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August 2021

An ode to Vathiyar
- Urmila Sathyanarayanan
On Dhandayuthapani Pillai’s birth centenary, remembering the doyen whose compositions have enriched the Bharatanatyam repertoire.

Dr PK Warrier: A healer, a guru and an art lover
Dr P K Warrier had interwoven Kathakali with Ayurveda and promoted it as tradition of Kerala. He always encouraged talents.

Redefining the form
- Ranjana Gauhar
On Guru Purnima, recalling how Mayadhar Raut worked with a group of exponents to give Odissi its classical status.

Remembering a magician of rhythm
- Manjari Sinha
Nrityabharati Kathak Dance Academy’s 75th year celebrations will highlight the contributions of its founder, pioneering dance guru Rohini Bhate.

Kalamandalam John: Kerala’s lone Christian Kathakali artist celebrates golden jubilee
- G S Paul
Winner of the much-coveted A D Boland Gold medal in Kalamandalam, John is the ambassador of Kathakali being a globe-trotting guru teaching, lecturing and performing the world over.

Mohanapriyan Thavarajah tells The Untold Story of India in Angkor Wat
- Aparna Sridhar
Mohanapriyan Thavarajah is the principal dancer, resident choreographer and dance faculty member with Apsaras Arts Dance Company and Academy.

Wayne McGregor: ‘Dancers are believing their voices can be heard, and I love that’
- Arifa Akbar
Royal Ballet choreographer Wayne McGregor had no access to elite ballet schools growing up. But he did have John Travolta and disco to spark a lifelong obsession. Now he wants to make dancers of us all.

An indigenous perspective on Frida Kahlo
- Joanna Garcia Cheran
In both in her art and personal style, Kahlo promoted the construction of a mythologized Indianness at the expense of Indigenous people.

India must focus on Southeast Asia. They can clearly appreciate our culture: Aravinth Kumarasamy
- Aparna Sridhar
Since 2005, under the leadership of Aravinth Kumarasamy, Apsaras Arts has transformed into a premier professional performing company, focusing on creating new works which are presented at international festivals.

Art matters
- Smitha Murthy
From a childhood of pain to paving a path for the transgender community, Kalki Subramaniam has used art to transform her angst into a gift to empower others.

A master of austerity
- Sreevalsan Thiyyadi
Vechoor Thankamani enriched two of Kerala’s folk arts, Thullal and Kurathiyattam, in the past century, while retaining their simplicity.

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