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THE KALAKSHETRA CONTROVERSY

We feature the timeline of all the news reports
surrounding the Kalakshetra incidents
starting from March 21, 2023.
The story continues to evolve.






"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail".
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anita Ratnam
Photo: Sangeeta Banerjee / Oneframestory

#ON AND OVER THE MOON
It was a moment that united all Indians globally. The August 23rd touchdown of Chandrayaan-3 on the moon's southern surface. All differences were put aside to cheer our scientists. And then the debate began. What will that point be named? The first moon mission that crash landed on November 14, 2001 was called JAWAHAR STHAL (point), to honour India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Should this point be named after Dr Vikram Sarabhai or President Abdul Kalam? Suggestions came thick and fast on social media until we were told that it was going to be called TIRANGA (Tricolour) POINT and SHIV-SHAKTI POINT!

Dancer Mallika Sarabhai, daughter of the iconic scientist and father of India's space programme Dr Vikram Sarabhai, had a long post on Facebook about the origin of the space programme INCOSPAR and her father's pivotal role in spurring attention and resources towards India's space research. "For those interested, I am recording history rather than fairy tales," she says, taking a self-deprecating dig at the recurring Radha Krishna mythological tropes!.

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Issue 17 - August 2023 edition of Neo Narthaki Newsletter
neonarthaki.com/issue17





Rangamandira presented TEXTURES OF TRADITIONS
cultural festival that celebrated the richness of arts and crafts featuring performances, workshops, conversations and craft bazaar, on September 16 & 17, 2023 in Chennai.
Photos courtesy: Rangamandira









FROM THE ARCHIVES


Choreography in the Indian context
- Kumudini Lakhia
India is one of the very few countries, which has preserved its cultural heritage and ancient arts. Preserved in a sense that they are an integral part of the lives of its people and not just hanging behind glass walls in museums.
 

 

From the mouth of a Mahari
- Rahul Acharya
Rahul Acharya visits Sashimani Mahari, the last surviving devadasi of the Jagannath temple, Puri. The article is a discussion with her.






BIRTHDAY WISHES
Shovana Narayan: Sept 2
Jayakamala Pandiyan: Sept 5
Kumkum Mohanty: Sept 10
Bharat Sharma: Sept 13
Rajika Puri: Sept 14
Alarmel Valli: Sept 14
Vanashree Rao: Sept 16
Saroja Vaidyanathan: Sept 19
Jhelum Paranjape: Sept 24
Ananda Shankar Jayant: Sept 27
Dr. Utpal K Banerjee: Sept 27

QUOTE
"Dance is important for health-for mental health, physical health, emotional health."
- Naomi Goldberg Haas, founder of Dances for a Variable Population

COMMENT
Thank you for being a wonderful platform for dancers to have access to all kinds of information relating to dance.
- Deepta Seshadri (BN dancer)

Ramalingeswara temple, Kolar, Karnataka
Ramalingeswara temple, Kolar, Karnataka

Photo: Vyjayanthi Kashi





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