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June 2021

Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma: The only matriarch of Mohiniyattam
- GS Paul
Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma, the grand lady of Mohiniattam, gave a structure and new dimension to the art form.

What makes Kalamandalam Gopi special?
- Achuthan T.K.
At 84, he continues to be Kathakali's eternal hero, whose unique technique has redefined the art form.

Upeka: A Life in Dance
- Mirak Raheem
Acclaimed traditional dancer Upeka Chitrasena marked her 70th birthday on May 21.

Kalamandalam Gopi: Ethereal beauty of Pacha Vesham
- IAR Desk
At 84, Kalamandalam Gopi maintains the same lightness and buoyancy in his movements as in his thirties. The grand old guru's contribution to the art form is unparalleled.

Peacock warrior
- Mahima Anna Jacob
60-year-old maestro stands between collapse and revival of rare devotional folk dance form.

'Manipuri dance is a form of worship'
- Shriya S Nair
Sinam Basu Singh, 33, is a Manipuri dancer, choreographer and researcher.

How Brinda Guha combines Kathak with Flamenco and Contemporary forms
- Bridgit Lujan
With a deep background in Kathak and training in other forms of Indian classical dance, including Manipuri, she began seriously training in Flamenco during a monthlong workshop in Spain in 2007.

Tanishq Joshi is stomping on South Asian stereotypes by fusing Hip-Hop Choreo with Bollywood music
- Nyamekye Smith
For Tanishq Joshi (aka Taneesky), becoming a dancer was as unexpected as your music cutting off mid-performance.

Teach your students about these barrier-breaking Asian-American dance artists
- Irene Hsiao
In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, here's a brief look at the lives of some of the pioneers who led the way for AAPI dance artists today, many of whom have been excluded from mainstream accounts of dance history.

An endearing guru
- Gayatri Iyer
B. Bhanumathi's democratic approach to learning helped her students gain insight and confidence..

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