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April 2014






Anita says.....


April 2014

“Myths are public dreams. Dreams are private myths.”
Dialogue from the play METAMORPHOSES

A long and grateful EXHALE... A week spent in the embrace of the cool mountains of Santa Barbara in central California.  A dreamlike  25 acre campus of brooks, walking paths, organic gardens, sacred groves, historic libraries that stand guard to the life’s work of  mythology guru Joseph Campbell’s  magnificent imagination. Inspired and nurtured in this retreat, I send these thoughts on a month that has gone by too quickly but has yielded so many fruits across continents.

I have been away from home for all of March and my travels are not done yet. There is still a trip to Washington DC for a performance courtesy dancer/presenter Daniel Phoenix Singh’s DAKSHINA, more performances to witness in San Francisco and New York and of course, friends and dancers to meet and greet. So let me begin.

London was my first stop.  This time, with no special agenda except to watch work, meet colleagues and update myself on a constantly changing scene.  In 10 hours, I changed time zones and climates. From 32 degrees to 12 degrees... Hello coat, hats, boots, gloves, scarves, sweaters and dry skin!

The day I landed, good friend Chitra Sundaram dragged my jet lagged body to THE PLACE Theatre for an evening of revelatory excitement. A brilliant, simply brilliant performance of the PROTEIN Dance Company in BORDER TALES. I was mesmerised at the ease and delicacy by which so many issues  were illuminated. A mixed multi racial caste tore apart every popular misconception about Muslims (a backpack carrying Egyptian dancer was shunned by the group), dialogues echoing the fears of a large swathe of people about more “of those kinds of people”  arriving in Britain, the pejorative “Paki” being used for all South Asians, Asian women are all submissive geisha babes or kung fu fighting Lucy Liu types – these stereotypes were expressed in witty solos and duets. The ideas flowed with relentless ferocity. We were all riveted and gave the 90 minute performance a standing ovation.

BORDER TALES can never come to India. Much like UK based Sri Lankan actor Rani Moorthy’s moving performance- art solo LOOKING FOR KOOL, about her native Tamil culture and family being destroyed or disappearing during the 30 year conflict in the island nation. Performed in the bowels of the South Bank Centre four years ago for the annual Alchemy Festival, the moving work echoed of loneliness and the lifelong search for what it meant to be “home” when there was no physical memory of family, house and land except on the mind screen of blurred memory.

While in London, I had the delightful pleasure of meeting with all the grand divas of South Asian dance in one room! Imagine Mira Kaushik, Piali Ray, Shobana Jeyasingh, Sujata Bannerjee, Bishaka Sarkar, Stella Uppal, Anita Srivastava, Pushkala Gopal and Sanjeevini Dutta. Power women all.  A gathering hosted by Chitra Sundaram, the delightful estrogen charged afternoon was coloured with laughter and the smearing of Holi colours. There is one thing that is a constant when women meet. No matter how important, successful or awesome they may be. Food, weight, hormonal changes, skincare, kids, education, spouses or significant others – these worlds somehow creep into conversations of funding, touring, presenting, deadlines, rehearsing, dreaming and dancing! In an afternoon where Tamil and Bengali flowed effortlessly across the room, I gave thanks for the glue that brought us all together – DANCE!

I had arrived in London days after MILAPFEST’s presentation of  SWADESH at London’s Bhavan Centre. It seems of the three lovely dancers – Mythili Prakash, Arushi Mudgal and Monisa Nayak –Kathak dancer Monisa was flawless and impressed the most. The interesting programme notes read as follows: “When I say ‘my country’ what exactly do I mean? Is it the place I was born? A place I’ve lived? A place I’ve never lived? Is Swadesh a thing of the imagination? A feeling within? A feeling without?” My initial reaction was why were there no UK based dancers in SWADESH? Perhaps it was a question about “putting bums on seats” as is the primary requirement of audience building for the performing arts. Are the UK based dancers lacking in charisma to draw crowds? Did SWADESH allow the personal stories of each of these India-based dancers to be heard? Does dancing to Siva, Muruga, Ganesh, Durga or whichever God/Goddess, really represent family histories? Can’t the producers nudge dancers beyond these predictable formulae to probe a deeper, more individual ‘swadesh’ inside their psyche?  MILAPFEST is an ambitious and highly successful Manchester based arts organisation which has so many anvils in the fire.  There will be more to come in the summer months with their international conference SANNIDHI.

I visited the Tamil school in North Wembley to watch Kalakshetra alumni Stella Uppal teach three hours of non-stop classes to the Sri Lankan women and children. Two of her classes were filled with women in their thirties – dentists, film makers, writers, computer engineers and doctors. Women who danced before marriage and immigration and who were now returning to dance as exercise and a weekend getaway from family and professional responsibilities. The second class had housewives who loved dance, who were denied the opportunity while growing up in Sri Lanka and who now rushed to Stella’s Sunday class to experience Bharatanatyam. Stella is a passionate and intelligent teacher – dissecting the Kalakshetra body technique into digestible bite size pedagogic capsules and showing how the style, while concentrating on clean lines and suited for both genders, had the seeds of yoga, breathing and a holistic ideal that has since been forgotten. I was delighted to see the one hand ‘tai hat tai” adavu in one of the crisp ‘teermanans’ of the varnam. Later, we both chatted about how Sarada Hoffman was the physical clay for Rukmini Devi’s choreography. It was she who ‘mused’ Athai’s ideas into physical reality. Years later, I was in her class at Kalakshetra and remember the clarity with which she would explain single turn and the extension of arms and legs. She would demonstrate it beautifully and we would stand amazed.

I also visited dancer Anusha Subramanyam’s new home.  It was an adventure of brick, debris and clutter. Her own room is beautiful- full of light and air, but the adventure of living in a space while the house comes to life will take emotional stamina and a sense of adventure – both of which Anusha and her photographer husband Vipul have in plenty.

London delivered glorious weather for me. Every day was full of sunshine and cloudless skies. I walked, ate my favourite English breakfast sitting outdoors, sipping macchiatos, red chilli dark chocolate (the TATE MODERN museum shop has a delicious brand) and enjoying the buzz of this fabulous city. The British Museum, Tate Modern, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Fortnum and Mason and the uber exciting Dutch shoe store UNITED NUDE made up for many memorable London days.


Read more....

Roving Eye: A section of impressions, images and inspirations
Curated by Anita Ratnam



In March - India, UK and USA





- Great expectations:
The trouble with our biographies of performing artists
by Keerthik Sasidharan



Previews

- Sai Arts International presents
Sai Nrityotsav 59

Seva  Sadan, 5.30pm
April 1, 2014 Bangalore

- Nritarutya presents
Parayog 4

Kamani Auditorium, 7pm
April 4, 2014 Delhi

- Soorya Performing Arts presents
6th St Louis Indian Dance Festival

Clayton High School Auditorium
April 11 – 13, 2014 St. Louis, MO

- Sankhya Dance Creations presents
Sindhu Festival

April 11 – 13, 2014 Mumbai

- Suman Sarawgi & Sparsh present
Manipuri dance

Tour of Vietnam, Malaysia, S Korea
April 11 – May 3, 2014

- Sanjali Centre for Odissi Dance presents
Pravaha

At Seva Sadan
April 19, 2014 Bangalore

- Natya Vriksha presents
World Dance Day 2014

April 26 & 27, 2014 Delhi

- Alliance Francaise-Ashish Mohan Khokar's
Dance DISCourse 2014

India’s unique academic, interactive dance series
World Dance Day on April 27, 2014 Bangalore
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Health

- 7 reasons you are lucky to be a dancer by Nichelle Suzanne
Being a dancer isn’t all rainbows. Learning to dance well takes years of hard work and there’s typically no pot of gold awaiting you, either – sore, callused feet are more likely.

- What is so special about the movements and canons of dance, which are usually seen simply as exercise?  To answer this fully, we need to look at the attributes of an ideal system of exercise.  These, according to manuals like Dance: A Basic Educational Technique (1941) by Frederick Rand Rogers, share three elements described as the three S’s, namely suppleness, strength and stamina. Further, they are required to fulfill the conditions below:
*Make exercise an enjoyable experience, fulfilling the urge for self-expression and becoming a habit that stays with one for a lifetime.
*Partake of the element of play, even as it makes the body supple, tones up the muscles and the nervous system.
*Provide symmetry of movement and due exercise to each and every part of the body in proper proportion. This should address each and every muscle, tissue and cell and do so in a speedy manner, to suit today’s severe limitations of time.
*It should strengthen the heart, improve blood circulation and increase the capacity of the lungs
*Further, it should involve the brain, challenge the nervous system and push both to their outer limits so as to quicken the reflexes and sharpen the development of a sound body and an alert mind.
All Indian classical dances, being based on yoga, fulfill these criteria.
- Shanta Serbjeet Singh
(‘Why we need Performing Arts Education,’ Sahapedia, March 2014)




In the news

- K.P. Kunhiraman and Katherine Kunhiraman, the founders of Kalanjali: Dances of India, are being honored with the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival’s MALONGA CASQUELOURD LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD on June 14, 2014.

- In 2005, SCWO (Singapore Council of Women's Organisations) launched The Wall of Fame to honour some of Singapore’s pioneering women activists, educators and philanthropists. Founder of Apsaras Arts, Neila Sathyalingam was honoured in this HALL OF FAME on 14th March 2014.

- Davesh Soneji’s book ‘Unfinished Gestures: Devadasis, Memory, and Modernity in South India’ has won the 2014 Bernard S.Cohn Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). The awards ceremony took place on March 28, 2014 at Philadelphia.

- On March 24, 2014 the Tamil Youth Cultural Association of Dwarka conferred its Silver Jubilee CHENTAMIZH THANGAM Award (Art Category) on Bharatanatyam dancer Geeta Chandran.

- The KALAKSHETRA JOURNAL was re-launched on Feb 27, 2014 and the plan is to bring it out every quarter. The subjects cover fine arts as well as plastic arts. This journal edited by Lakshmi Vishwanathan will be as visualized originally by Rukmini Devi to cover all the arts. It is priced at Rs.250 and is available at Kalakshetra, Chennai.

- The Mylapore Trio has 60 years of Golu tradition from their foster parents and is famous for their thematic Golus at Madurai and Chennai temples for the last 5 years. On March 20, 2014 at the 40th India Tourist Industrial Fair held at Chennai, the Trio - S Surendranath, S Amarnath, S Aparna - received the BEST WORKING MODEL AWARD from P. Dhanapal, Commissioner HR & CE Govt. of Tamil Nadu for creating Mount Kailash display at HR & CE Pavilion.
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Slide shows


Kri Foundation presented Rajika Puri in ELENI OF SPARTA
On March 20, 2014 at Stein Auditorium, New Delhi



Swarnamalya Ganesh presented FROM THE ATTIC
Journeying through the repertoire of the Nayak period

On March 19, 2014 at Music Academy, Chennai
Photos: Shreedhar Vaidya



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





Reviews


- Natyashastra Award to Yamini Krishnamurthy by Ashish Mohan Khokar
Yamini Krishnamurthy is a complete artiste. That means she knows sangeetam (music), sahitya (literature) and shastras (scriptural texts).

- Sradhyanjali: A tribute to Pt. Birju Maharaj through dance by Nita Vidyarthi
To pay tribute and respect by performing in the presence of the living legend Pandit Birju Maharaj on his 75th birthday was not only a rare opportunity for the 15 odd senior dancers and groups of Kolkata but also for those who watched it at Rabindra Sadan, Kolkata.

- New works by Rhythmosaic-Sengupta Dance Co and Sapphire Creations by Sulagna Mukhopadhyay
A slight stooping figure dressed in grey appears on the stage, while a few assemble around a tree, the tree of aspiration and stretch out their hands toward the top of the tree.

- Geeta Chandran and her dancers present Bharatanatyam bliss by Shveta Arora
Within a few days of each other this month, Delhi based Geeta Chandran presented two productions Natya Vrinda and Dooti Vilasam, both beautifully executed.

- Enchanting circles by Padma Jayaraj
Yogini Chakra is a dance recital of a Korean creation myth by Luisa Sapgna against the musical backdrop of Paolo Pacciolla.

- Kathakali Sandhya: Dakshayagam by Swetha Krishnan
The Indiranagar Sangeetha Sabha, Bangalore, saw a Kathakali evening on Feb 23, 2014 presented by Kalamandalam Gopi ashan and team. 

- Brilliant Kathak by Jigna Dixit by Anonna Guha
Refreshing, sparkling and energetic – I had used these words to typify Jigna Dixit’s Kathak recital in 2010. And I must say in 2014 she has surpassed these adjectives.

- Swati Mahotsav: A kaleidoscope of Carnatic music, dance and discussion by Sulagna Mukhopadhyay
Natyalok celebrated Swati Mahotsav on 3rd March in Kolkata at the auditorium of ICCR.

- Sparkle of history by Leela Venkataraman
The recent Dhauli-Kalinga Utsav featured a range of art forms and some excellent performances.

- The world as a stage by Leela Venkataraman
Some of the performances at the 16th National Festival of Creative Arts resonated with social issues.

- Past reconstructed by Rupa Srikanth
Performance was the highlight of Swarnamalya’s multi-layered endeavour.

- Perspectives by Leela Venkataraman
Contrasting approaches marked the work of some senior artists who performed in New Delhi recently.






Reports

- An ocean of natya bliss by Shveta Arora
On the 22nd of February, Dr. Anita Ratnam gave a solo performance titled Neelam – Drowning in Bliss that was a blissful experience that seeped straight into the soul.

- Samskriti Festival of classical dances by Shalaka Deshpande
Samskriti festival has become an integral part of the Aurangabad classical dance patron’s calendar. In its 5th edition this year, it was held over a period of 2 days on the 15th and 16th of   February 2014.

- Yuva Bharati’s ‘Sankeertana’ by Shivani Chandrashekaran
On January 25, 2014 at the Mission Center of Performing Arts in Santa Clara, Yuva Bharati presented Sankeertana, a tribute to Annamacharya and Purandaradasa, featuring Sreelata Suresh, Sugandha Sreenath, Vidhya Subramanian and Jayanthi Sridharan.


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- The questions of ‘Panchali’ by Smitha Shenoy
A unique representation of Panchali, the prominent character of Mahabharata was staged through solo Bharatanatyam by Bhramari Shivaprakash in Mangalore and Udupi recently.

- 9th reunion of Rabindra Bharati dance department alumni
The 9th reunion of the Alumni Association of the Dance Dept., Rabindra Bharati University was held at Jora Sanko Thakur Barhi on 24th Feb, The Alumni Day.

- Nrityanjali showcases Maharashtrian culture in Berlin
The ITB (Internationale Tourismus-Borse) Berlin festival organized by the World Travel and Tourism Council to promote tourism acts as a platform for countries to showcase their culture.

- Dancing for Vishnu by Mona Mehta
Through her dance presentation ‘Neelam’, Anita Ratnam drowns us in the bliss of Vaishnava bhakti.



Seen and Heard by Lakshmi Vishwanathan

- Sitting posture
Sitting on the floor and doing abhinaya... I don’t mean veterans sitting and demonstrating... I mean sprightly Bharatanatyam dancers sitting on the stage and showing some part of the narrative, has become common.

Profile

- Guru Udupi Laxminarayan compiled by Lalitha Venkat
Guru Udupi Laxminarayan was born on September 17, 1926 into a family of orthodox Sanskrit scholars.

Dance History column by Ashish Mohan Khokar

- Baroda makes Bharatanatyam national
Baroda in Gujarat - a small royal town - bit like Mysore in south India, is the reason Bharatanatyam reached the rest of India

Globetrotter column by Dr. Sunil Kothari

- Rajika Puri’s Eleni of Sparta
Eleni of Sparta is her first ‘non-Indian’ story. Evidently, Rajika has undertaken a great deal of research work, visiting Greece and studying the classics Homer’s Illiad and Odyssey and Bettany Hughes’ Helen of Troy.


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Book Review

- Weaves that weave around the dance by Kiran Rajagopalan
Amethyst recently organized the Chennai launch of Briana Blasko’s book, Dance of the Weave – A Dialogue Between Traditional Textiles & Dance in India (Penguin Books India).  

Interviews

- Rahul Acharya: a devotee of dance by Lalitha Venkat
There is no static tradition. Customs, beliefs and practices have been altered frequently to suit the changing times. What we practice as Odissi today is certainly not what Bharata mentioned as Odra Magadhi in the Natya Shastra.

- Dance of Devotion by Utpal K Banerjee 
Anita Ratnam tells that her production Neelam is billed as Neo-Bharatanatyam as she uses Mohiniattam and Kathakali in her choreography.

- Towards freedom from want by Tapati Chowdhurie
On the sidelines of the “Adi Bimb” festival, NSD Chairman Ratan Thiyam speaks of the need to appreciate and emulate the wisdom of tribal people.

- Dancers have become money-minded
Graceful and soft-spoken Odissi dancer Madhusmita Mohanty will be conferred with the Mahari Samman 2014.



Articles


- Madhur Milan by Mayuri Upadhya
Nritarutya’s latest production ‘Madhur Milan’ was staged on Feb 15, 2014 at the Ambani matriarch’s residence.

- Enabling women through education (an artiste’s perspective) by Dr. Padmaja Suresh
Bhaarata, our nation is known to have been led by several women who had deep-rooted knowledge of many subjects and could openly debate with men.

- Why we need Performing Arts education by Shanta Serbjeet Singh
Education is acknowledged as being of great and universal importance. But what about performing arts education? 

- Everybody is dancing by Lakshmi Vishwanathan
The concept of Natyanjali has really caught on.

- Forty years of love on the erotica plinth by Geeta Chandran
When I was invited to inaugurate the iconic Khajuraho Dance Fest this February, I did not hesitate a whit!  

- The Nayak flavor by Swarnamalya Ganesh
The Nayaks may have made unabashed proclamations of their class.

- Mind space by Anjana Rajan
It’s an old story. For classical dancers, musicians and theatre artists, the hunt for the performing space is a tough one.

- Appreciating the feminine notes in Carnatic music by Vasumathi Badrinathan
The earliest women I saw and heard in music and who marked my memories profoundly were M.S. Subbulakshmi and D.K. Pattammal.

- It’s local, not global by Aranyani Bhargav
Dance forms do betray their specific cultures, regions, and even religions; they cannot wear a universal tag.

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Quote

“As soon as one decides to perform a piece in public, the audience must be taken into consideration in the concept itself. After all, my performance is addressed to the public - otherwise I might as well stay home and perform for myself. If I want to convey something, then I must also think about how I can best convey it, without ‘betraying’ myself or my project and without making lazy compromises.
It is less about being ‘understood’ and more about remaining ‘readable’ so that sympathy, feelings, associations, questions, wonder and even uncertainty can be provoked. I believe that dance as a body language may and should appeal more to the senses and the sub-conscious than to the intellect. We live in a highly intellectualised society that wants everything explained and we are being taught increasingly to work with reason. Our instinct, our senses and our feelings are diminishing. I value it when an artwork penetrates into the deeper layers of my being.”
- Choreographer Antonio Bühler
(‘Exploring the inner universe’ by Anjana Rajan, The Hindu Friday Review, Oct 25, 2013)





Workshops / announcements

- Gati & Being Motion present
Contact & improvisation meeting
By Irene Sposetti & Johan Nilsson

March 31 - April 5, 2014 Delhi

- World Dance Alliance presents
Natya Sastra Workshop 
by Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao
April 9 – 13, 2014 Bangalore

- Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation organizes
12th year - Balar Chithirai Kalai Vizha
Competitions for Children & Youth
Registration deadline: April 14, 2014 Chennai

- Studio Abhyas presents
Managing back pain
Workshop by Sunaina Mathur

April 19, 2014 Delhi

- Kadam & Akademi present
Odissi workshop
By Ileana Citaristi

April 25 – 27, 2014 London

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Look out for

- Yamini Krishnamurti
Film by Films Division, Director: Balwant Gargi (1981)

- Notes from a critic by Baradwaj Rangan
I keep getting these emails where people ask me how they can become critics. I wish I had the answer.
 
- Protest through performance by Komita Dhanda
In this piece I would like to talk about two performances-cum-protests which were created during the time of mass protests in Delhi and other cities after the brutal Delhi gang rape incident in December 2012.

- Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy open up about Nrityagram

- A dream like a dream by Dr. Sunil Kothari

- Bejart's Alarippu in Tisram
From Maurice Bejart's Ballet "Bhakti"

Obit

R Rajagopal, popularly known as ‘Kartik’ Rajagopal, passed away in Chennai on March 30, 2014 aged 88. He was the Founder-Secretary of Kartik Fine Arts and ex-Founder-Secretary of Mylapore Fine Arts Club. He received the Kalaimamani in 2006.



Meet the artistes


- Sufi music by young voices by Anantha Krishnan
Kolkata, the city where tradition meets change hosts the fourth edition of the Sufi Sutra festival.

- Giving it the womanly touch by R Shilpa Sebastian
From protest to acceptance to being a reputed dancer and the chairperson of Karnataka Sangeetha Nrithya Academy, Kuchipudi dancer Vyjayanthi Kashi has come a long way.

- No compromise on hard work by Ranee Kumar
Bharatanatyam exponent and Chairperson of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Leela Samson dons her varied roles with élan.

- Dutch twist by Savitha Gautham
Siblings Ram and Suresh Kishna talk about their artistic journey from South America to Thanjavur.

- Weaving stories by Tapati Chowdhurie
Sadanam Balakrishnan on a life dedicated to Kathakali.



More on the Arts


- No obscene dances at temple fests: HC

- Dance Department opens new headquarters, hosts gala  by Mike Sembos
The Dance Department at Wesleyan now has a studio/office space of its own, having opened new digs in a converted church at 160 Cross Street Feb. 28 with a grand opening gala.

- Distant yet familiar by Budhaditya Bhattacharya
The three-day Jodhpur Flamenco and Gypsy Festival presented performances by Flamenco artistes, Langa musicians and Kalbelia, to prove that they have much in common.

- Special moments by VV Ramani
Ambika Kameshwar’s ‘Ethiri’ was a thoughtful way to celebrate RASA’s 25 anniversary.
 
- Best foot forward, in harmony by Gudipoodi Srihari
A few well-known dancers in Hyderabad belonging to different genres, came together and launched an association called Association of Classical Dancers of Hyderabad.

- Eighties girl returns with magnum opus by Janani Sampath
Radica Giri is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer under Guru KJ Sarasa.
- - The power of nine by VV Ramani
Suryanarayanamoorthy and his disciples explored the nuances of ‘Navagraha’ with style.

- Winds of exchange by Leela Venkataraman
It was a week of East-West encounters, some successful, some less so.

- Leap backwards by Hema Iyer Ramani
These tala inscriptions on the Arachallur caves written in Tamil Brahmi musically echoed in joy to Swarnamalya’s dance.

- Bewitching artistry by GS Paul
Vasundhara Doraswamy’s Bharatanatyam performance at Payyanur showcased her mastery over choreography and histrionics.

- High on philosophy by Vidya Saranyan
Despite an esoteric theme, Pavithra Srinivasan kept the audience riveted.

- The loneliness of Karna by A. Sangameswaran
The predicament of Karna and Kunthi during the epic battle between the Kauravas and the Pandavas was brilliantly portrayed by Kalamandalam Gopi and Margi Vijayakumar.




Events

April 1 - 5 & 30, MN, FL
Schedule for Aparna Ramaswamy
- April 1 - 5: SACRED EARTH, Duluth, MN
- April 30: SANNIDHI at Straz Center, Tampa, FL

April 1 - 30, Imphal, Delhi, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar
Scholar and critic Dr. Sunil Kothari’s itinerary for April 2014
- April 1 to 5, Imphal:  Jawaharlal Nehru Manipuri Dance Academy’s 60 years celebrations
festival / seminar
- April 5 and 6, New Delhi
- April 7 to 9, Bhubaneswar: SAMSMARANAM, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra’s 10th death anniversary, Rabindra Mandap
- April 11, New Delhi: 11th Sangeet Natak Akademi Award ceremony, Rashtrapati Bhavan, 6pm
- April 12 to 17: Sangeet Natak Akademi awards Festival
- April 18 – 25, Bangalore: Odissi Dance Festival of Sanjali by Sharmila Mukerjee
- April 28 – 30, New Delhi: World Dance Day. Natya Vriksha screens film on Malavika Sarukkai at IIC on 28th, fest on next 2 days

April 2 & 13, Ahmedabad & Marseille
Schedule for Uma Anantani’s Rasadhwani.
- April 2: Shivangee Vikram performs at the Festival of Indian Classical Dance at Darpana Academy
Venue: Natarani, Usmanpura, Ahmedabad, 8.30pm
-  April 13: Gargee Vasavada of Rasadhwani, Ahmedabad performs at the 25th Anniversary of the International Children Rights Convention in Marseille, France.
Venue: L’Espace Julien, Marseille, 3pm

April 2, 5 & 11 Liverpool, UK
Milapfest presents:
- April 2: Pianist Anil Srinivasan and flautist Rakesh Chaurasia present their unique jugalbandi (duet) of piano and bansuri at Southbank Centre, 7:45pm
- April 5: Anil Srinivasan and Rakesh Chaurasia present their jugalbhandi of piano and bansuri at The Bridgewater Hall, 1pm
- April 11: Milapfest and The Capstone Theatre present Arun Ghosh Quintet: A South Asian Suite at The Capstone Theatre, 7:30pm

April 3 - 27, Delhi, NYC
Schedule for Geeta Chandran & Natya Vriksha
- 3 April: Raza Foundation’s  new journal SWARMUDRA jointly edited by dancer Prerana Shrimali and poet/author/writer Yatindra Mishra will be released by Dr. Yamini Krishnamurthi.  Following the launch, there will be a discussion on PRESENCE & ABSENCE:  CLASSICISM AND CRITICISM in which Geeta Chandran will participate along with Shubha Mudgal, Dr. Sunil Kothari and Manjari Sinha.
At: Alliance Francaise Hall, 72 Lodi Estate, New Delhi, 6pm
- 5 April:  Geeta Chandran and Kathak dancer Uma Sharma will be honoured by Yamini Krishnamurthi at a function organized at Azad Bhavan, ICCR Hall, New Delhi 
- 21 April:  Geeta Chandran will attend the North American premiere of VARA: A Blessing, the international film she has choreographed and acted in. Directed by Bhutanese film director Khyentse Norbu, the film is based on a Bengali short story Rakta Aar Kanna (Blood and Tears) by Sunil Gangopadhyay, about the daughter of a devadasi, who falls in love with a Muslim sculptor. The film shot entirely in Sri Lanka stars Shahana Goswami, Devesh Ranjan, Mohamed Adamaly, Rohit Raj and Geeta Chandran in lead roles. Geeta plays the role of the devadasi dancer Vinatha. VARA was the opening film of 2013 Busan International Film Festival, where it received good reviews.
Venue: Tribeca Film Festival, New York.
- 26 & 27 April: Natya Vriksha presents World Dance Day celebrations at main auditorium of IIC, Delhi

April 4, New Delhi
After a successful premiere at Bangalore, Indian Contemporary dance company Nritarutya brings PRAYOG 4 to Delhi, traversing wind, water and space. Watch the innovative, experimental and enigmatic creations that explore the aesthetic explorations of contemporary times.
At: Kamani Auditorium, 7pm

April 4, NYC
Jiva Performing Arts presents class in RAGAS AND RHYTHM FOR DANCERS by Bala Skandan, 6:30-7:30pm
Venue: Lighthouse International, 111 E 59th St. NYC 4th Floor Studio

April 5, Tonawanda, NY
Devi Bollywood Dance presents BHARATANATYAM FOR NEW AUDIENCES - a series designed to build new audiences – by Jaan R Freeman, disciple of Nandini Ramani & Priyamvada Sankar (senior disciples of T. Balasaraswati).
Performance: April 5 / 6pm - 7:30pm
Workshop: Fundamentals of Bharatanatyam / April 6, 12pm-2pm
Learn some of the basic Adavus (basic steps of the form), hastas (hand gestures), Pada Vinayas (feet positions) and abhinaya (the art of storytelling)
At: Oasis Dance Center, 920 Niagara Falls Blvd (upper level), Tonawanda, NY 14223

April 5, NYC
Jiva Performing Arts and Navatman present PALLAVI CONCERT SERIES featuring renowned Indian classical musicians from India and the US.
- 6pm: Flute by Jay Gandhi
- 8pm: Violin duet by M Lalitha & M Nandini accompanied by Bala Skandan on mridangam, and Sriram Ramesh on kanjira.
At: Navatman Studios, 355 7th Ave #206, New York, NY 10001

April 5, Bloomington, MN
SV Temple Nadotsavam’s Ramanavami celebrations.
6pm:  Nirmala Rajasekar (veena) with VVS Murari (violin), Balaji Chandran (ghatam), Thanjavur Murugaboopathi (mridangam)
7.15 pm:  Dr M. BalamuraliKrishna (vocal) with VVS Murari (violin), Sriram Natarajan (khanjira), Thanjavur Murugaboopathi (mridangam)
At: Olson Middle School, 4551 W 102nd St, Bloomington, MN 55437

April 5 - 28, California
Schedule for Ramya Harishankar
- Apr 5: Multi Cultural Festival, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA
- Apr 20: Himalayan Festival, Laguna Beach, CA
- Apr 28: Lec dem, San Diego State Uni, San Diego, CA

April 6 - 30, Bangalore
Schedule for NIKC & Stem Dance Kampni
- April 6: Visual artiste Catrine Val is artist-in-residence to collaborate on an Indo-German art project.
- April 10: Final year students present their contemporary productions featuring themes ranging from human trafficking, global warming, LGBT rights, personal journeys, at Seva Sadan
- April 19 & 27: Madhu Nataraj speaks at seminars on topics such as evolving Indian classical dance, keeping traditions intact for World Dance Day and dance Today at the Pravaha Festival.
- April 21: NIKC presents Sanskrit plays PARTHA PARAKRAMA and PETIKA SANYASI at MES College.
- April 3rd week to Dec: A RETURN TO KATHAK WITH MA: Madhu Nataraj will present a series of Kathak performances for small audiences in studios and work spaces.

April 6 - May 3, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Varanasi, Chennai
Schedule for Ananda Shankar Jayant and Shankarananda Kalakshetra
- April 6: NRITYOPAHARA by the Shankarananda Kalakshetra ensemble For SPICMACAY Festival, EFLU Campus, Hyderabad, 6.30pm
- April 8: Talk and performance for monster.com India, at Leonia, Hyderabad, 7pm
- April 9 & 10: Bharatanatyam workshop with Chitra Visweswaran, at Shankarananda Kalakshetra, Hyderabad
- April 18: MOHANA- KRSNA BECKONS by Shankarananda Kalakshetra ensemble, for ISKCON Brahmotsavam, Bangalore, 6.30pm
- April 20: THYAGARAJA RAMAYANAM for art festival at Sankat Mochan Temple, Varanasi, 7pm
- April 21 – 24: SPICMACAY tour in Varanasi
- April 21 – 24: Abhinaya and Bharatanatyam workshop at Department of Dance, Benares Hindu University, Varanasi
- April 30 – May 3: Workshop for young learners by Ananda Shankar Jayant, organized by ABHAI in Chennai

April 7, Bhubaneswar
Gunjan performs a dance drama MEERA, choreographed by Meera Das for Samsmaranam.
Venue: Rabindra Mandap, 6.30pm.

April 7 - 27, Bhubaneswar, Delhi, Bangalore, London
Schedule for Ileana Citaristi
- April 7 - 9, Bhubaneswar: Art Vision in collaboration with Srjan presents SAMSMARANAM on the 10th anniversary of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra’s passing.
At: Rabindra Mandap, 7pm
On 8th morning, musical program from 11am to 1pm and on 9th morning ‘Remembering Guruji’ by the participants and screening of a film on his life from 11am to 1pm.
-  April 11 & 12, New Delhi: Ileana Citaristi performs Odissi dance for Virasat series, Delhi Spic Macay chapter.
- April 12, New Delhi: Ileana presents Odissi dance for GURU PRANAM UTSAV organized by Vaishali Kala Kendra, Habitat Centre, 7pm
- April 17, Bangalore: Ileana presents Odissi compositions related to Lord Krishna for ISKCON Bangalore Brahmotsava at Sri Radha  Krishna Chandra Temple, 6.30pm
-  April 25 - 27, London: Ileana holds an Odissi Dance Workshop for beginners and advanced at Liverpool Road Studios, London, jointly organized by Kadam and Akademi.

April 11 - 27, USA
Dr. Saraswathi Rajathesh, Director of Natyasaraswathi Bangalore, tours USA for dance recitals and workshops.
- April 11: Kuchipudi at St. Louis Dance Festival by Soorya Performing Arts, St. Louis, 6pm
- April 26 & 27: Dance feature at Park Labrea Community, Los Angeles, 6pm

April 12, Chelsea, UK
CATS (Chelsea Association of Tenants) presents Chelsea Arts Collective (CAC) Spring  Performances featuring Anusha Subramanyam and others.
At: St. Lukes’s Hall, St. Luke’s St, Chelsea SW33RP, 8pm

April 18 & 24, Bangalore, Mumbai
Schedule for Jhelum Paranjape
- April 18: Debi Basu, Daksha Mashruwala & Jhelum Paranjape along with their students present ANUSARAN on the occasion of the tenth death anniversary of their Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra
At: Venue: Pranganga, Bhavans Cultural Centre, Andheri West, Mumbai, 7pm
- April 24: Solo performance by Jhelum Paranjape in the MUDRA FESTIVAL organised by NCPA on theme of Motherhood. Jhelum will be accompanied by her son Bunkim as the lead vocalist for her solo performance (mother & son combination befitting the motherhood theme).
Venue: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Mumbai, 7pm

April 18 & 27, Bangalore
- Apr 18: Chitra Arvind’s Rhythmotion dance company performs Bharatanatyam and Kathak at Nayana Auditorium, J C Road, Bangalore.
- Apr 27: Chitra Arvind performs contemporary dance as part of World Dance Day Celebrations conducted by Ashish Mohan Khokar at Alliance Francaise.

April 19 - 29, Bangalore
Schedule for Sharmila Mukerjee & Sanjali Centre for Odissi Dance
- April 19: PRAVAHA 2014- an Odissi Dance Festival (in memory of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra) presented by Sanjali Centre for Odissi Dance at Seva Sadan, Malleswaram
Morning session 10am - 12.30pm: Seminar on dance on theme Evolving Indian classical dance, keeping traditions intact
Speakers: Usha RK, Poornima Gururaj, Vyjayanthi Kashi, Veena Murthy Vijay, Ranjana Gauhar, Madhu Nataraj, Dr. Sunil Kothari
Evening session: Performances by Sanjali Dance Ensemble.
Duet performance by Saswati Garai Ghosh and Neelay Sengupta (students of Sharmila Biswas, Kolkata)
Solo performance by Ranjana Gauhar (New Delhi)
- April 27, Bangalore: The Sanjali Dance Ensemble and Sharmila Mukerjee perform at Alliance Francaise, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanthanagar, for World Dance Day at 2.20pm
- April 29, Bangalore: The Sanjali Dance Ensemble performs for World Dance Day at Indirangar Sangeeth Sabha, 7pm

April 26, Mumbai
Anita Ratnam presents her new work CIRCLES OF LOVE (part of Mudra Dance Festival 2014), a woman as mother, giver of life, psychic gardener, caretaker of lives and terrifying protector. These are some of the character arcs quilted by Anita Ratnam in a performance that weaves story, diary, movement and life into a living tapestry. As daughter, wife, mother and grandmother, the various shades of maternal joy and grief will be shared in an interdisciplinary performance informed by myth, memory and humour. The evening concludes with a discussion with Anita Ratnam, her daughter Arya and noted author Malavika Sangghvi.
At: NCPA Experimental Theatre, 6.30pm

April 26, NYC
World Music Institute presents Rahul Acharya and Vidhya Subramanian in DANCING THE GODS in a double bill.  Rahul Acharya brings a chiseled masculinity to the quintessentially feminine Odissi and Vidhya Subramanian is a bold interpreter of the classically paradigmatic Bharatanatyam. There will be a pre-performance lec-dem by dancer/storyteller Rajika Puri.
At: Skirball Centre, 566 LaGuardia Pl, New York University, 8pm

April 26, Chicago
YASHODHARA is co-presented by Natya and the Sri Venkateswara Swami (Balaji) Temple, about the story of Yashodhara, the abandoned wife of the Buddha. Performed by Mythili Prakash, Amrita Murali and Gowri Ramnarayan. Script, music and direction: Gowri Ramnarayan
At: Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple, 1145 West Sullivan Rd, Aurora, 6pm

April 26, Pensacola, FL
Natya Dance Theatre Company performs new work as well as favorites from the repertory, timeless narratives for our times.
At: Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd, 7.30pm – 9pm

April 26, San Jose, CA
SĀDHIKĀ – DEVOTEE features Bharatanatyam solo by Mythili Kumar & opening performance by Abhinaya company dancers
At: School of Arts & Culture @ Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave, 6:30pm

April 27, NYC
Janaki Rangarajan performs for World Music Institute’s ‘Dancing the Gods’ event.
At: NYU Skirball Center, 566 La Guardia Pl, New York University, 7pm



Bharatanatyam Arangetrams

April 10, Hyderabad
Pragnya Ramesh, disciple of Ananda Shankar Jayant, Shankarananda Kalakshetra
At: Ravindra Bharathi, 6.30pm

April 19, Richmond, VA
Meera Jairath, disciple of Uma Chetty, Apsaras Arts
At: Collegiate School, Richmond, 3pm

April 26, Mysore
Rachna Prasad, disciple of Suganda Sreenath, Jayendra Kalakendra
At: Jagan Mohan Palace Auditorium, Jagan Mohan Palace Road, 5pm


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