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July 2014








Anita says.....


July 2014

In what was perhaps the most horrific month of heat, when air conditioners broke down in protest and nothing seemed to make us good tempered, I busied myself rearranging my books, repairing dance costumes, archiving photographs, clearing up my e-mail list, re-recording favourite productions, being a yoga regular, reading poetry and some old classics while renovations were going on around me. Lots of sweat and dust worthy activity but no dancing. And I enjoyed the rest.

June was the month that marked the 50th anniversary of my arangetram. Yes it was a sweaty summer evening, half a century ago,  at my uncle’s wedding reception, at the now demolished Abbotsbury, that a wide eyed 9 year old danced for 2 ½  hours! And my grandfather warned my parents to stop my dance training since I would be UNFIT FOR MARRIAGE! Those were the days!

It was after weeks of waiting and repeated coaxing that I dragged myself to the air conditioned theatre to watch the animated film KOCHADAIYAAN, starring the Tamil extra galactic super duper star Rajnikant. The reason was not the story (what story?), motion capture technology (childish and banal) or the actors (can anyone make Deepika Padukone look ugly? Well director Soundarya managed it! What a gross looking cross eyed DP!!). My motivation was to watch the choreography that carried the credits of Shobana and film regulars Brinda and Saroj Khan. What I saw reinforced the thoughts that have swirled around my mind for many months. What are we calling ‘classical dance’? Can the movements with Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam mudras, with a smattering of Kalari lunges, Kuchupidi toe pointing and feet in perennial “twitter mode” make for a new form or just a pastiche of various forms to LOOK LIKE classical dance? When Rajnikant’s character, as a Siva devotee, dances at midnight, his animated persona performs in a totally derivative form that is both recognisable and new. Kathakali jumps, knee twirls, mudras, adavus – all punctuated with the strident shouts of “SIVA SHAMBO!” A stark contrast to the fervent shouts of “NARAYANA” from Rajnikant’s contemporary and arch rival actor KamalHassan in DASAVATARAM . Kamal has studied Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi and has also immersed himself in Kathak under the supervision of Birju Maharaj and Saswati Sen for his latest film ‘Viswaroopam’. While not using this column to compare the actors, the current “borrowing” of certain recognisable motifs from various classical styles, making them a melange for the Hollywood techies to further manipulate and then showcasing it as “classical dance” creates multiple layers of confusion. What then IS CLASSICAL? How did the choreographers of the 40’s and 50’s create for the camera? How did Ramaiah Pillai and Vempati Chinna Satyam make dances? Where is the source? Who inspires who and what is borrowed from where? Numerous derivations and cannibalisations are constantly occurring. Reminds me of the snake eating its own tail.

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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 rovingeye.anita@gmail.com





In the news

- K.P. Kunhiraman and Katherine Kunhiraman, the founders of Kalanjali: Dances of India were to be honored with the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival’s MALONGA CASQUELOURD LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD on June 14, 2014. With Kunhiraman’s demise on June 12 in Chennai, the award was received on their behalf by their disciple Barbara Framm. Kalanjali opened the very first San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival in 1978. When the curtain opened on the Festival stage that Saturday afternoon, it was Kathakali that started it all, launching a three-and-a-half decade journey that continues today. When Kunhiraman received the first choreography fellowship ever given to an Indian artist from the National Endowment for the Arts, the duo produced Keechaka Vadham, which was to be repeated many times over the years.



Previews

- Sai Arts International presents
Sai Nrityotsav 62

Krishnadevaraya Kala Mandira, 5.30pm
July 1, 2014 Bangalore

- Janaki Rangarajan premieres
Voices

Krishna Gana Sabha, 7pm
July 4, 2014 Chennai

- NADAM presents
6th Chinna Kalanadam

ADA Rangamandira, 6pm
July 4 – 6, 2014 Bangalore

- Rhythmotion presents
Silent Killer

At Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, 7pm
July 25, 2014 Bangalore
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Book Reviews


- The Theatre of Veenapani Chawla: Theory, Practice, Performance by Arshiya Sattar
Shanta Gokhale, who has been at the centre of, watched and participated in and commented on Indian theatre for the last five decades, basically puts her own remarkable self aside in this edited volume and brings together an array of people who have worked with Chawla.

- Dancing for the gods... or for men? by Pran Nevile
The book, in three parts, is more or less a travelogue of a foreigner visiting remote rural places in Karnataka with Belgaum as the base camp.

- When the Gods speak by Meena T Pillai
Naattudaivangal Samsaarichu Thudangumbol from Mathrubhumi Books by Theyyam artiste Rajesh Komath is a compelling book that delves deep into the life, faith and tribulations of a people who enact the Theyyam and are transformed for a brief span of time into Gods.




Reviews

- Veteran performances and bosom intensives: SPIC MACAY’s 2nd International Convention by Veejay Sai
The 2nd international convention of SPIC MACAY (SM) was held from June 8 to 14, 2014.  Delegates from half a dozen countries including Pakistan, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and more attended the hectic neck-breaking schedule in the serene green premises of IIT Madras.

- The tragic plight of Karna by Hareesh N Nampoothiri
‘Karna Sapatham’ by Mali Madhavan Nair is one of the most successful Kathakali plays in the modern age.

- Dwaaram by Ulaganathan Ganesan
It was a Vani Ganapathi show and needless to say the Chowdaiah Memorial Hall in Bangalore was packed to capacity on June 13. After a long, long time, Vani was coming up with a unique Bharatanatyam performance called Dwaaram.

- Dancer, everlasting: Datuk Ramli Ibrahim's 'Quintessence' by Revathi Murugappan
Datuk Ramli Ibrahim reaches a career high with his long-awaited debut at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas.

- Natyalakshana's trio natya by Ashish Mohan Khokar
Usha Venkateshwaran presented three dance pairs in three forms: Odissi (Sharmila Mukerjee and Arnab Mukherjee), Contemporary (Chitra Arvind and Raam Kumar) and Bharatanatyam (Seshadri Iyengar and Shama Krishna).

- Standard dangers by Leela Venkataraman
The Swati Tirunal Festival in New Delhi presented a good mix of dancers, while the selection criteria for Nritya Milan was baffling.

- Reflections on an afternoon of Indian classical dance by Nina Zumel
The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival showcased the eight classical dances of India.

- Ratan Thiyam's Macbeth: Shakespeare meets Manipuri Theatre - Culture and more by Swati Ganguly
The inaugural plenary at the week-long Shakespeare 450 conference (21-27 April 2014) held in Paris had a provocative title: Why Shakespeare? It would be difficult to gauge if this was supposed to set the tone for the four hundred and fiftieth birth anniversary celebrations.




Reports

- 2nd International Convention of SPIC MACAY at Chennai by Lalitha Venkat
SPIC MACAY ((Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth) held its 2nd International Convention from June 8 to 13 in the lush campus of IIT Chennai.

- Sadhya’s Mystical Forest
The ICCR presented ‘The Mystical Forest,’ a contemporary dance production based on Mayurbhanj Chhau by Sadhya Dance Company, choreographed by Santosh Nair on 20th May 2014 at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi.

- A dance journey with Ramaa Bharadvaj by Sneha Ramachandran
How much can one learn in one week? This was the thought that popped up in my mind when I first saw the announcement for the 7-day Summer Dance Intensive. 

- Karna by Shveta Arora
The eleventh festival of ballet by the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra was held at the Kamani auditorium in Delhi between the 9th and 17th of May 2014.

- Emphatic presentation by Rachita Ravi by Supriya Rajan
As part of the efforts by Kerala Sangeeth Natak Academy to promote the performing art forms of Kerala, Rachita Ravi presented Mohiniattam at Changampuzha Samskarika Kendram, near Kochi on June 27, 2014.
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- 1st National Dance Drama and Ballet Festival at Imphal by Dr. Wahengbam Ibomcha Singh
PAL organised a three day long ‘1st National Dance Drama and Ballet Festival’ (Tarunkumar Fest) from 21st to 23rd May 2014.

- Bharatanatyam with a Texan twang
At the RASA 2014 dance intensive held from June 9th to 13th at the Sri Meenakshi temple in Pearland, fifteen Houston dance students were given the chance to interact with and practice alongside Priya Murle and Roja Kannan.

- Bharatheeya Natya Dinam: A day for classical arts
A day long event was organised by Sree Sankara School of Dance (SSD) at Kalady, the birth place of Adi Sankaracharya, on 23rd May 2014 to mark the 21st Annual Day of SSD.

- Multi linguistic journey of bhakti by Padmini Sirish
A. Lakshman, one of the highly respected Bharatanatyam artistes and teachers from Chennai, brought alive the intense devotion of a devotee of the supreme Lord Venkateshwara, when he performed at Benvenuti Performing Arts Centre, Sacramento, on June 8, 2014.

- 4th Naada Bindu Festival: Tradition & Tradition Interpreted
The 4th Naada Bindu Festival, a residential 3-day performing arts retreat, was presented by Chinmaya Naada Bindu from May 23 – 25, 2014 at Kolwan. 



Slide shows


- The Body in Indian Art
Curated by Naman P Ahuja
March 12 - June 7, 2014
at the National Museum, New Delhi

- Worshipper of the Body Divine by Sumati Mehrishi
Through 300 artefacts that span 4,000 years of Indian history, Naman P Ahuja, the curator of Rupa Pratirupa: The Body in Indian Art, a landmark exhibition held at the National Museum, New Delhi, celebrates the corporeal, the spiritual, the sensuous and the sacred in the concept of “body”.


Margi Madhu presented Koodiyattam Anguliyankam
June 12, 2014 at IIT Chennai
Photos: Lalitha Venkat 


- Quintessence premiered on June 21, 2014 at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Kuala Lumpur featuring Dua Space and Sutra dancers, Melinda Looi (costume designer) and conductor Fabio Mechetti. ‘The Firebird’ was the main work featured in this triple bill of Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky.  
Photos courtesy: Sutra Dance Theatre



Interviews

- Dancing the evolution: An interactive with Amrita Lahiri by Bhavanvitha Venkat
I performed both Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi for a few years, but always felt an intuitive appeal for Kuchipudi. Maybe it’s like the affinity one has for one’s first language.

- The Unofficial Dancer by Sunil Kothari
Sheema Kermani, activist, theatre director and dancer from Pakistan, was one among the several international delegates that participated in the 2nd International Convention organised by SPICMACAY at IIT Madras. 

- A doer who was devotee by Tapati Chowdhurie
Kapila Vatsyayan on how her guru Ojha Amubi Singh brought Manipuri dances to the modern consciousness without forsaking their authentic core.

- In step by Ramya Srinivasan
As she carries forward the legacy of her mother, Kathak dancer Dr. Maya Rao, daughter Madhu Nataraj speaks about her friend, philosopher and guide.

- The passion of dance by Archana Subramanian
Sandhya Kumar talks about the unconventional short film on the devadasi tradition that won a National Award this year.

- A gem shines on by Tapati Chowdhurie
Upendra Sharma on the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipuri Dance Academy’s diamond jubilee.

- ‘Acting found me at six’ by Vibhuti Patel
After her first play, Lolita Chakrabarti was hailed as Britain’s “Most Promising Playwright.” She talks about her journey on the stage.

- Side-effect, centre-stage by Nita Vidyarthi
Odissi dancer Kumkum Mohanty remembers the immortal contribution of her guru but minces no words about falling standards today.

- Cradling traditions by Tapati Chowdhurie
Scholar Chittaranjan Mallia, Secretary, Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi, underlines the significance of various festivals held in the State.

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Seen and Heard by Lakshmi Vishwanathan

- Master Class or Workshop?   
I was once riveted by a play on Broadway (New York City of course) and ever since, have been wanting to sit down and write a similar script.
 

The Globetrotter column by Dr. Sunil Kothari

- Sankaradeva Movement celebrations in Mumbai
On a grand scale, the Sankaradeva Movement celebrations were held on 18th May evening at the prestigious Jamshed Bhabha Auditorium of NCPA, when a record crowd of majority of Assamese community and of North East region gathered to support the Sankaradeva Movement.


Profile

- Guru Shambhu Maharaj by Dr. Maya Rao
January 14, 1955: the day I was to commence my training under Guru Shambhu Maharaj, the greatest living exponent of Kathak. I was awaiting his arrival at the Akademi with mixed feelings of delight and anxiety.
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Health

- I am a cancer survivor. I have learnt from my struggle that we are always given multiple choices to every situation, but we should not succumb to negativity. My mornings are based on this belief and I have inculcated habits to be happy: Wake up early, be mindful of what thoughts start your day and channelise your thoughts to be positive. Do a little more of what you love. I dance.
If you are fighting odds in your life, fight the anger, fear, frustration and misery and change it to healing. I made dance my strength. Remember, we have the power to come out of any crisis.
Your mind is the final frontier, make it strong. Mornings are a time to let go of scars and start a new life.
- Dr Ananda Shankar Jayant (The Times of India, June 1, 2014)



Obit

- Iconic performer and teacher of the Kalakshetra tradition, KP Kunhiraman passed away peacefully on June 12, 2014 at 2.30 am at the Ramachandra Diabetic Hospital in Guindy, Chennai. He was 84 years old.  He was ailing and returned to India two years ago. His wife Katherine Kunhiraman, also a performer and teacher of repute, was by his side during the final moments.
Son of K. Ambu Panikkar, he trained at Kalakshetra under TK Chandu Panickkar.  He taught and performed in major roles in all the Kathakali productions of Kalakshetra for several years. Kunhiraman was famous for his bhava and was best known for playing strong characters in Kalakshetra dance productions like Guha and Ravana in the Ramayana series and Shiva in Kumara Sambhavam. Veenai Sambasiva Iyer actually named him Vishwamitra for his stellar depiction of the role.
In 1975, Kunhiraman and Katherine established ‘Kalanjali: Dances of India’ in Berkeley, California. In the US, he was the first to receive the coveted Choreographers’ Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.  He had retired and was residing in Chennai. Along with his wife, he had been nominated to receive the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD from the city of San Francisco's Ethnic Folk Arts Festival on June 14, 2014. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCKzt8OTZ0c

- Their classical saga by KK Gopalakrishnan
Kunhiraman’s demise leaves one wondering why cultural organisations and Governments wait till the fag end of an artist’s life before honouring them with significant awards…

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Articles


- From Question to Quest: Is the answer within the journey itself? by Shila Mehta
Too many questions can confuse us. On the other hand, one good question may bring about profound change through its call for significant efforts to explore meaning and to find answers. I definitely realize the power of ‘what’ and ‘why’ when a Question becomes a Quest.

- Tuning in to harmony? by Anil Srinivasan
Music has become one more weapon in the cultural polarisation debate.

- Touch of symmetry in the motifs of life by Sharmistha Mukherjee
Living is an art. And art is inexorably intertwined with our everyday life. To view “Art”, one doesn’t need to visit sanctified temples of art like museums and galleries.

- Striking the right notes to revive old melodies
On World Music Day, Chennai Times tells you the heartening story of how South India is managing to preserve its folk art forms.



Workshops

- Chinmaya Naada Bindu presents
Monsoon Masti
Workshop on Hindustani Music & Rhythm

July 11 - 13, 2014 Mumbai

- Jiva Performing Arts presents
Abhinaya Workshop
with Bragha Bessell

July 21 – 27, 2014 NYC

- Sarvam Foundation presents
Dance residency with Rama Vaidyanathan

August 1 - 3, 2014 Puducherry

Announcements


- The Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography introduces
Unique bachelor’s Degree in Choreography

Admissions open, Bangalore

- Help us save Natarani from the highway that is built behind us.
Protect the performance space at Amphitheatre Natarani in Usmanpura from the din and noise of traffic that will ply on the Riverfront Road. Sign this petition and pass it on.
- Mallika Sarabhai


Quote

“As a performer no one guaranteed me a performance, good musicians or a good stage when I started out. As a guru, which is the next stage, there is again no guarantee that you will have students. You may lose your best student abruptly to marriage or education. So what’s definite? Today everything is very easy – you can learn anything online, for instance the youtube. But my generation carries the values imbibed from our guru. So, there is always a constant battle in my mind – is shortcut good for the art and the artiste or is the traditional method of learning better? Today, you are also competing with young dancers who use so much technology in their dance.”
- Vyjayanthi Kashi
(‘Giving it the womanly touch’ by R Shilpa Sebastian, The Hindu Friday Review, March 7, 2014)

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Look out for

- The Bharatanatyam App Series
A ‘first-of-its-kind’ app library on Bharatanatyam

- Kathak cool by Sumedha Raikar-Mhatre
‘Katha-Nazaakat-Renaissance-Now’ emerged from an assignment in which Wagh asked her students to study Kathak history and place themselves in it.

- All the fright moves by Gustasp & Jeroo Irani
Ghost trains, bloody drinks, chocolate coffins… in on Australia’s longest-running show, a bizarre cocktail of song, dance, puppetry and illusion.

- Reviving Indian Shastras in Education
These lectures were delivered by Dr. Bharat Gupt at CCRT in honour of Kamala Devi Chattopadhya. Since the British threw out the Shastras from Indian education, there has been no attempt to re-introduce them. Hence a schizophrenia obtains between the modern and the traditional life values to the detriment of India. If Europe revived itself on the borrowed texts of Greece and Rome, why cannot India do it with their own marvelous texts? Modernity is a continuation of tradition not its rejection.
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EC52CjKDr-k
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ih9pbREBro
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fA7Cc4FunR8
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvcSkMR0K0Y

- Kathrada - 50/25
Kathrada - 50/25 is an evening of dance and music to pay homage to Ahmed Kathrada and his dedication to freedom for all.
 
- The Mayapuris featuring the temple dancers
Their story starts in the quiet backcountry of North Central Florida, Alachua, a small village-esque town known to some as the capital of the underground grassroots-kirtan movement in the West.






New Releases


- RAMAYANA SAMKSEPAM

An Attaprakram (Acting Manual) for depicting the story of Ramayana through mudras in Kutiyattam Theatre by G. Venu (Preface by Dr. Shobita Punja)
The book is a pioneering work of notating the gestures and the body movement patterns of Kutiyattam. The notations have been developed by Gopal Venu, the founder director of Natanakairali, which is a Research, Training and Performing Centre for Traditional Arts. 
A complete video documentation to accompany the publication is based on the teachings of Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar. Research and Introduction by G. Venu, performed by Kapila Venu. This documentation includes the abhinaya of the Navarasa by Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar (This is a rare and informal documentation of the maestro – recorded in 1986).
Colour plates: 83 / Black and white photos: 106 / Line drawings: 460
Price: India (including the DVD of Ramayana Samksepam) Rs.1000


MAYA RAO: A LIFETIME IN CHOREOGRAPHY is a valuable record of Indian classical dance and Kathak in particular. Her path breaking achievements suffused with personal reminiscences makes this memoir extremely readable and a significant chapter in the cultural history of India. Book release is scheduled for:
18th July: Windsor Manor / 26th July: Rangoli gallery, Bangalore Metro
8th August: Chowdiah foyer before her choreography 'Kathak through the ages'


- VOYAGES OF BODY AND SOUL: SELECTED FEMALE ICONS OF INDIA AND BEYOND includes scholarly essays and performance/choreographic notes from a diverse range of contributors on the themes of ‘Mad and Divine: India’s Female Saint-Poets’ and ‘Epic Women of India and Beyond.’ The contributors explore the tendency of patriarchal societies to label exceptional saint-poets yearning for the divine as “mad” because of their resistance to normative and acceptable female behavior. Scholars and performers journey across history, with discussions ranging from the 8th century Tamil mystic poet Andal’s divine poetry, to the 16th century saint-poet Meerabai, to figures across the Indian subcontinent, including Kashmir’s Lalleshwari and Maharashtra’s Janabai, who, as a low caste member, joined the sacred path partly to escape caste oppression. The definition of “epic women” in this volume is multi-faceted: from looking at commonly accepted epic figures, such as the iconic Sita from The Ramayana, to examining epic women in politics, to probing dark women with passions of epic proportions, to legendary teachers of the classical dance style of Bharatanatyam, to women with monumental courage and creativity across historical time-periods and geographical locations – Ancient Greece, Ancient India, 20th century Mexico, and Myanmar. Voyages of Body and Soul recognizes creative and courageous female saint-poets, and outspoken women in ancient epics and in contemporary times who follow their chosen paths with deep devotion. Their lives and works are models for the human community in the 21st century.
Editors: Ketu H. Katrak, Anita R. Ratnam
Published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (Hardback)
ISBN-13:978-1-4438-5644-7
ISBN-10:1-4438-5644-4
Date of Publication: April 2014 / Price: £44.99

- NARTANAM’s latest issue (January-March, 2014) is a special on SPIC MACAY. Another special feature of this issue is an elaborate case study ‘American Triumvirate- Presenting Indian Arts in America’ by eminent scholar Janaki Patrik.  The editorial, the stubs of the articles and the entire review section can be read on its website.



Meet the artistes


- Words of tribute to dance and devotion by Diana Sahu
Minati Mishra recently performed at ‘Samsmaranam’, an event organised in Bhubaneswar to pay a tribute to Odissi’s legendary exponent Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra.

- How this Odissi dancer battled with cancer by Nasrin Modak Siddiqi
From keeping her ovarian cancer a secret to performing for awareness, Odissi exponent Shubhada Varadkar lets us in on the eight most challenging years of her life.

- Lord Narasimha watches this drama! By Rupa Srikanth
Even after 400 years, the Narasimha Jayanthi fete and the Bhagavatha Mela Nataka are synonymous in Melattur.

- Charmed and beyond by Anjana Rajan
Ayswaria Wariar who recently performed in the Capital, has a penchant for finding literary works that talk of life and incorporating them into her Mohiniattam repertoire.

- Unique seeker by Nandini Ramani
Impressed by dancer Zakir Hussain’s passion for Vaishnavism, the priests gave him the crown that adorned Mahaprabhu enshrined at Prabhaas.



More on the Arts


- S.F. Ethnic Dance Festival Review: Ambitious India journey by Allan Ulrich
The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival launched its 36th edition Saturday at Lam Research Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, with something unusual: a survey of all eight forms of Indian classical dance.

- The eternal song by Bhawani Cheerath
Margi Usha talks about her choreography of ‘Gitopadesam.’
 
- Hymns… in a graceful form by Nandini Ramani
Divyasena and her students brought to life the philosophy of Kulashekara Azhwar.
 
- Of rhythm and music by Gudipoodi Srihari
Nrityopahara presented by young dancers was a feast to the eyes.
 
- Discovery of Asia’s cultural links by K Pradeep
Padma Subrahmanyam says the Bharata Ilango Foundation for Asian Culture, her dream project, is planned to function as a cultural corridor to preserve and revitalise Asia’s cultural heritage.
- - In 100 minutes, all the world's a stage by Kamini Mathai
The show must go on, but Chennai's English theatre groups have realised that it cannot go on and on.

- Double delight by Vijaya Pratap
The third edition of the Continuum series opened at Saptaparni on June 20.

- Beyond boundaries by Ambili Ramnath
The workshops on Koodiyattam and Mohiniyattam at SPICMACAY’S 2nd International Convention reiterated that appreciation of art knows no boundaries.
 
- The fire-born princess by V Kaladharan
Usha Nangiar wowed the audiences with her angika and satwika abhinaya as she delved deep into the character of Draupadi.

- Rare act by A Sangameswaran
‘Dasamam’ Koothu, said to have been last staged 150 years ago, was performed recently by Aparna Nangiar.





Events

July 1 – 31, Delhi, Kerala, Coonoor, Ahmedabad
Dance historian, scholar, author, critic Dr. Sunil Kothari's itinerary for July 2014
NEW DELHI
- July 1: Bharatanatyam recital by Lakshmi Parthsarathy Athreya, at Habitat Centre, 7pm
- July 3: Screening of Natyanubhava, film by Sharada Ramanathan, at Habitat Centre 7pm
- July 10: Screening of film by Justin Macarthy on Kshetrayya Padams, at IIC, 7pm
KOZHIKODE
- July 15 and 16: Hindustan Kalari Sangam: Kalaripyattu festival
COONOOR
- July 17 onwards: Residency to be confirmed.
AHMEDABAD (July 26 to 31)
- July 26 & 27: Seminar on Govardhan Panchal: Centenary celebrations, Vishwa Kosh Trust, Usmanpura 3pm to 5pm. Performances of Sanskrit Plays at Media Centre
Karpuracharitram by Raju Barot on 26th July
Dootavakyam by Bhargav Thakkar, 27th July, 6pm

July 2 – 4, Vancouver, Canada
As part of the 3 days conference PRACTICES, Jai Govinda and Arno Kamolika present DEMYSTIFYING BHARATA NATYAM, a performative dialogue in Indian Classical dance. Practices is a symposium exploring the body in bold and unexpected ways. Hosted by School for Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University
At: Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4

July 3 – 13, Kolkata, Bangalore
Schedule for Samskritiki Shreyaskar
- July 3: Lecture Demonstration in Kathak presented by Sohini Debnath. Organised by India Heritage Trust, at ICCR Auditorium, Kolkata
- July 11, 12, 13: Kathak Dance Workshop by Sohini Debnath, organised by Kathakonnect, Bangalore.
Venue: Rotary Club, Indira Nagar, Bangalore
- July 13: Program Connecting with Kathak, solo presentation by Sohini Debnath, organised by Kathakonnect, Bangalore
Venue:  JSS Auditorium, Bangalore.

July 4 & 25, Birmingham & London
- July 4: Students of Kalasagara UK perform at the Geeta Bhavan, Birmingham for Shri Valmiki Ramayana Navaha Yagna Mahotsavam 2014.
- July 25: Usha Raghavan dances for the fund raising event DRISHTI, Our vision for India, an event organised by the Association for India’s Development (AID) at the Amnesty International Auditorium, Old Street, London.

July 8, New Delhi
Bharatanatyam performance by Yamini Muthanna
Venue: India International Centre, 6:30pm

July 11, Bangalore
Heritage Yukti series will have experts on various, enriching topics, sharing their knowledge and views. The talks will be on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month with every session lasting 2 hours. The 2nd session will be a talk by Dr. Sundara Rajan on ‘Ecological traditions of India and its applicability today.’
Venue: Chinmaya apts # 1, Puttanna Road, Basavangudi, Bangalore 560004, 6pm

July 12, Mumbai
GURU PRANAM, the annual Guru Poornima gift to Jhelum Paranjape, choreographed and performed by students of Smitalay themselves.
Venue: ground floor hall of Sane Guruji Arogya Mandir, 7pm

July 18, 26 & Aug 8, 2014 Bangalore
MAYA RAO: A LIFETIME IN CHOREOGRAPHY is a valuable record of Indian classical dance and Kathak in particular. Her path breaking achievements suffused with personal reminiscences makes this memoir extremely readable and a significant chapter in the cultural history of India. Book release is scheduled for:
- 18th July: Windsor Manor
- 26th July: Rangoli gallery, Bangalore Metro
- 8th August: Chowdiah foyer before her choreography 'Kathak through the ages'

July 20, Mumbai
Parvati Ravi Ghantasala performs for 24th Raindrops Festival organized by Sam Ved Society.
At: SPJIMR Auditorium, Bhavan’s College Campus, Andheri (W), 6.30pm.

July 20 – 25, Beijing
Rhythmosaic Dance Company under the directorship of Ronnie Shambik Ghose and Dr. Mitul Sengupta, invited to BEIJING DANCE FESTIVAL 2014, to be held from July 20th - 25th for performing DESOLATE- THE VOICES OF THE TRAPPED, a section of BUDDHA THE WHY WITHIN. Four members from Rhythmosaic are performing, Dr. Mitul Sengupta, Ronnie Shambik Ghose, Prasanna Saikia and Shibayan Ganguly. Rhythmosaic is the first Indian dance company to be selected in the history of Beijing Dance Festival for a performance.
Choreography: Shambik Ghose and Dr. Mitul Sengupta
Venue: Star Theaters, 11am onwards 

July 25, Chicago, IL
MARGAM: THE SACRED PATH - Dancers from Natya Dance Theatre present an evening of Bharatanatyam, accompanied by musicians playing traditional instruments from India. The program is part of Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks.
At: South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr., Chicago, IL, 7pm

July 27, Warwick, NY
Vastu presents a performance in Bharatanatyam by Jaan R. Freeman, disciple of Nandini Ramani & Priyamvada Sankar (senior disciples of T. Balasaraswati). Freeman will guide the spectator through a program of repertory as well as audience participation and an interactive dialogue.
At: Vastu, 17 Main St, Warwick, NY 10990, 2:30pm - 4:15pm

July 27 - August 3, Washington DC    
Dakshina presents workshops by Bharatanatyam dancers Indira Kadambi and Sheejith Krishna, and Carnatic vocalist Jyothishmathi Krishna.



Bharatanatyam Arangetrams

July 5, Palo Alto, CA
Shivani Reddy, disciple of Suganda Sreenath, Jayendra Kalakendra
At: Cubberly Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Rd, 4pm

July 12, Palo Alto, CA
Sai Morramreddy, Thanmayi Morramreddy, Sneha Bolineni, disciples of Suganda Sreenath, Jayendra Kalakendra
At: Oshman JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, 4pm

July 20, Woodside, CA
Samhita Kadiyala, disciple of Suganda Sreenath, Jayendra Kalakendra
At: Woodside HS Performing Arts Centre, 199 Churchill Ave, 4pm

July 27, Saratoga, CA
Janany Subramanian, disciple of Mythili Kumar, Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose
At: McAfee Performing Arts and Lecture Center, 20300 Herriman Avenue, 4pm
Accompanists: Mythili Kumar (nattuvangam), Asha Ramesh (vocal), Shanthi Narayan (violin), N. Narayan (mridangam & kanjira). 



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- MAHAGAMI Gurukul, Parwati Dutta, Odissi and Kathak dancer & teacher, Aurangabad
www.mahagami.org



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