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Narthaki Monthly Newsletter

August 2021

Why dancing is so good for us
- Ari Honarvar
Moving to music can help us heal from the toll of tragedy—let’s do it together, now that we can.

Theyyam – The power to call the deities down
- Pepita Seth
Theyyam has many ironies and they emerge as soon as you start asking a question. These moments are what I think of as the ‘here we go again’ factors since however basic and simple the question the answer’s opening words will hurl you into a whirlpool of confusion.

Labeling Guru Gopinath's dance style
- Vasanti Gopinath Jayaswal
Lately, during these stagnant Covid times I have seen on YouTube, videos of classes and dance routines, labeled as Guru Gopinath’s Kerala Natanam.

Dance and detachment
- Ramaa Venugopalan
With the advent of Social Media, everyone is up on their game to make impact and more impact.

The evolution of style
- Shama Bhate
Focusing on the traditional aspect of aharya in Kathak, renowned exponent of the form, Shama Bhate, dissects the aesthetics and substance of ornamentation on stage.

Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa: The Eternal Couple
- Seema KS
Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa have been a source of inspiration to innumerous poets and authors due to which numerous works are available describing the everlasting relationship of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa.
The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam – Part 3
- Nirmala Paniker
Female-centric dance forms could have deeper connections to the female goddess worship and Tantric philosophies that flourished in Kerala in the medieval period.

VSN: The first music critic of Kerala
Vadakkumkara Manakkal Sankaranarayanan Namboothiripad widely known as VSN in the music world was the first music critic of Kerala. 

MLV: The Doyenne of Melody, Laya and Vidhvatta
- Bhushan Toshniwal
With her graceful and subtle raga alapana and strong grip on RTPs, MLV smashed the male supremacy in Carnatic music.

How to perform without a mask...again
- Chad Geiger

The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam- Part 4
- Nirmala Paniker
Our myths and ancient literature have many references of Mohini and the lasya dance form.

Dance classes help to stop Parkinson’s symptom development, according to study
- Benjamin Taub

Moss(Z)art: When Music is reborn as Visuals
- Dr. Unni Krishnan Pulikkal S
Moss(Z)art is an attempt to recreate the abstract imagery I used to see in mind while listening to Mozart.

These powerful performers prove it’s time to end ageism in dance
- Sarah Parker
Mature dancers are experienced, artistically developed, and acutely knowledgeable about their bodies. So why is dance still so ageist?

The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam- Part 5
- Nirmala Paniker
There are enough indicators in Silapathikaram that make us believe that a dance form which was a harbinger of Mohiniyattam was in vogue during those days.

The role of dance in African culture
- Mary Morajeyo Okewola

How the pandemic changed dancers’ relationship with stress
- Zimmi Coker
Fatigued muscles, brain overload and pre-performance nerves are only a few of the stressors dancers endured before COVID-19 interrupted our ecosystem.

The occult origins of Mohiniyattam – Part 6
- Nirmala Paniker
From the Sangham era, the art of dancing had progressed gradually and flourished considerably during the Chera period because of the courtesy, patronage, and benevolence of the rulers.

Why Carnatic music matters more than ever: Part 1
- Ludwig Pesch
Carnatic music will become popular only if its advocates reach out to laymen, and address people from different cultural and age backgrounds.

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