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ANITA SAYS..... |
An entire month away from
home, watching many varieties of dance, theatre and performance art
forces me to spend more time and space than usual on a densely packed
month of May.
#TRIPLE THREAT NYC
There are movies every dancer must watch, books that are a must read and
plays/shows that should not be missed. Broadway continues to be the
testing ground for so many great and inventive choreographers. The
unique demands of creating for "THE GREAT WHITE WAY" (a euphemism for
the glittering lights of Broadway in NYC) has spawned some of the most
exciting choreography in American modern dance history. Remember Jerome
Robbins' stunning dance designs for WEST SIDE STORY in 1957 which was
later adapted to film in 1961? The opening scene on the basketball court
that morphs seamlessly into a dance "battle" between the two rival
teams, SHARKS vs JETS? Ballet, modern dance and sports images fused
effortlessly like a champion dribbling the creative ball. On a recent
visit to New York, I watched AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. The Gershwin lyrics,
"I Got Rhythm", "S Wonderful" had me foot tapping in my seat. It was
exhilaration from the moment the curtain rose. The male lead was
performed by Garen Scribner, a former dancer at NDT1, the fabulous
Netherlands contemporary dance company. The TRIPLE WHAMMY of dancing,
singing and acting that Broadway exemplifies, always leaves me
awestruck. Imagine 8 shows a week. Non stop. For months without end. I
wonder how most Indian dancers would handle even a 6 performance week
long "run". Think of what Akram Khan has done for the past 15
years! 3 shows a week without stop. That, according to his manager
Farooq Chaudhry! Mind boggling!
|ROVING EYE: A section of impressions, images and inspirations
Curated by Anita Ratnam
LATEST UPDATE IN THE SITE
ACTA Award for dance was given to Birmingham based Kathak dancer Sonia
Sabri at Royal Festival Hall, London, on May 22, 2016.
- KALASAGAR AWARDS 2016 in
the field of traditional performing art forms were presented when
Kalasagar celebrated the 92nd birth anniversary of its founder,
Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval, on 28 May 2016 at Kerala
Kalamandalam's koothambalam in Shornur. The awardees have been selected
through nominations received from art lovers.
KATHAKALI - Vesham/Actor: FACT Padmanabhan; Paattu/Music: Pathiyoor Sankarankutty;
Chenda/Percussion: Sadanam Ramakrishnan; Maddalam/Percussion: Kalanilayam Manoj; Chutty/Make-Up: Kalanilayam Saji
OTTENTHULLAL: Krishnapurarh Murali; CHAKYARKOOTHU: Sangeeth Chakyar;
KOODIYATTAM: Dr. Indu G; MOHINIATTAM: Smitha Rajan; BHARATANATYAM:
Seetha Sasidharan; KUCHIPUDI: Geetha Padmakumar; THAYAMBAKA: Mattannoor
Sanakaran Kutty Marar
PANCHAVADYAM - Thimila: Chottanikkara Nandappan Marar; Maddalam:
Kalamandalam Prakash; Edakka: Chennamangalam Unnikrishnan Marar; Thalam:
Kummath Nandakumaran; KOMBU: Chengamanad Appu Nair.
- In celebration of
Balasaraswati's 98th birthday and commemoration of the contribution to
the arts by the Scripps, on May 14, 2016, the BALASARASWATI/SCRIPPS
AWARD FOR ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE was conferred on Pandit Birju Maharaj by
the Balasaraswati Institute of Performing Arts at the Music Academy,
Naseem Khan (for her historic contribution to the diverse arts, culture
and policy agenda in the country), Kathak dancer Nahid Siddiqui,
Bharatanatyam guru Pushkala Gopal and Kathak guru Pratap Pawar (who have
inspired and imprinted upon generations of students, dancers, teachers,
and the very story of South Asian dance in the UK) were felicitated at
Navadisha 2016 between May 20-22, 2016 at Birmingham, for their
contribution to the arts.|
- Saraswathi Education/Cultural and Charitable Trust honoured The
Dhananjayans with the title of NATYACHARYA SHIROMANI with a purse and
citation on May 1, 2016 in Chennai.
- Shrishti Center of Performing Arts & Institute of Dance Therapy
presented the SHRISHTI NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for dance to Manipuri
dancer Darshana Javeri, on May 5, 2016 at Bangalore.
April 15, 2016 leading social and cultural organisation of Mumbai,
People's Arts Centre conferred VISHUKAINEETAM AWARD on Vijay Shanker for
his contribution in the field of journalism for more than three
- Thanjavur Rajalakshmi, musician, Bharatanatyam artist and teacher, film
actress of yesteryear and director of Sri Gurulaya Academy, passed away
on December 25, 2015 in Chennai. She was a recipient of the Kalaimamani
I have derived my entire existence from dance. I am a balanced
person; at harmony with myself and my surroundings because of it. I
learnt to appreciate different cultures alongside our very own Indian
philosophy. There is no other philosophy wherein the devis and devatas
have been made out to be performing artistes. Our goddess of wisdom
plays the veena. The creator of our world, Lord Nataraj, is a dancer
himself. In so many ways, dance exhorts one to balance out the inner
being, which is exactly why it is a form of yog. It is all about
harmonising the tandav and the lasya within oneself.
- Shovana Narayan
('The world's a stage' by Anuradha Vellat, The Hindu Friday Review, April 29, 2016)
NRITYA GATHA - Stories of Indian Dance
The 62-page hard-bound color book is a picture book on Indian dance
forms for children. The book is informative, and at the same time
narrative with attractive illustrations.
Written by Parwati Dutta
Published by Mahagami Arts Research Foundation
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June 2, Bangalore
Attakkalari presents Cie Ben Aim (France) in A DISHEVELLED FOREST, a
contemporary dance performance, a poetic journey in the extraordinary
mind of a young boy.
At: Ranga Shankara, 7.30pm
June 4 - 24, Mumbai
Schedule of Smitalay & Jhelum Paranjape
- 4th June: Odissi dance performance for Banyan Tree
- 5th June: Odissi solo performance by Jhelum Paranjape during
Swaramyee's "Sahasra - Chandra Swara-Nritya-Prabha" Music & Dance
Festival set to the bandishes of Dr. Prabha Atre at Ravindra Natya
- 11th June: FARM TO JUNGLE dance performance during the program "Tender
Roots" for The Banyan Tree at St. Andrew's Auditorium, Bandra, 10am.
-24th June: Students of Smitalay perform traditional Odissi dance from
7pm onwards at Smitalay, Sane Guruji Arogya Mandir, on SANJUNANI DAY in
memory of Sanjukta Panigrahi.
June 5, Tustin, CA
Dance beyond Arangetram - Kanthi Athreya & Visalini Sundaram, disciples of Ramya Harishankar, in LAASYA.
At: Chinmaya Mission Rameswaram, 14451, Franklin Avenue, 6pm
June 10 - 29, Kolkata
The schedule for Ranan.
- June 10: TAK DHIN DHINA DHINTA and BIHANGO - Annual presentation by the students of Brindar - Ranan's Kathak teaching wing
Venue: Birla Academy, 7pm
- June 18: VAICHITRA (excerpts from Ranan's acclaimed dance productions)
performed by Vikram Iyengar, Debashree Bhattacharya, Sohini Debnath,
Samila Bhattacharya and Rhea Dawn.
Venue: Calcutta Club, 7pm
- June 29: Excerpts from TEN (a Ranan production), four performances
through music, dance, movement, text and design. Performed by Amlan
Choudhuri, Jayoti Chakroborty, Rhea Dawn, Dana Roy, Debosmita Roy
Choudhury, Indudipa Sinha and Anindita Satra.
Venue: Padatik, 7pm
June 11, NYC
Jiva Performing Arts presents VIDYANJALI 2016, the annual offering of
dance featuring its students accompanied by a live Carnatic orchestra -
Sonali Skandan on nattuvangam, Vignesh Ravichandran on vocals, Bala
Skandan on mridangam, Aparna Sundar on violin.
At: JKO Theatre, 120 W 46th Street, 5pm
| June 15 & 16, Sibiu, Romania|
Aditi Mangaldas/Drishtikon Dance Foundation presents WITHIN on June 15
and TIMELESS on June 16 at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival.
Venue: Union Hall, Sibiu
June 17 & 29, Prague & London
Schedule for Bala Devi Chandrashekar.
- June 17: Lecture and Demonstration on Natyasastra
At: The Embassy of India, Prague, Czech Republic, at 5.30pm
- June 29: Lecture and Demonstration on Abhinaya
At: Nehru Center, 8 South Audley Street, London, 6.30pm
June 18, Bangalore
Natya STEM Dance Kampni presents Mantapa Prabhakara Upadhyay in
Ekavyakti Yakshagana as part of the KAMPNI KUTCHERI series. Kampni
Kutcheri is an initiative
to bring back solo chamber concerts which provides an intimate space for
audiences to watch performances and also to get an insight into the
performers' artistic journey and process of creation.
Venue: Natya STEM Studio, #37, Bhoomika, 17th Cross, Malleswaram, Bangalore 5600055, 6.30pm
June 18, Stillwater, MN
Deepta Jasthi, disciple of Suchitra Sairam (Kala Vandanam, St. Paul, MN)
Chautaqua Fine Arts Center, 4pm
June 26, Surrey, BC, Canada
Grihalakshmi Soundarapandian, disciple of Jai Govinda (Jai Govinda Dance Academy)
Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 - 88 Avenue, 2pm