show for dancers.
- The Italian’s Indian connection by Deepa Venkatraman
Moritz Zavan Stoeckle is all excited about his maiden Bharatanatyam performance.
- Feat of dedication by Athira M
Bharatanatyam dancer Kalakshetra Malavika enjoys her role as a teacher.
|- She shaped the art! by KK Gopalakrishnan
Kalamandalam Sathyabhama gets the much deserved Padma Shri for her yeoman service to the art of Mohiniattam.
- When East meets West by Ranee Kumar
Bharatanatyam guru Aniruddha Knight’s philosophy of dance is a happy amalgam of Western modernity and Indian antiquity.
- Nurturing a passion
Gayatri Keshavan’s engagement with dance began when she was a five-year-old, and it continues.
More on the Arts
- Potpourri of forms by Leela Venkataraman
The Nishagandhi festival in Thiruvananthapuram provided both rousing and
disappointing performances from across the performing art spectrum.
- Competent moves
Guru Rhadha put up a thorough performance, one that defied her age.
- What a comeback! by Rupa Srikanth
Using the chorus powerfully, C.P. Satyajit layered his ‘Mouna-k-Kural’ with several issues.
- The government does not have a house for Zohra Sehgal by Vijaita Singh
“I am already 101. If I get the house, it’s fine, if I don’t, then also
it’s good with me. I have never begged anyone for anything,” says Zohra
Sehgal, sitting in a second-floor house in South Delhi’s Mandakini
- When substance met style by Rupa Srikanth
Renjth and Vijna wowed rasikas with impeccable execution and dynamic movement patterns.
- Feast for the senses by VV Ramani
Sujatha Srinivasan had it all going for her that day.
- Kathakali goes pop by Liza George
French artiste Cecile Bellat’s ‘People Exist’ is inspired by the Nalacharitham.
- Spirited steps by Rupa Srikanth
Aranyani Bhargav’s nritta was extremely neat and well-executed.
||- Heart-felt homage by V V Ramani
Dance legends came together for a tribute to IDA’s Leela Sekar.
- Adavus in motion by Rupa Srikanth
Uma Namboodiripad’s depiction of Narasimha and vamana avatars was unhurried and just right.
- Rain check by Leela Venkataraman
The performances at the opening gala of the Delhi International Arts
Festival fought the inclement weather to put up a colourful show.
- Not a dull moment by Rupa Srikanth
There was energy in Vaijayanthi Narendran’s movements, especially the jumps.
- Conclave of classicism by TK Ganapathy
The Yaksha music and dance festival, in Coimbatore, saw some of the best talents take the stage.
- Universal concepts by Madhavi Ramkumar
The story of the life of Christ was ably portrayed in a Bharatanatya recital.
- Danced like a pro by Rupa Srikanth
Moritz Zavan Stoeckle’s maiden recital in the city was inspiring in every way.
- Poems and pictures by Leela Venkataraman
A crowded Delhi calendar saw performances that appealed to a range of
audiences, from literary connoisseurs to uninitiated school children.
March 1 & 2, Tamilnadu
Bharatanatyam performance by Guru Kanaka Sudhakar and senior disciples.
- 1st March: Natyanjali dance festival at Nagapattinam, and Tirunallar
- 2nd March: Natyanjali dance festival at Tanjavur
March 1 - 31, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Imphal
Scholar and critic Dr. Sunil Kothari’s itinerary for March 2014.
- Kolkata, March 1: Kala Bharati Montreal Festival
- New Delhi, March 10, 11, 12: Vikram Sarabhai Festival at Sri Ram Centre
- Mumbai, March 13- 19: Kalanidhi Toronto Memorial Festival, Black Swan,
Manipuri choreographic work by Priti Patel, at Nehru Centre, with live
streaming all over Canada
- New Delhi, March 20: Eleni by Rajika Puri at Habitat Centre
- Imphal, March 31: Jawaharlal Nehru Manipuri Dance Academy’s 60th year celebrations and seminar
March 2, Bhubaneswar
Meera Das and Gunjan Academy perform a new dance drama DARU BRAMHA for ETV Priya Odiya Award.
Venue: Open air stage, exhibition field, Bhubaneshwar, 7pm
March 2, Chennai
The “Mylapore Trio” and the members of Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial
Foundation present the 97th KALA POSHAKAM (Monthly concerts for
children, youth and elders in classical dance, music, instruments &
other art forms). The Bharatanatyam performers are: S Sahaana (Guru
Archana Narayanamurthy), Jyothsna A (Guru Anitha Guha), students
Sankya Manikandan, Turandra Manikandan, Trishulya Siddarth &
Subhiksha of Sriman Academy (Guru Srividya Manikandan)
At: Narada Gana Sabha, Mini Hall, T.T.K. Road, 5.30pm
March 2, Chennai
Mythili Kumar, Artistic Director of Abhinaya Dance Company, performs.
At: Raga Sudha Hall, Luz Ave, 6.30pm
March 2 - 24, Chennai & New Delhi
Schedule for Geeta Chandran and Natya Vriksha
- 2 March, Chennai: Morning session 10am, Geeta Chandran is Chief Guest
in session entitled Dance as Therapy. Evening performance by Geeta at
7pm, in the series of events organized by Kalai Cholai at Raga Sudha
Hall, Luz Avenue
- 5 March, New Delhi: Geeta Chandran and Natya Vriksha Dance
Company present NATYA VRINDA at Impresario India’s choreography fest at
India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, 8pm.
- 6 March, Delhi: Geeta Chandran and Natya Vriksha Dance Company perform
at the Pediatric Cardiology Conference at Hotel Meridien. (Access to
conference participants only)
- 15 March, New Delhi: Geeta Chandran presents DOOTI VILASAM, a
solo performance on the theme of friendship at the Chinmaya Mission
Auditorium, Lodi Estate, 6.45pm
- 16 March, New Delhi: Geeta Chandran is Chief Guest at Bharat Nirman’s
Awards Gala for International Women’s Day at India Islamic Centre, Lodi
- 24 March, New Delhi: At Gandharva Mahavidyalaya’s celebrations,
Geeta Chandran has mentored Kathak dancer Monisa Nayak who will
inaugurate the TARPAN FEST at Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg.
March 2 - 30, California
Schedule for Ramya Harishankar
- March 2: Sankara Eye Foundation Fundraiser, Tustin, CA
- March 26: International Week, Foothill High School, Tustin, CA
- March 30: Visions Fundraiser, Hollywood, CA
March 3 - 8, Iowa City, IA
Aparna Ramaswamy presents SACRED EARTH at University of Iowa, 8pm
March 5 & 8, Sale, UK
UTSAV, a celebration of Indian dance and music by Upasana headed by Deepa Ganesh.
March 5 at 11am, March 8 at 3pm
At: Waterside Arts Center, 1 Waterside Plaza, Sale M33 7ZF
March 5 - 28, Bhubaneswar, New Delhi
Schedule for Ileana Citaristi and Art Vision.
- March 5, Bhubaneswar: Art Vision, directed by Ileana Citaristi,
presents Odissi dance production KAALA-TIMEBOUND for Aarya Festival,
organized by Parichaya Foundation in collaboration with ICCR Odisha
Chapter on the occasion of Women’s Day.
At: Rabindra Mandap, 7pm
- March 10, Bhubaneswar: Ileana performs Odissi dance in EKALAVYA
FESTIVAL organized by Lasya Kala Academy at Rabindra Mandap.
- March 16, Bhubaneswar: Ileana presents GANDHARI in Odissi style in the
MAHARI FESTIVAL organized by Guru Pankaj Charan Das Foundation at
- March 22, Bhubaneswar: Ileana presents Odissi dance jugalbhandi with
her student Saswat Joshi in MOKSHIA FESTIVAL organized at Rabindra
Mandap, 7 pm
- March 28, New Delhi: Ileana Citaristi presents solo Odissi recital at India Habitat Centre, 7pm
March 7, Netherlands
A solo Bharatanatyam performance in Mysore style by D. Keshava,
choreographer and yoga teacher, from institution Kalasri,
At: Gandhi Centre, Tesselsestraat 65-67, The Hague, Netherlands, 7pm.
March 7 & 8, Liverpool & London, UK
Milapfest presents the UK premiere of SWADESH, a brand new International
Dance Commission exploring the idea of ‘India’ as a motherland. Through
the art of dance and music, Mythili Prakash (Bharatanatyam), Arushi
Mudgal (Odissi) and Monisa Nayak (Kathak) express their thoughts and
feelings about a country with incredible diversity, spirituality and
- March 7: The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool, 7.30pm
- March 8: The Bhavan, London, 7.30pm
|March 8 - 16, Mumbai, Pune
Schedule for Jhelum Paranjape and Smitalay.
- DRAUPADI performed by Jhelum Paranjape and ASHTANAYIKA choreographed
& performed by senior students of Smitalay on the occasion of 20th
year celebration of International Women's Day.
March 8: Veer Savarkar Hall, Cadell Road, Opp. Shivaji Park, Mumbai, 8pm
March 9: at Kashinath Ghanekar Sabhagriha, Pokhran Road No.1, Thane, 9.30am
- March 10: SAVITRI VADATEY performance by Smitalay for Miloon Sarya
Jani (a women's magazine) at S. M. Joshi Auditorium, Pune at 5pm.
- March 16: Opening Act in MA TAA Sanman Sandhya (Maharashtra Times
Performing Arts Award Ceremony) at The Lalit, Andheri East, Mumbai, 6pm.
March 9, Pune
Shashikala Ravi and her students will be performing SRISHTHI at the prestigious Shaniwarwada Festival in Pune.
Venue: Shaniwarwada Lawn, 6.45pm onwards
March 13 - 16, Stuttgart, Germany
Hemabharathy Palani, Rehearsal Director and performer at the Attakkalari
Repertory Company, has been selected to present her work TRIKONANGA at
the 18TH INTERNATIONAL SOLO-DANCE-THEATRE FESTIVAL 2014. Hemabharthy,
who won the Robert Bosch Young Choreographers Award in 2009, has earlier
presented a work in progress version of this piece at Platform 13:
Emerging South Asia, as a part of the Attakkalari India Biennial 2013.
Cornelia Albrecht, Director of Administration at Ballet National de
Marseilles, France, saw the work at Platform 13, and offered Hema a one
month residency as part of the Open Studio at Ballet National de
Marseilles in May 2013. Hema created her work Trikonanga during this
March 13 - 16, Toronto, Canada
The festival and conference entitled NEW DIRECTIONS IN INDIAN DANCE is
intended to pay TRIBUTE TO SUDHA KHANDWANI for her multifaceted lifetime
work in Indian dance. Her Kalanidhi Fine Arts of Canada will complete
its 25 years of presenting international dance festivals, symposia and
conferences in Canada. The organization itself is much older and was
originally established by Sudha 60 years ago in India. Sudha herself
completed her 80 years in August 2013. All these significant
anniversaries, 25, 60, and 80 are being celebrated jointly through this
March 14, Bangalore
Natya Institute of Kathak & Choreography presents KATHAK THROUGH THE AGES as visualized by Guru Maya Rao, at Chowdiah Hall.
March 17, Thrissur
Kalabharathi presents the KALABHARATHI YUVA NRUTHA PRATHIBHA AWARD ceremony at Kerala Sahithya Akademi, Thrissur.
March 20, New Delhi
Arshiya Sethi, managing trustee, Kri Foundation presents Rajika Puri in
ELENI OF SPARTA, an Indo-Greek retelling of the life of Helen of Troy, a
danced story, told in English, danced in Odissi (re-imagined with an
ancient Greek aesthetic), and sung in ancient Greek, set to ragas
reminiscent of ancient Greek modes.
At: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road New Delhi, 7.30pm
March 23, New Delhi
Sindhi Academy, Delhi presents Rani Karnaa and her disciples in SAJAN
RAHEO RUH ME, based on the lyrics of Sindhi Sufi poets at the Sindhi
Sufi Festival. Performed by Debashree Bhattacharya, Sohini Debnath, Rhea
Das, Samila Bhattacharya and Surangama Bhattacharya - senior disciples
of Guru Rani Karnaa Nayak. Concept & Direction: Guru Rani Karnaa
At: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, 6.30pm.
March 23, Mumbai
Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company - The Drishtikon Dance Foundation,
performs its latest production WITHIN at The Jamshed Bhabha Theater,
March 24, Bangalore
Sharmila Mukerjee and the Sanjali Ensemble present an Odissi performance at Rotary Club of Bangalore, Lavelle Road, at 7.30pm
March 28 - 30, Washington, DC
Aparna Ramaswamy presents SANNIDHI at Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
March 30, Milpitas, CA
Rasika Kumar re-stages COURAGE, with live musical accompaniment by
Malavika Kumar (nattuvangam), Sindhu Natarajan (vocal), Ganesh
Ramanarayanan (mridangam), Sruti Sarathy (violin) & Prasant
At: India Community Center, 525 Los Coches St., Milpitas, CA 95035, 4pm
March 30, Mississauga, ON
Sampradaya Dance Creations presents HORIZON SERIES 2014 - EMERGING
ARTIST PERFORMANCE SERIES featuring talented emerging dancers Reshmi
Chetram (Kathak) and Harikishan Nair (Kuchipudi). Artist talk-back
session follows the performance.
At Sampradaya Theatre, Mississauga, ON, 4pm
March 15, San Jose, CA
Renuka Belwalkar, disciple of Mythili Kumar, Abhinaya Dance Company
At: School of arts and Culture, at Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, CA 95116, 5pm
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