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Narthaki Monthly Newsletter

March 2021

Remembering Rukmini Devi - A Woman of Substance on her 117th birth anniversary
- VP Dhananjayan
An orator with amazing English vocabulary and attractive personality, Rukmini Devi Arundale is a wonder woman of the century.

Remembering Rukmini Devi Arundale, whose contested reforms shaped modern-day Bharatanatyam
- VR Devika
On Rukmini Devi Arundale's 117th birth anniversary, it is perhaps time to re-evaluate the scathing remarks relentlessly brought against her and her contributions to the world of Indian classical dance, Bharatanatyam in particular.

Rich layers of talent
- GS Paul
Sadanam Harikumar, who has won the 2020 Akademi award for sculpture, is also a painter, musician, composer and dancer.

Understanding Rukmini Devi
- Aranyani Bhargav
On her birth anniversary, a relook at the dancer-choreographer's monumental vision for dance.

A legend in his lifetime
- Anjana Rajan
As a tribute to C.V. Chandrasekhar, documentary Nrithya Gandharva covers a lot of ground. Scripted and directed by Vasudevan with narration and subtitles by Madhavi, the documentary has been shot in Chennai, Varanasi and Vadodara, the 3 important centres in Chandrasekhar's life.

Two visionaries: Marie Curie forged a friendship with dancer Loe Fuller
- Jennifer Ouellette
Liz Heinecke on her new book 'Radiant,' a parallel biography of two extraordinary women.

Kalamandalam Sankara Warrier: An exceptional genius
- V Kaladharan
He redrew the contours of Maddalam in Kathakali by means of his remarkable faculties.

Kalamandalam Kavitha Krishnakumar: Dancer & dedicated teacher
- GS Paul
The recent Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Award for Mohiniyattam dancer Kalamandalam Kavitha Krishnakumar comes as a late recognition.

She's the dancing force behind Nia Dennis's viral gymnastics routines
- Gia Kourlas
Bijoya Das, a former gymnast with a deep relationship to dance, is training U.C.L.A. team members to let their personality light up the mat.

The dancer's song
- Hema Ramani Iyer
S. Rajeswari, recipient of the M.S. Subbulakshmi award, on how she chose to sing for dancer Kumari Kamala.

Sadanam K Harikumar: The sculpting of a multifaceted artist
- Sreevalsan Thiyyadi
Terracotta sculptures have been of increasing interest to musician-dancer-lyricist Sadanam K Harikumar.

Laurieann Gibson is telling her story-with a purpose
- Jennifer Stahl
Her anecdotes-from getting fired from one of her first major jobs, to her longtime friendship with J. Lo (and its brutal comparison game), to refusing gigs with predatory male artists-all come with lessons readers can apply to their own careers, whatever industry they're in.

Conversation between Nahid Siddiqui and Masoom Parmar

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