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will be reading this as I land in the US on my final trip across the
Atlantic for the year. In rehearsals for my very first on stage
performance with musicians Anil Srinivasan and Sikkil Gurucharan, our 7
year collaboration through discussions and recordings has been revamped
and re-styled for a diverse North American audience. SPIRALS, a
convergence of dance, music and theatre, is the spine of the November
6th evening in Washington DC. An hour long presentation, it has
taken several hours of discussion and debate as to how to divide the
attention, lighting and overall “tone” of the evening. With the two
musicians having worked together for so long, their synergy and
chemistry is more sedate and calm. A generation apart, my own trajectory
has been diverse – using props, silence, spoken voice and dramatic arcs
in performance. How can we achieve a seamless whole while being true to
our personalities and the art? Will the musicians look at me
while I perform or will they be lost in their closed eyes and waving
hands syndrome? The moment of “theatre” is so strong in a dancer and yet
the classical Indian musician relies on improvisation and on the spot
Dancers and musicians are working together more and more. Look at the
spate of recent synergies between both genres. Valli and Bombay
Jayashri, Malavika and Aruna Sairam, Vishaka Hari and Urmila
Satyanarayana, Shobana with Ranjit Barot, Leela Samson and Bombay
Jayashri (again), Geeta Chandran and Sudha Raghuraman, Priyadarsini
Govind and TM Krishna- the list keeps growing. The challenge for the
dancer is always the collaborative ‘spirit’ and intention with which
this confluence happens. Bharatanatyam dancer Urmila Satyanarayana,
shared the process of 10 months over which she had to fly to Srirangam
and skype with Harikatha star performer Vishaka Hari for her recent
presentation WOMEN OF WISDOM. Invariably, the singer dominates the show
with the dancer learning the repertoire of the musician and adapting the
choreography accordingly. And, the stage positioning is also tricky.
The concert divas and devas often refuse to sit on the sides- like a
traditional dance orchestral arrangement – and demand to share the stage
space with the dancer. Visually awkward to say the least. Still, this
melange augurs well for dance since most of us are held ransom by the
avaricious and lazy dance musicians who have been almost wholly
corrupted by the torrential downpour of the dollar! Imagine senior
artistes who cannot even get a SINGLE REHEARSAL with their orchestra
until the day of the performance! That is the state of dance music in
Chennai. And so it is recorded scores that have FINALLY found their way
into the main December season. All sabhas have accepted that it is
almost impossible to demand live accompanists and, except for the Madras
Music Academy, who continue to pride themselves as the “upholders of
the tradition” and insisting on a live orchestra, other presenters have
given way to technology and the need of the hour.
Eye: A section of impressions, images and
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 email@example.com
Astad Deboo in HAMLET_AVTAAR directed by Hyoung taek Limb
At Seoul’s Daehakro Art Theatre on Oct 23, 2014
Photos: Amit Kumar
In the news
- The government has appointed former Chief
Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami as the new chairman of the governing
board of Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai, for a term of five years.
- Attendance awards for 2014 will be given on November 30, 2014 at
Alliance Francaise, Bangalore. RAM GOPAL BEST SOLO MALE DANCER AWARD to
Aniruddha Knight, MOHAN KHOKAR OVERALL EXCELLANCE AWARD to Dr. Anita
Ratnam, UDAY SHANKAR CHOREOGRAPHY AWARD to Guru B Banumathi, RUKMINI
DEVI SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION AWARD to Guru C Radhakrishna, MAYA RAO
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD to Vimala Rangachar.
- Artists who represent the finest talent in Vancouver’s arts and
culture community were honoured for their achievements at the 2014
Mayor’s Arts Awards. Jai Govinda, Artistic Director of Mandala Arts and
Culture received the award for dance from Mayor Gregor Robertson at a
special ceremony on October 7, 2014 at the Roundhouse Community Arts
& Recreation Centre, Vancouver. Honourees in the category of
performing arts are Jai Govinda for dance, Brad Turner for music and
Nancy Bryant for theatre. They were selected by previous award winners.
Winners each received a $3,000 cash prize.
- The Peak celebrated its 25 Anniversary in Malaysia on 16 October 2014.
Ramli Ibrahim was one of the 10 celebrated Malaysians awarded for their
contribution to the nation. Ramli Ibrahim was given the THE PEAK AWARD
for Arts and Culture 2014.
|- On October 20, 2014 the BESSIE AWARDS for performance went to Akram
Khan for production of ‘Desh’ and Aakash Odedra for ‘James Brown, Get on
the Goodfoot, A celebration in Dance’ arranged and shaped by Otis
Sallid at the Apollo Theatre, NYC. The music was deconstructed by Aakash
and padhant, recitation of mnemonics, bols, was done by Prashant Shah,
prime disciple of Kumudini Lakhia.
- On December 13, 2014 Nadabrahmam will confer NRITHYA KOVIDA on
Bharatanatyam guru Krishnakumari Narendran and NRITHYA SEVAKA on
Bharatanatyam exponent Zakir Hussain at TAG Auditorium, T Nagar at 6pm.
- Arsha TS, disciple of Guru Kalamandalam Remani Haridas got First Prize
in the Bharatanatyam (Junior) competition held in connection with the
Heritage Festival (classical dance competition) of 21st MTNL Perfect
Health Mela 2014 held at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi from 15th - 19th
- NARTANAM: Volume XIV No.3, July – Sept 2014
Special issue on dance criticism and photography
The issue features articles by Lakshmi Vishwanathan, Madhavi Puranam,
Dr. Sunil Kothari, Reginald Massey, Veejay Sai, R Sreenivasan, Tulsi
Badrinath, Shumita Mahajan, Janaki Patrik, Leela Samson, Elisabeth
Zimmer, Leslie R Berman. Plus reviews, news and notes.
- Ramaa Bharadvaj presents
Mitra: Dance Hymn to Friendship
October 4 - Nov 7, 2014
- Ananda Shankar Jayant /Shankarananda Kalakshetra present
Nrityopahara & Navarasa - Expressions of Life
USA & Canada
Oct 24 - Nov 16, 2014
- Mandala Arts presents
Gait to the Spirit
Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2014 Vancouver
- Sai Arts International presents
Sai Nrityotsav 66
Krishnadevaraya Kala Mandira, 5.30pm
November 1, 2014 Bangalore
- National release of
Attendance - The dance Annual of India
Nov 1, 2014 Ahmedabad
Nov 7, 2014 Bangalore
- Rasadhwani presents
Suruchi National Classical Dance Festival
November 1 – 6, 2014 Ahmedabad
- Drishti Art Foundation & Ananya present
Seva Sadan, 6.30pm
Nov 4, 2014 Bangalore
- Donna Sternberg & Dancers present
One Song, Many Dances
Ivy Substation, 8.30pm
Nov 7 & 8, 2014 Culver City, CA
- NADAM presents
15th Annual Kala Nadam Festival
ADA Ranga Mandira, 6pm
November 7 – 9, 2014 Bangalore
- SUNAINA presents
Indradhanush Dilli - A Festival of Arts
November 12 – 16, 2014 New Delhi
- Sapphire Creations presents
Parivahitam & Sapphirescope
Tour of Malaysia & Singapore
November 20 – 30, 2014
- Chinmaya Naada Bindu presents
Winter Arts Intensive
Bharatanatyam and music
Nov 30 - Dec 6, 2014 Kolwan, Pune
Registration deadline: Nov 7, 2014
- Ignite! Festival of Contemp Dance
Joining the Dots
January 13 – 15, 2015 New Delhi
Open Call for Bursaries
Deadline: Nov 7, 2014
- Sanjali presents
By Ratikant Mohapatra
Nov 10 - 13, 2014 Bangalore
- Sanathana Natyalaya presents Swashakti
with Rama Vaidyanathan
Nov 27 – 30, 2014 Mangalore
Look out for
- Remembering Govardhan Panchal by Dr. Sunil Kothari
Currently the theatre world is celebrating the centenary year of
Govardhan Panchal, a renowned stage designer, painter, dancer, actor,
director, an authority on Sanskrit theatre architecture.
- Cie Shantala Shivalingappa
- Danced Myth: Lord Rama recalls his life by Rajika Puri
- Creative industries, resistant in spite of crises by Laure Kaltenbach and Olivier Leguay on The Huffington Post
“As soon as one decides to perform a piece in public, the audience must
be taken into consideration in the concept itself. After all, my
performance is addressed to the public - otherwise I might as well stay
home and perform for myself. If I want to convey something, then I must
also think about how I can best convey it, without ‘betraying’ myself or
my project and without making lazy compromises.
It is less about being ‘understood’ and more about remaining ‘readable’
so that sympathy, feelings, associations, questions, wonder and even
uncertainty can be provoked. I believe that dance as a body language may
and should appeal more to the senses and the sub-conscious than to the
intellect. We live in a highly intellectualised society that wants
everything explained and we are being taught increasingly to work with
reason. Our instinct, our senses and our feelings are diminishing. I
value it when an artwork penetrates into the deeper layers of my being.”
- Choreographer Antonio Bühler
(‘Exploring the inner universe’ by Anjana Rajan, The Hindu Friday Review, Oct 25, 2013)
- Navarasa Nayaka and Neerasa Nayika
by Veejay Sai
There is an old saying that goes, “It takes thirty seven muscles to
frown and twenty two muscles to smile.” If one were to go by this, a
packed hall of rasikas smiled joyfully and later frowned, thanks to two
dancers who triggered off these contrasting situations.
- Varying forms, engaging communication
by S D Desai
Not that none of the earlier plays at Natarani’s Sunday to Sunday
National Theatre Festival of plays carefully selected by Mallika
Sarabhai from across genres and having self and society as their themes
deserved a standing ovation, but they had reserved it for Asmita
Theatre’s second play Court Martial
staged on Oct 8.
- An evening of Nritya Katha
by Maya Kulkarni
On August 24, Rajika Puri and Ramya Ramnarayan came together to present
an evening of story telling at Princeton Crossroads Theater in New
Brunswick, New Jersey.
- Interface 2014: A panorama of dances across the world
by Sulagna Mukhopadhyay
INTERFACE is a biennial project of Sapphire Creations and Arts Forward.
Despite funding crunch, the festival is visiting main cities like
Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore and from this year Chandigarh gets added to
- A novel form for Ashtapadi
by Renu Ramanath
‘Gitagovindam Nrithyalakshana Sahitham,’ a 200 year old manuscript
containing instructions about performing Gita Govindam had been
discovered from the Sarabhoji Saraswati Mahal Library of Thanjavur.
|- From the real to the realm of dream by Padma Jayaraj
It is a sheer coincidence that artists Sivadas Edakkattuvayal and
Kalamandalam Bindulekha happened to exhibit their creativity that deal
with the two fundamental yet conflicting aspects of human life, in the
- Elegant dancing by Gopika Varma by Usha Rk
It was an evening of eclectic, elegant and high class dancing by one of India’s leading Mohiniattam dancers Gopika Varma.
- Nayaka-Nayika Festival by Poornima Gururaja
The two day Nayaka-Nayika Festival was conceptualised by art consultant
Usha Rk. The first day’s concept Navarasa Nayaka was developed around
the theme of Lord Shiva and his attributes.
- Arnab Bandopadhyay's Yugaant and Bimbavati Devi's Devatmayee by Tapati Chowdurie
Known as an Odissi dancer of Kelucharan style of dance, Arnab
Bandopadhyay used Bharatanatyam, Chhau and martial art forms in his
latest production Yugaant.
- Unravelling layers of meaning by Leela Venkataraman
Kuchipudi exponent Vanashree Rao took the solo stage with a thoughtfully
crafted programme, while dancers in the Divinity Series lived up to its
- For connoisseurs and commoners by Leela Venkataraman
The thronging crowds at Ananya proved the hard work of its organisers is paying off
- Meera festival of dances by Lalitha Venkat
Rahul Acharya, a prime disciple of Odissi guru Durga Charan Ranbir, and
Bangalore based Gayatri Ranbir, his daughter and disciple put together
the first edition of ‘Meera festival of dances’ at Seva Sadan on October
- Muktamma’s centenary by Tapati Chowdurie
Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, and Dr. V Raghavan Centre for
Performing Arts, Chennai, presented Smriti Kusumanjali in a two-day
event at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
- Adding extra flourish to Bharatanatyam by Neha Desai
Arpan launched its Summer Intensive Workshop with a new approach, a six
week long summer camp focused on fast paced learning of Bharatanatyam
and opportunity to engage with professional choreographers.
- Natya Tarangini’s Bhavayami by Shveta Arora
Natya Tarangini was back with a new edition of the Parampara series
titled ‘Bhavayami’ at the Kamani auditorium on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of
September. On the 2nd day, Abhimanyu and Vidha Lal (Kathak) and Ayaan
Ali Khan (sarod) performed.
- Yamini Muthanna’s Nrithya Vaibhava by Satish Suri
Yamini Muthanna, a Bharatanatyam dancer and a yoga practitioner
presented ‘Nrithya Vaibhava’ along with her troupe as part of the
Horizon Series of the ICCR at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore, on 11th
- The earthly lila of Ram by Shveta Arora
A timeless epic was turned into a visual and acoustic extravaganza.
Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra presented its 58th edition of Ram Lila at
the Kendra lawns from Sept 25 to Oct 21.
- Bengaluru International Arts Festival
by Meghna Venkat
BIAF (Sept 5 - 21) organised by AIM (Artists Introspective Movement) in
its 7th year was spread across 9 venues in Bengaluru for 9 days.
- Satiating the artistic quest with a splendid concert
by Supriya Rajan
On September 29, with the clouds looming large in the evening sky ready
for a thunderous downpour, Guru Kalamandalam Sugandhi offered a tribute
to the mridangam maestro Nandikeswar Rao with a splendid Mohiniattam
presentation by her disciples.
- Trinethra Dance and Music Festival
by Sreedevi N. Nampoothiri
Natyapriya Dance Academy along with Save Kidney Foundation organized a
three day dance and music festival titled Trinethra Dance and Music
Festival in Kollam during Sept 19 – 21.
- Shakti Dance presented Meera as homage to Lakshmi Shankar
by Prem Souri Kishore
A moving tribute video to Lakshmi Shankar, who recently passed away at
the age of 87, ushered in the mesmerizing dance production of Meera, a
Shakti School of Dance production to a rapt audience in James Armstrong
Theater, Los Angeles.
- Two dazzling gems at Navaneetham’s Yuva Nrithyathi
by Supriya Rajan
It was a perfect treat on Vijayadasami to watch a recital by Tabasmi
Paul Majumder on the first day of Navaneetham Cultural Trust’s
Nrithyathi - Vibes of Youth Festival held at Kerala Sahitya Academy
column by Dr. Sunil Kothari
- Sonya Fateh’s documentary ‘I, Dance’
The film begins with interviewing Sheema Kermani based in Karachi. She
tells her story on how she took to learning dance and performing
classical Bharatanatyam and Odissi and when Zia put a ban on dance in
public, how not only she but also several people protested against it,
notwithstanding the punishment meted out if dance was performed in
- Dance like a Man
It was indeed with bated breath that I was looking forward to watching
‘Dance like a Man’ play at Meadowvale Theatre in Mississauga on 16th
- British South Asian dance and the Bessies by Sanjeevini Dutta
The New York Dance Performance Awards, affectionately known as the
Bessies, represent a recognition of dancers by their peers, judged as
they are by forty representatives of the dance world.
- Education in spiritual values though Bharatanatyam: Part 1 by Chandra Anand
The origin of Indian classical performing arts is attributed to
Natyaveda that has been written for educating and uplifting the society
- His lens spoke volumes by Lakshmi Vishwanathan
Lakshmi recalls cinematographer Ashok Kumar’s tryst with Bharatanatyam.
- Culture shock by Pavan K Varma
The ICCR is headless and pathetically short of funds. Whatever little it
can do is being arbitrarily usurped by the department of culture with
no clarity about the role of either.
- Less is cool by Akhila Krishnamurthy
Last month, at Paris’ Opera Bastille, the Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company
presented an eight-minute—yes, you read that right—excerpt from
Timeless, a group contemporary work, inspired by Kathak.
- Delhi parents: Bollywood dance koi seekhne ki cheez nahin by Aanchal Tuli
Item songs may be a hit with kids, but parents are now opting for
international dance styles over dhinchak Bollywood dance for their
children to learn.
Dance History column
by Ashish Mohan Khokar
- Oceans and mountains of dance
It’s not Bombay or Boston, Chennai or China but Mauritius and Fiji where
Indian diaspora has come of age. Such countries have centuries of
history, not recent settlers.
- Jhelum 60, Smitalay 25 by Lalitha Venkat
The only thing I dreamt about was dance – teaching dance, creating
dance and seeing the dance being performed by the students at Smitalay.
The years just flew by and the successful journey of 25 years is not
just due to me.
- ‘Kuchipudi is the very purpose of my existence’ by GS Paul
Sreelakshmi Govardhan explains why and how she continues her journey in
dance. She received the Sri Jayadeva Rashtriya Yuva Puraskar for
- Maya, the magnificent by Dr. A.V. Satyanarayana
The wood can dance and stone can express with the magic (maya) of Maya
Didi, as she was fondly called. If the one face of Dr. Maya Rao is art,
the other face is her benevolence.
-Vempati Swarajyalakshmi born on August 1, 1937, well known for her role
as a very supporting spouse of late Kuchipudi doyen Vempati Chinna
Satyam, passed away in the early hours of October 1, 2014.
Swarajyalakshmi is probably one of the last links of the Gurukul type of
taking care with affection hundreds of students of Kuchipudi who were
trained by Vempati Chinna Satyam. She had been a very integral part of
the dance journey of Vempati Chinna Satyam right from the start and been
through the thick and thin of his dance voyage. She leaves behind two
sons, three daughters and eight grand children.
Meet the artistes
- Priestess of the Odissi worship by Sumati Mehrishi
Autumn is summer for the grand performer, Delhi-based world-renowned Odissi maestro Dr. Sonal Mansingh.
- Struggles with writing and dance by Suneeta Balakrishnan
Radhika Jha about her novels and the dance connect.
|- Lotus pocus by Ranjana Dave
It’s hard to keep up with Anita Ratnam. When we speak on a weekday
morning, this dancer and cultural organiser is at home in Chennai,
slightly jetlagged from a transcontinental journey that has ended the
- Beyond boundaries of form by K Pradeep
Dancer and choreographer Geeta Chandran has pushed the frontiers of Bharatanatyam without deviating from its roots.
More on the Arts
- Tones of cosmic cycles by Leela Venkataraman
New Delhi saw an energetic Indo-Malaysian Bharatanatyam presentation in
the joint effort of Rama Vaidyanathan and Ajit Bhaskar Dass.
- The royal revivalists of folk desert stories by Sharmila Chand
The 8th edition of Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) Jodhpur
brought a rare ensemble of artists, introducing music and art forms on
the brink of extinction.
- Mudhra magic by Sunil Kothari
The Utsav Festival held by the Washington-based Sivam institution celebrated some of India’s great musicians and dancers.
- For the love of dance by Kanika Sharma
Odissi icon Jhelum Paranjape set up Smitalay in 1989 in memory of her
childhood friend Smita Patil. Having dedicated 25 years to teaching
dance to lesser privileged children, Paranjape strives to keeping her
spirit and this dance form alive in Mumbai, through a crowdfunding
- In the river’s womb by Nita Vidyarthi
A recent presentation of Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha in Bhubaneswar came across as embellishment personified.
- Krishna as visual poetry by Leela Venkataraman
A recent festival in Bhubaneswar, featuring all 24 ashtapadis of the
Gita Govinda, reiterated the timeless appeal of the ‘song of the Dark
- Mythology retold Vempati way by Ranee Kumar
Manju Bhargavi and Deepika Reddy’s ‘Dakshayagnam’ was the highlight at the Vysakhi Nrityotsav 2014 in Visakhapatnam.
- Adding gestures to lyrics by B Ramadevi
Rotary Club of Coimbatore Metropolis and Department of HR&CE,
Government of Tamil Nadu, presented Natyanjali at Patteeswarar Temple,
Perur, featuring a few popular dance forms of India, prominently
||- A royal legacy by Madhavi Ramkumar
Ranjitha Vivin’s performance was notable for its adequately expressive abhinaya components
- Spirit and style by Nita Vidyarthi
Bharatanatyam dancer Vaibhav Arekar speaks about dance, masculinity and a style of his own.
- Tale of love and war by Mavelikara Gopakumar
Thespian Madavoor Vasudevan Nair excelled as Bana in a recital of ‘Banayudham’ at Thiruvalla.
- Their effort pays off by VV Ramani
In 2008, an idea germinated in the minds of three young dancers -
Sasirekha, Divyasena and Sreelatha Vinod - who wanted to make dance
education a holistic learning experience.
- Dance is meditation by Ranee Kumar
Tantra the science and Natya the art — the two faceted reality is dancer
Padmaja Suresh’s book. She tells that dance is internalisation of
- When nrithya met Harikatha by Rupa Srikanth
‘Women in Wisdom’ saw Vishakha Hari and Urmila Sathyanarayanan collaborate artistically.
- Carrying it solo by Shyamhari Chakra
As part of its monthly concert series, the Odisha Chapter of ICCR in
association with the Dept of Culture of Govt of Odisha presented
Bhubaneswar-based Odissi dancer Kakali Paramguru at Rabindra Mandap
- Seasoned artistry by Madhavi Ramkumar
The Tharang Utsav featured some competent music and dance performances.
- Diverse steps in sync with ingenuity and artistry by Hareesh N. Nampoothiri
The dance segment of the Soorya Dance and Music Festival 2014 in
Thiruvananthapuram celebrated the different classical dances of India.
October 16 - November 10, Europe
Kuchipudi exponent Dr. Saraswathi Rajathesh travels to Germany,
Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria and Czech Republic for performances
October 20 – December 31, New Delhi
Natya Vriksha presents IN THE CLICK OF A MOVEMENT, an exhibition of
iconic photographs by Rakesh Sahai, which celebrate four decades of the
artistry of dancer Geeta Chandran. For the past five years, Rakesh Sahai
has been following the dancer on her creative journey, and the
collaboration between dancer and photographer has thrown up a
spectacular oeuvre of images.
At: Desmania (Sandhya Raman’s atelier), F-213 – C, Lado Sarai, New Delhi, from 10am to 7pm.
November 1, Cham, Switzerland
An oriental dance show with well known belly dancers of Switzerland. D.
Keshava und Sumitra Keshava are invited to present Bharatanatyam and
Bollywood in this grand event.
At: Lorzensaal, Dorfplatz 3, Cham, from 8 to 10pm
November 1, Irvine, CA
Ektaa Center presents DIWALI FEST 2014, the first celebration of this
universal festival. Bring a Lamp and Light a Lamp. Featured performances
by Adaa Dance Academy, Anjani Ambegaokar's Sundar Kala Kendra, Amna
Dance, Arpana Dance Company, Prance and Dance and others.
At Irvine's City Hall between 4pm and 8pm.
November 1 – 29, Delhi, Odisha, Imphal
Dance historian, scholar, author and critic Dr. Sunil Kothari's monthly itinerary for November
IMPHAL: 6th till 10th Nov, Bhagyachandra Dance Festival
CUTTACK: 18th till 20th Meera Das’s Odissi dance festival
NEW DELHI: 21st and 22nd Nov, Sudhyaa Dance Foundation and Kalakriti
Arts Foundation in collaboration with India International Centre, is
organizing EK- ANANT... the unending one, a two day festival on solo
choreographies in the various classical dance forms. The morning sessions will comprise of a series of lectures.
BHUBANESWAR: 28th and 29th Nov, Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya Golden Jubilee
November 2 - 29, Kuala Lumpur, Odisha
Schedule for Ileana Citaristi
- Nov 2 to 4, Kuala Lumpur: Ileana conducts an Odissi dance workshop
KNOWING ODISSI for intermediate dance students at Temple of Fine Arts,
followed by a lec-dem on the concluding day.
-Nov 26, Bhubaneswar: Ileana Citaristi performs Chhau dance on the
occasion of Golden Jubilee Celebration of Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya,
at Rabindra Mandap
- Nov 29, Puri: Art Vision performs Odissi group choreography on the opening day of PURI BEACH FESTIVAL at Puri, Odisha
November 2 – December 2, Kolkata, Thailand
The schedule for Rhythmosaic for November
- Nov 2: Rhythmosaic is organizing workshop by Avant Garde Dance Company
UK at ICCR, Sculpture Court, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kolkata as a part
of IMPULSE 2014 in association with The Park New Festival Series 2014,
Prakriti Foundation, The Park Hotels, British Council.
- Nov 9: Rhythmosaic Dance Institute students perform for Indian Navy at 7pm onward organized by Opendoors.
- Nov 21 – Dec 2: Rhythmosaic - Sengupta Dance Company tour with its
double bill production ‘Swan Lake – Revisited’ and ‘Buddha - The ' Why'
Within’ supported by ICCR to Thailand International Dance Festival
November 3 – 13, California
Schedule for Ramya Harishankar
- Nov 3: Lec dem, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
- Nov 6: Master Class, Concordia University, Irvine, CA
- Nov 7/8: ONE SONG, MANY DANCES, Ivy Substation Theater, Culver city, CA
- Nov 13: Master class, Dance Dept, UCI, Irvine, CA
November 6, Washington DC
Dakshina presents SPIRALS, a convergence of dance, poetry, and music–an
evening of collaborative work presented by Anita Ratnam, Anil
Srinivasan, and Sikkil Gurucharan. Each artist will share their unique
vantage point during the evening’s work whether it is by dance, vocal
performance, or the piano performance. While these legendary artists
often collaborate on their work, this is the first time they are
appearing together in their Washington DC world premiere. The three
Goddesses Saraswati, Meenakshi, and Lakshmi form the trinity of wisdom,
bravery, and wealth. Ratnam explores the personae of these three
powerful icons in Indian mythology. The work spirals around 3 artistes, 3
scapes, and 3 moods. Together, they evoke a questioning wife, a martial
princess, a playful beauty, a flowing river, a charging trident,
blooming lotus. The divine trinity in a contemporary context: Saraswati,
Meenakshi, and Lakshmi. For the second half of the evening, there’s a
Bharatanatyam duet performance by Renjith Babu and Vijna Vasudevan.
At: Shakespeare Theatre, 8pm
November 6, NYC
Jiva Performing Arts is hosting its annual Gala - an exciting evening
featuring performances by talented musicians, dancers and comedians. The
event will support its growing efforts to create engaging Indian
classical music and dance programming in the NYC area. The keynote
speaker for the evening will be acclaimed film director and producer
Mira Nair. MC is comedian Dan Nainan. Featuring live music by Jay
Gandhi, Nitin Mitta and Bala Skandan as well as a performance by Jiva
Dance based on the Bharatanatyam tradition.
At Rodeph Sholom, 7 West 83rd St. NYC, 6.30pm
November 7 – 30, Mumbai, Aurangabad
Aura-Aurangabad concerts are a unique dance performance series catering
to the cultural quest of the tourists and guests visiting the city being
presented at MAHAGAMI will bring to life legends, master-pieces and
monuments through Kathak, Odissi, Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattam, Kuchipudi,
etc. curated by Parwati Dutta
- 7, 8, 9 Nov: Aura-Aurangabad concerts at Mahagami, 7.30pm to 8.30pm
- 9 Nov: Odissi by Parwati Dutta and disciples at Veer Savarkar Auditorium, Mumbai
- 14, 15, 16 Nov: Aura-Aurangabad concerts at Mahagami, 7.30pm to 8.30pm
- 21, 22, 23 Nov: Aura-Aurangabad concerts at Mahagami, 7.30pm to 8.30pm
- 28, 29, 30 Nov: Aura-Aurangabad concerts at Mahagami, 7.30pm to 8.30pm
At: Mahatma Gandhi Mission Sangeet Academy, N-6, CIDCO, Aurangabad 431003
|November 8 & 9, Illinois
Hema Rajagopalan’s Natya Dance Theatre presents THE FLOWERING TREE. A
metaphor for preserving nature and respecting all life, The Flowering
Tree is based on an ancient South Indian folktale by A. K. Ramanujan, It
is a dance-theater work with a sutradhara about a poor but beautiful
young girl Kumudha, blessed with the magical ability to transform
herself into a magnificent flowering tree. Her valuable flowers can be
picked without harming the tree. When she marries a prince who is
enchanted by her beauty, her magical ability is discovered and is soon
taken advantage of and she is harmed. Only time and love can transform
her back into her original form.
Choreographed by Hema and Krithika Rajagopalan, original score by
Rajkumar Bharathi. Stage direction is by Dipankar Mukherjee, Artistic
Director of the Pangea World Theater in Minneapolis, with story
consultation from Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service
Professor of the History of Religions in the University of Chicago
- Nov 8, 7:30 pm: Rhinehart Music Center, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499
- Nov 9, 4pm: North Shore Center for the Perf Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60077
November 10 – 28, Chennai, Delhi, Singapore
Schedule for Aditi Mangaldas
- Nov 10, Chennai: Aditi Mangaldas presents her solo SEEKING THE BELOVED
Venue: Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium, Chennai, 7pm
- Nov 22, Delhi: Aditi Mangaldas gives a talk at EK ANANT festival
Venue: India International Centre, 10:30am
- Nov 28, Singapore: Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company – The Drishtikon Dance Foundation presents WITHIN
Venue: Esplanade, Singapore, 8pm
November 15 & 16, San Jose, CA
Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose presents: ARJUNA - A WARRIOR'S TALE
Nov15th @ 7pm / Nov 16th @ 4pm
Venue: School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA 95116
November 15 & 16, Pittsburgh, PA
Nandanik Dance Troupe presents PRAKRITI- Maatrikaa, Mrittikaa, a dance theater presentation on Devi and Nature.
Choreographed by Nandini Mandal and Sanjib Bhattacharya
Guest appearance by Dr. Sheila K. Collins, and members of InterPlay, Pittsburgh
Venue: Kelley Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
On November 15, at 7pm / November 16, at 4pm
November 16, Bangalore
Natyasaraswathi Kuchipudi Academy celebrates 19th Annual dance day
At: Seva Sadan Malleswaram, 10am
November 16, Ruislip, UK
Usha Raghavan’s Kalasagara UK’s Annual Day celebrations at Winston
Churchill hall, Ruislip – a gala dance performance by about 75
November 18 & 28, Mumbai
Schedule for Smitalay
- Nov 18: Traditional Odissi performance during “Dnyan-Daan” event at Buldana at 6.30pm
- Nov. 28: "Mae Ri" Bond of Motherhood for Celebrate Bandra Festival, at Carter Road Promenade, Bandra at 7pm
November 19, New Delhi
Habitat World presents SAMYUKTA, a special duet by two senior disciples
of Geeta Chandran - Sharanya Chandran and R. Amrita Shruti
Radhakrishnan, who have conceptualised Samyukta as a tribute in dance to
their teacher - marking 40 years of the dancing career of Geeta
At: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi, 7pm.
November 21, Chennai
Chitra Arvind has been selected to present her contemporary dance solo AHAM......AND OTHERS for PECDA, Chennai
At: Rukmini Arangam, Kalakshetra, Chennai, 6:30pm
November 23, Mississauga, ON
Sampradaya Dance Creations will be presenting the next installment of
the Horizon Series, Emerging Artist Performance Series in November 2014.
This presentation will feature the talents of two emerging dance
artists - Sujit Vaidya, a Bharatanatyam dancer from Vancouver, BC and
Mala Pisharody, a Mohiniattam dancer based in Mississauga, ON. A
talkback session will follow the performance.
At: Sampradaya Theatre, Mississauga, ON, 4pm
November 26, Ahmedabad
Dance drama I AM A WOMAN by Aum Arts Dance Academy, Ahmedabad is based
on comparison of present status of women in Indian society (like
Nirbhaya) & with mythological icons like Draupadi, Sita &
Concept, Poem & Choreography by Suprava Mishra
At: IIM Ahmedabad
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