The passions for and in our dance run deep and
intense! As Bharatanatyam is a truly global phenomenon,
opinions about 'purity', 'classicism', 'authenticity',
'creativity', 'contemporaenity' are swirling thick and fast
around us. With the Indian media enjoying 60 years of almost
uninterrupted freedom in what is now a more and more
paranoid world, we at narthaki.com are beginning a series
called ROSES AND THORNS. It will place in the spotlight one
dancer / a dance production / dance performance / dance tour
occurring anywhere in the world. The specific dance
production or performance will be spotlighted on the site
for the sheer volume of comments – both positive and
negative that we receive in terms of phone calls and e
mails. In all matters of expression, the column will advise
restraint and decency even when some views are angry and
In response to TM Krishna's article
- Ramaa Venugopalan
SNA award for Kuchipudi
- Madhavi Puranam
TMK - Off Key
Awards on an arbitrary criteria
- Madhavi Puranam
Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards 2017: Is the process mechanized?
- Bhavanvitha Venkat
Is anybody concerned?
- Ileana Citaristi
Adiyal Vinnappam (A Devadasi’s Appeal)
Why are dancers so desperate for titles?
- Ananda Shankar Jayant, Hyderabad
||The Great Dance Robbery - arangetrams in
|Recently, the Narthaki Discussion
Forum has seen some thought provoking perceptions
about lavish arangetrams, demands and expectations,
greedy gurus and musicians, and over-ambitious
parents in the diaspora.
We present to you the exchange of varied viewpoints
and the many interesting suggestions that our
readers have come up with.
November 26, 2006
||ARUDHRA 2006, the 10th annual festival of
dance presented by Ponnambalam Academy of Dance &
|Tensions between Karnataka and
Tamilnadu are now the stuff of legend. The film
world, the water world and the arts world were
always facing off in apparent readiness for battle.
I distinctly remember the threat of pickets outside
my dance performance at the Bangalore Habba a few
years ago. Other Tamilandu artistes faced the same
situation with Kannada artistes protesting the large
contingent from outside their state and particularly
from their neighbours!
However, I always loved the cultural atmosphere in
Bangalore and the large turnout of artistes who
attend all dance performances. Generous crowds, less
back biting and a greater bonhomie among artistes
and gurus were the envy of many of us in Chennai.
This recent spate of fireworks between Bangalore
artistes has us all aghast! What really happened at
ARUDHRA 2006? Who is to blame? Can such an incident
be avoided in future? What is the relationship
between organizer and artiste?
Read on and navigate carefully between the Roses and
November 3, 2006
- Savitri Ganesan, Bangalore