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'It's a political act to decide to be a performing artiste': Anita Ratnam
- Arundhati Chakravarty
In Delhi to mark 30 years of Narthaki - an online platform she created to connect the dance community - dancer, writer and arts entrepreneur Anita Ratnam talks about issues surrounding dance in India, the impact of the pandemic and challenges faced by performing artistes.

'I didn't choose dance, it chose me': Anita Ratnam
 -  Judith Mariya Antony
In a candid conversation with Patriot, Ratnam talks about her passion for dance, the development of India's largest phone directory of dancers - 'Narthaki', its growth, and the invention of her dance style Neo-Bharatam.

Anita Ratnam celebrates World Dance Day with 30 years of NARTHAKI
Contributing profoundly to her beloved domain of arts and performing arts Dr. Anita Ratnam has always been on the forefront to propagate, nurture and protect the art.

Narthaki was a Bible for dancers, and was the first item we all packed on a dance tour…..
Narthaki - A veritable Google for Indian dance that not just aggregated dance information, but also provided knowledge with it…..
Narthaki has become an indispensable networking tool for the worldwide Indian dance community.
- Ananda Shankar Jayant, ‘Directory of all things dance,’ The New Indian Express,
July 1, 2017

Directory of all things dance
- Ananda Shankar Jayant
The dancer talks about Narthaki - a digital space created by maestro Anita Ratnam for the Indian classical dance industry.

Accolades for Anita Ratnam
Anita Ratnam's contribution through recognised...

It's time to make way for the next generation, says Anita Ratnam
- Rupa Srikanth, The Hindu, Oct 1, 2020

Ratnam founded, the celebrated Indian dance portal…
- Sangeet Natak Akademi

“NARTHAKI has been chosen for being the first of its kind digital platform, creating a unifying space for Indian dance practitioners, dance-educators, event organizers, critics, scholars, and aspiring young students, from around the globe, and for consistently providing a healthy forum for free and bold debates and dialoguing, without fear of censorship, about issues that concern dancers and the dance community.
This Citation Award also offers special recognition to Anita Ratnam as Narthaki’s founder and managing editor both for creating and managing Narthaki, as well as for her other vital contributions to the dance field…
Through this Citation Award, CNB also applauds Narthaki’s indefatigable editorial team, Lalitha Venkat (content editor) and Sumathi (webmaster) who, through their meticulous work, keep the dance world connected month after month. We wish NARTHAKI and its team the very best for its continued growth and service to the global Indian-dance community.”
- Citation by Chinmaya Naada Bindu for Chinmaya Naada Bindu Puraskar (Feb 7, 2020)

The Vishwa Kala Ratna award (2016) was conferred on Anita for her sterling contribution towards  NARTHAKI.COM, a 19-year-old dance portal that has been chronicling, commenting and critiquing the many worlds of Indian dance practice, performance and presentation across the world.
- AIYD 2020 (Australia India Youth Dialogue)

Dancers need reviews; as an institution dance criticism is almost dead. Thanks to  it is alive!
- Dr. Sunil Kothari, critic & scholar, New Delhi

Narthaki certainly is perhaps the only publication online that connects artists and connoisseurs globally!
- Hema Rajagopalan, Natya Dance Theatre, Chicago

You were always ahead of your time. When you started this portal, many of us didn't even have an email account!!!
- Rajika Puri, Odissi dancer & presenter, NYC

Narthaki: dance world's ultimate refuge. Where else do we find the vast array of dance related fare you have to offer!
- Mamata Niyogi-Nakra, Kala Bharati, Montreal is such an important site for Indian dance and we all diaspora folks really appreciate reading it.
- Ketu H Katrak, dance scholar, Irvine, CA

Narthaki is doing such a wonderful contribution to the performing arts world. Kudos to Anita Ratnam for her service and keen interest in bringing hearts together through art.  Narthaki is the best link to the art world.
- Shanta Dhananjayan, Bharatanatyam guru, Bharata Kalanjali, Chennai

Narthaki has become beautiful and elaborately informative! Kudos for developing it so well.
- G Venu, Koodiyattam artiste/guru & scholar, Irinjalakuda, Kerala

Narthaki has been a pioneer in different aspects of art journalism and appreciate your efforts to bring out this newsletter and create a forum for discussion of our arts.
- Sujatha Srinivasan, dance teacher, NJ

We all are grateful to narthaki for this selfless service and uniting the whole dance world with such global reach.
- Dr. Sunil Kothari, dance critic & scholar, Delhi

What a gold mine of up-to-date dance news and comments.
- Reginald Massey, scholar, UK

We appreciate the tremendous work that you carry in promoting our Indian classical dance forms and artistes through your website It has set a milestone in Indian dance history.
- Dr. V Varadarajan, President, Brahan Natyanjali Foundation, Thanjavur

Narthaki has made a huge contribution to Indian dance worldwide. The mapping exercise that you carried out along with founding the first and only exclusive site for Indian dance has made a difference to dancers everywhere.  
- Sanjeevini Dutta, Pulse magazine, UK

Anita Ratnam and team are doing an immense service to the world of arts, esp dance, to keep Narthaki a space of objective thinking, creativity and growth for not only artistes, but also non-performing art lovers to learn from. 
- Veejay Sai, art critic, Delhi

Congrats to Narthaki. You people are doing an excellent job. Finally I’ve found a resourceful site for Indian art.
 - Vimala Devi, Bharatanatyam dancer, Malaysia

Narthaki has enhanced the dance-news and views circuit of info flow. Keep it up!
- Ashish Khokar, ed of Attendance, dance annual of India, Bangalore 

Thank you for all the many valuable services that Narthaki offers to the international dance community. I am very appreciative of this unique service.
- Jai Govinda, Mandala Arts & Culture, Canada

I have enjoyed some really wonderful articles on your Narthaki website.  Also I am delighted they are dated. Thank you very much for this resource.
- Uttara Asha Coorlawala, writer/contemporary dancer, NY

Narthaki web magazine seems to be a favourite site and source of information on matters of art and culture and referred not only by NRIs, but also other nationals interested in matters Indian.
- The Dhananjayans, Bharata Kalanjali, Chennai

Thank for the wonderful service that you have been offering the dance community around the globe. It is humbling to see how Narthaki has created space for various art forms, artistes, minor artistes, technicians, back stage artistes under one roof.
- Anjali Nandan, Natyam Academy, IL

Dear Narthaki, you are an inspiration for a whole new generation of dancers, one is PriyaLasya, a concept that is entirely owing its cause to narthaki. About the cultural warriors or creative intuitions, there has been motivation from your work.
- PriyaLasya Team

Stupendous achievements and kudos to you, Anita, and your team for relentlessly supporting and propagating the arts.  
- Kiran Subramanyam, Rasika Academy, Bangalore

Narthaki is a great one stop guide and resource for dancers, connoisseurs and dance patrons.
- Courtyard Dancers, PA

Kudos on the phenomenal portal for arts & culture, especially Bharatanatyam. Have been an ardent visitor for some time now. 
- Jyothsna Krishnan, Belgium

No doubt that the portal was and is a trend setter! 
- Lakshmi Ramaswamy, Mudralaya, Chennai

Narthaki is a global dance networking platform and is rightly called ‘Bible’ of Indian dance.
- Avinav Mukherjee, Kathak dancer, Delhi

 Narthaki was a big inspiration for me when I started to think seriously about pursuing dance as a career.
- Sonali Mishra, Odissi dancer, Bhubaneswar

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