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ANITA SAYS..... |
#REFLECT REBOOT REFRESH
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
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
LATEST UPDATE IN THE SITE
- 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.
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.
|FOOTLOOSE AND FANCY FREE by Dr. Sunil Kothari
- 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
|Meet the artistes
||-SANCHARI.. More on the arts||Articles
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 & décor 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
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