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September 2020
SANCHARI.. More on the arts

Forced online, Battery Dance Festival brings the world to you
- Brian Seibert
The festival's pride is its international reach and scope. That hasn't changed.

Man enough to dance
- Purnima Sharma
It has never been easy for male classical dancers, but today, more men than ever are out to prove a thing or two.

The art of dancing through fear
- Dorothy Kolomeisky
Dancing with my eyes open feels familiar, but eyes shut? That's a whole other monster.

Finding Indigenous futurism through dance
- Tovah Strong
A Santa Fe-based Native contemporary dance company makes reciprocity and community-building part of its performances.

Mee Raqsam - A daughter and son's tribute to their father, Kaifi Azmi
- Mehru Jaffer
It makes the heart happy to hear Salim the humble tailor say in Mee Raqsam that his faith in Allah is steadfast enough to fearlessly help his daughter realise her dream, whatever it might be.

House of music
-Soumitra Das

In step with the times
- Anuj Kumar
Overcoming the COVID-19 challenge for theatres
- Khushroo N Suntook
It is disconcerting to recount how the performing arts have reached where they have, after COVID-19, given the intimate role they have played in my life.

Is it cultural appropriation when a Black woman does Irish dance?
- Petula Dvorak
Morgan Bullock's feet are a blur as she swings, hops, points and jigs in ways that make Irish dance look natural, easy even.

Marghazi will not be the same
- Bala Shankar
We will be witnessing the first December season in many decades without live audiences.

Dance therapy goes virtual
- Anjana Rajan
Activities based on rhythm, hand gestures, props and movement help children with special needs.

Caste Absolves Racism: The old libel against Hindus in a new book
- Aravindan Neelakandan
'Caste: The Origins Of Our Discontent' by Isabel Wilkerson
A new book in America tries to equate the caste system of India with the anti-Semitism of Nazi Germany and racism in the US. This review explains why this is a dangerous development and how it can be countered.

Desire and gender in two novels about hereditary dancers
- Sharanya Manivannan
'Devadasi' is not a term that South Indian hereditary artists were familiar with—it is a term the British and the newly educated class of Indians used to gloss over women who did not conform to patriarchal norms.

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