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- American psychologist Abraham Maslow

Hmmm- sums up how harsh and shrill the tone has been amongst some cultural and social circles.

Sitting in Chennai where the temperatures are rising every second, there is much to talk about - and the two main events in the dance and music world DID NOT reflect much positivity. MOST of the action was OFF STAGE… and social media was the battle ground for much of the tussle of words, egos, ideologies and theories.

What am I talking about?
I will get to that
But first... the good news... no, the GREAT NEWS!

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The Dhananjayans - In step with tradition...ahead of their times
- Lalitha Venkat
As naatyacharya VP Dhananjayan celebrates his 85th birthday on April 17th and his 58th wedding anniversary, Narthaki revisits his interview done in 2002.

Mayurbhanj Chhau
- Bharat Sharma
Within the battle-lines drawn around the geographical contours and 'ancientness' of dance 'styles' animating the performing arts scenario in last several decades in India, one 'style' that has been on the margins is Mayurbhanj Chhau.

Parvathy Ravi Ghantasala: April 7
Mythili Kumar: April 10
Renjith Babu: April 14
VP Dhananjayan: April 17
Ambika Panicker: April 20
Elakshiben Thakore: April 21
Uma Dogra: April 23
Aruna Mohanty: April 25
A Janardhanan: April 25
Madhumita Raut: April 29
Sonal Mansingh: April 30

"When it appears so obvious that dance can either enhance or diminish our humanness, why do we seem to use it so frequently for the latter and so infrequently for the former?"
- Dance educator Susan Stinson in 1984
('Examining the dance world's ethics' by Naomi M. Jackson, Dance Magazine, Feb 7, 2024)

Parasurameswara temple, Bhubaneswar ; Photo: Lalitha Venkat
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Photo: Usha RK

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