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Anita says.....

The virus licks my torn soul, guilt tripping me
I sing a love song to it, tempting the faint thump,
Causing my heart to fissure its fatty lumps; pretend
I live on a moon of my own landing, turn my flesh
Inside out, listen to the chirping of birds, amazed

That so much beauty could still exist, amid club-like
Spikes that crush the breathing soul...
A pestilence that asks for enormous surcharges, lethal
As the protean cry of daggers, stabbing me yet again.

Quietly slithering out, a warlike stratagem, as
Birds orchestrate their cheerful songs to one another...

Gone, I struggle with myself, umpteen times more

By Nishi Chawla
From the anthology SINGING IN THE DARK
Global poetry under lockdown
Publisher Penguin Vintage
Well... have you?
Have you become bored with watching online dance?
Are you ready to SCREAM with frustration as another lockdown looms large?
Are you ready to vote for your next State Chief Minister? (this for those citizens of certain Indian states)

I am saying YES to all the above.

Read on...

A wonderful platform and resource for dancers around the world! The best for all things Indian classical dance...  Narthaki's reach is definitely global and it is my favorite site to refer to and read!
- Roopa Modha, Boston

MK Saroja (BN): April 7
VP Dhananjayan (BN): April 17
Ambika Panicker (Odissi): April 20
Elakshiben Thakore (BN): April 21
Uma Dogra (Kathak): April 23
Aruna Mohanty (Odissi): April 25
A Janardhanan (Kathakali/BN): April 25
Madhumita Raut (Odissi): April 29
Sonal Mansingh (Odissi): April 30

"Dancing is a beautiful way to say thank you to your body and join the human race."
- Twyla Tharp

Sun Temple, Modhera, Gujarat
Photo: Lalitha Venkat

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