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Narthaki Monthly Newsletter
September 2019

Interactive session of Rango'ntaratma
- Shveta Arora
'Rango'ntaratma' was the name of a beautiful production conceived and directed by Kamalini Dutt, and danced by Purvadhanashree and Dr. S. Vasudevan in Bharatanatyam, and by Divya Goswami and Hemant Kalita in Kathak. 

Understanding dancer Astad Deboo: The lonely crusader, still an enigma
- Leela Venkataraman
Dancing inside the auditorium has been as common as dancing in a museum amidst artifacts, on the street, on a catwalk or on the Wall of China.

Sri Lankan dance legend Chitrasena: A contemporary of Uday Shankar
- Dr.Sunil Kothari
Chitrasena and Vajira will always be remembered for their work, forging links between tradition and contemporary dance.

Dance Dialogue at Asia House
Two videos feauring Swarnamalya Ganesh and Rukmini Vijayakumar.

Astad Deboo, the creative traveller
- V.R.Devika
Astad Deboo, who performed in Chennai recently, straddles many worlds and genres to constantly add to his unconventional dance repertoire.

Bijayani Satpathy: "Soul" dancer
- Nirupama Vaidhyanathan
On a warm California afternoon, a conversation with leading Odissi exponent Bijayini Satpathy meanders, touching upon all aspects of her passion for the dance form.

Ephemeral, lasting impression
- Anuradha Vellat
When I first watched Sharon Lowen, I was immediately taken over by a certain effortlessness that appeared in her abhinaya. Each expression was fleeting, ephemeral yet the grandeur of her language was such that the memory stayed.

Ammannur Parameswaran Chakyar receives Sangeet Natak Akademi Award 2018
- Renu Ramnath
Heir to an artistic tradition, Ammannur Parameswaran (Kuttan) Chakyar received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award 2018, for his contributions towards Koodiyattam.
Meet Hem Chandra Goswami, a master mask-maker from Majuli
- S. Ravi
Keeping the art of mask-making alive and thriving, Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Hem Chandra Goswami hopes the tradition will become more popular and sustainable.

Odissi is my national identity outside India, says danseuse
- T. Appala Naidu
Madhulita Mohapatra feels recognition reminds her that dance is so deep, needs to be explored and enjoyed.

A great Odissi dancer conjures gods and demons alone
- Marina Harss
Bijayini Satpathy, famous for her work with the Indian company Nrityagram, has decided to strike out on her own "before it was too late."

Little known facts on barrister-dancer Nataraj Vashi and his fascinating career
- Sunil Kothari
Praveena received a scholarship to study architecture in the US. Nataraj also got admission in Chicago University.

Crowning glory
- Ranee Kumar
Mohiniattam exponent Gopika Varma feels that the Sangeet Natak Akademi award is a final endorsement of her art.

Best of both worlds
- Athira M
London-based classical dancer Amritha Jayakrishnan strikes a balance between her art and profession.

Queens of hearts
- Surekha Kadapa-Bose
Orchestrating a group of vocalists, instrumentalists and dancers is a feat that the all-women band Sakhi has managed with aplomb.

Choreographer Vishwakiran Nambi on infusing technology in dance
- Shilpa Sebastian R
Shuttling between the Kannada and Telugu film industries, this expert's aim is to make people accept contemporary dance on screen.

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