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Ram Mandir, Ayodhya
Ram Mandir, Ayodhya
Courtesy: Ram Mandir, Wikipedia

How can I begin this month’s musings without mentioning January 22nd and the inauguration of the Lord Rama temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. Nobody, anywhere in the world it seemed, could escape this extravagant show. My WhatsApp was flooded with texts and questions about “What is happening in India?” World media was full of India’s “dangerous tilt” towards autocracy. Diaspora Indians were seen celebrating in many cities across the planet. Opinions were sharply divided but the overwhelming majority made their feelings clear - from Ayodhya to Silicon Valley, on the streets of MALDIVES and onto the Times Square marquees in New York City.

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Anita Dr. Anita R Ratnam

Anita Ratnam

Issue 19 - January 2024 edition of Neo Narthaki Newsletter


Notions of "classical" in Bharatanatyam: a cultural operation of the classes - arguments of the cosmopolitan Margi and indigenous Desi, repertoires of the Nayak period
- Dr. Swarnamalya Ganesh
Bharata’s Natya Sastra elaborates on the dancing technique of Karanas. It is through this early work that we understand the place of dance in the various drama forms.

Aesthetics in education...The role of classical dance
- Sandhya Kiran, Bangalore
Our dance contributes to what defines us as a nation, a generation, a gender, a person.

Kapila Venu: Feb 3
Saskia Kersenboom: Feb 3
Padma Subrahmanyam: Feb 4
Tara Rajkumar: Feb 5
Sadanam Harikumar: Feb 5
Pushkala Gopal: Feb 9
Radha Reddy: Feb 15
Pavitra Bhat: Feb 16
Madhu Nataraj: Feb 24
Ashish Khokar: Feb 29

"There is, in art, neither past nor future. Art that is not in the present will never be."
- Pablo Picasso

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