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January 2021
SANCHARI.. More on the arts

Critics who made reviews as popular as performances
- Gowri Ramnarayan
At a time when reviews of music and dance have been edged out of publications and much of what survives has dwindled into subjective rants and puff pieces, it is intriguing to recall the spirited contributions of yesteryear critics to the growth of Carnatic music and Bharatanatyam.

The first-ever alliance
How 13 music sabhas have come together to form a consortium this year.

The artistic voyage
- Deepa Ganesh
Alarmel Valli, Bombay Jayashri and Arundhati Subramaniam got together recently for an intense talk about the creative process.

Best Dance of 2020
- Gia Kourlas, Brian Seibert and Siobhan Burke
Theaters shut down, but dance didn't. There was dancing in the streets and dancing on screens. Old treasures spilled out of the vaults.

Dance hall outbreak takes Hong Kong's corona virus fight two steps back
- Shibani Mahtani and Theodora Yu
It takes two to tango. But in Hong Kong, it took dozens of middle-aged women and their young, male dance instructors to spark a corona virus cluster...

A binge for the senses
- Rashmi Vasudeva
Despite India's rich heritage, there's hardly any museum culture to speak of. A major new private museum is committed to change this mindset.

The British ballerina who is working towards creating The National Ballet of India
- Meghana Sastry
At 'The Lewis Foundation of Classical Ballet' they follow the international syllabus which is from the 'Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing' in U.K.

End of an unusual year
- Sanjeevini Dutta
Alaska Airlines parodies 1980s song 'Safety Dance' for hilariously amazing music video
- Cailey Rizzo
We'll never forget our masks again.

Light, camera, concert
- Renuka Suryanarayan
A first-hand account of how artistes record performances for the virtual audience.

Staying ahead of the times
- Saranya Chakrapani
Weeks into the lockdown, the routine of dance classes, physical rehearsals and performances that the Dhananjayans had followed for decades turned upside down.

Why it's time to stop labeling
- Bhanu Kumar
In an online discussion, four dancers emphasised the need to bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary.

In step with pandemic times
- Ashrita Keshav
Classical dancers not only had to tweak their movements to comply with the demands of the virtual stage, but also had to make a huge mental shift.

Fine classicism highlighted
- Sreevalsan Thiyyadi
'Kalyanasougandhikam' brought alive the blend of elements unique to a Kathakali play.

The arts sustained many through Covid, but it leaves behind formidable challenges for the artists
- Padmapriya Janakiraman, Maansi Verma
The appreciation for art's contribution in providing society with a semblance of normalcy during these isolated times must be cultivated into respect and value for an artist's labour. Else, as a country, we will be collectively responsible for the loss of our cultural lineage..





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