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October 2014

Anita says.....

October 2014

There is an eerie unease in my home state. The events of the last few days of September have been so contrasting in timbre that we have been left holding our breath, afraid to exhale.

My Chief Minister has been incarcerated, violence erupted on the streets of Tamilnadu and Indian Americans thronged New York streets as my Prime Minister addressed the world from the United Nations, Central Park and Madison Square Garden. Against the tragedy of floods in Kashmir and Assam, the heroic rescue attempts by the Indian armed forces, the chest pumping pride of ISRO scientists sending the Mangalyaan orbiter to Mars was juxtaposed women wailing, beating their chests, men immolating themselves and rolling on the streets of Tamilnadu, weeping for their jailed “Amma”. Pure theatre in a 360 degree surround sound atmosphere.

So forget the auditoriums and theatres where the “real” stuff is supposed to happen. On street corners, apartment clusters, sports stadiums and playgrounds, hundreds upon thousands were either glued to their TV sets to watch the political drama being played out or congregated in hordes to clap hands, strike sticks, sing, cheer, swirl and twirl to the familiar sounds of music and rhythm. The streets were awash in Tamilnadu with a mixture of rage and rapture. Elsewhere there was a surge of colour and energy, the bylanes of Goddess temples throbbed with song and conch, estrogen surged and smiles stretched beyond shoulders to the Indian coastlines and beyond.

This is really a joyous time to be in India or anywhere close to the IDEA of India across this globe. New clothes, more jewellery, a visit to your guru for new beginnings of learning; endless bonhomie, entertaining, overeating, sugar highs, upset stomachs and happy hearts. Of course, performances of dance and music are amplified during this season, artistes concentrating on the devotional and traditional repertoire rather than experimentation.

I was in the midst of a giant wedding last month, where I was able to watch, up close, the many dancers and musicians who were invited to perform amidst the emerald chandeliers, French patisserie chefs and Korean gourmet concoctions. Russian ballet did a pas de deux with Carnatic music, chamber orchestras played toe to toe with beat boxing hip hop dancers and Bharatanatyam groups... it was delicious madness and a chance to see how the Indian classical performers matched up to the casual ease with which the “others” blended into glitzy hotel ballrooms and giant shamiana/pandals. Indian divas had mini and maxi tantrums, demanding attention from young harassed volunteers, photographers and wedding decorators threw their weight everywhere, demanding that senior relatives MOVE so they could get a better shot of the wedding couple. It was pure theatre at every moment and a signal that perhaps our classical arts are not meant for these mega weddings of today. Well known names were distinctly off key to a distracted crowd thronging towards the food pavilions. The Kalakshetra ensemble and the all woman veena group from Bangalore were listed to perform after one such high profile wedding. When I saw the VIPs rush towards the food pandals, there may have been a handful only to watch the scheduled performances.  So why should renowned artistes accept these invitations? Money? Prestige? Gone are the days when the greats performed at wedding receptions and private events to an attentive and appreciative crowd of guests. MS Subbalakshmi, Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar and DK Pattammal among others were frequently heard at these family occasions. Dancer Padma Subrahmanyam premiered her iconic ‘Krishnaya Tubhyam Namaha’ at a wedding reception in 1974, while yours truly had her arangetram at a similar evening (My uncle’s reception at the now defunct Abbotsbury Hall, Chennai).
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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.
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Slide shows

The 20th Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award Festival
September 5 - 9, 2014 Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar
Photos: Lalitha Venkat

Ileana Citaristi and Art Vision presented
SIDDARTHA for the Sangam festival

September 11, 2014 at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar
Photos: Ganesh Sahoo

In the news

- Natyanjali Trust presents this year’s NARTAKA AWARD to Bharatanatyam Guru VP Dhananjayan on November 2, 2014 at the 8th Nartaka festival, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai.

- The City of Austin has named Usha Akella, poet and writer, as the city’s Creative Ambassador for the 3rd quarter of 2014. The Creative Ambassador Program is managed by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Usha Akella is the first South Asian in the city to hold the position.

- The prestigious Sunbeam Schools group based in Varanasi has invited Geeta Chandran to join its Advisory Council. Geeta will work at integrating culture and values in the school’s academic curriculum.

- Odissi dancer Suprava Mishra was honoured with INDIRA GANDHI RAJBHASHA AWARD by President of India Pranab Mukherjee on 14th September 2014 at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.


- Doctors' new prescription: dance therapy by Riddhi Doshi and Rhythma Kaul
- The world's oldest yoga teacher is 96! NINETY-SIX & doing THIS...


- Sai Arts International presents
Sai Nrityotsav 65

Krishnadevaraya Kala Mandira, 5.30pm
October 1, 2014 Bangalore

Ramaa Bharadvaj presents

October 4 - Nov 7, 2014
US tour

- National release of
Attendance - The dance Annual of India

Rabindra Mandap
Oct 28, 2014 Odisha

- Mandala Arts presents
Gait to the Spirit

Scotiabank Dance Centre
Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2014 Vancouver


Workshops & Announcements

- Gati presents
Acroyoga workshop
With Yamuna Devi & Hélèna Giron

Oct 4 & 5, 2014 Delhi

- Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts announces
FACETS 2015, a Residency for Emerging Choreographers

January 5 – February 5, 2015 Bangalore
Applications deadline: October 10, 2014

- Chinmaya Naada Bindu presents
Winter Arts Intensive
Bharatanatyam and music

Nov 30 - Dec 6, 2014 Kolwan, Pune
Registration deadline: Nov 7, 2014


- The 20th Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award Festival by Lalitha Venkat
After a brief inaugural ceremony, the five day festival got off to a good start on September 5, 2014 with an involved performance of Odissi by Ramli Ibrahim, the director of Sutra Dance Theatre, Malaysia.  

- A befitting tribute to Pandit Sundarlal Gangani by Shyamhari Chakra
‘Compositions of Pandit Sundarlal Gangani’ was staged recently at the M.S. University of Baroda auditorium by the city-based Kathak Darshan Charitable Trust.

- Onam delights and an upset! by Hareesh N. Nampoothiri
Once again the festival of Onam made the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram bustle with cultural events. Classical dance forms were featured in ‘Onakhosham 2014’organized by the Dept of Tourism, Govt. of Kerala.

- Shechter’s Political Mother - a collage of oppression, survival, resistance and love by Sulagna Mukhopadhyay
Hofesh Shechter’s Political Mother, a 70 minute dance-theatre production created in 2010, deals with the chaotic political situation of this world juxtaposed to the unconditional love of mother.

- Many moods, many modes by Leela Venkataraman
A round-up of events held in New Delhi.

- Monsoon memories at the Malhar Festival by Nita Vidyarthi
As a part of the Malhar Festival organised by ITC Sangeet Research Academy (SRA) at the G.D. Birla Sabhagar, Kolkata, Sharmila Biswas and her repertory dancers of the Odissi Vision Movement Centre in music collaboration with SRA presented ‘Monsoon Memories.’

- Mitra: Poetry, emotion, melody, imagination by Mridula Rao
‘Mitra-Dance Hymn to Friendship’ scripted, choreographed and performed by Ramaa Bharadvaj on August 24, 2014 at Abhinava Dance Space, Bangalore, was a thoroughly enjoyable program.

- The Cloud Messenger by Uday Dandavate
Almost 1600 years before Cloud computing became a ubiquitous part of our lives, Kalidasa penned the Megdhoot wherein he describes how a Yaksha, a subject of King Kubera (the god of wealth), convinces a passing cloud to take a message to his wife.

- Existential and erotic, like a flower yielding to a butterfly by Alastair Macaulay
Utsav, a Festival of Indian Dance and Music

- In letter, spirit and form by Leela Venkataraman
Recent festivals exemplified the evolution taking place in the various classical dance forms.


- To criticize or not to criticize by Lalitha Venkat
A seminar on ‘Dance Criticism - The macro and micro perspectives’ was organized by Lalit Kala Kendra at Pune on August 27 and 28, 2014. There were four sections to the program. Critics and editors spoke on day one, dancers and readers spoke on day two.

- Editors and the Edited by Veejay Sai
At the national dance criticism seminar organized by Lalit Kala Kendra, one of the most interesting panels was that of editors from various media that concerned publishing dance writing.

- Srijani festival at Shilpagram in Santiniketan by Tapati Chowdurie
Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre under the new director Om Prakash Bharati held a grand festival at Srijani Shilpagram in Santiniketan.  The main focus was on tribal and folk dances and its music.

- Bicycle with barefoot by Dr Nima Poovaya-Smith
The artistic director of Halifax-based Annapurna Dance, the irrepressible and imaginative Shantha Rao had conceived an unusual performance as part of the Tour de France Cultural Festival.  

- Mahanatam by Bhavanvitha Venkat
Mahanatam was presented by Raja and Radha Reddy and daughters Yamini and Bhavana on September 11, the first day of the seventh edition of Vysakhi Nrithyotsav organized by NMDA at Visakapatnam.

- Manthana
Nrityaangan organized the first edition of the annual event Manthana on the 22nd, 23rd and the 24th of August 2014.


- Fragrance of art emanated through the nuances of Kathakali by Sreelakshmy Govardhanan
A one day lec-dem and Kathakali recital based on the play Kalyana Sougandhikam was organized by Poorvi in association with Parambikulangara Devaswam, Kodungallor. 

- Monsoon mania by Satish Suri
For her performance on the 24th August, Ashwini Raghupathy, a classical Odissi dancer, chose a patch of green in the premises of the Teri Auditorium in Bangalore.

- Guru Bipin Singh Association India and Abroad
Guru Bipin Singh Association India and Abroad, whose premiere function was held on August 29, 2014 in New York, is the brainchild of Sanjib Bhattacharya, a disciple of Guru Bipin Singh.

- Vaidehi: The universal embodiment of power by Satish Suri
Anuradha Venkatraman presented ‘Vaidehi’ that explored several facets of Sita’s personality through a thematic presentation on the 31st August at Seva Sadan under the auspices of Ananya, Bangalore.

Emerging Artistes

- Bharatanatyam marked by precision and polish by Dr. M. Surya Prasad
The packed audience at UCC Theatre, NUS Centre for the Arts, University Cultural Centre, Singapore, was all but bowled over by the 15-year-old Aditi Abhayakumar whose effortless Bharatanatyam performance earned unanimous plaudits.

Seen and Heard by Lakshmi Vishwanathan

- Return of the Nataraja from Down Under
It is a coup of great significance.... the return of the Sripuranthan temple Nataraja and other sacred artifacts by Australia. The Modi government has achieved this without waiting for a prolonged legal battle.

Dance History column by Ashish Mohan Khokar

- Of critics and editors
Pune University’s Lalit Kala Kendra made a commendable effort to bring together various voices in the dance field on the occasion of a two day (Aug 27/28) seminar on Micro & Macro in Dance Writing.


- Post Padme Perspective compiled by Lalitha Venkat
Post Padme, the dancers share the experience of how it was to leave their classical styles and learn modern movement patterns.

- Recognition, at last by Shyamhari Chakra
Guru Sudhakar Sahoo, winner of the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award for Odissi for 2014, speaks of staying away from the limelight.

- Best of both worlds by Kirthi Jayakumar
Interview with Kalpana Raghuraman

- The Eastern impact by Utpal Bannerjee
Directed and choreographed by Sudarshan Chakravorty, Parivahitam used contemporary dance vocabulary to convey multiple meanings of unison, energy and motion to spectators.

- A voyage of excellence by Tapati Chowdhurie
Sushmita Banerjee talks about her journey in Kathak.


The Globetrotter column by Dr. Sunil Kothari

- Naman Dance Festival 2014
Nrityantar institute in Bangalore established five years ago by Odissi exponent Madhulita Mohapatra, a disciple of Aruna Mohanty, organized the 5th edition of a two day Odissi dance festival (16 and 17 August) at ADA Rangamandira auditorium.

- Constructive dance criticism
The existing body of dance criticism in India is still meager. This subject of dance criticism has received attention only in the past four decades.


- Kuchipudi Bhagavathamelam: A rich cultural heritage by Tadepalli Satyanarayana
The lives of Kuchipudi Bhagavathamelam essentially follow the Hindu Sanatana Dharma, a way of living through which one may achieve moksha (enlightenment, liberation) in right earnest.

- Oduvars: When singing God’s praise is not alluring enough by B Sivakumar
For hundreds of years, they gave a melodic turn to the puja in Shiva temples. But today, the number of oduvars trained to sing songs composed by ancient Tamil poets in the name of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvathi has declined precipitously.

- The second birth takes place by Sonal Mansingh

Unable to leap, sit on toes or even walk like a dancer I went through the exercises, steps and compositions in my mind over and over again.

- Not your average princess by Sharmila Ganesan
It takes a secure man to admit he cried through the story of a princess.

Look out for

- A go-to guide for ancient wisdom by Krishnachand K
It was a bolt from the blue for K G Paulose, 68, when Ravi Deecee, the Managing Director of DC Books, a reputed book publisher in Kerala, approached him four years ago with a unique project: to bring out the 18 volumes of the Puranas in a single edition.

- Oscar opening ceremony
These 3 minutes and 47 seconds of the Oscars Opening Ceremonies were not shown on TV.

- Working with Bala by Satyajit Ray
The article was originally published in the NCPA Quarterly V.4, December 1976.

- Guru M.K. Saroja's performances and award ceremonies
- Ashish Khokar's Attendance - 2014 - Telugu Traditions
- Dancing in the rain

- SMART: Big picture thinking by Ram Ganesh Kamatham
Even as you read this, the social networks (the real ones, not FaceBook) are abuzz with announcements of SMART, the course for Strategic Management in the Art of Theatre…

- Classicism, post-classicism and Ranjabati Sircar’s work: re-defining the terms of Indian contemporary dance discourses by Alessandra Lopez y Royo


Dance can be a profession, it can lead to stardom. Of course it can. But it can also be a process of meditation. It can be therapeutic. It can be a way to grapple with our own inner fears and demons. It can be a purely physical endeavour. It can be a purely mental journey. It can be a self-realisation of one’s cultural roots. It can lead to spiritual fulfillment. Indian classical dance is all this and so much more! Little wonder that even the gods danced in India. They too probably realized that it added value to their bliss in heaven!   
- Geeta Chandran
(‘The two different worlds of stagecraft,’ by Geeta Chandran, New Indian Exps, Dec 15, 2013)



- A life in dance by Anjana Rajan
Madhu Nataraj, Kathak dancer and founder of the Stem Dance Kampni, on her mother and guru Maya Rao.

- Maya Rao: A legend is no more by Ashish Mohan Khokar
Great guru of dance, most gracious lady dancer/teacher/guru/mentor, most respected and loved “didi” Maya Rao is no more. Her end came as she lived, smiling, despite hardships.  

- Maya Rao - The Cultural Czarina of Garden City by Veejay Sai
Once in a lifetime great people walk this earth and when you witness their presence, you thank your lucky stars for having lived the times they lived in, for having breathed the same air and for being associated with them. Maya Rao was one such epic woman!

- Maya Rao: Memories of a great teacher by Prasanna Kasthuri
The greatest gift Maya didi gave us is to look at dance as a partner in life. Dance, although many styles exist, were all reflections of life. It was very evident in her productions.

- Josyula Krishnamurthy is no more by Tadepalli Satyanarayana
Kuchipudi artist / musician Josyula Krishnamurthy passed away in the early hours of September 1, 2014 around 2.30am at his residence. He was 86 years old.

- Chiru navvu momuna (The one with a cheerful face): A tribute to Guru Adyar K Lakshman by Revati Ilanko
Sir’s institute Bharata Choodamani was more than a school that produced dancers. Bharata Choodamani was an ashram dedicated to the cultivation of natya yoga, and a second home.

Meet the artistes

- Kamal discovers Kuchipudi by Bharadwaj Rangan
This is the sixth in a series of articles on Kamal Haasan’s tryst with the classical arts.

- Three teachers, one student! by Bharadwaj Rangan
This is the seventh in a series of articles on Kamal Haasan’s tryst with the classical arts.

- Dance all you can by Prabalika M. Borah
Hofesh Shechter along with his troupe perform Political Mother

- Immersed in the moment by Anjana Rajan
Kathak exponent Pandit Arjun Mishra talks about his chosen path.

- Dance is a calling by Neeraja Murthy
Ramli Ibrahim says dance has been the only guiding force in his life.

- A leading light by Aruna Chandaraju
In Hyderabad as a chief guest to attend a dance event, Chitra Visweswaran says she’s happy to sit back and guide her students.

More on the Arts

- Criticism…under the scanner by Leela Venkataraman
A recent seminar in Pune took a close look at dance criticism.

- Traditions meld deftly to the contemporary by Brian Seibert
Erasing Borders Festival takes a modern turn.

- On performing dance history by Sammitha S
By making dance, the subject and the method of narrating history, STEM dance Kampni’s “Kathak through the ages” was an attempt to restore the lost agency to dance as an art and break it from being viewed as a lost artefact.

- A platform for talent by Hareesh Nampoothiri
Varied forms of dance were presented in the two days of ‘Sree Yasodha Mahotsav’ dance festival organized by Samudra Arts International (SAI) in association with ICCR and Vyloppilli Samskrithi Bhavan, in Thiruvananthapuram.
- Fashion finds a new rhythm by Chitra Swaminathan
Dancers Astad Deboo and Anita Ratnam on how designers are providing a new style sensibility to their art.
- Grace and gratitude by Anjana Rajan
Nirupama-Rajendra on their guru, the late Maya Rao, and their approach to choreography.

- A commendable launch by Gudipoodi Srihari
The newly-formed ‘Praveenya Arts Academy’ organised an impressive dance and music event.

- Legacy lives on by Gudipoodi Srihari
Chamancheri Kunjiraman’s legacy is being carried forward by his disciples.
- - Candid shots of a dancer's odyssey by Henna Rakheja
The depth of these photographs amazes all visitors, since the lensman Rakesh Sahai avoids displaying his work behind glass frame.

- Veteran danseuse and teacher lives on charity by Rana Siddiqui Zaman
Now alone and ailing, she survives on charity. Meet Tara Balgopal, India’s veteran danseuse, who at 80 is a picture of apathy of various government departments, banks and even insurance firms.

- Journey to Brindavana by Rupa Srikanth
Dedicated to Ambujam Krishna, the painstaking research and brilliant soundscape stole the show.

- To be or not to be on stage by Archana Nathan
Siva Sakthi Kalaikuzhu’s performance raised the question of what constitutes an appropriate performance space.
- Confident recital by Lakshmi Ramakrishna
The day after Ganesh Chaturthi saw Guru Hemamalini Arni’s disciple Meera Damaraju perform a 90-minute Bharatanatyam recital at Ravindra Bharathi.

  - A postcard for each season by Archana Nathan
Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala’s ‘Chakra’ had components that did not always blend well.
- The pursuit of Bharatanatyam by Nahla Nainar
Reputable teachers and schools in the classical dance form have been flourishing in Tiruchi, though opinion remains divided on what makes for the right type of education.


September 29 - October 3, Bangalore
Workshop conducted by Parwati Dutta on ABHINAYA IN KATHAK.
Advanced Level (for Educators and Performers) - Maharaj Bindadin’s thematic composition on Lord Ram & Ravan
Intermediate level (for those with 3 to 4 years Kathak experience) - A Sanskrit composition in devotion of Lord Krishna, The Madhurashtakam
Beginners level (for those with less than 2 years Kathak experience) - Maharaj Bindadins' Hori composition and Shiva Vandana

Oct 1 - Oct 10, South India
Suman Sarawgi and her troupe Sparsh present LEISEM: CREATION, a choreographic presentation in Manipuri dance style.
1st Oct: Trichy / 2nd Oct: Trivandrum / 3rd Oct: Cochin
5th Oct: Idukki / 6th Oct: Pallakad / 7th Oct: Palakad / 10th Oct: Kozikode

October 1 & 3, Gujarat
Odissi dance by Suprava Mishra and her students of Aum Arts Dance Academy
- Oct 1, 9pm: Cultural program - Vaishnav jana to tenere kahiye (Priya Bhajan on Mahatma Gandhi), Geeta Govinda (Nindati Chandan), Nabarasa, for NABARATRI UTSAV
Venue: Sandipani Ashram, Porbandar
- Oct 3, 9pm: Cultural program - Durga tandav, Mahakali Stuti, Sthai, Abhinaya Kahibaku Laja, Geeta Govinda (Yahi Madhava) for DURGOTSAV organized by Purbasha Cultural Association
Venue: Rangmanch, Sector 22, Gandhinagar

October 1 – 19, Mumbai
Schedule for Jhelum Paranjape and Smitalay for October 2014.
- Oct. 1: Traditional Odissi performance during Durga Pooja at Malad, Mumbai, 7pm
- Oct. 5: BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA at Rang Sharda, Bandra, 7pm
Smitalay completes 25 years on 17th October 2014. In celebration, a 5 day festival is spread over 4 venues. Entry is open for all.
- Oct. 11: Smitalay productions BAHINAAI & SAVITRI VADATEY at Veer Savarkar Hall, Dadar West, Mumbai, 5pm
- Oct. 12: Young Talent will be presented at Mini Auditorium, Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi, Mumbai, 8pm
- Oct. 17: Smitalay dance ballet LEELAVATI at Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai, 6.30pm
- Oct. 18: Traditional Odissi items and KRISHNA at Pranganga, Bhavan’s Cultural Centre, Andheri West, Mumbai, 6.30pm
- Oct. 19: Felicitations to musicians and Smitalay production UMA at Veer Savarkar Hall, Dadar West, Mumbai, 10.30am
- Oct. 19: Students’ Day, Pranganga, Bhavan’s Cultural Centre, Andheri West, Mumbai, 6.30pm

October 1 – 28, Canada, USA
Dance historian, scholar, author and critic Dr. Sunil Kothari's  monthly itinerary for October
- Montreal, Canada
*1st Oct: Residency at Mamata Niyogi Nakra’s Kala Bharati
*2nd and 3rd Oct: Mac Gill University, discussions with Prof Devesh Soneji and meeting students
*4th Oct: Kala Bharati meeting with ballet dancer and historian Vincent and visiting Dance Collection Bibliothec
*5th till 8th Oct: Kala Bharati, various projects, interaction, planning
- Toronto, Canada
*9th Oct: Sampradaya, screening of film ‘I, Dance’ directed by Sonya Fatah about dance in Pakistan. In conversation with Dr. Sunil Kothari
*10th Oct: Rehearsal of ‘Dance like a man’ - interview with author Mahesh Dattani from Bangalore
*11th & 12th Oct: Janak Khendry Dance Co: Interview and rehearsal of ‘Paradise Lost’
*13th Oct: Menaka Thakkar Dance Company - interviewing Menaka Thakkar and Rasesh Thakkar on Kalanidhi institution and its contribution to multi cultural society in Canada
*14th and 15th Oct: Interviewing Lata Pada for her recent projects on dance and theatre undertaken by Sampradaya
*16th Oct: Attending premiere of play ‘Dance like a man’ at 8pm
- Montreal, Canada
*17th Oct: Kala Bharati residency
- New York
*19th Oct: Brunch with dancer Rajika Puri, choreographer of Sutradhari Natyam. Meetings with Pallavi Shah and Vibhuti Patel
*20th Oct: Meeting Rachel Cooper at Asia Society
*21 Oct: Meetings with Prof Richard Schechner, Ralph Samuelson and painter Natvar Bhavsar
*22 Oct: Attending pre-performance talk at Bam Cafe at 6.30pm for the 5 hour long Dutch play ‘Angels of America’
*23rd Oct: Seeing Pina Bausch’s dance theater ‘Kontakthof’ at BAM on the occasion of Pina Bausch’s first appearance at Bam 30 years ago
*24th Oct: seeing ‘Angels in America’ at BAM
*26th Oct: departure for Delhi (arrival on 28th)

October 1 – 31, Mysore, Puri, Roorkee & Indonesia
Schedule for Ileana Citaristi and Art Vision.
- Oct 1, Mysore: Ileana presents Odissi dance in DUSSERA FESTIVAL at Mysore Palace, 7 pm, organized by Kannada Sanskruti, Mysore
- Oct 11, Puri: Art Vision directed by Ileana Citaristi presents Odissi group in KUMARA UTSAV Festival in Puri organized by Kumara Utsav Cultural Committee.
- Oct 11 to 19, Roorkee, Uttarakhand: Ileana presents Odissi concerts and workshops for Virasat series organized by Spic Macay Roorkee chapter at IIT, Roorkee
- Oct 30-31, Padang, Indonesia: Ileana gives an Odissi performance and workshop in the Bagalanggang International Performing Arts Festival, Padang, Indonesia

October 3 – 5, Kadampazhipuram, Palakkad
Prof. S. Ramanujam, the veteran theatre person who has played an important role as Director and Instructor in contemporary Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada theatre, will be felicitated by Natyasastra and Kazhcha in a three-day-long theatre festival. Prof. Ramanujam who had played a key role in shaping the modern theatre scene of Kerala, had been honoured with the S.L. Puram Sadanandan Puraskaram instituted by the Govt. of Kerala for his contributions to the Kerala theatre scene.
- Friday 3rd October 2014
*5pm: Inauguration by veteran Kutiyattam actor Kalamandalam Sivan Namboothiri
Keynote address: Prasanna Ramaswamy
(‘Drops of poetic vibration’ - based on the poems of Tamizhachi Thanga Pandian)
Script & Direction: Prof S Ramanujam, presented by Arangasree, Tanjavur
*8.30pm: Play KUZHI VETTUNNAVARODU (Malayalam)
Script: Kuo Pao Kun (Malayalam adaptation: K P Uma)
Direction: Narippatta Raju, presented by School of Drama Alumni (SODA), Thrissur
- Saturday 4th October 2014
*10.30am: Face to Face with the artists
*3pm: Face to face with Prof. S Ramanujam
*5pm: Talk ‘Tamil Theatre: Past and Present’ by Prasanna Ramaswamy
*7pm: Play VERIYATTAM (Tamil)
Script & Direction: S Ramanujam, presented by Arangasree, Tanjavur
- Sunday 5th October 2014
*3pm: Face to Face with the artists
*5pm: Valedictory Session
*7pm: Play PONMANATHU MANIKAL (‘beads of a golden heart’ - a children's play in Tamil)
Script: S Ramanujam, Direction: Girija and Vijayakumar, presented by Arangasree, Tanjavur
*8pm: Play BHAUMAM (children’s play in Malayalam)
Script and direction: Rajesh, presented by HSS, Kattukulam
At: Rangapeetom, Kadampazhipuram in Palakkad district

October 3 – 31, Jaipur, Kochi, Delhi, Varanasi
Schedule for Geeta Chandran
- 3 October: Geeta Chandran will perform at the J. Sagar Associates annual retreat of lawyers at Fairmont Hotel, Jaipur, Rajasthan
- 5 October: Geeta Chandran will present her dance-theatre work GANDHI: Warp and Weft at JPACT in Cochin, Kerala, 7pm
- 6 October: Vidyarambham Puja at Natya Vriksha Studio in New Delhi
- 10 to 30 October: IN THE CLICK OF A MOVEMENT exhibition of photographs by Rakesh Sahai to be shown at Desmania Studio, New Delhi
- 12-17 Oct: Geeta Chandran will travel in Uttar Pradesh for SPIC-MACAY performances in Varanasi area
- 31 October: Geeta Chandran’s Natya Vriksha Dance Company performs AVAL: Gender Awakening at the UN Lawns, 55 Lodi Estate, Delhi

October 5 – 27, Aurangabad, Agra, Delhi, Beijing, Tokyo
Schedule for Parwati Dutta
- 5 Oct, 10 am:  UNNAYAN organised by MAHAGAMI disciples in honor of their guru Parwati Dutta, features Odissi - Rupali Kadam (Mumbai) & Kathak - Nilangi Kalantre (Jabalpur)
At: MAHAGAMI, Aurangabad
- 7 Oct, 7.30 pm: Amalgam of classical dances Nirgeet & Sannidhi, concept and choreography by Parwati Dutta
At: ITC Moghul Lawns, Agra
- 8 Oct: Kathak performance & workshop for a group of Japanese students - Outreach program of MAHAGAMI, at its premises, Aurangabad
- 10 & 11 Oct, 10.30am to 1.30pm: PRATIBIMB - Morning Seminar of Ananya Festival moderated by Parwati Dutta, at India International Center, New Delhi
- 12 to 16 Oct: Lecture by Parwati Dutta on the VISION OF INDIAN DANCE and paper presentation in ‘Professor’s Dialogue’, performance by Parwati Dutta and disciples in Beijing, China
- 23 to 27 Oct: Performance, Lecture, Workshop by Parwati Dutta for WORLD DANCE RESEARCH  CONGRESS in Tokyo, Japan  

October 11 & 12, Chennai 
ACROSS, NOT OVER engages with the Kathak dance form in an essentially material way. The work fragments the Kathak body and re-presents it in a newly-assembled poetics. It challenges the verticality of the form and the hierarchy of the feet. The exploration questions and re-frames notions of classicism and beauty by presenting the dancing body as an image of itself.
Choreographed by Preeti Athreya, performed by Vikram Iyengar. Supported by IFA
At: Spaces, 1 Elliots Beach Rd, Besant Nagar, 12 noon

October 12, Bangalore
The Sanjali Dance Ensemble presents an Odissi performance at THARANG UTSAV
At: ADA Rangmandira, JC Road, Bangalore, 6pm

October 15, Kolkata
Sparsh Centre for Performing Arts presents SPARSH UTSAV, an evening of classical and western dance.
Kathakali - Kalamandalam Gautam & group, Odissi - Arnab Bandhopadhay & group, Western Contemporary - Saurabh Sureka & group, Indian Contemporary - Subhajit Khush & group, Manipuri - Suman Sarawgi & group
At: Satyajit Ray Auditorium, ICCR Kolkata, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, 7pm

October 15 & 18, Goa & Den Haag, Netherlands
- Oct 15: Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company – Drishtikon Dance Foundation presents group compositions + TIMELESS (extract)
Venue: National Institute of Oceanography Auditorium, Goa, 7pm.
- Oct 18: Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company – Drishtikon Dance Foundation presents group compositions + NOW IS
Venue: Korzo Theater, Den Haag, 8pm

October 16 – November 10, Europe
Kuchipudi exponent Dr. Saraswathi Rajathesh travels to Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria and Czech Republic for performances and workshops.

October 17, Delhi
63 EDITION II is an initiative by Gati Dance Forum to facilitate the sharing of new work by emerging choreographers in New Delhi. The evening presents 6 performances, of 6 minutes each, once every 6 months. The Gati Studio would get transformed into an intimate performance space for 6 choreographers with diverse interests and ideas to create an atmosphere that supports critical feedback and discussion.
Venue: S-17, Khirkee Extension, Opposite Select City Walk, New Delhi 110017, 7:30pm - 8:30pm.

October 17 – 19, Delhi
Dance Residency with Rama Vaidyanathan presented by Sarvam Foundation. Rama will be teaching her 30 minutes signature piece with provided studio recorded music for it. Yoga, discourses from the Gita, creative exercises using dance and music will be part of the retreat.
At: Zorba The Buddha 

October 18 - 25, Switzerland
Schedule for D Keshava & Kalasri
Oct 18: 4pm – 5.45pm Hinterkappelen, Bern, Switzerland
Sumitra Keshava is invited to give a special Bharatanatyam dance program on the theme “Migration” by the protestant church, Wohlen. Sumitra will perform a story of a refugee.
At: Gemeinschaftszentrum Kipferhaus, Dorfstrasse 9, Hinterkappelen, Bern
- Oct 19: 10am – 4pm Basel, Switzerland
On the occasion of 20th Jubilee celebrations of the Yoga centre Lotus, Basel, D. Keshava is invited to conduct a Hatha Yoga Workshop and perform Bharatanatyam
At: Gemeindesaal, Bachletten, Basel
- Oct 25: 5pm – 10pm  Stadt Casino Basel, Switzerland
Diwali, Festival of Lights, celebrated by Kalasri, Basel
Pooja, Bharatanatyam, Folk dances and Bollywood dances by Keshavas and students of their dance school Kalasri

October 19 & 22, UK
Schedule for Kalasagara UK
- 19th Oct: Students perform for ‘InSpotlight’ at Cockpit Theater, in Central London.
- 22nd Oct: Students perform for South Weald Ladies Fellowship, Havering, UK

October 24 & 26, Guwahati & Delhi
BRAHMAKALPA - THE ETERNAL UNIVERSE, a unique Bharatanatyam production choreographed and produced by Rama Vaidyanathan and Ajith Dass. Building on texts from the Vedas, Manusmriti, Sangam poetry, modern scientific theories and using the vast vocabulary of Bharatanatyam, Brahmakalpa - the Eternal Universe endeavours to tell the story of the universe based on ancient Sanskrit works as well as scientific truths. This performance also features four dancers and musicians from India and Malaysia. Featured performers: Dakshina Vaidyanathan, Uma Govind, Vijayan Veeryen and Parthiben Sethu
- 24 October, Guwahati
- 26 October, Kamani Auditorium, Delhi

October 31, Delhi
3-MINUTE IDEAS is an initiative by the independent dance practitioners in Delhi, who felt a need for a supportive environment for making new work. This is an open space for emerging choreographers, from any training background, to share a choreographic idea through movement or words with others in the dance community and receive feedback from them. This is an opportunity for dancers to ask their peers specific questions and use them as springboards for constructive feedback to help develop and shape their work further.
Venue: Gati, S-17, Khirkee Extension, Opposite Select City Walk, New Delhi 110017, 4:15pm - 6:15pm.

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