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Narthaki Monthly Newsletter

August 2019

SANCHARI.. More on the arts

Nachiyaar Next
- Usha Balasubramaniam

Naachiyar done beautifully again
- M Harita

Small dances in Germany
- Poorna Swami
This summer, I attended two large dance events in Germany. The first was the Tanz NRW festival around the North Rhine-Westphalia region, and the second, the Tanzkongress in Dresden.

Andal for the new age
- V.V. Ramani
'Nachiyaar Next' showed how the emotions in Andal's verses are still relevant.

Reflection on Sadir, a forgotten heritage
- Shivaangee Agrawal
Devoid of the physical rigidity and performative formality of Bharatanatyam, it was a joy to watch the ease, pleasure and responsiveness with which Swarnamalya danced.

Utsav: Mix of genres and styles
- Bhanu Kumar
Themed on Siva, Krishna and Adi Sankara, Utsav festival offered a visual treat to the Mumbai rasikas.

How dance therapy keeps your body active and free of stress
- Athira M
Italian dancer and dance therapist Luisa Spagna on how dance makes fruitful interventions

Ramayana from a different perspective
- Bhanu Kumar
Gayatri Sriram's 'Sita Swagatham' seamlessly linked episodes from the Ramayana

The role of nattuvanar in Natya
- Gayatri Srikanth
Vasanthalakshmi Narasimhachari described how the nattuvanar becomes the 'sutradhar.'
- Narakasuravadham: Clash of interests
- V Kaladharan
A recital of Narakasuravadham Kathakali in Tripunithura had its highs and lows.

An enriching natya camp at Minneapolis
- V.R. Devika
Besides teaching the fundamental aspects of Natya, the Minneapolis retreat laid emphasis on taking care of the body.

Feats of artistry
- G.S. Paul
Experienced dancers left their stamp of excellence during a four-day Monsoon Fest in Thrissur.

A double treat
- Madhur Gupta
Arunima Sengupta Basu and the dancing duo Archana and Chetana conjured up myriad flavours of mythical tales through Kathak and Bharatanatyam.

The complex decoded through Natya
- Bhanu Kumar
Padmaja Suresh shed light on how Rasa plays an important role in connecting the artiste with the audience.

Bringing alive Jayadeva's vivid imagery
- Rupa Srikanth
'Madhava Geetham' was respectful to both Gita Govinda's protagonists and D. Pattammal's songs.

It's a great time to be a Kathak dancer, says Gauri Diwakar
- Chitra Swaminathan
Gauri Diwakar finds her feet through choreographic productions that engage the mind and the body.

Powerful emotion meets the strange and surreal at Dancing on the Edge
- Katherine Dornian
Wednesday night's mixed programs offered a cross-section of new ways of expression from the Dancing on the Edge festival.

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