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October 2015

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A 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 evening.

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!.

Read more....


ROVING EYE: A section of impressions, images and inspirations
Curated by Anita Ratnam

- 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.

- In 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 Bhavan)
- 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.

- NOC, 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 field.

- 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, 2015...Radio jingle


- Mohiniattam Guru Kalamandalam Satyabhama passed away in the early hours of September 13, 2015, aged 77. She joined Kalamandalam as a teacher in 1957. She was the first woman Vice Principal of Kerala Kalamandalam and later became its Principal till she retired in 1992. She was married to Kathakali maestro Kalamandalam Padmanabhan Nair....Details
Tribute: Doyenne of a dance tradition by V. Kaladharan

- Luise Elcanness Scripps, patron, artiste, India lover and main supporter of Balasaraswati's art in USA (and of her family art as represented by Lakshmi, Aniruddha and Douglas Knight), passed away in the USA on September 11, 2015.

- Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival 2015
Premiere of 12 dance productions

Sep 1 - Oct 4, 2015 Malaysia

- AIM presents
Bengaluru International Arts Festival 2015

Sep 18 - Oct 4, 2015 Bangalore

- Guru Shradha presents
Kelucharan Keerti Sampradaya 2015

Oct 4, 2015 Palo Alto, CA

- Natya Dance Theatre presents
Premiere of Varna - Colors of White

Oct 22-24, 2015 Chicago

- SUNAINA presents
Indradhanush Dilli

Tamil Sangam Auditorium, 6.30pm
October 26-28, 2015 New Delhi

- Kuchipudi Parampara Foundation presents
Natya Parampara Utsav 2015

Seva Sadan, 5.30pm
Oct 30, 2015 Bangalore

- Nrityayatri presents
Bharatanatyam workshop on karanas
By Janaki Rangarajan

October 1 - 4, 2015 Pune

- Sarvam Foundation presents
Bharatanatyam residency by Rama Vaidyanathan

October 9 - 11, 2015 New Delhi

- Gati presents
6 CUBE edition 4

Call for submissions
Deadline: Oct 15, 2015 Delhi

- Ileana Citaristi conducts
Odissi dance workshop

October 16 - 23, 2015
Santa Cruz, California


- Special Issue on Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan (Nartanam Vol XVI, No 2)
A bumper issue of 275 pages consisting of rare interviews and articles of Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan.

- Rhythmosaic announces its first e-magazine, RHYTHMONEWS

Meet the artistes -SANCHARI.. More on the arts Articles

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 Delhi
- 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, Palakkad, Kottayam.

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 to 5.30pm.
- 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 cross-cultural work.
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 director.
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
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
At: Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, Teen Murti Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, 2pm

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