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October 2016

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- American President Harry Truman

As war clouds collect across our national borders, the festival season has also descended.
It is a surreal time. Streets and shops are filled to bursting with merchandise and buyers are everywhere loosening purse strings.
Armed guards stand vigilant at all public monuments and temples.
Airports and train stations have doubled security personnel as men and women in brightly festive clothes stream onto the streets.
The immediate future looks filled with storm clouds waiting to burst.


At this seeming crossroads, I notice that some words associated with violence have become signs of success and achievement.
She KILLED the Varnam!
He CRUSHED that Tillana!
They simply SLAYED that Jathi!

With the growing aggression in life around us, it seems only fitting that the world of dance has started using these terms instead of the former EPIC, ROCKING, AWESOME!
They all mean the same thing.
That the performance was EXCELLENT!

And so let me "SOLDIER ON" with thoughts and reflections on the month gone by...


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



- Amarendra Khatua who served with the Ministry of External Affairs is appointed the new Director General of ICCR.

- On September 9, 2016, the NALCO GURU KELUCHARAN MOHAPATRA AWARD 2016 for lifetime achievement was presented to Guru Kishor Kumar Mohanty (dance) and Jharana Das (cinema), at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar. From this year the award amount has been increased to 1 lakh rupees per awardee. The NALCO GURU KELUCHARAN MOHAPATRA YUVA PRATIBHA SAMMAN carrying a cash prize of Rs 25000 each was awarded to four meritorious young artistes in the area of classical dances and Odissi music for their exceptional diligence and accomplishment. The awardees are Rajib Bhattacharya (Kolkata) and Madhusmita Mohanty (Bhubaneswar) for Odissi dance, P. Praveen Kumar (Bangalore) for Bharatanatyam and Rupak Kumar Parida (Bhubaneswar) for Odissi music. Another award 'Nrutya Kala Samman' with a cash prize of Rs 35000 went to Odissi dancer Madhubrata Satapathy.

- Ralph Lemon, Dancer, Choreographer, Writer, & Visual Artist (Brooklyn, NY) received NATIONAL MEDAL OF ARTS, highest award given by the U.S. government to artists and arts patrons by the United States government, on Sept 22, 2016 from President Barack Obama in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.
- Sonal Mansingh was conferred with the VYSAKHI LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD on the inaugural day of 9th All India Classical Dance Festival that began on September 22, 2016 at Visakhapatnam.

- For 2016, Bangalore Club for Kathakali and the Arts presents: BCKA KALASRESHTA AWARDS to Vyjayanthi Kashi (Kuchipudi), Kiran Subramanyam (Bharatanatyam), Sharmila Mukerjee (Odissi) and Sudhakaran Ramanthalli (literature); BCKA YUVA KALASRESHTA AWARDS to Surya N Rao (classical dances), Swapna Rajendrakumar (Mohiniattam), Shweta Venkatesh (Kathak) and Rema Prasanna Pisharody (literature & arts), on October 7, 2016 at Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore.

- On September 30, 2016 the SARASWATHI AWARD was conferred on dancer Chitra Visweswaran by Prabha Sridevan, retired judge, Madras High Court, at CP Ramaswamy Iyer Foundation, Chennai.

- Sai Venkatesh has been elected as President, Karnataka Nritya Kala Parishat, an organization serving the dance community for 34 years in Karnataka.

- The NARTAKA AWARD for excellence in dance will be presented to Sathyanarayana Raju on the inaugural day of the Nartaka Festival on October 21, 2016 at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai.


Srjan Repertory presented 'Tyaaga' choreographed by Guru Ratikant Mohapatra
On Sept 9, 2016 at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar
Photos: Arabinda Mahapatra

Chinmaya Yuva Kendra presented 'A Tryst with Surya', conceptualized by Swami Mitrananda, choreographed by Radhika Kathal
On Aug 21, 2016 at Chinmaya Auditorium, Delhi
Photos: Anoop Arora


- Janaki Rangarajan presents

Sept 24 - Oct 8, 2016 Europe

- Nrityantar presents

Seva Sadan Auditorium, 5.30pm
October 1 & 2, 2016 Bangalore

- Gati presents
IGNITE! Festival

October 9-16, 2016 Delhi
October 18-19, 2016 Jaipur

- Kuchipudi Parampara Foundation presents
Natya Parampara Utsav-2016

Seva Sadan, 5.30pm
October 21, 2016 Bangalore

- Kalasri celebrates 40th anniversary
Premiere of Himalaya

Oct 21 & 23, 2016 Bern
Oct 29 & 30, 2016 Basel

Yoga Retreat
Led by Navtej Johar

October 11 - 15, 2016
Kangra, HP

"A dancer's span is wide - dancers start early and to be recognized and succeed takes long. That's why I've started a trust, Kalavaahini. Everything is about funding. If funding comes in, I would love to do a program of excellence, I would like to present younger dancers with potential, give them a platform they are excited about and get them to create something, give them money - for themselves, for their musicians. Give them a technical run through, time for preparation. Treat them like they are important. Make them feel pampered....why not? But for that, one has to curate well and it has to be on merit."
- Malavika Sarukkai
('Can you live the moment?' by K Bhumika, The Hindu Metro Plus, Sept 1, 2016)

TRENDING by Ashish Mohan Khokar
- Sastra, Shishya, Shah
In dance world, we often hear the word sastra or shastras. NATYA being most known and cited, forget the fact very few dancers in the country (except perhaps Padma Subrahmanyam who knows Sanskrit and its in-depth meaning and follows its tenets to a T, or the Dhananjayans) maintain its core essence, in form and use, in shape or size as NATYAshastra describes!

THE EASTERN EYE: Column by Utpal K Banerjee
- Creatrix of universe
In Samvet, a scintillating Kathak solo, the young dancer Gauri Diwakar visualised confluence of the five elements to form the whole, coalescing in complete harmony.

- Traipsing into light
After Dark presented by Damansara Performing Arts Centre from Malaysia - as the inaugural event of INTERFACE 2016 in Kolkata organized by Sapphire Creations - was spun around dreams.

- Nrityagram: Homage to Protima Gauri on her death anniversary
Since last four years, Nrityagram artists pay homage to Protima Gauri (Bedi) on her death anniversary on 18th August.

- Remembering Manjusri Chaki Sircar
Dancers'Guild arranged a memorial lecture and presentation of one of the choreographic works Chitrangada, of late Manjusri Chaki Sircar, at Satyajit Ray Auditorium, Kolkata, on 4th September.

- Sangam: Innovations in Odissi
Ileana Citaristi presented 'Akshara' that she choreographed for her 12th annual Sangam festival on 13th September at Ravindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar.

- Interface 2016: Festival of international choreographic works
The 8th edition of the international dance biennale Interface 2016 was staged in Delhi at Habitat Centre, followed by its performances in Kolkata at Satyajit Ray Auditorium and Kala Mandir on 9, 10 and 11 September.

TAALAM: Column by Leela Venkataraman
- On being one's own dancer
Half a century later, Uma Sharma is still performing these very items - nor does she seem to want to take up different themes like the rest of the Kathak world.

- Keeping legacy alive while forging new directions
Over the years, Ratikant, emerging out of the protective shadow of being the master's son to evolve as an Odissi activist in his own right has surprised many critics.

- Experienced nayikas attract large turnout
It was a strangely warming sight at the Habitat watching helpless organisers turning away throngs of people waiting outside, because of no vacant seat in the packed Stein auditorium!

- I'm also coming! by Rama Vaidyanathan
When I turned six she took me to Yamini Krishnamurthy and enrolled me in Bharatanatyam classes. Looks like the choice of Guru was made even before I was born!

Not just anyBODY - a health and fitness column
- From diets to lifestyle changes: Being in the driver's seat by Sathya Nagaraj
I've recently embarked on a journey of taking back control of my body, and the results have been rewarding.

- Balance of life - the goldilocks effect by Jayashree Gopal
Everything in our body is balanced perfectly. Not too high or too fast, not too low or too slow. All things - just right.

- Health Recipes 6: Miso Soup by Uma Pushpanathan

- Public notice to Sangeet Natak Akademi
Announcement in The Indian Express dated Sept 21, 2016 about dispute regarding Karnataka nominee.


- Sept 15-Nov 30, France
The Indian Embassy in Paris in collaboration with the ICCR presents the second edition of the NAMASTE FRANCE CULTURAL FESTIVAL. The festival's calendar of events offers a rich view of India's cultural heritage: live performances, movies, exhibitions, seminars, etc. (click on the dates to see the day's program schedule)

- Dr. Sonal Mansingh - Bharatanatyam & Contemporary

Oct 10-29, The Hague
The Hague celebrates the rich Indian dance culture and contemporary developments with the 6th edition of INDIAN DANCE FESTIVAL. Important elements are the Indian Film Festival in Filmhuis, India Dance Festival in Korzo and India Music Festival at the South Beach Theatre and the New Church.

Meet the artistes -SANCHARI.. More on the arts

Oct 1, Bangalore
Dr. Shashikala Ravi & her students present STRI - THE DIFFERENT FACETS OF A WOMAN at Sai Nrityotsava 89 organised by Sai Arts International.
At: Padmini Rao Parampara Auditorium, BSK 3rd Stage, 3rd Phase, Bangalore 560085, 6.30pm

Oct 1, Bangalore
Kiran Subramanyam and Sandhya Kiran present the Rasika Dance Ensemble in a Bharatanatyam recital for RASASVADA festival of dance organised by Nrityantar Academy of Performing Arts At: Sevasadan, Malleswaram, 6pm.

Oct 1 & 2, 2016 St. Louis, MO
Soorya Performing Arts celebrates KALA NAVARATHRI with a music recital every evening by its students.
- Oct 1, 6.30pm: LAYA LASYA, dances on goddess Durga, by Radha Sridhar's Venkateswara Natya Mandir, Bangalore
- Oct 2, 3.30pm: AINDRI, dance production on goddess Durga by Guru Prasanna Kasthuri, with live music.
At: Gandhi Center, St. Louis

Oct 1 & 10, Ahmedabad & Gandhinagar
-Oct 1: Odissi dance by Guru Suprava Mishra and her students of Aum Arts Dance Academy for opening of Navaratri, at GMDC ground, Ahmedabad, 7pm
- Oct 10: NAVAMI for Durgotsava organised by Purbasa Bengal Cultural Association, Navadurga Stuti in Odissi by Suprava Mishra and her students; Nabarasa by Suprava Mishra; new production APSARAS by Suprava and her students.
At: Sector 22, Gandhinagar, 8pm

Oct 2, Bangalore
Chitra Arvind speaks about her decade long experience of imparting dance training to the hearing and speech impaired children of The Sheila Kothavala Institute for the Deaf titled 'Personality development through movement for hearing and speech impaired children' as part of the three day NUPURA NITYA NRITYA FESTIVAL 2016.
At: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 10:30am

Oct 2 - 29 Mumbai, Solapur
Sankhya Dance Company's schedule for Oct 2016
- 2nd Oct: A talk by Vaibhav Arekar: RANGANRUTYA EK PRAVAS
At: Kala Studio, Kala Building, 70 K, 17th Road, Khar West, Mumbai, 5 to 7pm
- 5th Oct: ABHANGARANGA by Sankhya and DEBOTAR GRASH, a solo presentation by Vaibhav Arekar
At: Deenanath Mangeshkar Natyagruha Vile-Parle East, Mumbai, 11am
- 22nd Oct: Sankhya Dance Company & Vaibhav Arekar present SHIVA
At: Hutatma Smruti Mandir, Solapur, Maharashtra, 6pm
- 29th Oct: ABHANGARANGA by Sankhya Dance Company & Vaibhav Arekar
At: Ravindra Bagha Mandir, Prabhadevi, Dadar West, Mumbai, 6am

Oct 3, 6 & 7, Paris & Lisbon
Astad Deboo and the Drummers of Shree Shree Govindajee Nat Sankirtan present RHYTHM DIVINE 11- THE RIVER RUNS DEEP, choreographed by Astad Deboo.
- Oct 3: Opéra de Paris, Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris, 7pm
- Oct 6 & 7: Oriente Foundation in Lisbon

Oct 3 & 10, Thiruvananthapuram
Rama Vaidyanathan performs for SOORYA FESTIVAL on 3rd Oct with Sudha Raghuraman on vocal, Sumod Sreedharan on mridangam, Uma Govind on nattuvangam and Joby on violin. On 10th Oct, Dakshina Vaidyanathan performs solo.
At Cobank Auditorium, 6.45pm

Oct 3 - 17, Vrindavan, Delhi, Varanasi
Schedule for Geeta Chandran & Natya Vriksha
-3 Oct: Geeta Chandran and her Natya Vriksha Dance Company will perform for the BSF special gala to welcome a delegation from Bangladesh
-8 Oct: Geeta Chandran's young disciples will perform at the annual Durga Puja in Neeti Bagh, South Delhi.
-11 Oct: To celebrate Vijaya Dashami, there will be a special puja at Natya Vriksha Dance Studio, for students and their families.
-13 Oct: As part of a major festival of Sankeertan Traditions hosted by the Sri Caitanya Prema Samsthana in Vrindavan, Geeta Chandran and Natya Vriksha Dance Company perform a special repertoire on participatory spiritual sanathan music.
-16 Oct: On the occasion of Sharad Purnima, Geeta Chandran and Natya Vriksha Dance Company will perform Raas on the ghats of Varanasi.
-17 Oct: Geeta Chandran is chief guest at the arangetram of Prihana Bhasin, disciple of Dr. Yamini Krishnamurthi, India International Centre, New Delhi, 6:30pm

Oct 6, Bahrain
Rama Vaidyanathan performs with Dakshina Vaidyanathan for the Indian Fine Arts, followed by Kathak recital by Sunil Sunkara and Richa Srivastava.
At: Abdul Rahman Kanoo School Auditorium, 7pm

Oct 7, Bangalore
CILAPADHIKARAM dance drama choreographed by Dr. Veena Murthy Vijay, concept by Lalitha Das, direction & lyrics by Meena Das, features dancers Mithun Shyam as Kovalan, Prateeksha Kashi as Madhavi, Divya Ravi as Kannagi. This production has 5 styles of dances - Kuchipudi, Kathak, Mohiniattam, Kathakali, martial arts & folk dance. Music is by Praveen D Rao.
At: Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 5.30pm

Oct 8 - 17, Mumbai
Schedule of Smitalay and Jhelum Paranjape for October 2016.
-8th Oct:Solo Odissi performance by Ankur Ballal during the Durga Festival at Sharda Sangeet Vidyalaya, Bandra East at 5.30pm.
-14th Oct: Folk dance during the Asian Dermatology Conference 2016 at Hotel Sahara, Mumbai at 7pm.
-17th Oct: Odissi performances by students of Smitalay on the occasion of their Annual Day Celebrations at Sane Guruji Arogya Mandir Hall, Santacruz West, Mumbai at 7.30pm.

Oct 9 - 19, Pune & Odisha
Schedule for Ileana Citaristi & Art Vision
-9 Oct, Pune: Ileana Citaristi gives solo Odissi performance in the Parikramaa festival organized by Kalavardhini Charitable Trust at Shankuntala Shetty Auditorium, Karnatak High School, Karvenagar, 6pm.
-13 to16 Oct, Sambalpur: Ileana Citaristi conducts Odissi dance workshop as part of the Rural School Intensive organized by Spic Macay at Sambalpur with an Odissi lec-dem on the 14th of Oct as part of the same project.
-19 Oct, Bhubaneswar: Art Vision repertory group performs its latest Odissi composition AKSHARA, an homage to the Odia language, as part of the annual festival of the Gandharva Kala Kendra at Rabindra Mandap, 7pm. Choreography by Ileana Citaristi, script by Devdas Chhotray and music by Laxmikanta Palit.

Oct 13 - 28, Delhi, Jaipur, Chuncheon (S.Korea)
Schedule for Adishakti
- Oct 13: NIDRAWATHWAM at Ignite Festival of Contemporary Dance, Delhi
- Oct 18: NIDRAWATHWAM at Ignite Festival of Contemporary Dance, Jaipur
- Oct 18: Master class by Vinay Kumar at Ignite Festival, Jaipur
- Oct 19: Master class by Vinay Kumar at Ignite Festival, Delhi
- Oct 24 - 27: Adishakti workshop at Chuncheon International Mime Fest
- Oct 28: GANAPATHY at Chuncheon International Mime Fest

Oct 15, Mississauga, ON
Sampradaya Dance Creations presents a program from their signature presentation series - the Kalangan Series: World of South Asian Art - SILK ROAD MELODY. It will showcase the dances and songs of Sufi Mystics from Persia to India featuring Kathak dancer Deepti Gupta of Arzoo Dance Theatre with Mushfiq Hashimi - vocals, Ashok Dutta - tabla & Sach Dhanjal -dilruba. A talk back session with the artists will follow the performance.
Venue: Sampradaya Theatre, 4-3250 Ridgeway Drive, 7:30pm

Oct 15, NYC
Jiva Performing Arts dance students along with Jiva Dance will be performing at 2016 Kids Fest: Stages in the Square, free outdoor festival, Toad Lily Stage on the Oval Lawn, Madison Square Park, 2.30 - 3pm

Oct 16 - 22, The Hague
Bharatanatyam couple Renjith Babu & Vijna Vasudevan embark on a residence at Korzo, with support of the Kylián Foundation of choreographer Jiří Kylián. They explore new ways of presenting subjects through dance. With a double bill program of classical and modern Bharatanatyam, they show how classical roots can offer new possibilities for the future. Apart from kalari workshop, they premiere their new production TARU.
- 16 Oct, 13:00 - 14:30: Workshop Yoga / Renjith Babu (Korzo Kerkstudio)
- 17 Oct, 20:00 - 21:30: Monday Movement Class / Renjith & Vijna
- 20 Oct, 20.00: Premiere of TARU (Korzo zaal)
- 22 Oct, 15:00 - 17:00: Workshop Kalaripayattu (Korzo Kerkstudio)

Oct 20 - 22, London
Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company presents UK premiere of INTER_RUPTED. Mangaldas is forging a dynamic approach, refashioning traditional vocabulary with 21st century sound, rhythm and light. In the UK premiere, she works with lighting designer Fabiana Piccioli, costume designer Kimie Nakano and composer Sajid Akbar. Aditi is accompanied by six other dancers and musicians on stage. There is a free post-show talk with members of the company on 21 Oct. A Dance Umbrella Commission, presented in partnership with the Barbican
At: Barbican, Silk St, 7.45pm

Oct 15, New Delhi
Kaveri Mehta, disciple of Geeta Chandran, Natya Vriksha
At: Chinmaya Mission Auditorium, 89 Lodi Estate, 6:30pm

Oct 17, New Delhi
Prihana Bhasin, disciple of Dr. Yamini Krishnamurthy, Nritya Kaustubha
At: India International Centre, 6.30pm

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