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Narthaki Monthly Newsletter

December 2019

The magnetic Madame Menaka and the Tiger of Hastinapur
- Dr.Sunil Kothari
Madame Menaka was a legendary dancer, a contemporary of Uday Shankar, Ram Gopal, Rukmini Devi and Balasaraswati.

Dancers Vyjayanthi Kashi and Prateeksha Kashi on the bond the mother-daughter duo shares on and off the stage
- Ambili Ramnath
The duo walks down memory lane to offer insights into their personalities, approach to work and a critical appraisal of the other as a Kuchipudi artiste.

Holding on to tradition
- Manasa Kambanna
'Parampara is like an umbilical cord that connects dancers to the beginnings of their art form, ' says Bharatanatyam artiste, Poornima Gururaja.

The soul is neither male nor female: Narthaki Nataraj
- Shrinkhla Sahai
Bharatanatyam exponent Narthaki Nataraj believes in boldly questioning socio-cultural stereotypes and exploring multiple identities through dance.

Shirin Vajifdar: She had courage to study dance at a difficult time
- Sunil Kothari
In this column, I would like to share with you the story of three young dancers from the Parsi community who dared to learn dancing.

Arunima Kumar: Scaling the skies
- Ranee Kumar
Ahead of the International Kuchipudi Dance Festival, Arunima Kumar talks about taking the traditional art form to the world.

A beat that runs in her pulse
- Rashmi Vasudeva
Known as one of the pioneers of innovative choreography, Kumudini Lakhia's tongue is as twinkle-toed as her feet.

Making the right, deft moves
- Srivathsan Nadadhur
A leadership trainer by day, a Mohinattam guru by the evening, an amateur theatre artiste and a passionate biker with a resolve to bring about civic awareness, it's obvious that Hyderabad-based Anita Peter doesn't try to adhere to a supposed social construct for married women.

Every belly can dance
- Jisha Krishnan
It was her "robotic existence" that drew Debapriya Das to belly dance.

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