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breathless month, filled with so many viewings of dance and theatre.
Thirty days of almost nonstop watching and also performing, teaching and
listening. So far, this has been my stellar 4 weeks of the year - as a
rasika, an artiste and a dance explorer.
So here goes...
September began with a moving and sentimental tribute to the Sanskritist
and scholar sans pareil, S. Sarada of Kalakshetra. It was a beautiful
and heartfelt evening of dance, speeches and gently nudged memories
through scenes from iconic Kalakshetra productions. When the four
stalwarts, VP Dhananjayan, CV Chandrasekhar, Balagopal and Janardhanan
entered the stage to share the collective responsibility for the varnam
ROOPAMU JOOCHI, the audience burst into a spontaneous applause. When VPD
and wife Shanta posed as Rama and Sita for the final Tillana/Daru
scene, it made many senior alumni wipe their eyes in nostalgia. The
packed Rukmini Arangam was heartfelt in its standing ovation to the
confluence of experience and art. I did, surprisingly, fall in
love with the elegant and intelligent framing of the 'teernamans' and
'sancharis' of ROOPAMU JOOCHI, forgetting how this one 'varnam' almost
damaged my knees and lower back with Sarada Hoffman's insistence on
deep, deeper, deepest 'araimandi' and strong footwork. Today, this
varnam represents the essence of Rukmini Devi's vision of modern
Bharatanatyam as well as the gender neutral choreography that has become
the global signifier of "clean technique." A memorable
I missed the memorial to guru Narasimhachari a few days later which was
also very well attended. The passing of another creative spirit, along
with a host of invaluable seniors over the past 9 months has surely
diminished the creative landscape of dance and music. Perhaps it is now
time to do a special issue marking the contributions of these creative
dance and music makers. A volume of 100 names who have
revolutionized the tapestry of modern Indian dance in the 20th century. I
use the word 'modern' consciously. We tend to forget that classical
dance, as we know it today, is really a modern form - reconstituted for
the urban elite post India's independence and made attractive for larger
consumption. It is a far cry from the art of the "sadir" and the
artistes that made dance and music their entire life!.
LATEST UPDATE IN THE SITE
For the last 20 years Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award has been
presented by Srjan on an annual basis in the field of dance, music,
theatre and cinema to exceptional individuals. The award carries Rs
50,000 each and a citation. The award for 2015 was presented to Guru
Giridhari Nayak in the field of dance and Dr. Shantanu Mohapatra in the
field of music on September 9, 2015 at Bhubaneswar.
its 30th anniversary year, Milapfest announces a new initiative to
recognize and celebrate the remarkable work of British arts
professionals who have rendered distinguished service for promoting and
strengthening the provision of Indian Arts and Education in Britain.
Milapfest also recognizes the importance of supporting the youth of
Britain. The awards will be presented on 8th October 2015 at the Nehru
Centre in London.
- Life time Achievement Award for sterling Service to Indian Arts &
Education: Dr. M.N. Nandakumara (Executive Director, The Bharatiya Vidya
- Acharya Ratna (Sangeet) - Distinguished Teacher Award in Music: Sivasakthi Sivanesan (Carnatic music guru)
- Acharya Ratna (Nritya) -Distinguished Teacher Award in Dance: Pushkala Gopal (Bharatanatyam guru)
- Yuva Nritya Ratna-Young dancer of the Year: Parbati Chaudhary (Kathak)
- Yuva Sangeet Ratna-Young Musician of the Year: Yarlinie Thanabalasingham (Carnatic vocalist)
- Tarang Musician of the Year: Jasdeep Singh Degun
- Samyo Musician of the Year: Sanjuran Keerthikumar
The High Commissioners of India and Sri Lanka, as well as the DCEO of the Arts Council England will present the awards.
a cultural organization at Nelluvaya in Trichur District, presented the
first award in memory of Kerala maddala legend Trichur Vasu Variar KALA
VIPANCHIKA AWARD to Mumbai based percussion artist Lalitha Kalalayam
Nambisan for his valuable contribution of 45 years to the Mumbai art
- RADIO RANGA MANDIRA
by Ranga Mandira School of Performing Arts and Research Academy
broadcast from Chennai will bring special programs on arts and society
both as live broadcasts and curated podcasts. Inauguration is on Oct 3,
|Meet the artistes
||-SANCHARI.. More on the arts
Oct 1 - 29, Delhi, Varanasi, NYC
Schedule for Geeta Chandran and Natya Vriksha
- 1 Oct: To mark the 60th anniversary of Springdales School, a special
performance of Geeta Chandran's dance-theatre production GANDHI: Warp
and Weft is being hosted by the school at the FICCI Auditorium, 5pm.
- 10 Oct: Geeta Chandran presents a solo Bharatanatyam performance
ANTARANG: Murmurs of the heart, exploring different dimensions of
shringara. Nattuvangam: S. Shankar; vocals: Venkateshwaran
Kuppuswamy; mridangam: R. Kesavan; flute: Rajat Prasanna
At: India International Centre Auditorium, New Delhi
- 16 Oct: Sharanya Chandran, daughter /disciple of Geeta Chandran will
perform SHIVA VAIBHAVAM at the Consul General of India in New York.
-17 Oct: Geeta Chandran presents the arangetram of her disciple
Aakanksha Kumar at the Chinmaya Hamco Auditorium, Chinmaya Mission, New
- 25 Oct: Geeta has been invited to be a panellist at the international
SITE Conference on Tourism being convened at Hotel Taj Palace,
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
- 26 Oct: On the occasion of Sharad Purnima, Geeta Chandran and her
Natya Vriksha Dance Company will perform at the Ganga Ghats in Varanasi.
- 29 Oct: Natya Vriksha Company ensemble to perform at the 3rd NRITYA
MILAN dance festival organised by Odissi Natya Sala at the Stein
Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
Oct 1 - 31, Mussourie, Mumbai, Bangalore, Latur, Aurangabad
Schedule for Parwati Dutta and students of Mahagami
-1 Oct, Mussourie, 7pm: SANNIDHI & NIRGEET by Parwati Dutta & group
-3 Oct, St Andrews Auditorium, Mumbai, 10am: DURGA: Kathak by disciples
of Parwati Dutta, RAMAYAN: Odissi by disciples of Parwati Dutta
-10 Oct, Sharangadev Sadan, Mahagami, Aurangabad, 7.30pm: AURA-Aurangabad Curtain Raiser
-14 to 18 Oct, Space, Bangalore: KATHAK WORKSHOP by Parwati Dutta
-19 Oct, Space Hall, Bangalore, 10.30am: Kathak performance by Parwati Dutta
-22 Oct, Kochi: Kathak solo by Deepa (disciple of Parwati Dutta)
-29 Oct, Latur: Kathak solo by Parwati Dutta
-31 Oct, Sharangadev Sadan, Mahagami, Aurangabad, 7.30pm: AURA-Aurangabad Concert 2
Oct 2 - 4, Chennai
BANI-ARTICULATIONS OF BHAKTI is a three-day festival curated by Alarmel Valli and Aalaap..
- October 2, 6.30pm, The Folly, Amethyst
Conversation between Devdutt Pattanaik (author, mythologist and
leadership consultant) and Arundhathi Subramaniam (author and poet)
- October 3, 5.30pm at Rukmini Arangham, Kalakshetra Foundation
Hindustani vocal by Pandit M Venkatesh Kumar
Carnatic vocal by Ranjani-Gayatri
- October 4, 5.30pm at Rukmini Arangham, Kalakshetra Foundation
Bharatanatyam by Lakshmi Viswanathan
Mohiniattam by Neena Prasad
Oct 2 - 7, Kerala
Baisali Basusarkar and her Manipuri dance group will perform in SOORYA
DANCE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL at Ernakulam, Trivandrum, Thrissur, Walayar,
Oct 3, San Francisco, CA
Kearny Street Workshop, the Bay Area's hub for Asian Pacific American
arts, presents APAture, a multi-day, multidisciplinary arts festival
featuring a lineup of some of today's most exciting emerging artists
from the San Francisco Bay Area. Featuring: SPULU (contemporary dance),
Irene Tu (stand-up comedy), Sammay Dizon (multimedia), Rasika Kumar of
Abhinaya Dance Company (dance), Fong "Batman" Tran (spoken word), Bad
Repertory Theater (sketch comedy)
At: The Strand (The Rueff), 1127 Market St., San Francisco, 8-11pm
Oct 3 & 4, Kolkata
Schedule for Rhythmosaic
- Oct 3: Rhythmosaic organizes workshop by Akram Khan. Only 20 dancers
selected for the workshop. Venue: Sculpture court, ICCR Kolkata, 3.30pm
- Oct 4: Rhythmosaic collaborating with Prakriti foundation, Park New
Festival and British Council to present Akram Khan and Israel Galvin in
TORABAKA in Kolkata.
Venue: Kalamandir, 7pm
Oct 4, Pune
Meghana Sabade's Nrityayatri presents SAMVIKSANA - AN EXPLORATION, a Bharatanatyam performance by Dr. Janaki Rangarajan.
At: Tilak Smarak Mandir, 10.30am.
| Oct 4, Bangalore|
The 39th Dance DISCourse presents an evening of male dancers featuring
Tushar Bhatt (Kathak), Sinam Basu (Manipuri), Kalamandalam Suresh
(Ottanthullal), Gokulsree Das (Odissi) and Sujay Shanbag
(Bharatanatyam). Snippets from WDD celebrations made by Opera Promotions
will be shown.
At: Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, 108 Thimmaiah Rd, Vasanthnagar, 6pm
Oct 4, Chicago, IL
Sheejith Krishna's DON QUIXOTE - a music, dance, theatre production - is
part of Natya Dance Theatre's presenting series. It is the first
adaptation of Cervantes's novel in the Bharatanatyam idiom, breaking new
ground in uniting classical forms with contemporary elements in this
At: Oswego East High School, Oswego, IL, 5pm
Oct 7, Bhubaneswar
Sharon Lowen (selected for Devdasi Award) performs Geeta Govinda and
Kalidas as part of the 10th DEVDASI NATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL (October
5-7). Organized by Devdasi Nrutya Mandir.
At: Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar, 6pm
Oct 9 & 10, Leicester, UK
UK based dancer Aakash Odedra premiers ECHOES and I IMAGINE. Echoes is a
high-octane Kathak dance experience which explores our relationships
with our ancestors. The piece is choreographed by Aditi Mangaldas. In 'I
Imagine' Aakash combines choreography with spoken word.
At: Curve Theatre, 7.45pm
Oct 9 & 10, Paris, France
Renjith Babu and Vijna Vasudevan present Bharatanatyam recital with
Manorama Prasad (vocals), Mavin Khoo (nattuvangam), Prasanna Thevarajah
(mridangam) and Carnatic violin.
At: Auditorium Guimet, 8pm
Oct 10, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Tagore Society, in partnership with Mandala Arts and Culture
presents a Bharatanatyam interpretation of Rabindranath Tagore's famous
dance drama SHYAMA. Choreographed by Jai Govinda, and performed by his
disciple Arno Kamolika, all the songs of this production are sung by
Shankhanaad Mallick and Suranjana Hoque.
At: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 7.30pm
Oct 13, Abu Dhabi
Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company performs excerpts from UTSAV and TIMELESS at the Emirates Palace Auditorium, Abu Dhabi, 8pm.
Oct 15 & 16, Irvine & Torrance, CA
Schedule for Ramya Harishankar and Arpana Dance Company
- Oct 15: Master Class, Dance Dept. UC, Irvine, CA
- Oct 16: Assemblies/performance, The Tutu Foundation, Torrance, CA
Oct 15 - 24, California
Schedule for Ileana Citaristi
- Oct 15, San Jose: Ileana Citaristi holds a talk at East West Book Shop, 7.30pm
- Oct 16-23, Santa Cruz: Ileana holds an Odissi dance workshop organized by Shaktibhakti institution.
-Oct 22, Santa Cruz: Ileana gives a talk on “History of Odissi Dance
Past and Present” at the University of California, Santa Cruz, 8-10am
- Oct 24, Milpitas: Ileana presents solo Odissi dance at Sai Temple, Milpitas, organized by Yuva Bharathi, 3pm
Oct 25, Sunnyvale, CA
Shambhavi's International School of Kathak presents DARPAN 2015, its
first student showcase in the Bay Area presented to live music by
proficient musicians of the Bay Area. The highlight of the evening will
be a full length solo by Shambhavi Dandekar, its founder and artistic
At: Sunnyvale Theatre, 550 E. Remington Dr, 2-5 pm
Oct 25, Livingston, NJ
Sangam Festival presents TRIPURA - DIVINE FEMININE by Bala Devi
Chandrashekar followed by Bharatanatyam performance by students of her
SPNAPA Academy of Performing Arts, New Jersey.
Venue: Islami Auditorium, St Barnabas Medical Center, 4pm
Oct 29 - Nov 1, Washington DC
Dakshina's 12TH ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL theme this year is DANCING ACROSS GENERATIONS.
Oct 30, 7.30pm: Prof. Chandrasekhar and Chitra Chandrasekhar Dasarathy
Oct 31, 7.30pm: Rama and Dakshina Vaidyanathan in DWITA
Nov 1, 4pm: Mallika and Revanta Sarabhai
At: Atlas Performing Arts Center
Oct 31, New Delhi
Sunaina and Kanaka Sudhakar present seminar on INDIAN CLASSICAL
DANCE-FOOD FOR MIND AND BODY: DISCUSSION ON SPIRITUAL, MENTAL AND
At: Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, Teen Murti Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, 2pm