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Narthaki Monthly Newsletter

September 2020

Empowerment through Bharatanatyam
- Tejsree Beharee
'Empowerment' is a word widely used, but often hard to define. It seems like every individual or party has defined the word by taking inspiration from their personal experiences.

Jacob Haafner's Devadasis
- Translation by Jeetendra Hirschfeld
Travels in a palanquin...

As Indian classical dancers go online in lockdown, an initiation of critical dialogue on the insularity of their craft
- Ranjini Nair
The pandemic has shown that it can subvert the long-held narratives around the practice of classical dances, to have a critical self-reflective voice, which has remained largely absent thus far.

Saving history as it happens
- Rupa Srikanth
The costume that Balasaraswati wore or Shambhu Maharaj's anklets: where are these preserved? In India, archiving has never been taken seriously

The challenges of dancing while parenting while going through a pandemic
- Nancy Wozny
Montoya, a 23rd-generation Nuevomexicana and founding director of Safos Dance Theatre, is one of many dance artists navigating motherhood during COVID-19.

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