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Narthaki Monthly Newsletter

December 2021

The reality of dance journalism today
- Marina Harss
I started writing about dance in the mid-2000s. I won't say that the state of professional arts journalism was exactly sanguine at the time.

Reviving a lost tradition of dance
- Kiran Java
While other classical dances have evolved their art form from the standpoint of dance treatises, it is no secret that Kathak in its current form is difficult to link with the practices stated in the Natyashastra.

On self-expression
- Yazhini SP
In the performing arts of India, the audience is not a spectator, but a participant. This principle implies that a responsibility is placed on the audience.

The drum that speaks
- GS Paul
How percussion is still an efficient mode of communication in Africa.

Studio Devadasis 1: Ramathilakam, Kishna, Kuppa, Kantamani (1890-1902)
- Donovan Roebert
My intention in the 'studio devadasi' articles involves little more than the attempt to order and provide sources for a number of photographs of South Indian dancers who were photographed in studio settings in the late-19th and early-20th centuries.

The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam - Part 18
- Nirmala Paniker
Karthika Thirunal Balarama Varma's Balaramabharatam is a valuable dance treatise based on the practices that were popular in Kerala during his rule.

The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam - Part 19
- Nirmala Paniker
Swathi Thirunal not only revived Mohiniyattam, but was also responsible for inculcating Carnatic classical music into the dance form.

The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam - Part 20
- Nirmala Paniker
How the establishment of kalaris and cultural exchange programs across south India led to Mohiniyattam taking different forms rooted in local ethos.

The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam: Part 21
- Nirmala Paniker
Vallathol Narayana Menon and Kalamandalam infused new life into the then dying art form of Mohiniyattam.

Ballerina Autobiographies, Georgina Pazcoguin's "Swan Dive", and Gavin Larsen's "Being a Ballerina"
- Alastair Macaulay
Ballerina autobiographies are largely a genre of the last hundred years.

For these Bharatanatyam dancers, age has nothing to do with following your heart - and feet
- Anjana Rajan
In Bharatanatyam, like other dance forms, ageist perceptions still dominate, forcing women to give up their passion for learning and practicing the art form as they take over other roles as adults.

The storytelling sculptures of Puri Jagannath Temple
- Vrinda Chadha
When I started learning Odissi 19 years ago under the tutelage of my guru Ranjana Gauhar, I was mesmerised and struck by her graceful apsara-like look.

Are some brains wired for dance?
- David Hofman
Some people appear to have a natural talent which allows them to pick up dance steps with apparent ease, while others find moving gracefully difficult.

Capturing some of America's original dances: Inside the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers' Powwow
- Dance Magazine
Dance Magazine joined Saturday night's sunset bonfire to capture some of the competitions, and asked Thunderbird director Louis Mofsie and company dancer Michael Taylor to share their insights on the place of dance within the powwow.

What makes a "good" costume? Three perspectives
- Courtney Celeste Spears
For many of us, a costume completes the transition from the rehearsal process to a stage-ready performance.

Roshani Begum: A dancer from Tipu Sultan's court who rebelled against the British
- Jennifer Howes
Women like Roshani Begum used their influence as court performers and story tellers to foment an uprising.

Talk with the Hand!
- Richard Hughes Gibson
On the expressive art of chirology.

How South Asian temple dancers fought moral reform
- Livia Gershon
Devadasis appealed to a longstanding tradition to argue that they had a legitimate position in their modernizing nation.

How Africa's cultural institutions are leading the way in audience development and research
- Charlotte Ashamu
Rather than engaging with Africa's cultural sector through a singular lens, what if the world looked to it as a source of innovation and instruction?

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