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Narthaki Monthly Newsletter

September 2014

Anita says.....

September 2014

Jambo!  A Swahili word for “Hello!”
Touching down from a magical ten days in Kenya and Tanzania, where connectivity was limited, animals were in abundance and sunsets were like paintings, I find it hard to wrench myself away from the African dream and revert to the here and now of urban life and the rhythm of the arts. After all, I had just witnessed the greatest show on earth – the annual migration of more than a  million wildebeests across the Mara River!
While boarding the evening flight out of India came the distressing news about the demise of my guru Adyar K Lakshman. Ailing for many months and a shadow of his once vibrant self, Lakshman Sir closed his eyes amidst an outpouring of sadness across the world from his many ‘sishyas’ and admirers. Among the early global gurus, he came into my life in 1965 when I had just completed my ‘arangetram’ under guru Rajee Narayan. Along with him came the magnificent musician Madurai Sethuraman, percussion wizard Trichur P.Ramanathan and musical genius Madurai N Krishnan. Those days of 3 hour classes at our rented home on Boag Road after a long day at school were an integral part of my growing years. As his principal muse, I was the physical medium for more than 30 new classical choreographic pieces that have now become popular in the BN repertoire across the world. There are many stories and incidents of his talent and humour but for this edition I share the memories as expressed by his colleagues and prominent students, Chandrabhanu and Ramli Ibrahim. His choreography and contribution to the modern ‘bhakti margam’ of Bharatanatyam is singular and should be preserved and propagated.

August was the month during which the Sangeet Natak Akademi saw the completion of the five year term for its executive committee members. I was honoured to be a part of this important cultural body and found the many key decisions taken during the tenure of Chairperson Leela Samson to be a critical lesson as to how we must find ways to engage with the government and official bodies for the arts. Apart from the many senior and emerging artistes who were honoured for their contributions, the SNA has been so vital for many revivals and preservations of several rare art forms. Here’s wishing the new incoming committee the very best for the next five years in which the role of the performing arts will become even more crucial for India’s image within and outside our borders.
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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.
Enjoy.. If you have something interesting to share, send it to

Slide shows

Anita Ratnam & Arangham Trust presented Float & Padme
August 9, 2014 at NGMA, Bangalore
Photos: M Vivekanandan

Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra presented ‘Krishna’
August 16 to 18, 2014 at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi
Photos: Shobha Deepak Singh

Maya - A Lifetime in Choreography - Book Launch, Bangalore
Photos: PeeVee Pv and Shandilya Srivatsa

Kathak through the Ages
August 8, 2014, Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore
Photos Courtesy: Natya & STEM Dance Kampni

In the news

- Scholar Dr. Sunil Kothari receives RANJIT RAM SUVARNA CHANDRAK for his contribution to dance from Gurjar Sahitya Sabha, at Vishwakosh, Ahmedabad, on Sept 1, 2014.

- Chitra Visweswaran has been appointed as member Secretary of Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram (a cultural organisation of Tamilnadu State).

- The 20TH GURU KELUCHARAN MOHAPATRA AWARD will be presented to Niranjan Satapathy in the field of Theatre, Guru Sudhakar Sahoo in the field of Dance, Pt. Umesh Chandra Kar in the field of Music and Prashant Nanda in the field of Cinema for their outstanding contribution. Each award carries Rs.50,000 and a citation. Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik will honour these exceptional individuals on 9th September 2014 at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar.
- Kiran Subramanyam and Sandhya Kiran have been awarded KARNATAKA KALASHREE, the Karnataka State Award for Arts from the Karnataka Sangeetha Nritya Academy for their contribution to the field of Bharatanatyam.

Look out for

- Ragini’s dance from Ummini Thanka (Malayalam Movie)

- Cab Calloway & the Nicholas Brothers
From the 1943 film “Stormy Weather” starring Lena Horne, Bill Robinson & Cab Calloway


- Sai Arts International presents
Sai Nrityotsav 64

Krishnadevaraya Kala Mandira, 5.30pm
Sept 1, 2014 Bangalore

- National release of
Attendance - The dance Annual of India

Kamani Auditorium
Sept 3, 2014 Delhi

- AIM presents
Bengaluru International Arts Festival 2014 – 7th edition

September 5 – 21, 2014 Bangalore

- Kalapradarshini presents
Chakra: A myriad of seasons

Music Academy, 6pm
September 7, 2014 Chennai

- Art Vision presents
10th Sangam Festival, a confluence of dance

Rabindra Mandap, 7pm
Sep 11, 2014 Bhubaneswar

- Sonali Skandan & Jiva Dance premiere
Mayura: Blue Peacock

Chen Dance Centre, 7pm
Sept 18 - 20, 2014 NYC

Workshops & Announcements

- Adishakti presents
Actors' workshop

Sept 12 – 22 / Sept 28 – Oct 8

- Attakkalari presents workshop
by Scottish Dance Theatre

Sept 27 & 28, 2014 Bangalore 

- Gudiya Sambhrama ...the Bengaluru Temple Festival
January 24 - March 8, 2015 Bengaluru
Application deadline: Sept 30, 2014

- India Theatre Forum presents

Strategic Management in the Art of Theatre
Application deadline: September 30, 2014

- Nritarutya conducts
Auditions at Bangalore

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



- Flexibility in spirit by Kumudha Chandrasekaran
Project ‘Padme’, a new direction for professional development in dance, premiered its bold and beautiful outcome to a full-house audience last week in Bangalore.

- Weaving what’s torn: Asunder by the Courtyard Dancers by Mytili Jagannathan
On June 28 at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia, the Courtyard Dancers, led by dance anthropologist and Kathak choreographer/dancer Pallabi Chakravorty, created a tense and intensely relational somatic landscape of form, event, and feeling. 

- Madhura Bhrushundi’s Bharatanatyam recital by Dr. Sunil Kothari
Geeta Chandran presented her disciple Madhura Bhrushundi in her maiden recital under the aegis of her institution Natya Vriksha at Chinmaya Mission Hall on August 9, 2014 at Delhi.

- South Asian Lessons in Rhythm and Artistry by Alastair Macaulay
Sattriya, Kathak and Bharatanatyam Dance at Drive East

- Erasing Borders, Downtown Dance Festival, New York by Apollinaire Scherr
This showcase of Indian dance revealed the contrasts and affinities between the classical styles.

- Rich, traditional and soulful – a treat by Krithika Rajagopalan by Usha Raghavan
Having seen quite some Bharatanatyam performances in the US, I was eager to see Krithika Rajagopalan, a well-known dancer from Chicago.

- In praise of hindu gods, with sharp turns and barefoot rhythms by Alastair Macaulay
Erasing Borders Festival focuses on Indian dance.

- Antardrishti-Geetamritam, a neo-classical innovation in Odissi dance by Nita Vidyarthi
Srjan’s ‘Geetamritam’ on Bhagavad Gita was staged for the first time in Kolkata at the Rabindranath Tagore Centre, in collaboration with ICCR, Kolkata on July 29. 

- Dressing the familiar in new colours by Leela Venkataraman
If Geeta Chandran’s choreographic treatment of “Bhakti Pravah” provided freshness in an oft repeated theme, young Lakshmi Reddy’s performance was all about an artist finding her voice.

- To become another being by Alastair Macaulay
At the current one-week Drive East festival of Indian dance and music at La MaMa, each artist or group has just one performance. Several of the performers are little known.


- Born to dance free by Shilpa Sebastian R
Anita Ratnam was in Bangalore with her new production, Padme. She tells Shilpa Sebastian R. that she felt bound in the classical dance mould and broke off her shackles when she discovered the contemporary dance form.

- Nostalgia from Nrityagram by Veejay Sai
In a short and sweet ceremony held at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Kincha auditorium in Bangalore, a large gathering of rasikas, lucky Bangaloreans, anxious parents and dear friends of Protima witnessed and warmly embraced the ‘Nrityagram Ensemble Too’, like they did ages ago with the first batch. 

- Chitrangana: A welcome endeavor in Mohiniattam by Supriya Rajan
On July 18, 2014, a houseful audience at the SNA Regional Theatre, Thrissur, witnessed ‘Chitrangana,’ a Mohiniattam presentation by a group of students led by Chitra M from the prestigious Kerala Kalamandalam.

- Raining taal by Shveta Arora
On the 4th of July, ‘Laya Gana Nrithya Madhura Lahiri’ was held at IHC in Delhi. The concert is the brainchild of leading percussionist T.R. Dhandapany.
- Bhakti Pravah by Shveta Arora
As part of the Bhakti Pravah series revived at the Chinmaya Mission in New Delhi, Geeta Chandran and her Natya Vriksha Dance Company and Bala Devi Chandrashekar  performed on the 26th and 27th of July.

Book reviews

- Guru Debaprasad Das: Icon of Odissi by Nita Vidyarthi
Gayatri Chand, one of the accomplished senior most and technically sound, devoted Odissi dancers in Debaprasad Das’s style has painstakingly collected a large amount of detailed information of her guru and his work.

- Telugu Traditions by Tadepalli Satyanarayana
Ashish Mohan Khokar’s Attendance, The Dance Annual of India 2013-14 titled ‘Telugu Traditions’ with Ananda Shankar Jayant being the Guest Editor, is a very compelling reading throwing light on all the essential aspects of the various dance forms of the Telugu populace.

- Body in dance by Uttara Asha Coorlawala
An exhaustive treatise on the many dangers of the notion that dancer equals sexual availability.


- Uma Dogra: Dancing is my first love by Vijay Shankar
Hailing from a classically inclined artistic family, the ardour for Indian classical music came very naturally to me.

- Odissi, then and now by Nita Vidyarthi
Pioneering Odissi dancer Laxmipriya Mohapatra talks about the strides that Odissi took to become one of the most popular classical dance forms in India today.

- Between modern and traditional by Nita Vidyarthi
Kathak dancer Amita Dutta, recently conferred the first Uday Shankar Award for Lifetime Achievement, talks about pursuing the art form and her endeavour to formalise a Bengal gharana.

- Platform for propagation by Usha Akella
At 30, Vinitha Subramanian’s Natyalaya is the oldest classical dance school in central Texas area, U.S.


- The role of the arts in developing sustainable inter-ethnic engagement in Malaysia by Ramli Ibrahim
The Arts play a vital role in building the character of a nation. When we mention the Arts, we associate it synonymously with culture.

- Vadya Pallavi: the concept and process by Parwati Dutta 
In the late 1980s, when I was curiously studying the history and journey of Odissi dance, I came across a brief description of pallavi with an elaboration mentioning 2 kinds of pallavi – Swar Pallavi and Vadya Pallavi.

- That magnificent migration by Lakshmi Vishwanathan
Madras is the inventor of Bharatanatyam.

- Two dimensions of body aesthetics by Geeta Chandran
In his opus research on Bengal’s Kalighat painting tradition, renowned art scholar and writer Dr Jyotindra Jain was able to link the painting tradition to other art forms that proliferated in the contiguous geography.


Dance History column by Ashish Mohan Khokar

- Modern Indian dance
Presently, Indian modern dance or modern dance in India is neither Indian nor modern. Using traditional forms like Kalari and Chhau, adding western costumes and music does not make it modern.

Seen and Heard by Lakshmi Vishwanathan

- Madras 375
Modern Madras has always attracted the best of the best. And when it comes to dance... what a history!

The Globetrotter column by Dr. Sunil Kothari

- Leela Samson’s recital: An aesthetic experience
It is always a pleasure to watch a Bharatanatyam recital by a seasoned dancer like Leela Samson. After seeing her delectable recital one wants to see more


- Guru B. Herambanathan
B. Herambanathan is the senior most choreographer and dance teacher of the Thanjavur nattuvanga tradition.

Roses & Thorns

- Why classical dancers are upset with India's Ministry of Culture by Nayantara Narayanan
The government is proposing to have the Sangeet Natak Akademi and the Kalakshetra Foundation grade and select artists for Festival of India events.

- Dancers strike a tandava pose over govt order by Sowmya Aji
Union culture minister Shripad Yesso Naik has no clue about a storm brewing in his backyard. In what is perceived to be a "misguided effort to save money" for the ministry, a few bureaucrats have come out with an order that has made dancers across the country lose their poise.

- RSS finding heads for cultural bodies by Bhavna Vij
Modi govt facing pushes & pulls over appointment of chiefs of ICCR, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Kalakshetra & CBFC.


- Internationally reputed dancer, choreographer, teacher, writer, academician and dance curator, Kathak Guru Dr. Maya Rao passed away in Bangalore around midnight of August 31, 2014. She was 86.  With her passing, a huge vacuum has been created in the world of dance and Kathak. The recently released book MAYA RAO: A LIFETIME IN CHOREOGRAPHY by Dr. Maya Rao published by Department of Kannada and Culture and the Karnataka Sahithya Academy is a valuable record of Indian classical dance and Kathak in particular. Her path breaking achievements suffused with personal reminiscences makes this memoir extremely readable and a significant chapter in the cultural history of India.
Her daughter Madhu Nataraj can be contacted at:
About Dr. Maya Rao

- Legendary Bharatanatyam guru and choreographer Adyar K Lakshman passed away at 8.25pm at BSS Hospital in Chennai on August 19, 2014. He had suffered a stroke and the end came due to respiratory complications. He was 81 yrs old. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons and a daughter.
More about Guru Adyar K Lakshman

- Yoga guru BKS Iyengar passed away at 3.15am at a private hospital in Pune (Dec 14, 1918 – Aug 20, 2014). Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar is one of the world's best-known yoga gurus. He founded the style of yoga known as ‘Iyengar Yoga’ and is considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. At the age of 16, he was introduced to yoga by his guru T. Krishnamacharya. At 18, he was sent to Pune by his guru to teach and preach yoga. The Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) named after his wife was inaugurated in Pune on January 19, 1975. ‘Iyengar Yoga’ is now being followed by certified teachers across the world.  The author of 14 books, his 1966 book Light on Yoga contains detailed instructions on how to perform more than 200 poses. Considered as the Bible of yoga, it has been translated into 18 languages. The world will dearly miss this wonderful teacher who has been one of the most influential advocates of Yoga.
BKS Iyengar in 1977:

- Jaya Subramaniam (of Ottawa), wife of late Prof. V. Subramaniam, passed away at the age of 82  on July 27, 2014 in Chennai. Jaya was dynamic, highly accomplished and excelled in her many careers including psychologist, school teacher, librarian, dance producer and arts critic. She contributed her remarkable energy and skills to many community organizations and in her younger days was a Bharatanatyam dancer. Jaya devoted her later years to preserving and sharing her late husband’s classical dance dramas based on Buddhist themes.

- Thangamani Nagarajan passed away peacefully on July 30, 2014 at her residence in Chennai. She was a committee member of Kalakshetra. She was good in theory and practical side of Bharatanatyam. She received the Kalakshetra post graduate diploma with distinction. After marriage, she worked for a few years in Mumbai with Kanak Rele’s institute. She was one of those chosen by Leela Samson, the then director, to see that the Kalakshetra style of Bharatanatyam continued without any flaw. Thangamani has danced in Rukmini Devi’s earlier productions like Kutrala Kuravanji and Kumarasambhavam.



- Homage to Guru Adyar K Lakshman (1933 - 2014) by Chandrabhanu
Adyar Lakshman or Lakshman Sir, as he was known to his students, who are to be found all over the world, developed an extraordinary method of teaching Bharatanatyam.

- Adyar K. Lakshman: A beacon of Bharatanatyam by Ramli Ibrahim
When my Bharatanatyam guru Adyar K Lakshman died on the 19 August 2014, he left a rich legacy of dance repertoire for posterity. However, an era of Bharatanatyam left with him.

Humanist and humorist by VP Dhananjayan
Natyacharya V.P. Dhananjayan pays tribute to his friend and fellow artist Guru Adyar K. Lakshman.

- Remembering yoga guru BKS Iyengar by Sanjukta Sharma

Emerging Artistes

- Madhyama Segal’s Odissi recital by Dr. Sunil Kothari
Madhyama is daughter of Sujata, daughter of Kiran Segal. She is trained by Kiran for past thirteen years and is a regular performer in most of Kiran’s group choreographies.


The devadasis took a lot of care to maintain their body and flexibility. Says Annabatula Lakshmi Mangatayaru, “We were massaged with a home-made herbal oil, after which the waist was tied  tight with a cloth and we were asked to turn turtle early in the morning on an empty stomach. Then there was a ritualistic daily bath full of sandal paste and other herbal remedies for supple skin. We were staunch vegetarians as most of our gurus were Brahmins. This helped us retain a good figure for long time. From top to toe, we were taught how to take care of the body and keep it in form.”
(‘Survivor of a lost legacy’ by RK, The Hindu Fri Review, Aug 12, 2011)

Meet the artistes

- His classical odyssey by Bharadwaj Rangan
Forget the actor. That was the brief. After 50 years of acting, that’s the only facet of Kamal Haasan people think about.

- The rhythm of her life by Shilpa Sebastian R
Madhulita Mohapatra fought all odds to pursue a career in dance. Now she runs a dance school and organises events to popularise this picturesque dance form.

- The forgotten Pavlova of Punjab by Veejay Sai
Praised by the likes of poet Vallathol and legendary ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, Bharatanatyam dancer Tara Chaudhri is long forgotten now.

- In a wonderful place by Hema Iyer Ramani
Vineeth Radhakrishnan has found a happy balance between classical dance and cinema.

More on the Arts

- Dread, desire and a lover’s betrayal, all in the passage of one day by Brian Seibert
In the program note for her dance suite “Tejas Luminous,” Malini Srinivasan, a dancer and choreographer of the classical Indian style Bharata Natyam, writes of spiritual questions.

- In search of the roots of Mohiniyattam by GS Paul
Vinod Mankara’s hour-long documentary Nithya Kalyani ferrets out a wealth of information about the dance form from the sixth to 19th centuries. 

- Spreading an ancient palette in dimensions seen and unseen by Alastair Macaulay
Nivedha Ramalingam brings Bharatanatyam to Drive East

- Quintessence of the arts by Bharadwaj Rangan
Some impressions from the 2014 edition of ‘Svanubhava’

- Austere yet engaging by Rupa Srikanth
The Koodiyattom performance of ‘Jatayuvadhnka’ was undiluted natya, theatre, with only bhava and rasa at the forefront.
- - Tributes to an iconic duo
Worthy tributes were paid to the exquisite artistry of the legendary gurus U.K. Chandrabhaga Devi and U.S. Krishna Rao

- Mature performance by Gudipoodi Srihari
Akhila Kovvuri’s Bharatanatyam recital was remarkable in depicting philosophical works with lucid abhinaya.

- The abstract turns absorbing by VV Ramani
Dancers interpreted the Upanishads in different ways.

- Myriad themes and dance forms by B Ramadevi
It was a colourful presentation by the artists at the 29 dance festival.

- In full form by Hareesh N. Nampoothiri
An unabridged performance of ‘Bakavadham’ was a rare treat for Kathakali connoisseurs in the capital city.

- A platform for talent by Hareesh N. Nampoothiri
The Sree Yasodha Mahotsav dance festival brought to fore the flair of young dancers of different forms.


September 1 – 5, Gujarat
Suman Sarawgi presents a series of lec-dems in different schools in Gujarat (Rajkot) organised by IRCEN.

September 1 – 30, 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, New Delhi
Utsav-Ranjana's Odissi Dance Academy will be presenting the 8th edition of its annual festival SARE JAHAAN SE ACCHA.
Artists of Utsav-Ranjana’s Odissi (Delhi), Odissi Dance Academy (group), Urmila Satyanarayanan (solo) - Bharatanatyam (Chennai), Ayswaria Wariar (solo) - Mohiniattam (Baroda), Sharmila Mukherjee (solo) - Odissi (Bangalore), Vidhi Nagar (group) - Kathak (Varanasi)
At: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, 7pm

September 4 & 27, 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

September 5 & 6, Bowie, MD
Imagine Yoga and Wellness Centre presents Bharatanatyam for new audiences by Jaan R. Freeman, disciple of Nandini Ramani & Priyamvada Sankar (senior disciples of T. Balasaraswati), a series designed to build new audiences and introduce Bharatanatyam to communities throughout North America. This sacred classical dance from Tamil Nadu in South India brings together various elements of Indian culture: music, dance, poetry, mythology, philosophy, ethics and religion among other elements.
- Performance: Sept 5, 2014 from 6-7:30pm
- Workshop: Fundamentals of Bharatanatyam, Sept 6, 2014 from 2-4pm
At: Imagine Yoga & Wellness Center, 3120 Belair Drive, Bowie, Maryland

September 5 - 9, Bhubaneswar
Srjan presents GURU KELUCHARAN MOHAPATRA AWARD FESTIVAL. The annual Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award will be given to deserving artistes in dance, theatre, music and  cinema.
- 5th September
Ramli Ibrahim, Malaysia (Odissi)
Shashank Subramanium, Chennai (Carnatic flute)
- 6th September
Vaibhav Airekar, Mumbai (Bharatnatyam)
Anandan Sivamani, Mumbai, (Drums)
- 7th September
Daksha Mashruwala, Mumbai (Group Odissi presentation of “Saggy Baggy”)
Deepak Pandit, Mumbai (Innovative violin)
- 8th September
Prashant Shah, India & USA (Kathak)
Neeladri Kumar, Mumbai (Sitar)
- 9th September
Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award 2014 Presentation.
Neo classical choreography in Odissi dance by Ratikant Mohapatra with artistes of Srjan  – SHRADHA, an abstract fusion & KUBJAA, a mythological theme.
Script: Pt. Nityananda Misra, Music: Laxmikant Palit
At: Rabindra Mandap, 7pm

September 5 – 13, NYC & Kolkata
Schedule for Rhythmosaic
- Sept 5: Dr. Mitul Sengupta, Director, Rhythmosaic, performing solo Kathak , ARAVAN- THE DESOLATE for Indo American Arts Council’s Indoor Festival
Venue: Pace Auditorium, NYC, 7- 9pm
- Sept 6: Mitul Sengupta conducts workshop on Kathak and Laban Movement Analysis, organized by Indo- American Arts Council, NYC.
- Sept 13:  Mitul Sengupta performs solo Kathak WHEN IT RAINED AGAIN for Monsoon- Ball- Dance Performance, at Hyatt Regency, Kolkata, 8pm onwards.

September 6, Chennai
The Mylapore Trio of Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation organize the 11th year NAVARATHRI GOLU PADDHATHI, a holistic workshop for women. This is a lecture demonstration to learn the know-how of putting up a good Golu – aesthetics, arrangements, decorations, themes, kolam, packing, preservation and much more.
At: No. 5, Third Trust Link St, 1st Floor, Mandaveli, Chennai 28, between 4.30pm & 6pm

September 6 – 14, Palo Alto, CA
AMAVASYA is Abhinaya's collaboration with Naatak. The princess Amavasya is devastatingly beautiful: black as night. Or she is so hideous that a glimpse of her milky-white face sends the victim into a three-day slumber. No one knows, because she is hidden behind a mask. What will her people see on the day she uncovers her face? Written entirely in verse, Amavasya is a fairytale for dark-skinned grown-ups, and perhaps light-skinned ones. The play is a Knight Foundation Grant winner. It features a e combination of theater, music and dance-theater by Naatak, live music composed and performed by Nachiketa Yakkundi and group, and original dance choreographed by Rasika Kumar and performed by Abhinaya Dance Company. 
Language: Hindi (with English supertitles)
Time: Sep 6, 8 pm / Sep 7, 4 pm / Sep 12, 8 pm / Sep 13, 4 pm / Sep 13, 8 pm / Sep 14, 2 pm
Venue: Cubberley Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303

September 7, 13 & 20, UK
Schedule for Kalasagara UK
- 7th Sept: Sivani Balachandran’s arangetram at Watersmeet Theater, Rickmansworth, UK.
- 13th Sept: Usha Raghavan’s students from London and Rome perform for a fund- raising event organised by the charity MIOT at Hertfordshire University Auditorium.
- 20th Sept: Myurie Elanchenny’s arangetram at the Beck Theater, Hayes, UK.

September 11, Bhubaneswar
Art Vision organizes the 10TH SANGAM - A CONFLUENCE OF DANCE, featuring guest artist Mohinattam troupe Srirangam from Palakkad directed by Vinitha Nedungadi. Art Vision will premiere Odissi group choreography SIDDHARTHA based on Hermann Hesse’s novel, choreographed by Ileana Citaristi with music by Annada Prasanna Patnaik and script by Devdas Chhotray.
At: Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar, 7pm

September 11 & 19, New Delhi & Allahabad
- Sept 11: As part of the ongoing Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Kamala Nehru College, Delhi University, the College’s Gandhi Study Circle presents  Geeta Chandran’s  dance-theatre work GANDHI: WARP AND WEFT. The performance explores key concepts from Gandhian philosophy through the narrative lens of the female dancer in the 21st century. The choreography plays with ideology through abstract movement as well as narrative gestures, and incorporates both classical Bharatanatyam as well as contemporary movement theatre in its physical vocabulary. The performance is constructed as a vilambit abstract experience. It comprises six concepts interpreted through dance that flow contiguously from one to the other.
At: The college auditorium, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi 110049 at 12 noon.
- Sept 19: Geeta Chandran will participate in a national seminar on Aesthetics hosted by Allahabad Museum, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. Geeta will address the seminar on “Changing perspectives of classical dance aesthetics.”

September 12, Kolkata

Ranan and Microsoft Create to Inspire present ABSURD TALES, ABSURD CITIES - three plays on cities gone wrong. The event is part of Ranan’s tenth year celebrations, which will see performances and projects in Calcutta throughout the year.
- LIGHTS OUT, a play exploring an imaginary post-electricity era when the doom has already struck, and where the audience becomes an unsuspecting part
- GANDI BAAT, a play on the wastage of water in the city and how raising a voice about it leads to trouble. Presented by the Theatre Fellows of the Create to Inspire Fellowship
- ANDHAR NOGORI CHOUPOT RAJA, a play in Bengali and English based on the Hindi play by Bhartendu Harishchandra and A. K. Ramanujan’s translation of a folk tale
Direction: Vandana Alase Hazra, Amlan Choudhuri, Debashree Bhattacharya
Presented by Ranan
At: Aban Mahal (Children’s Little Theatre, Gariahat Road, Calcutta – 29), 6.30pm

September 12 & 13, 2014 Chicago, IL
- Sept 12: RAGAMALA, a celebration of Indian classical music by Chitravina N Ravikiran.
At: Chicago Cultural Centre, Preston Bradley Hall, 78E Washington St, 3rd Floor, 10.10pm
- Sept 13: LOVE BEYOND REACH - Dancers from Natya Dance Theatre present solo works based on eternal love poems from India. Accompanied by live musicians. The program is part of Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks. Part of WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL CHICAGO. The program is free and suitable for all ages.
At: Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W. Lunt Ave., Chicago, IL, 6pm

September 13, London
Akademi presents Divya Kasturi Company’s CONFLUENCE, an insight into the complex layers of Bharatanatyam. Interweaving playful rhythms and live vocals to accompany the intricate dance movements, a flurry of emotions will be sketched through this Indian temple-dancing tradition that has undergone constant change and transformation.
At: Kings Place Festival, London, 12.45pm - 1.15pm, 5.45pm - 6.15pm

September 18, Kolkata
AROHAN, presented by Samskritiki Shreyaskar, disciples of Guru Rani Karnaa
Program conducted by Sudokshina Manna Chatterjee (vocal music), Sohini Debnath (Kathak dance)
At: Gyan Manch Auditorium, Kolkata, 7pm

September 19, Modesto, CA
Jayendra Kalakendra will be performing at Modesto Sister Cities International for their 20th anniversary. Performance begins at 6pm.

September 20, Paris, France
Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company – Drishtikon Dance Foundation presents TIMELESS (extract)
Venue: Grande Salle  Of Opera Bastille – Le Monde Festival

September 25, Chennai
Arangham Trust facilitates release of the biography of Guru Maya Rao of Bangalore titled MAYA RAO…A LIFETIME IN CHOREOGRAPHY. The copy will be released by Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy.
At: Amethyst, 6pm. On invitation only

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

September 25, Berlin
Janaki Rangarajan presents ANTARYATRA - THE JOURNEY WITHIN, a dance production in Bharatanatyam
Venue: Auditorium, Indian Embassy, Tiergartenstr. 17, 10785 Berlin, 6pm

September 26 - 28, 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

September 27, 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

September 29 – Oct 10, 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

Bharatanatyam Arangetrams

September 6, Bellevue, WA
Kavya Srikanth, disciple of M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam, From Within Academy
At: Meydenbauer, 4pm

September 6, Canada
Aishwarya Roshan, disciple of Jai Govinda, Jai Govinda Dance Academy
At: Surrey Arts Centre, Surrey, BC, 7pm

September 7, Bellevue, WA
Shreya Murli Satagopan, disciple of M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam, From Within Academy
At: Meydenbauer, 4pm

September 7, Rickmansworth, UK
Sivani Balachandran, disciple of Usha Raghavan, Kalasagara UK
At: Watersmeet Theater, Rickmansworth, 6pm

September 13, Seattle, WA
Shreya Thirumurthy, disciple of M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam, From Within Academy
At: Broadway Performance Hall, 4pm

September 14, San Jose, CA
Krishna Adhvaryu, disciple of Mythili Kumar, Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose
At: Center for Employment Training, 701 Vine Street, 5pm

September 14, Seattle, WA
Sanjana Satyanarayanan, disciple of M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam, From Within Academy
At: Broadway Performance Hall, 4pm

September 20, Hayes, UK
Myurie Elanchenny, disciple of Usha Raghavan, Kalasagara UK
At: Beck Theater, Hayes, 6.30pm

September 20, Palo Alto, CA
Vyoma Thakker, disciple of Mythili Kumar, Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose
At: Oshman Family JCC 3921 Fabian Way, 3pm

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- Gurukul Chhau Dance Sangam, Rajesh Sai Babu and Rakesh Sai Babu
Mayurbhanj Chhau and contemporary dance, Delhi

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