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"Dance disappears almost at the moment of its manifestation. It is an extreme expression of the present, a perfect metaphor for life. Dancers sculpt space in real time, working inside a form that is constantly in a state of vanishing. We have no artifacts. I find it strangely beautiful to be creating something that is made of us - made of our breath and blood and bones and minds. Something that is made of the space we occupy and made of the space between us. We embody both the dance and its disappearance."
- Crystal Pite, Canadian dancer & choreographer



A very special Hello to May born dreamers and achievers! This is our month! Well... I am born in this month and so it is my favourite time of the year. May is also the birth month of so many, many creative people - singers, dancers, composers, painters - May is the month when Taurus - the stubborn, loyal, imaginative and sensorial pleasure loving bull collides with the cerebral, quick thinking, restless Gemini twins - what a combination... and for me - born on the CUSP of both months - it means there is a whole lot of stuff going on inside!

There is also lots to talk about in the world of dance and the current spectacle of India's national elections and the vociferous protests going on in US campuses. Both countries look like bristling performance art when viewed from the outside!

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FROM THE ARCHIVES


The Chandrasekhars
- Lalitha Venkat
As naatyacharya CV Chandrasekhar celebrates his 90th birthday on May 22, Narthaki revisits the interview done in 2011, as he takes a dreamy walk down memory lane.




Dance Criticism - A few principles for writing about Indian classical dance
- Janaki Patrik
I had originally organized my thoughts into an essay written in 2014, which I have revised considerably for this article.






BIRTHDAY WISHES
Navina Jafa: June 6
Malavika Sarukkai: June 15
Kumari Kamala: June 16
Victor Paulraj: June 16
Madhuri Upadhya: June 17
Sudha Raghuraman: June 17
Sunanda Nair: June 18
Rajkumar Bharati: June 24
Sujata Mohapatra: June 26
Ayswaria Wariar: June 29


QUOTE
"Dance is a power that brings us connection at a time when we're so disconnected."
- Sergey Gordeev, director of external affairs at Youth America Grand Prix
('Ballerinas flood NYCís Plaza Hotel to stomp a Guinness World Record on their tiptoes' by Precious Fondren, Gothamist, April 17, 2024)




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