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June 2020
SANCHARI.. More on the arts

Unboxing dancers on Instagram
- Susanna Myrtle Lazarus
In 'Boxed', a new Instagram series, Anita Ratnam invites artistes to improvise.

The dancer who put Kathak on the South India map
- Chitra Swaminathan
The online conference, held amid the COVID-19 lockdown, to mark dancer-choreographer Maya Rao's birth anniversary captured how she went beyond gharanas to create a distinct repertoire

Broadway costume designers are making PPE for Healthcare Workers
- Christian Allaire
In light of the pandemic, a new collective of hundreds of costumers are repurposing their craft to make Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers, who are on the frontlines battling the virus every day.

'Next one year will be very tough for art landscape'
- Gaurie Dwivedi
Sonal Mansingh, renowned classical dancer and Rajya Sabha MP, wants government to respond to the plight of artists.

Yvonne Rainer, Postmodern Dance, and You
- Madeleine Compagnon
In the 1960s, a group of artists started experimenting with choreography based on ordinary movement and improvisation. Now your living room is the stage.

'Dance Unlocked,' a short film conceptualised by Mallika Sarabhai, has 24 eminent Indian dancers performing
- Saraswathy Nagarajan
'Dance Unlocked', directed by Yadavan Chandran and presented by Darpana and Natarani with the 24 dancers performing in their homes, showcases the liberating power of dance.

This moment in collaboration: How performing arts are blowing up online
- Akhila Krishnamurthy
There is a soundtrack for every challenging period in time. For the pandemic, it is one of hope and creativity - bringing together dance, music and song, with artistes from across the globe.

How maths, science and imagination came together for a transmedia Bharatanatyam opera inspired by Srinivasa Ramanujan
- Sangeetha Devi Dundoo
Unveiling the music of their pet project 'Antariksha Sanchar', visual artist Avinash Kumar and music composer Murthovic discuss the many facets of the Bharatanatyam dance opera with a story centred on mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan.

Will Cirque du Soleil rise again?
- Dan Bilefsky
The coronavirus has pulverized the famed circus, forcing it to shut down dozens of shows and grounding its small army of circus artists.

Dance of the Swan
- Geeta Doctor
For veteran Kumudini Lakhia, Kathak exponent vibrant at 90, 1956 was an extraordinary year of triumphs.
Spotlight on the Nayaka
- Rupa Srikanth
References were taken from ancient texts and Sanskrit literature by dancer Anupama Kylash to highlight various facets of a hero and the role of a companion.
SPIC MACAY's Anubhav goes online from June 1
- Ranjani Govind
About 100 renowned artistes and 15,000 children from India and abroad are expected to participate in the annual convention.

Dance Heritage in the New Virtual Space
Ragini Chandershekar in conversation with Dr. Navina Jafa

Punarnava - the way forward...
- Usha RK
With the theme 'Finding Pathways to Renewal and Rejuvenation' the four day series of Conversations with Ananda envisaged learning from the life experiences of renowned artists.

The intriguing world of Nayikas
- Rupa Srikanth
Through abhinaya, a dancer can capture the nuances, provided the subtext is grasped.

Performing arts in the hot zone: Covid 19 leaves many artistes gasping for relief
- Suanshu Khurana
With the extended lockdown leading to a financial and cultural crisis for several performing artistes, renowned names come together to support those hanging by the thread.

An offering to counter the pandemic
- Ranee Kumar
An online event found seven dancers invoking divine power for relief.

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