Padma Subrahmanyam's lifetime ambition has been to construct a temple in Tamilnadu for sage Bharata. Participating on the inaugural day, June 28, 2003, of the 9-day Nritya Navaratri Mahotsavam, the golden jubilee function of Padma's dance career, Jayalalitha, the Chief Minister for Tamilnadu assured state help to Padma in her endeavour and asked her to identify a suitable site.

Kathak duo Nirupama and Rajendra have constructed a new dance studio integrating Vaasthu and Feng Shui. Named Srujana, which means 'creative' in Kannada, the studio was inaugurated on May 11, 2003 in Bangalore by Mayor C M Nagaraj and dance guru U S Krishna Rao. Apart from formal training in Kathak and Bharatanatyam, the studio which holds about 150 audience and is well equipped with wooden floor and mirrored walls, will also organise chamber concerts and hold interactive sessions with leading artistes from the field of art.

The Therapeutic Arts Scheme - TAS - was established in the summer of 2002 by the charity, Waltham Forest Arts Council. TAS in Waltham Forest aims to substantially improve the emotional well-being of the 'whole' child using creativity and creative therapies as tools. They work with vulnerable children up to 11 years of age, from mainstream schools, who lack self esteem and children who are in crisis/at risk.
Through creativity and creative arts therapy TAS creates a safe and consistent place where preventative work with children can happen and children can be supported to 'love, work and play' and hopefully flourish.

Amici is a unique dance theatre company integrating able-bodied and disabled artists and performers. Founded in 1980, Amici have had a major impact challenging conventional attitudes about disability and the arts. Wolfgang Stange is Artistic Director of Amici Dance Theatre Company. For further information: Shaun Dawson, Turtle Key Arts, London.
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Odissi dancer Sutapa Talukdar and the creative wing of her institute Gurukul is working on reviving old forgotten songs, rhythms and dance movements from remote villages of Orissa, making new compositions on them, finally preserving them through Audio and Video CDs in their archives. She has also branched out into water ballet in which swimming has been seen to become an art form.

As part of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations, Darpana Communications has produced a CD Rom on Mrinalini Sarabhai's work. It includes information and visuals on all her major choreographic creations, her tours, awards, video clips, over 130 photos, and over 200 articles by her on subjects ranging from ecology to sculpture to health to culture.

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