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December 2014

Anita says.....

December 2014

Travelling 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 with aplomb!

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 festival.
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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

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, value.
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


- Sai Arts International presents
Sai Nrityotsav 67

Krishnadevaraya Kala Mandira, 5.30pm
December 1, 2014 Bangalore

- Kartik Fine Arts presents
Lotuses blossom: The Creative Process
Dance Symposium

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
December 18 - 21, 2014 Chennai

Look out for

- There is so much more to do
by Anita Ratnam, Femina, 1 Dec 2014
Femina’s 55th anniversary issue - My journey

- He grabs a simple carrot and a drill. What he does with it is incredible!

Workshops & Announcements

- Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation
Presents 13th Margazhi Bala Utsavam

Registration: Nov 29 – Dec 28, 2014 Chennai

- Sangeetha Sambhrama School of Music presents
Laya & Nattuvangam workshop
By Kiran Subramanyam

Dec 11 - 14, 2014 Bangalore


- 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 day.

- 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 October 2014.

- 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 of Kuchipudi.

- 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 sensibility.

- 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 dance.


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 audience.

- 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 Bharatanatyam.

- 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 Nagar, Chennai

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 110003

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 festival
- 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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