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April 2021
SANCHARI.. More on the arts

Old meets new
- VR Devika
The 'Remembering Rukmini Devi' festival at Kalakshetra commemorated her ideas.

There's no stopping Twyla Tharp, even as she approaches 80
- Peter Marks
To say Twyla Tharp is still at it after all these years would be inaccurate. Because there is never anything still about Twyla Tharp.

A temple and its dancer who published a book
- Meera Iyer
Venkata Sundara Sani who published a book was a devadasi attached to the Someshwara temple.

Through the mailbox slot: Japanese theatre offers new viewing experience
- Reuters

The right angle
- Rupa Srikanth
Dancers are experimenting with form and medium as they try to find new ways to reach audiences.

To Swathi Thirunal, from Delhi with love
- Shriya S Nair
Mohiniyattam and Bharatanatyam dances by titans, followed by a unique blend of Hindustani and Carnatic, graced the national capital, in memory of composer Swathi Thirunal.

Wired for melody
- Ranjani Govind
Neuroscientist and Carnatic vocalist Deepti Navaratna has began a new web series to better understand the deep connections between our cognitive abilities and music.

How PENNYWILD uses choreography to compose electronic dance music
- Sophie Bress
Most people wouldn't expect Martha Graham and electronic dance music to go hand in hand. But Penny Wildman isn't most people.

Margam Lineage: Honouring the Female Energy
- Nithya Gopu Solomon
A contemporary dance production, Margam - Lineage, is a new attempt for innovation, adaptation, collaboration archiving and preservation.

Meet the choreographer behind those dancing robots
- Sydney Skybetter
With just a few days left in 2020, renowned robotics company Boston Dynamics released a music video that featured a variety of two-legged, four-legged and wheeled robots dancing to The Contours' "Do You Love Me."
Mesmerizing "dance bubbles" installed across downtown Vancouver
- Vincent Plana

Strings and songs
- Shailaja Khanna
Vocal, instrumental and dance performances by new and established artistes at the four-month long online Swara Samrat festival turned out to be a mixed bag.

Inside Breaking's debut at the Olympics
- Rick Tjia
The Summer Games scheduled to take place in Paris 2024, however, are slated to bring us something new. For the first time, dancers will compete in the Olympic Games, as breaking makes its debut.

What does it take to carve out a career in Dance Filmmaking?
- Rachel Rizzuto
The past year's worth of pandemic-influenced art has convinced many dance artists to try their hands at filmmaking for the first time - and subsequently find out they have a knack for it.

Twyla Tharp and Her Body of Perpetual Motion
- Gia Kourlas
'American Masters: Twyla Moves,' a new PBS documentary, is also a portrait of a singular dancer over time.

The best new dance films to make your heart leap
- Lyndsey Winship
A love letter to a lost performance, a flower-robot duet, a mythical creature at bay - there's thrilling movement in store in the latest pick of online dance.

40 Years of EYE ON DANCE with Celia Ipiotis, the story behind a national dance treasure
- Christine Jowers
Imagine a weekly TV show dedicated to stories of dance.

Across the Palk Strait
- Meera Srinivasan
The rich cross-border collaboration and exchange between Sri Lanka and India has been halted by the pandemic.

Final Bow for Yellowface accelerates plans to lift up Asian dance talent
- Jennifer Stahl
For five years now, Final Bow for Yellowface has been working to rid ballet of offensive Asian stereotypes.

In India, interest in Classical Ballet training is on the rise
- Dr. Luis Dias
Western classical ballet is still a very unfamiliar art form in India. But in the last few years, promising talent has begun emerging…

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