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September 26 - October 8, 2023 New Delhi
IGNCA and Pt Birju Maharaj’s Kalashram present KALAAKRITI, Pt. Birju Maharaj's painting exhibition. This is the first of its kind which will bring alive some rare facets of his persona through his paintings and associated poetries.
At: Darshanam, ground floor, IGNCA, Janpath building, 10am to 6pm
RSVP: 88600 37546 / Info:

October 4 & 5, 2023 New Delhi
Guru Shovana Narayan and Dr Jyotsna Suri’s annual LALIT ARPAN FESTIVAL (22nd edition) presents DVIPARNA.
4th Oct 2023: Dr Pallavi Lohani (Kathak) and Suhail Bhan (Bharatanatyam)
5th Oct 2023: Megha Nair (Mohiniyattam) and Vishwanath Mangaraj (Odissi).
At: the Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi at 7pm.

October 6 - 8, 2023 Mumbai
- Oct 6:
‘Storm before the Calm’ - Bharatanatyam by Rama Vaidyanathan & troupe
‘Chitrangada’ - Rabindra Nritya by Sruti Performing Troupe & artistes from Shantiniketan
At: Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, 6.30pm
- Oct 7:
Shrimanta Yogi’ - Bharatanatyam by Vaibhav Arekar and Group
Odissi by Srjan
At: Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, 5pm
- Oct 8:
Kathak by Anart Foundation (Ishira Parikh & Maulik Shah)
Traditional Kathakali by Margi from Kerala
At: Experimental Theatre, 5pm
Info: (022) - 66223724/54

October 7, 2023 Chennai
Prabal Gupta 
Prabal Gupta presents LADY MACBETH, a Kathakali adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth in Kathakali as a part of the 70th year Anniversary of Alliance Francaise Madras. Prabal plays Lady Macbeth, Sadanam Vipin Chandran plays Macbeth.
Venue: Edouard Michelin Auditorium, Alliance Française Madras, 7pm. Entry is free.

October 7, 2023 New Delhi
Aakash Odedra
On the invitation of Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, an incredible Double Bill from dancer and choreographer Aakash Odedra featuring the works, ECHOES and CONSTELLATION, two solos choreographed by acclaimed artists Aditi Mangaldas and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Each work draws on Aakash's traditional background in Kathak and Bharatanatyam to create a distinct flavour of contemporary and South Asian dance. This performance offers a rare opportunity to experience an astonishing evening of dance by one of the most talented British South Asian dancers of his generation.
‘Echoes’ was choreographed by Aditi Mangaldas in 2016.The bells in 'Echoes' become a metaphor of resonance, of freedom, of awakening. As Aakash and Aditi worked together on this production the resonance of the bells also awakened in them a special understanding of each other’s creative sensibility.
In Constellation, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui seeks to highlight different patterns of sound and different sources of light that come together to create a constellation, a system where things are kept suspended and in movement by each other’s gravitational fields & contending forces.
Choreography: Aditi Mangaldas
Lighting: Fabiana Piccioli / Music: Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan
Choreography: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Lighting: Willy Cessa / Music: Olga Wojciechowska
At: Sunder Nursery at 7pm

October 7, 2023 Kanchipuram
The Kattaikkuttu Sangam is back with the MAHABHARATA FESTIVAL 2023. Spread over 10 subsequent Saturdays, the festival brings you an exclusive series of Mahabharata performances. The shows are presented by a cast of talented young and senior performers of the Kattaikkuttu Sangam, including the first generation actresses playing both female and male roles. On the 7th of October 2023 is Vilvalaippu or Draupadi's Marriage, how Arjuna gains the hand of Draupadi during the bow contest. The 1½ hour-show will start at 5pm and will take place at the auditorium of the Kattaikkuttu Sangam in Punjarasantankal village near Kanchipuram.
Info: +91 99443 69600 /  

October 7, 2023 Irinjalakuda
The 104th batch of G Venu’s Navarasa Sadhana students participate in NAVARASOTSAVA OCT ’23. The performers are Sai Brindha Ramachandran (BN), Chetna Dhyani (Manipuri & theatre), Nataraj Kumar Anhad (theatre), Isha Talwar (contemporary dance) and Shereen Saif (storytelling).
At Natana Kairali in Irinjalakuda, Kerala, 6pm

October 7 - 30, 2023 Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, New Delhi
Ileana Citaristi
Schedule for Ileana Citaristi and Art Vision.
- October 7, Bhubaneswar
Art Vision presents the 19TH SANGAM FESTIVAL, a confluence of dance. The festival showcases two styles of dances every year. The first two presentations are two premieres by Art Vision dance repertory; ‘Make room for elephants’ inspired by the homonymous poem by Ruskin Bond and ‘Sarira’ a reaction to the shameful disrobing of two women in Manipur. Choreography by Ileana Citaristi. The guest artist of the evening is Gopika Varma and her team presenting ‘Kandein Swapnam’ a Mohiniyattam production about dreams and their impact on our life.
At: Rabindra Mandap, 7pm
- October 9, Kolkata
Ileana Citaristi to perform a unique choreography based on poems on rain by two great poets
D’Annunzio-Tagore for the visit of Italian delegation to Kolkata. Program hosted by Italian
General Consulate of Kolkata in their own premises.
- October 15, New Delhi
Ileana Citaristi presents solo Odissi at the 8th edition of PARAMPARA-Guru Shishya
Tradition festival organised by Parichay Foundation at Constitution Club, New Delhi, 7pm
- October 30, Bhubaneswar
Ileana Citaristi is to receive the prestigious 17th Guru Debaprasad Award-2023 on Oct 30 during the Guru Debaprasad Award Festival organised by Tridhara from Oct 26 to 30. She will also perform Odissi solo during the festival.
At: Rabindra Mandap, 7pm

October 8, 2023 Palo Alto, CA
Yuva Bharati
Yuva Bharati in collaboration with Odissi Vilas and IGurukul Foundation presents Rudrakshya ensemble from Bhubaneswar in an Odissi recital.
At: Cubberley Theater, 4120 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA, 5.30pm

October 9, 2023 New Delhi
Mohanapriyan Thayarajah
Apsaras Arts and India Habitat Centre present a dance theatre production, PARAMA PADAM - LIFE’S GAME OF SNAKES AND LADDERS. Mohanapriyan Thayarajah's solo act of Bharatanatyam is based on the board game snakes and ladders. It has three acts, using lyrics for only brief introductory epithets and short explanatory narration in English between acts. The first act: The Soul Yearns, elucidates the six zones that have to be traversed to reach the seventh, which is ‘Vaikuntha’. The second act: The Game Life, depicts the soul’s journey through climbing up ladders and being pulled down by snakes and the third act: Making the Right Choices in Life, has two segments. The third act introduces Chitragupta, the accountant who keeps track of the good and bad deeds as a guide who narrates several stories of those who attained Parama Padam. The piece ends with the learning that the Parama Padam is not a destination but a way of life that is guided by moral values.
At: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, 7pm.

October 12 - 13, 2023 London
At: Laban Theatre, London

October 12 & 13, 2023 Chicago, IL
Mandala South Asian Performing Arts
Mandala South Asian Performing Arts presents a new approach to its annual celebration of Diwali in a world premiere, DIWALI: ILLUMINATION, with an Indo-jazz score by jazz guitarist Fareed Haque. Directed by Mandala Founder and Executive Artistic Director Pranita Nayar and choreographed by Nejla Yatkin with the dancers, the evening-length work combines contemporary dance, jazz, ballet, and influences from South Asian dance genres to depict the victory of light over darkness, inspired by the mythological gods of fire, water, wind, and earth prevalent in many world cultures.
A cast of 10 Mandala dancers trained in various dance styles—East Asian, South Asian, Black American and Euro-Caucasian—perform this work together, embracing new directions in contemporary Indian dance practice under the direction of choreographer Yatkin. Before the dance performance begins, Haque and an ensemble of musicians will present a short performance of South Asian-influenced jazz.
At: 7:30pm at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, Chicago.

October 13, 2023 Mumbai
NCPA presents UMANG featuring Chudamani Pradan and Keki Kantha in Odissi by Shayomita Dasgupta & Subikash Mukherjee, and Pandurangam Bhaje in Kuchipudi by Vasanth Kiran
At: Little Theatre Friday, 6.30pm
Info: (022) - 66223724/54

October 13,14 & 20, 2023 London & Newcastle
Aditi Mangaldas
FORBIDDEN | Contemporary Dance based on Kathak, a solo performance by Aditi Mangaldas. Why is the world scared of female sexual desire? Why are women the world over, from conservative as well as liberal societies, sanctioned, judged, controlled, hounded and eventually punished to have the courage to own their desire?
Concept, Choreography and Dance: Aditi Mangaldas
Dramaturge: Farooq Chaudhry
Light Design: Michael Hulls
Music Composition (Recorded): Nickie Wells
Costume Design: Kimie Nakano
Mentor: Morag Deyes
- 13th & 14th October 2023: Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, UK (main stage)
- 20th October 2023: Newcastle, Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RH

October 14, 2023 Kochi, Kerala
Kalasagar commemorates the 31st death anniversary of its founder, Kathakali maestro, the late Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval, as GURUSMARANADINAM (Homage to Gurus) by honoring eminent performing artists viz. RLV Damodara Pisharody, the great Kathakali actor (Vesham) and veteran Kathakali musician Cherthala Thankappa Panicker, at a function being organized by Kalasagar in association with Edappilly Kathakali Aaswadaka Sadassu at Changapuzha Park near Kochi at 5pm.  The felicitation ceremony will be followed by Naalunokku Purappadu, Melappadam and Kathakali play Nalacharitham Randam Divasam (Kattalan and Damayanthi) by eminent artistes.

October 14, 2023 NYC
Towards the end of June, Attakkalari had the pleasure of having Paul McEneaney, Director of Cahoots, a theatre company based in Belfast, Northern Ireland at its studio in Bengaluru for three days. Paul, who is directing Cahoots’ new production VANISHING ELEPHANTS, has been in conversation and collaborating with Attakkalari’s artistic director, Jayachandran Palazhy for this multinational project. Jay, who is choreographing the piece, led a team of Attakkalari’s talented dancers who have also actively contributed to the production’s research and creative process.
Paul along with Jay spent time with Attakkalari's young dancers and students, engaging them in the creative processes during the R&D phase of the production held in its studios. Set to premier on 14 October 2023 at the New Victory Theatre, NYC, The Vanishing Elephant is a touching tale of a pachyderm on a journey far away from home. Along with an impressive international creative team and cast, M.D Pallavi, acclaimed singer, composer and actress based in Bangalore is also lending her voice to the production. The Vanishing Elephant will be produced during August – September in Belfast and will have a soft launch there, before its premier in October in New York.

October 18-21, 2023 Sydney, Australia
CHI UDAKA, Lingalayam’s collaboration with Ian Cleworth, Riley Lee and Taikoz is being presented by the Sydney Opera House as a part of their 50th Birthday Celebrations. CHI UDAKA merges the scintillating drumming of Taikoz and Riley’s soulful playing on the shakuhachi with Lingalayam’s Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, together with John Napier on the cello and Aruna Parthiban on vocal in a celebration of music and dance that come together with integrity and harmony.
CHI UDAKA is an Australian work created by two Sydney based companies Taikoz and Lingalayam.
At: Sydney Opera House, 7.30pm

October 19, 2023 London
Sonia Sabri
Sonia Sabri Company presents ROSHNI. Roshni (from the Persian word meaning light or brilliance) is an intimate crafting of dance and live music, made up of three distinctive dance pieces: The Call, The Light and The Wave which explore the highs and lows of life today.  Sonia Sabri (Kathak) and Sarvar Sabri (tabla), perform alongside musicians Katie Stevens (kaval/ clarinet) Sam Slater (guitar/oud) and Emily Dore (viola).
At: The Place, The Place Theatre, 17 Duke's Road, London WC1H 9PY, 7.30pm.

October 20 & 21, 2023 NYC
Aalokam Dance Company
Aalokam Dance Company presents WE R DANCING, a two-day dance festival in New York City. On Friday, October 20th at 7pm, dancer and choreographer Maya Kulkarni curates a stellar lineup of dancers. Presented by Sophia Salingaros and Jeeno Joseph, the event showcases a duet performance in Bharatanatyam style. Ariaki Dandawate takes the stage with a traditional piece executed in Kathak style. Sonali Skandan's presentation is a display of the intricate Shilpanatanam style. The Aalokam Dance Company offers a distinctive performance in the same Shilpanatanam style, enriched by the innovative dance vocabulary crafted by Maya Kulkarni.
On Saturday, October 21st, at 6pm, a new solo work by Bharathi Penneswaran called “Yakshini,” choreographed by Maya Kulkarni. Yakshinis are beautiful and voluptuous mythical beings in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain mythology. This production metaphorically draws inspiration from the works of notable Tamil, Sanskrit, Hindi literature and also draws on the mythical characters from Tantric lore. Bharathi and Maya Kulkarni bring these to life through evocative, stylized dance movements, and complementing musical arrangements. The production is set to Carnatic vocals, composed and produced by Sudha Raghuraman.
October 20th at 7pm & October 21st at 6pm
At: Rattle Stick Theater, 224 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

October 21, 2023 Mumbai
NCPA presents NRITYAVANI Raas-Garba Nritya by Avani Shah & troupe. It has been 38 years since Avani Shah began offering her prayers as a devotee to Maa Durga, the Devi, through Indian traditional raas-garba nritya.
At: Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, 6.30 pm
Info: (022) - 66223724/54

October 21 & 22, 2023 Bangalore
KALĀMĀRGA NRITYOTSAVA 2023 as part of Dhaatu Navaratra Mahotsava, a two day thematic classical dance festival.
-Saturday, Oct 21
5pm - Inauguration
5:30 pm - SHRINGARA SHARANAGATI by Divya Hoskere
The enchanting love story of Krishna and the Gopikas of Vraja that weaves into the blissful dance of rās.
6:45 pm - VARADARAJAM UPASMAHE by Harinie Jeevitha
A solo Bharatanatyam presentation based on the Brahmotsavam of Kanchipuram Varadaraja Swamy.
-Sunday, Oct 22
5:30 pm - SRI KRISHNA KARNAMRITAM by Nirupama Rajendra
The finest verses from poet Lilasuka's immortal poem, 'Sri Krishna Karnamritam' painted through dance, bringing to life the joy of Krishna.
6:45 pm - DEVI by Shreema Upadhyaya
The divine feminine through the eyes of Adi Shankaracharya and Muthuswami Dikshitar.
Venue: Mandala Cultural Centre, Kanakapura Rd, Thalaghattapura, Bengaluru
The entry for the event is free. Donor passes are for only the first few rows.
More info

October 22, 2023 Chennai
The Dhananjayans are being honoured with the RUKMINI DEVI MEMORIAL AWARD instituted by Hari-Hara Fine Arts, Hyderabad  followed by MEENAKSHI KALYANAM  (Kuchipudi Nritya Roopakam choreographed by Prof Dr. Ramalinga Sastri) .
At: Narada Gana Sabha, Alwarpet, Chennai, 5pm

October 28 - 30, 2023 Bhubaneswar
Guru Gajendra Panda & Tridhara present the 17th Guru Debaprasad Award Festival.
Info: +91 9861008127 /

November 1, 2023 Bangalore
Sai Arts International presents SAI NRITYOTSAV 150 from 9am to 9pm at JSS auditorium featuring workshops and performances.
Info: / +91 98440 89035

November 10, 2023 Santa Monica, CA
Leela Dance Collective
Leela Dance Collective presents an exclusive preview performance of ENCOUNTERS WITH BEAUTY, with the Salastina music ensemble, as part of The California Festival. Encounters with Beauty is a collaboration between Leela Dance Collective kathak dance company that combines classical dance from North India with contemporary influences, and Salastina, hailed as a visionary chamber ensemble. Conceived and choreographed by Kathak artistes and Co-Artistic Directors of Leela Dance Collective Rukhmani Mehta and Seibi Lee, this work weaves together evocative sounds of the Salastina string quartet and Hindustani classical vocals with the percussive footwork and dramatic movement of Kathak dance.
Leela Dance Collective artistes are: Rukhmani Mehta, Joanna Meinl, Rachna Nivas, Carrie Jennings, Ahana Mukherjee, and Sonali Toppur. Salastina artistes include: Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White (Co-Artistic Directors and Violinists), Meredith Crawford, (Resident Violinist), and Yoshika Masuda (Resident Cellist). Lead composers for this performance are Derrick Skye (American Mirror) and Reena Esmail (Beyond), among other contributors.
At: The Edye at the Broad Stage, 1310 11th Street Santa Monica, CA 90401, 8pm

November 11, 2023 Palo Alto, CA
Pooja Ganesh
Pratibha - A chamber concert presenting Kathak by Pooja Ganesh, disciple of Nirupama-Rajendra.
At: Midpen Media Center Studios, 900 San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto, 4pm. Free for all.
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November 18, 2023 San Jose, CA
Rama Vaidyanathan and group
Yuva Bharati and Abhinaya Dance Company present NEW DIMENSIONS TO MARGAM by Rama Vaidyanathan and group.
Choreography and performance by Rama Vaidyanathan
Dancers: Kavya Ganesh, Reshika Sivakumar, Shubhamani Chandrashekar, Vaishnavi Dhore
Orchestra: Nattuvangam and Kanjira by Ashwin Subramaniyan, vocal by Anugrah Lakshmanan, mridangam by Sannidhi Vaidyanathan, violin by Vishwesh Swaminathan
At: Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave,, San Jose, CA, 5pm
General Admission $35 ( /

November 19, 2023 Mumbai
Vidhya Subramanian presents a BN recital for Guru G.V. Ramani Natya Kala Foundation.
At 6pm in Vashi, Mumbai

December 8 - 10, 2023 Bangalore
GENDER BENDER 2023 invites applications from individuals and collectives working in the arts to create new and original work around the idea of gender. A multi-arts festival that celebrates questions of and fresh perspectives on gender, Gender Bender is a joint project of the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore and Sandbox Collective and is conceived, conceptualised, and curated by Sandbox Collective.
Gender Bender 2023 will showcase from December 8 to 10.
Submit your application before August 31, 2023.
For more info

December 9, 2023 Palo Alto, CA
Priyanka Raghuraman
Pratibha - A chamber concert presenting Bharatanatyam by Priyanka Raghuraman, disciple of Anitha Guha.
At: Midpen Media Center Studios, 900 San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto, CA, 4pm. Free for all.
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December 26-30, 2023 Chennai
Krishna Gana Sabha presents TRANSCENDENCE - Natya that traverses, transposes, transforms, in the 41st edition of the Natya Kala Conference curated by Rama Vaidyanathan.

January 3 - 9, 2024 Chennai
The Madras Music Academy presents 17TH DANCE FESTIVAL 2024.

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