Gateway to the World of Dance

Narthaki Monthly Newsletter

May 2021

'How She Moves' celebrates Pakistan's rich heritage of classical dance
The documentary follows the legendary classical dancer Indu Mitha, and the story of the art form.

Watching Sheema Kirmani dance is a treat
- Imran Khalil
It's not just watching Sheema Kirmani dance troupe perform, it's the quality music, the poetry laced with humanism, and her defiance which makes the whole experience worth it.

The saga of popularising Kathakali in an alien land
- Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar
The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company designed educational programmes, workshops, demonstrations and organised tours to the cities, towns and small villages, taking Kathakali directly to the heart of the UK audience.
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Being a Christian priest with inimitable passion for Indian classical dance
- Fr Saju George SJ
Indian classical dance is a call within my Jesuit call. A complete language with meaningful gestures and movements, this art form helps me to convey my belief and convictions to the people.
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From pirouette to pen
- Navina Jafa
Pt. Birju Maharaj comes up with 'Brij Shyam Kahe', a compilation of poetry for dance.

'Dance can give community': Twyla Tharp on choreographing through lockdown
- Terry Gross
Neither the pandemic nor age can keep legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp from her work. During the height of the COVID-19 lockdown, Tharp, now 79, choreographed several dances through Zoom.

Ramli Ibrahim: 'I'm not straight in my way of approaching things'
Sutra Dance Theatre artistic director and Sutra Foundation chairman Datuk Ramli Ibrahim details the work behind 'Triple Frontiers (Odissi)', the sustenance of his art forms and legacy.

A large-hearted rebel
- Purnima Sharma
A tribute to Astad Deboo, considered to be a pioneer of modern dance in India.

On the face of it
- Sreevalsan Thiyyadi
Chutti artist Silpi Janardanan's make-up and costumes transform actors into characters.

All the world's a stage for Kathak exponents Hari and Chethana
- Komal Parmar
Hari and Chethana talk about the 25-year journey of the 'Noopur Performing Arts Center', response received for their art, recent work, future plans and more.

Pasumarthi Rathiah Sharma: A protagonist of Yakshagana Bani of Kuchipudi
- Vinu Vasudevan
On international dance day, (April 29), guru Pasumarthi Rathiah Sharma talks about traditional Kuchipudi and its evolutionary journey.

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