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November 2021

Snake Charmers: Innovating newer tunes
- Chitra Poomulli
The snake charmers or the 'saperas' are reinventing themselves by playing the same music to a different audience: humans.

Strength in movement
- Sudarshan Chakravorty
With its roots in martial arts and combat being an essential skill onstage, it is no surprise that Chhau has paved its own path.

Why dance documentation is important for history
- Aditi Pal
A series of documentaries being screened on Habitat World's YouTube channel, based on the Mohan Khokhar Dance Collection archive, tell an engaging and rich story about India's past.

What can you do to control pre-performance nightmares?
- Hollie Geraghty
Though it's rare for nightmares to actually come true in real performances, having mishaps play out in your dreams is common among dancers.

The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam - Part 15
- Nirmala Paniker
Even though 16th-century literature Vyavaharamala mentioned Mohiniyattam, it was Kunchan Nambiar in 18th-century who first described the costumes and movements of the art form.

The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam - Part 16
- Nirmala Paniker
Kunchan Nambiar's poetry and references to dance and aesthetics further accentuate Mohiniyattam's designation as a classical dance art form.

The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam - Part 17
- Nirmala Paniker
Swathi Thirunal structured and systematised Mohiniyattam. However, in the 19th-century the art form lost its dignity and was ostracized by the public.

Mourning my profession
- Elizabeth Zimmer
It seems wildly counterproductive for producers to hamstring potential reviewers with lists of conditions and expectations.

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