Rabindra Bharati University which originally started as a state academy was given the status of a full University in 1962 with Uday Shankar in charge of the dance section. After his demise, the UDAY SHANKAR CHAIR was created. Dr.Sunil Kothari, eminent scholar, was the first to occupy the chair, followed by Professor Bela Arnab. The eminent danseuse, choreographer, teacher and scholar Amita Dutt is the third person to be appointed as the Uday Shankar Professor of Dance on this, his birth centenary year.

Anita Ratnam is one of 200 famous personalities to be listed in the INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORY OF WHOS WHO which includes such celebrities as Steffi Graf and Oprah Winfrey. Anita Ratnam has also been selected as DANCER OF THE YEAR by the dance publication Attendance, for her positive qualities, optimism and contribution to the international profile of Indian dance.

Ranjana Gauhar has made a film for Doordarshan called ODISSI CHANDRIKA, a documentary on the history of Odissi and its twin birthing traditions of the mahari dance and the gymnastic antics of the gotipua dancers. Directed by Shailendra Goel, everybody associated with Odissi has been mentioned. Books and other archival resources were filmed wherever interviews and clips were not available.

The NATYA SASTRA AWARD has been instituted in honor and recognition of those who have made substantial contribution in the field of dance. It was launched this year at the dance festival Gejjanada 2000 organised by Vyjayanthi Kashi of Shambhavi School of Dance, Bangalore. The first recipient this year was Vyjayanthimala Bali on March 8th which happened to be International Women's Day.

The first ever Bachelors degrees in Bharatanatyam in Tamil Nadu were awarded to 12 Bharatanatyam graduates who had completed their study at the Kalai Kaviri College of Fine Arts, Trichi, on March 13th.

The Tripunithura Kathakali Kendram Ladies Troupe is an all woman Kathakali troupe formed by the brother/sister team of Haridasan Thampuran & Sathi Varma. The orchestra as well as the dancers are all females who also play the tough, fierce characters of Kathakali. Over the past 25 years, they have staged 800 performances.

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is the world's leading dance examination board. It was formed in 1904, and is the only organisation that covers the full spectrum of dance examinations on a truly global scale. In Aug 1988, South Asian Dance was included in the ISTD portfolio. Based on a 6 grade structure, the syllabi aim to preserve and develop the rich tradition of South Asian dance while keeping in mind, the needs of dance students & teachers in the U.K. The syllabi for Bharatanatyam & Kathak dance training has been organised jointly by ISTD and Akademi. The aim is to impart practical skills in Bharatanatyam / Kathak in its traditional format, complemented by appropriate background knowledge and understanding of the art.

The 'GURU KELUCHARAN MAHAPATRA AWARD' is conferred by his institution Srujan on an old artiste connected with one of the 4 fields - music, dance, theatre or film, fields which the great guru himself has been involved with. This is in appreciation of artistes who do not get proper recognition or financial support despite tremendous contribution to the art form.

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