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Narthaki Monthly Newsletter

November 2020
SANCHARI.. More on the arts

Moving memories
- Simran Ahyja
Dancer Ramaa Bharadvaj's video project is an ode to her mentor and legendary Bharatanatyam dancer, Kamala.

Dance: A whirlwind of emotions - Part 1 ; Part 2

Choka Mela: A mesmerizing presentation by Jhelum Paranjape
- Sandip Soparrkar

This video project pays tribute to dancer Kamala
Ramaa Bharadvaj has created a video project called Fragrant Petals - Kamala's Natyam. It is a three-episode project that premiered as part of Taalam Talkies, a video series which is the brainchild of Anita Ratnam, the founder of Narthaki dance portal.

Going online: A new realm
- Swapnokalpa Dasgupta
Addresses the many questions that the digital shift in cultural consumption has given rise to.

Kalabhavan Mani's brother Ramakrishnan hospitalised after alleged suicide attempt
In a recent Facebook post, Ramakrishnan hinted at Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi's caste-based discrimination in denying him the chance to perform at an online event.

India's classical music and dance 'guru' system hit by abuse allegations
- Amrit Dhillon
Female musicians say abuse by gurus has been an open secret for years in a culture where 'toxic and old-fashioned patriarchy' holds sway.

In India, a dance haven shuts out the world
- Marina Harss
With the pandemic, Nrityagram, near Bangalore, has become a more self-contained version of itself: a refuge, with a single-minded focus on classical Indian dance.

Epics retold through a blend of art forms
- Ranee Kumar
Sonal Mansingh's 'Kala Yatra' brought alive episodes through narration and performance.
Akram Khan Company: The Silent Burn Project review - potent tribute to a powerhouse
- Lyndsey Winship
Three hours of dance, music and insightful interviews - including reminiscences from Danny Boyle - celebrate the creative power of one of the greatest dancers of the 21st century.

Dramatic transition
-TK Achuthan
Koodiyattam's online experiments are bringing in more viewers but also throwing up new challenges.

Through site-specific spectacle, aerial artist Jo Kreiter is exposing the human toll of the prison system
- Claudia Bauer
As the nation grapples with systemic racism and police brutality, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, choreographer Jo Kreiter's new aerial work seeks to amplify the call for ending the mass incarceration that disproportionately affects people of color.

The Great Unread: On William Deresiewicz's "The Death of the Artist"
- Robert Diab
On William Deresiewicz's new book, "The Death of the Artist: How Creators are Struggling to Survive in the Age of Billionaires and Big Tech."

How Bollywood assigns classical dance only to female bodies considered worthy of the male gaze
- Ranjini Nair
The sudden introduction of classical dance in a film acts as a placeholder for several values held by the girl on screen, which the film cannot delve into deeply. It transforms into a proxy for everything the word 'sanskaari' can convey.

People are obsessed with this video of voters in Philadelphia doing the "Cha Cha Slide"
- Michael Blackmon
"Nothing and no one is getting in the way of our joy and our vote!"

Bharatanatyam and the Bhonsle connect
- Rupa Srikanth
Dancer-scholar Sucheta Chapekar on how she designed a repertoire based on Marathi songs.

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