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December 2021
SANCHARI.. More on the arts

The Afghan dance teachers who've had to leave their country behind
- Lauren Wingenroth
Makhloot and many of his crewmates have had to leave behind not only their training club but their country, as the government collapsed in August and the Taliban has taken over.

The myriad avatars of abhinaya
- GS Paul
G Venu's latest book 'Arangilum, Munnilum Pinnilum' is a deep exploration of the abhinaya guru's artistic and instructional journey.

The many shades of worship
- Kathakali Jana
Arrival, Vikram Iyengar's solo digital dance presentation is inspired by the Bengali saying, 'jato mot tato poth.'

Bharatanatyam great Rama Vaidyanathan shapes a new commission for Mandala Arts & Culture
- Janet Smith
The streamed Dance Centre performance animates the circles, squares, and triangles of ancient Indian philosophy.

Margazhi 2021: where does the season go from here?
- Akhila Krishnamurthy
The December season is around the corner, and while in-person and digital performances are being explored, questions are being raised about how the two will shape the festival's future.

Decolonizing Dance: 3 Asian American dance educators reflect on their community-centered pedagogy
- Garth Grimball

Biopic on legendary Kathak danseuse Sitara Devi in the works
Described as the 'Empress of dance' and a pioneering force in bringing this classical dance genre to Bollywood, Sitara Devi was the recipient of several awards.

Plans for new Sadler's Wells East theatre unveiled
- Tom Millward
The east London dance venue is set to open in 2023.

The artist behind the lens
- Shailaja Khanna
An ongoing exhibition of Avinash Pasricha's works features some striking portraits of dancers and musicians.

MA in Performing Arts - Unlock a bright future
- CC Desk

The mark of a mature artiste
- V V Ramani
Meenakshi Chittaranjan's experience showed in her sensitive portrayals.

'The Indian performing arts industry is largely unsupported financially': Mallika Sarabhai
- Shweta Sharma
"The pandemic has broken the back of many [artistes] who were managing to survive. A new funding body needs to be set up to fund the arts."

When dance mirrors life
- Rupa Srikanth
Radhika Vairavelavan's performance based on Desika Vinayakam Pillai's poetry and translations merged art and reality.

A music and dance festival hailing Shadkala Govinda Marar
Shatkala Govinda Sangeetholsavam, being held at the musician's birthplace in Kerala, features music and dance programmes, celebrating Sopana Sangeetam.

Mohiniyattam's moment of reckoning
- V. Kaladharan
Dancers wonder what can be done to popularise the youngest of Kerala's classical dance forms.

Motivated postings, BJP's propaganda have diluted NSD's spirit of protest
- Anjana Rajan
India's theatre practitioners rue the gradual deterioration of the country's premiere drama institute and the shrinking space afforded to institutes of culture in general, ever since the BJP government came to power in 2014.

The legend of the Indian prince who is the forefather of all Cambodians
- Ajay Kamalakaran
The love story of prince Preah Thong and Naga princess Neang Neak is intrinsic to Cambodian culture, passed on to every child at a young age.

'Dancing With The Gods' launched at London's Nehru Centre
- Sunita Bhyuan
A coffee-table book that celebrates Indian history and tradition was unveiled by Amish Tripathi.

Interesting repertoire
- V V Ramani
Aditi Ramprasad's nritta and abhinaya was good but she needs to add a dash of lyricism.

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