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February 2021
SANCHARI.. More on the arts

What copyright protections do choreographers have over their work?
- Steven Vargas
When choreography is created, is it protected by copyright? Yes and no.

Shaping a cultural economy
- Navina Jafa
How four dancers have used the pandemic to explore financial sustainability in the arts world.

New global free film series FILMS.DANCE announces launch
- BWW News Desk
Films.Dance will premiere a new short film every week free to the community, January 25—May 3, 2021.
 
The bite-size purana
- Hema iyer Ramani
Animation, catchy tunes, storytelling - Kutty Kahani has all the right ingredients to grab children’s attention.

The master’s distinct touch
- G.S.Paul
G. Venu brought alive the nuances of Kalidasa’s Vikramorvaseeyam at the recent Koodiyattam mahotsavam.

Baryshnikov Arts announces digital season
-  Peter Libbey
New work by Kyle Marshall, Bijayini Satpathy, Justin Hicks and others will debut throughout the spring.

When walls speak kalari
- Saraswathy Nagarajan
The new Centre for Performing Arts at Varkala, Kerala, sports large murals depicting various performing arts specific to the State, done by muralist Suresh Muthukulam under the guidance of auteur Adoor Gopalakrishnan

From dives to Broadway, US arts aid offers ‘lifeline’ to devastated venues
- Bob Chiarito
Independent entertainment venues and theaters as well as many cultural nonprofits can apply to the grants geared towards supporting rent and maintenance.

#MeToo in the world of Kathak: Faults within guru-shishya parampara, dependence on teachers has led to culture of silence
- Saberi Misra
Though it does have its positives, the guru-shishya tradition unfortunately stops us from moving towards a more progressive and open community, where constructive discussions can take place without fearing consequences.

In pandemic, Lavani dancers are reclaiming the performing art form
- Ashish Kale
Covid will go, but the art it created will stay...
- Surumi Mammootty
Covid-19 would be wiped out. We will be freed. However, the art that this time has created would remain for ever.

Ballet dancers are stretching their business muscles during COVID
- Estefania Garcia

Meet the pint-sized robots that spontaneously dance
- Isaac Schultz

Van Cleef & Arpels’ new high jewelry watch is both a ballet and a musical for your wrist
- Carol Besler
And it comes in a sound amplifying presentation box.  

Hidimbi reborn
- Bhanu Kumar
A new dance series presents research-oriented performances using good production values.

Thief steals handmade costumes from San Jose ballet studio
- Rob Roth
For dancers and audience members alike, perhaps one of the biggest joys of ballet are the costumes. But at the San Jose Dance Theater, most of its costumes are now gone after they were stolen out of a storage area.

What cutting my own hair during a Mohiniyattam performance taught me about gender politics within the form
- Sreelekshmi Namboothiri
Classical dances have certain body ideals created for themselves, and one of them is the long hair or a stipulated hair length for the female performer that qualifies her to wear the costume. What does the hair - especially the long hair attached to the body of the woman - imply?

Home is where the art is
- Kunal Ray
Some artistes are broadcasting from home. Others are inviting small audiences home. And one has made a museum home.

Gabe Stone Shayer on the exciting intersection between Ballet & Fashion
- Camille Freestone
This one to watch is all about breaking down barriers.

A 9-year-old dancer grooves to an intensely choreographed routine and clocks 10,000 steps in just three minutes





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