your gateway to the world of
for performances and other engagements overseas is extremely taxing.
From the packing (23kg weight limit is directly aimed at torturing
Indian dancers!) to pulling the luggage across endless airport corridors
or train stations, loading into hotel rooms and green rooms, getting
dressed and later, packing up – it can feel both exhausting and lonely. I
have been in so many green rooms in glamorous cities staring into the
mirror asking myself, “What am I doing here?” Sometimes one gets lucky,
like I did last month in Washington DC. The young assistants assigned to
me actually KNEW what they were doing. Daniel Singh’s 11th annual
DAKSHINA Fall festival was a medley of various performances mounted over
a 3 day weekend at the beautiful Shakespeare Theatre Company auditorium
at Harmon Hall. Apart from the central location of the festival venue,
the beautiful space came equipped with large green rooms and a dedicated
wardrobe mistress who patiently ironed out the zillion pleats of my
blue silk costume (all the time muttering under her breath, “I hate
pleats!”). Fruits, snacks, tea, coffee were all laid out and volunteers
cheerfully ran up and down bringing us safety pins, hair spray, gel and
whatever. With the quick changes needed for my SPIRALS show, my two
ultra smart dancers turned assistants, Kasi Aysola and Madhavi, set up a
mini change station just off stage and helped me with meticulous and
practiced perfection. Such a huge relief! Adding to the bonus was 23
year old Aysola, a professional MAC makeup artiste, who created a
flawless finish to my face. I just walked out of the theatre and into
the after party at a hip bookstore/bistro wearing the false eyelashes
Eleven years of sustained hard work to build a community of dance lovers
in Obama land is not a mean feat. Daniel Singh has worked in relative
isolation with several challenges thrown his way. New presenters with
deep pockets who came along much later also brought the usual diaspora
mentality of Divide and Rule. The Indian community has taken its own
time to welcome Daniel into their fold and while the links still remain
tenuous, his silent struggle is finally getting noticed. Uncomfortable
with loud PR and social media blitzkriegs, Daniel’s 11th edition of the
Dakshina Festival drew good but not houseful crowds. However, the bonus
for an artiste like me was to have the opportunity to watch the
performances of colleagues like Ananda Shankar Jayant and Ramaa
Bharadvaj. Senior gurus like the Dhananjayans were also seen in intense
and patient rehearsals with their students and the supreme
professionalism of Daniel’s team was evident in every aspect of the
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
Daksha Sheth Dance Company presents SARI
Photos: David deSouza
Show on January 26, 2014 ; August 9, 2014
In the news- Bharat Kalachar honoured the following
artistes on November 30, 2014 on the inaugural day of the 28th Margazhi
Mahotsav, Chennai. NATYA SANGEETHA KALA BHARATHI - Nandini Anand
(vocal), T Sashidar (flute), Adyar Gopinath (mridangam); VISWA KALA
BHARATHI – Priyadarsini Govind (dance); ACHARYA KALA BHARATHI – A
Janardhanan (BN guru); KALA SEVA BHARATHI – Cleveland Sundaram (service
to dance/music); YUVA KALA BHARATHI – Aishwarya Ananth (BN), Harinie
Jeevitha (BN), Manasvini Ramachandran (BN, vocal, nattuvangam).
- Kartik Fine Arts confers NADANAMAMANI on Bharatanatyam dancer Anwesha
Das on Dec 1, 2014 at the inaugural function of its 40th Annual Art
Festival at Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai. On Dec 19, Medha Hari receives
NATYA CHUDAR and Nritya Jagannathan receives NRITHYAJYOTI AWARD OF
EXCELLENCE IN BHARATANATYAM at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore.
- Brahma Gana Sabha confers NATYA PADHMAM on Priyadarsini Govind on December 3, 2014 at Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium, Chennai.
- Zakir Hussain (Bharatanatyam), Deepika Reddy (Kuchipudi), Sujata
Mohapatra (Odissi), Ratikant Mohapatra (Odissi), A Lakshmanaswamy
(Bharatanatyam), Gayatri Kannan (Bharatanatyam) will receive NRITYA
CHOODAMANI on December 11, 2014 from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai.
- The group Parashah (Roja Kannan, Priya Murle, N Srikanth &
Aswathy) has been chosen for the YAGNARAMAN ENDOWNMENT AWARD for the
best performance for 2013 by the Sri Krishna Gana Sabha. The award will
be presented on December 11, 2014 in Chennai.
- Tapas Cultural Foundation confers the titles VIDHYA TAPASVI for the
year 2014-15 on veena artiste R. Parthasarathy and dancer Narthaki
Nataraj for their service towards bhakthi oriented traditional fine
arts. The Award Ceremony will take place on December 21, 2014 at 5pm at Tatvaloka Auditorium, Eldams Road, Alwarpet, Chennai.
There is tremendous internal knowledge about dance, but it is kept
hidden. Why do people get so excited about seeing hip-hop dance, say, as
in Rennie Harris’s work? Here, rather than familiarity breeding
contempt, it breeds a comfort level – something audiences, especially,
There is also an issue of entertainment value. If I go out for an
evening, I want to have a fine dinner with good friends and see a great
show to talk about over drinks later. As one disgruntled audience member
said while walking out of a show with me, “Too many dance performances
are just dancer masturbation and far from entertaining. It can have
intellectual value, but I still need to be entertained and engaged at
some level. Most dance companies here don’t seem to understand that.”
Newspapers and new media outlets must commit to providing as much back
story for the arts as readers and audiences need. Newspapers need to
provide more assets to their print publications, such as links to video
and more photos. New media needs to refine its content, using writers
with institutional memory, knowledge of the field, and good research
skills, who can contextualize and chronicle as well as critique. A
disconnect remains between the old school newspaper critics and the new
school online writers and bloggers that does breed contempt for each
other; instead, though, we need to be reconnected. In short, we need to
create a symbiosis between experts who can provide experience and
meaningful content and Internet experts who can provide exciting
frameworks and delivery systems for it.
Proving my point about readers being part of the problem, Weisz told me,
“The delivery system is there but people are reading less amongst the
younger generations, and the older ones still do not use the internet as
their primary news source. Our picture stories get five times the
viewing over a text based article.”
So what we now have is a shotgun wedding between traditional arts
journalism and the many new models offered through new technologies. Can
we make this marriage work? We better keep trying, if only for the sake
of the children.
- Merilyn Jackson in ‘Rethinking Dance Writing’ for The Dance Journal
- Suruchi: Glimpses of the Aarohan to Beauty
by Dr. S D Desai
With his wisdom culled from Sanskrit treatises, eminent Gujarati poet
Rajendra Shukla in his inaugural talk on Saundaryaanubhava, the
experience of beauty, set the tone and direction for Rasadhwani’s
‘Suruchi’, a six-day dance festival with a seminar and workshops, every
- 10th Bhagyachandra National Dance Festival
by Veejay Sai
Thanks to the untiring efforts of artistes like theatre director Ratan
Thiyam, Dharmadas Sharma and the efficient staff of the State Art and
Culture department that left no stone unturned to make sure every
arrangement was in place.
- Scaling lofty heights
by Padma Jayaraj
The deeper you go to classical arts the higher you scale its lofty
heights, is the message of Rasavikalapam 2014, an annual program of
Kerala Sangeet Natak Akademi.
- Inspired by surroundings
by Padma Jayaraj
Kailas R. Jadhav, a Mumbai based artist, stands firmly rooted in the
soil in the exhibition of his paintings, ‘Inspiration of surroundings’
in Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
- Memorable Guru Samarpan
by A. Boothalingam
Meenakshi Chitharanjan, a very senior artist of Pandanallur tradition,
disciple of doyen Chokkalingam Pillai and Subbaraya Pillai gave a
scintillating recital as Samarpan at Music Academy on Nov 1, 2014.
- 7 in a Row: Indiadance
by George Jackson
This spell of seven events in succession left me wanting more. Given the current dance scene in DC, I’ll likely get my wish.
|- Tridhara presents the 8th Guru Debaprasad Award Festival by Nita Vidyarthi
The annual Guru Debaprasad Award Festival (26th-28th Oct) at the
Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar, was inaugurated by Ashok Kumar Panda,
Minister of Tourism and Culture, Government of Odisha.
- Grace and beauty of traditional dancing by Dr. M. Surya Prasad
Another three day festival of dance Kala Nadam 2014 under the baton of
seasoned exponents of Kathak, Nandini Mehta and Murali Mohan ended on
Nov 9, 2014 at ADA Rangamandira, Bangalore.
- A moment in time by Anita Vallabh
I write my point of view of the performance on November 8th in
Washington DC under the aegis of Dakshina / Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance
Company’s 11th annual fall festival of dance and music.
- Not quite it! by Leela Venkataraman
Tridhara, performed at a festival of classical music and dance in Patna, lacked the cohesion it had in its performance in Delhi.
- Helping hand to understand Koodiyattam by K Pradeep
G. Venu’s book, Ramayana Samksepam: An Attaprakram (Acting Manual) for
depicting the story of Ramayana through mudras in Koodiyattam Theatre,
is a pioneering work that explains with sketches and photographs the
mudras in Koodiyattam.
- Many faces of the art by Leela Venkataraman
An overview of recent dance performances across the National Capital,
including presentations from Kazakhstan, Turkey and Malaysia as part of
the Delhi International Arts Festival.
- In support of the solo by Lalitha Venkat
‘Ek, Anant: Revisiting the Solo’ was curated and presented by
Bharatanatyam dancer Priya Venkataraman and Odissi dancer Shagun Butani
at the compact CD Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre on Nov
21 and 22, 2014 at New Delhi.
- UK premiere of Torobaka by Akram Khan and Israel Galván by Nisha Somasundaram
Akram Khan, the British dancer of Bengali background, spoke at the
post-show discussion with Galván following the UK premiere of Torobaka
which took place at Sadler's Wells on 3 Nov 2014.
- The 8th edition of Nartaka Festival by Lalitha Venkat
Dedicated to the male dancer, the eighth edition of the Nartaka Festival
organized by Natyanjali Trust on Oct 30, Nov 1 and 2, 2014, took place
at the newly renovated Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Mylapore, Chennai.
- Melbourne Bharata Kalanjali calling by Mangalam Vasan
Melbourne’s Rowville Secondary Performing Arts Theatre saw the return of the natya couple The Dhananjayans from India.
- Unparalleled dancing by Shveta Arora
On the 4th day of the festival, 11th October, Kathak dancer Gauri Diwakar and group performed.
- 25th year celebrations of Smitalay
by Lekha Merchant
Smitalay celebrated its silver jubilee with a five day Odissi festival
held at various venues in Mumbai, making it possible for audiences all
over the city to attend at least one of the shows.
- Keeping time
by Shveta Arora
Kamani Auditorium in Delhi was full to capacity with an enthusiastic
crowd on the 26th of October, when Brahmakalpa was presented by Rama
Vaidyanathan and Ajit Bhaskaran Dass from Malaysia.
- Scottish Dance Theater: Parameters of Nordic Black Humour, Ultimate Truth and Hope
by Sulagna Mukhopadhyay
Using Andre Breton’s concept of surrealistic dark humour, Scottish Dance
Theatre begins its first piece Winter Again
at Kala Mandir on11th
- An enchanting journey through Indian dance at Wolf Trap
by Manju Subramanya
The rustic walls of The Barns at Wolf Trap, Virginia, resonated with the
exquisite sounds and sights of Indian dance on October 18, as dancers
took the audience on an enchanting journey through six Indian classical
and folk dance styles.
- Education in spiritual values through Bharatanatyam: Part II by Chandra Anand
Most Indian classical dances, particularly Bharatanatyam, have religious
and spiritual beginnings. They have been part of Hindu temple rituals.
- Revitalising Kuchipudi art and heritage by Sudha Sridhar
Kuchipudi village is perhaps the only place in India, which has given
its name to a classical dance form. The history of this village and its
inhabitants is interwoven with the evolution of the exquisite dance form
- Rethinking Dance Writing by Merilyn Jackson
Many years ago, on a plane, I was talking to the men in my row when they asked what I did. I said I was a dance writer.
- Anish Kapoor: The British sculptor who creates myths by Stephanie Carwin
Considered one of the most important sculptors of his generation,
Indian-British artist Anish Kapoor creates large-scale works that
challenge the viewer and defy easy definition, resonating with a mythic
- A 25-member Bangalore band in the 1930s that mixed Hindustani, Carnatic and jazz by Veejay Sai
The music created by south India's first orchestra is lost to history.
- Differing perceptions, same Krishna by Sonal Mansingh
Through nritya abhinaya, the dancer communicates the god’s various roopam to the spectators.
- Making vocals versatile by KK Gopalakrishnan
Experimentation, use of modern acoustics by past Kathakali maestros gave the art an impetus,
- From Performer to Performeur….Creativity with prosperity by Srijat Mishra
A classical dancer, or for that matter any classical performing artist’s life, is generally fraught with economic uncertainties.
- In tune with the master by Nita Vidyarthi
Odissi maestro Gajendra Panda tells about how he is carrying forward his guru’s legacy.
- Healing through dance by GS Paul
Aparna Marar on exploring the nuances of classical dance as a therapeutic tool for children with disabilities.
- Pride of Seraikella by Tapati Chowdurie
Sukanta Kumar Acharya talks about the recent Sanskritik Utsav held in
Seraikella and the purpose it served for the augmentation of Chhau
Seen and Heard by Lakshmi Vishwanathan
- Talk the dance
I was invited recently to be the convener of the Panel Discussion
session on dance at the UTSAV festival in Washington D.C. It set about
some thinking among the teachers based in the USA.
Dance History column
by Ashish Mohan Khokar
- Sitara, Tara and Travels of Dance (Books)
Nov 25, 2014, the TV news channels first gave the news - Sitara Devi no
more. It made national news because she was a firebrand, diehard dancer
with spunk and substance.
Obit / Tribute
- Kathak exponent Sitara Devi (born on 8 Nov 1920) passed away in the
early hours of November 25, 2014 at Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai. She was
94. She combined the elements of two schools of Kathak, which had
developed in Banaras and Lucknow. She represented a lost age when Kathak
used to be performed for the whole night. Rabindranath Tagore described
her as Nritya Samragini, meaning the empress of dance, after watching
her performance when she was just 16 years old. Sitara Devi was a
recipient of prestigious awards like Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Padma
Shri and Kalidas Samman.
Actor, director, choreographer, writer and composer Veenapani Chawla,
passed away around 11am on November 30, 2014 at a hospital in
Pondicherry. She was 67. In 1981, she founded the Adishakti Laboratory
for Theatre Art Research in Pondicherry to promote research into the
creation of new performance methodologies. She was one of the pioneers
of experimental theatre in contemporary India. Trained in Mayurbhanj
Chhau, Kalaripayattu, Koodiyattam and Dhrupad singing, she has received
the Zee Astiva Award (2006) and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Puruskar
(2010). The Theatre of Veenapani Chawla: Theory, Practice, and
Performance edited by Shanta Gokhale offers insights into the artist's
creative process and her oeuvre.
- Long live the star by Sunil Kothari
The exuberant genius that was Sitara Devi...
Meet the artistes
- How Lucknow graced the world, with Ustad ji by Natalia Hildner
In Maharaj ji’s world of classical Indian music and dance, the linear
Western clock time stands still to Taal’s infinite rhythmic cycle, the
Sur, or musical notes, fills the empty space with moods and colors,
while Braj Basha and Urdu poetry reign as English takes a backseat to
Thumris, Bhajans, Kavitas, and Ghazals.
- Redefining courtesan culture through dance by Sreya Banerjea
On October 23, I had the pleasure of attending a dance colloquium at
York’s Accolade East, featuring renowned dancer, choreographer, scholar
and York alumni Hari Krishnan.
- Breaking barriers by Janani Sampath
American-born Justin McCarthy, who has been performing Bharatanatyam for
the last 30 years, took the Chennai stage for the first time recently.
|- Four decades and a full circle in dance by Geeta Chandran
What do four decades really mean? To me it’s a constant blur of rehearsals and performances.
- Finding her space by PK Ajith Kumar
Dancer Uma Nambudiripad Sathyanarayanan on following in her guru Chitra Visweswaran’s footsteps.
- Living for the arts by Shilpa Sebastian R
Her passion to study the various forms of dance and its styles that got
Usha R.K. into research and her passion for the performing arts made her
an art consultant.
More on the Arts
- Kalakshetra deputy director quits after phase of revival
Kalakshetra Foundation deputy director Karunakar Menon, who championed
the revival of vintage classical dance dramas in recent years, has quit
the arts academy.
- Natya Rhythms transform ‘The Flowering Tree’ by Lynn Colburn Shapiro
Rhythm is at the heart of Natya Dance Theatre’s adaptation of “The
Flowering Tree,” which had its premiere performance at Skokie’s North
Shore Center for the Performing Arts.
- Tribute to a tradition by Chitra Mahesh
A high level of artistry was showcased at the Bani Festival.
- No time to pause by Shonali Muthalaly
Dancer Padmini Chettur and musician Maarten Visser talk on productions
beyond the stage and their recent performance in the city.
- A matter of time by Shrabasti Mallik
Rama Vaidyanathan and Ajith Bhaskaran Dass talk about their first
collaboration Brahmakalpa that explains the process of
creation of the world through Bharatanatyam.
- Filled with bhava and grace by Chitra Mahesh
Meenakshi Chitharanjan’s refreshing ‘Samarpan’ is a fitting homage to
the Pandanallur bani and its practitioner Subbaraya Pillai.
||- A personal yatra by Malini White
Malavika Sarukkai’s dance performance Yatra, translated abstract ideas
into Bharatanatyam framework, making it meaningful to a contemporary
- Exploring a dance idiom by Sravasti Datta
5OLO, an evening of five solo contemporary dance performances, will be performed by experienced choreographers.
- Artistry unlimited by Parshathy J. Nath
In a two-day festival at Vidya Vanam, school children get a glimpse of the rich music and dance traditions of India.
- Rare paeans to Tyagesa by Archana Nathan
King Sahaji’s opus was rendered through dance.
- Sparkling performances of skill and innovation by Hareesh N. Nampoothiri
Superb dancers from across the country turned Soorya’s ‘Parampara Dance
Festival’ into a platform to showcase the aesthetics and scope of
- Powerful portrayal by TK Sadasivan
Kottakkal Kesavan Kundalayar came good as Parasurama in ‘Seetha Swayamvaram’ at a recital in Kochi.
- Adventurous, contemporary by Archana Nathan
Avant Garde Dance Company’s ‘The Black Album’ left the audience stunned.
Nov 21 – Dec 2, Thailand
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.
December 1 & 3, Bangalore & Chennai
Dec 1, 6:30pm: RAKSHISU NAMMANANAVARATA Bharatanatyam dance feature by
Rhythmotion, Concept & Choreography - Chitra Arvind as part of the
CHOREOGRAPHY FESTIVAL at Padmini Rao Parampara Auditorium, Bangalore
-Dec 3, 7pm: Kathak recital by Alar Arvind and Chitra Arvind as part of
MARGAZHI MAHOTSAV organized by Bharath Kalachar at Sri YGP Auditorium, T
December 1 – 28, Odisha & Kolkata
Schedule for Ileana Citaristi and Art Vision
-1st Dec, Sambalpur: Art Vision directed by Ileana Citaristi perform
Odissi group and duet for 150th Anniversary Celebration of C.S. Zilla
School at Sambalpur, Odisha, organized by Old Boy’s Association.
- 14th Dec, Kolkata: Odissi production SIDDHARTHA based on Herman
Hesse’s novel on the closing day of Uday Shankar Dance Festival at
Rabindra Sadan, Kolkata, organized by WB State Music Academy.
Choreography by Ileana Citaristi, music by Annada Prasanna Patnaik.
- 20th Dec, Puri: Odissi group choreography for KUMARA UTSAV on the Puri Beach organized by Kumara Utsav Cultural Committee.
- 22nd -28th Dec, Bhubaneswar: Ileana Citaristi presents Odissi lec-dem
and workshop for Spic Macay Virasat at Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar
- 27th Dec, Bhubaneswar: Art Vision directed by Ileana Citaristi
performs group choreography for International Odissi Festival at
Rabindra Mandap. Organized by Odissi Research Centre and Dept. of
Tourism, Goverment of Odisha.
December 1 - 30, Konark, Chennai, Singapore, Hyderabad
Dance historian, scholar, author, critic Dr Sunil Kothari's itinerary for December 2014
- KONARK: 1st till 4th Dec for Konark Dance Festival
- CHENNAI: 4th Dec
- SINGAPORE: 6th and 7th Dec, International Conference on Bharatanatyam, National University of Singapore (NUS) conference
10th Dec: illustrated talk on Sattriya Dance at Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
- CHENNAI: 11th till 31st Dec
18 to till 21 Dec, Natya Darshan conference
- HYDERABAD: 26th Dec, Kuchipudi seminar Conventional Centre
- CHENNAI: 27th till 30th Dec, Natya Kala Conference, Krishna Gana Sabha
December 2 - 30, Delhi, Chennai, Vrindavan
Schedule for Geeta Chandran.
- 1-31 Dec: 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, 10am to 7pm.
- 2 Dec: As part of SPIC-MACAY’s VIRAASAT 2014-2015 series, Geeta
Chandran will present an illustrated lecture showcasing Bharatanatyam at
the Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar, Delhi, 10am.
- 15 Dec: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (Chennai) presents ANAVARNA, abhinaya
including Vaachika by Geeta Chandran at Bhavan’s TAG Auditorium at No.6,
Kilpauk Garden Road, Kilpauk, Chennai 600010, 6pm.
- Dec 20: Geeta is part of a conversation on INTERPRETING THE CREATIVE
PROCESS with Dr. Anita Ratnam and Gauri Sharma Tripathi at Natya Darshan
seminar, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, Chennai, 12.15pm
- 27 Dec: As part of the annual sewa at the Sri Radha Raman Temple in Vrindavan, Geeta Chandran will offer Nritya Sewa.
- 30 Dec: As part of a 2-day festival of performances to pay tribute to
Guru Deba Prasad Das, Geeta Chandran will perform at the festival hosted
by Binayak Panda. Stein Auditorium, Habitat World, Lodi Road, New Delhi
December 5 & 6, Hawaii
Schedule for Ramya Harishankar
- Dec 5: Dance concert w/ Kinnara Taiko, Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin, Honolulu, HI
- Dec 6: Dance concert w/ Kinnara Taiko, Higashi Hongwanji, Honolulu, HI
December 5 – 20, Aurangabad
Programs of Parwati Dutta & Mahagami Gurukul, Aurangabad
- 5, 6, 7 Dec, 7.30pm: AURA-Aurangabad concerts at Mahagami
- 12, 13, 14 Dec, 7.30pm: AURA-Aurangabad concerts at Mahagami
- 19, 20, 21 Dec, 7.30pm: AURA-Aurangabad concerts at Mahagami
- 26, 27, 28 Dec, 7.30pm: AURA-Aurangabad concerts at Mahagami
- 13 Dec 2014, 6pm: Kathak by Parwati Dutta, Riverdale, Aurangabad
- 20 Dec 2014, 6pm: Foundation Day of Mahatma Gandhi Mission
|December 14, 16 & 17, Mumbai
- Dec 14: Junoon presents a talk by Astad Deboo titled TALKING WITH THE
DRUMS. Astad will talk about his work with the drummers of the Shri Shri
Govindajee Nat Sankirtan, Imphal, with whom he has been working for the
last 10 years.
At: the Bhauji Lad Museum, 5pm
- Dec 16 & 17: NCPA presents RHYTHM DIVINE II by Astad Deboo Dance Company.
At: Experimental Theatre, 7pm
December 15 - 20, New Delhi
Natya Vriksha presents an exhibition PLEATING THE SILK that encapsulates
four decades of costumes of dancer Geeta Chandran, an exhibition
conceptualised and curated by designer Sandhya Raman and her Desmania
Foundation. Through mannequins, photographs and costume displays,
PLEATING THE SILK looks at the evolution of Bharatanatyam costumes over
the past half century.
At: Art Gallery, IIC Annexe, 40, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi, 10am to 8pm
December 17, 22 & 23, Mysore & Thiruvananthapuram
- Dec 17: Suman Sarawgi and Sparsh present LEISEM CREATION for
BHARATHIYA NRITHYA VAIBHAVA NRITYOTHSAVA organised by KSGH Music and
Performing Arts University
At Gaana Bharathi, Veene Sheshana Bhavan, Kuvempu Nagar, Mysore
- Dec 22: Performance at the National Dance Festival MUDRA 2014 from 6.15pm to 7.30 pm
- Dec 23: Lec-Dem (10.30am -12.30pm, Sub: Tracing the origin of Manipuri
dance - one of the oldest as well as a living tradition in India)
At: Koothambalam of Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram
December 19 & 31, Chennai
Rama Vaidyanathan’s schedule
- Dec 19: CHITRAVALI, for Kartik Fine Arts for Natya Darshan at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, 6.45pm
- Dec 31: Narada Gana Sabha, 7pm
December 20, Chennai
Aditi Mangaldas presents a solo Kathak recital titled WIDENING CIRCLES
for the Natya Darshan festival hosted by Kartik Fine Arts.
At: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, 6.45pm
December 20, Bangalore
Nadam ensemble led by Nandini K. Mehta & K. Murali Mohan perform Kathak for RASA-SANJHE festival
At: ADA Rangamandira, JC Road, Bangalore, 7pm
December 23 - 31, Kochi, Belgaum, Chennai & Coorg
Schedule for Madhu Nataraj & Stem Dance Kampni
- Dec 23: Madhu Nataraj & the Natya STEM Dance Kampni present KATHAK THROUGH THE AGES at the Bharteeyam festival in Kochi
- Dec 27: Natya STEM Dance Kampni present Dr Maya Rao's choreography
KATHAK THROUGH THE AGES in Belgaum for Shantala Arts Academy's annual
- Dec 28: Madhu Nataraj Kiran presents a lecture demonstration VRINDA- COURTING CHASTITY, at the Natya Kala Conference, Chennai
- Dec 31: Natya STEM Dance Kampni presents USHAS- A NEW DAWN at Taj Vivanta, Coorg
December 25, Chennai
Anita Ratnam presents PADME, an evening of contemporary dance, featuring
seven dancers from different genres (of dance), backgrounds and
identities. The Padme Project is the first seed of a larger idea and a
vision that intends to coalesce together a group of dancers from across
streams and allow them an opportunity to learn, train, work and express.
Produced by Anita Ratnam, Concept and choreography by Kalpana Raghuraman
Originally produced by Korzo Production (Netherlands)
At: Spaces, 1 Elliots Beach Rd, Besant Nagar, 7.45am
December 26, Hyderabad
Natyasaraswathi Bangalore presents Kuchipudi dance production at
inaugural ceremony of INTERNATIONAL KUCHIPUDI GUINNESS RECORDS
CONVENTION at 10am at Hyderabad, organised by Silicon Andhra USA.
December 27, Ahmedabad
Suprava Mishra and Aum Arts Dance Academy students will perform Odissi dance drama THE DIVINE LOVE.
Concept and Choreography - Suprava Mishra, Lyrics- Lakshmi Devi
At: Kankaria Carnival, Ahmedabad, 7 to 8pm
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- Rasika Academy of Performing Arts, Kiran Subramanyam and Sandhya Kiran, Bharatanatyam dancers and teachers, Bangalore
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