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Narthaki Monthly Newsletter

May 2020
SANCHARI.. More on the arts

Kelucharan Mohapatra, a perfectionist and guru par excellence who redefined Odissi dance
- Unnati Sharma
Remembered as the architect of Odissi dance, Kelucharan Mohapatra infused new techniques into the art form. Remembering him on his 16th death anniversary.

Kerala classical dancer's performance on how to battle coronavirus is a social media hit
Classical dancer Dr Methil Devika came up with a Mohiniyattam performance that includes a message from the state's health minister and talks about overcoming all obstacles in battling the pandemic.

Not making a song and dance...
- Prathibha Prahlad
The cultural and creative sectors need financial help, too, as they have been ravaged by the impact of stringent public health measures imposed by the Govt to stem the pandemic.

Hope in spotlight
- Ramaa Bharadvaj

India's artists on what they are making during the lockdown
- Ela Das
India's established and young artists find themselves turning to their art to make sense of the sorrow around them and renew their promise to co-exist with nature.

TN artists take to puppetry to spread awareness, squash fake news on COVID-19
- Edex Live
Chennai-based 'Bommalattam' artist Mu Kalaivanan has chosen this folk art to spread awareness among the public.

Lockdown Reflections: Constructing monuments with geometry of dance
- Navina Jafa
The COVID-19 lockdown has allowed dancers a space to reflect. I prompted dancers Purva Dhanashree (Vilasini Natyam), Arupa Lahiry (Bharatanatyam), Shashwati Garai Ghosh (Odissi) and Divya Dikshit (Kathak) to replay, reflect, respond and re-create a feature or a built structure of a monument.

Even the lockdown could not put down the spirit of these wonderful performers as they celebrate the vibrant art called dance
This International Dance Day it's about finding the intangible mental and spiritual strengths that dance can give us.

Virus helping hand trumps poverty
- Snehamoy Chakraborty
Chhau dancers donate Rs 10,100 to CM's relief fund.

Arangetram fever
- Chitra Srikrishna
"This is criminal for our time," says the veteran Bharatanatyam dancer when she addresses a young crowd at the dance conference.

Live in the living room
- Srivathsan Nadadhur
An enriching Instagram live series comprising a host of music and dance events by seasoned performers has enlivened lockdown evenings.

Will Indian classical world's move online prompt offline paradigm shift, reimagining of future?
- Devina Dutt
As the coronavirus outbreak rips through the world, countless Indian classical musicians and dancers - along with many other sections of society - have had to contend with its swift and savage trail of destruction.

Abhinaya - shift in paradigm
- Abhirami Rao
The male perspective came across with strong overtones as eight dancers took to Instagram

How real is the Virtual?
- Pujita Krishna
In social media, dancers are finding a delightful window of opportunity. But how much of the display is genuine?

Covid-19: Students perform Bharatanatyam dance to create awareness at a traffic signal in Chennai
The students of a dance school from Chennai's Iyyapanthangal perform Bharatanatyam to create an awareness on novel coronavirus.

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