The Karnataka Mahila Yakshagana is an all women troupe comprising of 18 to 20 members. It is headed by K Gowri and was started 4 years ago when like minded women came together to form this troupe whose performances are for the most part, free of charge. Gowri's husband Srinivas Sasthan has been practicing Yakshagana for three decades and he runs the 40 member strong Karnataka Kala Darshini. Gowri's troupe has conducted many camps and demonstrations and is training those interested in Yakshagana, including children, free of charge. Her dream is to start a Yakshagana school.
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Centre in New York City has an enormous collection of material about the performing arts. The Jerome Robbins Dance Division is the world's largest dance library, comprising books, films, oral histories, clippings and manuscripts. Recent renovations have made the collection more accessible.
Voleti Rangamani, the daughter of famous Kuchipudi dance Guru Late C.R.Acharya is the founder and director of "Abhinaya Darpana Arts Academy". A special type of Temple Ritual dance, in which a dancer forms the portraits of LION, PEACOCK and LOTUS with footwork are the creations of her father. These dances are called "SIMHANANDINI", "MAYURA KAUTHVAM" and "MAHALAKSHMI UDBHAVAM". At present Voleti is the only dance Guru who is teaching these rare dance items in India. She has also conducted research in Temple Dances.
From this year 2002, the dates of the Khajuraho Dance Festival have been finalized as February 25th to March 3rd for the next five years in order to help international tourists to plan their visit to Khajuraho in advance.
Dr.Radha Burnier released the book AN ANTHOLOGY ON ASPECTS OF INDIAN CULTURE by Dr. V Raghavan on April 26, 2002 at the Ragasudha Hall in Chennai at 6.15pm. Dr.Pappu Venugopal Rao received the first copy. After the book release, scenes from the Sanskrit play Anarkali was enacted by members of Samskrita Ranga.
BHARATANATYAM - THE DANCE OF THE GODS (LA DANSE DES DIEUX), the first exhibition on Bharatanatyam was organized by the City of Geneva and the Ethnographic Museum of Geneva in collaboration with Bharatanatyam dancer Manjula Lusti Narasimhan who has been nominated curator for this occasion. From its origins in Siva's cosmic dance to the sacred precincts of temples in India, the bilingual exhibition retraces the theory and practice of Bharatanatyam in India and throughout the world. Presided over by the Mayor of Geneva, the Ambassador of Geneva and other dignitaries, the exhibition opened on May 7, 2002 and will remain open to the public till November 17, 2002 and then tour other important European cities. Entry fee is Fr.4.50 for adults and Fr.2.50 for students and groups.

On this occasion, French and English editions of a book, "Bharatanatyam, la danse classique de l'Inde" by Manjula Lusti Narasimhan with photographs by Jonathan Watts, was released. It has 176 pages and costs Fr.53. Contact for further details.
Angika's music collaboration with Talvin Singh for their recent dance production PULSE OF TALA has been filmed as part of Channel 4's REWIND series. The programme was introduced by Courtney Pine and was transmitted on Wednesday 24th April at 11.40am.

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