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August 2016
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Returning to the rehearsal space after a full year's hiatus has been a milestone. A healthier body, a calmer mind and a spirit revived by months of watching, reflecting, reading, walking, sailing, trekking and dining in far away cities, small towns and villages has rebooted my body and soul. I needed to take this break after 26 years of non-stop creating, performing, producing, speaking, convening, curating and mentoring. (In saying this, I realize that the time between age 5 and 21 that was spent in the dance class and a thriving performance career until age 21 is not being included in this discussion. I am only counting the years since my return from the USA in 1990)
What if I said that NOT DANCING for 12 months has made me fitter, healthier and more energetic than ever! Don't raise those eyebrows!

The time was spent analyzing my body and limbs - internal and external, immersing myself in yoga intensives and other cross training programmes, long periods of total silence and a 24/7 health regime that was very difficult to sustain with the constant pressure of daily dancing.

It was a RELIEF not to worry about putting on makeup, managing the pressures of producing and performing simultaneously and instead, concentrating on observing and assessing the world I had chosen to inhabit. Even writing this monthly column required a conscious tug back into the issues and events that unfolded in the dance world.


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



- Sangeet Natak Akademi: The curious case of office intrigue and nepotism by Surajit Dasgupta
The Akademi has repeatedly broken government rules for appointments, promotions and giving contracts to suppliers. There could have been widespread financial mismanagement and corruption.

- Eleven years after the passing away of dance guru Chitrasena, the government of Sri Lanka finally issues a commemorative stamp and first day cover. It was officially launched on 18th of July 2016 at the Chitrasena Kalayathanaya, Colombo.

- On July 8, 2016 Sattriya Guru Jatin Goswami received RASESWAR SAIKIA AWARD from Sangeet Sattra run by Rinjumony and Ranjumony Saikia (daughters of Raseswar Saikia), at Rabindra Bhavan, Guwahati.

- On July 27, 2016 the following awards were given by Dr. Padmaja Suresh's Aatmalaya in Bangalore at the Wings of Fire festival - JUSTICE K. JAGANNATH SHETTY MEMORIAL AWARD to Rajahasya Kalavida Peruvadi Narayana Bhat, Puttur, CHAKYAR KOOTHU RAJAN MEMORIAL AWARD to K. Vishwanathan (senior performer of ritual and temple art, Kerala), S. RAJALAKSHMI MEMORIAL AWARD to Gulabi Ajalti Balila (Tulu folk epic singer).

- Kavalam: Guru non-pareil by Methil Devika
Methil Devika recalls how Kavalam Narayana Panikkar helped her evolve as a Mohiniyattam dancer and choreographer.

- A legend remembered, as told to Saraswathy Nagarajan
Jayaprabha Menon talks about Kavalam's contributions to Mohiniyattam and her own understanding of dance.

- Cadences of the soil by Bhawani Cheerath
Kavalam Narayana Panicker's versatility, erudition and artistry redefined theatre, dance and music in Kerala and rooted it all in the culture, society and traditions of the State.


"Meera" presented by Chitra Visweswaran
On July 30, 2016 at Music Academy, Chennai

Photos: Santosh of Fotozone

Aim for Seva presented ANTAR YATRA by Odissi Vision & Movement Centre at Music Academy, Chennai, on July 16, 2016
Photos courtesy: Aim for Seva


- Aim for Seva presents fundraiser
By Odissi Vision & Movement Centre

Jul 16 - Aug 3, 2016 India

- Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company premieres
NCPA Dance Residency

August 2 - 7, 2016 Mumbai

- Nrityantar presents
NAMAN 2016

ADA Rangamandira
August 7, 2016 Bangalore

- Rukmini Vijayakumar
Bharatanatyam solo

USA & Canada tour
August 19 - Sept 4, 2016

- Ashish Mohan Khokar's attendance
National launch - Pune

Aug 27, 2016

TAALAM: Column by Leela Venkataraman

- Journeying into woman dancer's inner world
An uncharacteristic evening in more ways than one sponsored by Aim for Seva, as part of its fund raising efforts, 'Antar Yatra', conceived by Odissi artist Sharmila Biswas, was premiered in Chennai at the Music Academy auditorium on July 16.

- Bharatanatyam duo at California's Chinmaya Mission
It was for me intriguingly unlike the usual run of programmes watching a recital titled 'After Arangetram' in California's Irvine district - for it was after more than a decade that I was witnessing Bharatanatyam in the States, by dancers from Arpana, run by Ramya Harishankar.

SEEN AND HEARD by Lakshmi Viswanathan

- Of Nattuvanars, Chinna Melam and the past to the present
One of the finest developments of 21st century in Bharatanatyam is the entry of the daughters, sons, and granddaughters of hereditary dancers and Nattuvanars into the field as performers and teachers.


- Aishwarya Nityananda's Bharatanatyam recital was visual poetry
Aishwarya Nityananda choreographed a special thematic program 'Leela Mohana Krishna' where Krishna's various leelas were portrayed through compositions soaked in love and devotion.

- Devadasi, Apsara and Chali Nritya seminar at Guwahati
Prateesha Suresh, an exponent of Sattriya dance, under the aegis of her Pratishruti Foundation arranged a one day seminar and lecture demonstration / performance at Rabindra Bhawan, Guwahati on 4th July 2016.

Not just anyBODY - a health and fitness column

- Strength training for dancers by Jyotsna John
Dancers, therefore, need greater than average strength to move and move well. Strength takes on different meanings for different people.

- Health Recipes 4: Quinoa stir fry wrap by Uma Pushpanathan

- The dancers' doctor by S. Aruna
Dr. Krishna Raman shares medical advice for dancers.


Mother and daughter or daughter and mother? by Aniruddha Knight
Mother, daughter, guru, disciple, friend, caretaker - a vast complex web that defined the enigma of a relationship between Balasaraswati and Lakshmi.


- Lshva conducts
Kathak Workshop
By Prashanth Shah

August 12 - 21, 2016 Bangalore

- Attakkalari conducts
Open workshop and auditions

Aug 17, Chennai
Aug 21, Thrissur

- 'Master of Arts: A Life in Dance'
by Tulsi Badrinath
(on Guru VP Dhananjayan)

Available in Karnatic Music Book Centre


NARTANAM: A Quarterly Journal of Indian Dance Vol.XVI No.2 April-June 2016 / ISSN 2455-7250
This issue of NARTANAM carries the details of the week long documentation of Kuchipudi Yakshaganam done in the Kuchipudi village (Feb 23-29, 2016) by Nartanam in collaboration with the Sangeet Natak Akademi and the Kuchipudi Natyaramam, government of Andhra Pradesh. It carries an extensive feature on the Music of Sattriya under the series 'Music for Dance.' A special feature is the white paper on the Sangeet Natak Akademi.

Meet the artistes -SANCHARI.. More on the artsArticles

August 1 & 15, Bangalore
- Aug 1: Nitya Narasimhan, disciple of Rukmini Vijayakumar performs solo for Sai Nrityotsav
At: Udayabhanu Kala Sangha, Kempegowda Nagar, 5.30pm
- Aug 15: Independence Day celebrations at LshVa. Class by Rukmini Vijayakumar and Dayananthan K, Pilates and Bokwa fitness
At: Lshva Studio

August 2 - 7, Mumbai
Schedule for Aditi Mangaldas.
- Aug 2, 6.30pm, Little Theatre: A Talk by Farooq Chaudhry (Akram Khan Dance Company)
- Aug 6, 7pm, Jamshed Bhaba Theatre: Contemporary Dance by Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company. With a cast of 7 dancers and 3 musicians INTER_RUPTED imaginatively infuses Kathak with 21st-century sound, rhythm and light. On Inter_rupted, she collaborates with Farooq Chaudhry as Dramaturge, Morag Deyes as Mentor, Fabiana Piccioli as Light Designer, Kimie Nakano as Costumier and Manish Kansara as the Stage Designer. Inter_rupted is world premiered at the NCPA.
- Aug 7, 2pm, West Room 1: Kathak Masterclass by Aditi Mangaldas
This is the start of a series of masterclasses for senior and intermediate level students of Kathak. The focus would be to groom the local Kathak talents to international standards.

August 6 - 7, Mumbai
Chinmaya Naada Bindu organizes MONSOON MASTI, fun-filled MUSIC APPRECIATION WORKSHOP, the annual residential music appreciation workshop in the serene surroundings of an ashram in Powai with interesting sessions on Monsoon Ragas and Songs, Rhythm Masti, Art of Listening, A Capella Singing and much more.
At: Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Powai, Mumbai.

August 7, Chennai
Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation conducts 13th year POOJA VIDHANAM (Pooja Workshop for Women - Varalakshmi Vritam, Krishna Jayanthi & Ganesh Chaturthi), a holistic program to know about poojas' significance, songs & slokas, traditional outfits, arrangements & d├ęcor etc...Resource persons are "The Mylapore Trio" Amarnath, Surendranath & Aparna, Sugathan and Prema Krishnamurthi.
At: Foundation Premises, Mandavelipakkam, 9.30am.

August 7, Milpitas, CA
In collaboration with the Asian Art Museum in SF, Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose performs excerpts from the Ramayana.
At: India Community Center 525 Los Coches St., Milpitas, 4-6pm.

August 13, NYC
IAAC presents ERASING BORDERS FESTIVAL OF INDIAN DANCE INDOORS featuring Sonia Sabri (Kathak), Cynthia Ling Lee (Contemporary, from a Kathak base), Sooraj Subramaniam (Contemporary, from a BN base), Revanta Sarabhai and Pooja Purohit (Contemporary, from a BN base), Eriko Sugimura (Contemporary, inspired by BN) and Rama Vaidyanathan (BN).
At: Schimmel Auditorium, Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, 7pm - 9pm

August 13 - 20, Bangalore, Chennai, Thrissur
The tenth batch of the Attakkalari Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media will be graduating this August. The graduation performance will showcase choreographies of five acclaimed international as well as Indian choreographers. Featuring 40 talented dancers from across the country along with live musicians, this 10th year GRADUATION SHOW will happen in three cities, starting with Bangalore on August 13th at Gurunanak Bhavan, then at the Music Academy in Chennai on 16th and finally at the Regional Theatre in Thrissur on 20th. All shows start at 6pm.

August 28, Chicago
Natya presents PADMA - THE EVENING ROSE as part of the Chicago Parks District's Night Out in the Parks series. Natya will perform with a live orchestra at Indian Boundary Park (2500 W Lunt Ave, Chicago, IL 60645), 3pm to 4pm.

August 6, Pune
Trusha Aru, disciple of Nrupa Soman
Venue: Vishwabhavan Auditorium, Symbiosis, 5pm to 8pm

August 7, Pune
Ashika Jain, disciple of Suchitra Date
Venue: Muktangan School Auditorium, 5pm to 8pm

August 13, New Delhi
Aditi Balasubramanian, disciple of Geeta Chandran, Natya Vriksha
Venue: Chinmaya Mission Auditorium, 6:30pm

August 14, Woodside, CA
Tanuja Gobbur, disciple of Mythili Kumar, Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose
Venue: Woodside High Performing Arts Center, 4pm

August 21, Santa Clara, CA
Abinaya Srikant, disciple of Mythili Kumar, Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose
Venue: Mission City Center for Performing Arts, 4pm

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