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November 2021

An imaginary interview with Guru Gopinath - Part 2
- Tapati Chowdhurie
In my conversations with Ragini Devi, I used broken English, Sanskrit, Malayalam and Hindi, profusely using the two English words 'yes' and 'no'.

An imaginary interview with Guru Gopinath - Part 3
- Tapati Chowdhurie
In the end of January 1935, we reached Santiniketan with an invitation from the great poet Rabindranath Tagore. We performed in the Sangeet Bhavan hall for 3 days.

For Hema Rajagopalan of Natya Dance, Indian dance is contemporary dance
- Lauren Warnecke

The man who redefined Kathakali's songs
- V. Kaladharan
From introducing Carnatic ragas and the sruti box to moving around the stage, Venkitakrishna Bhagavathar set new trends.

Rukmini Arundale: Dancer with a surprise second act
- Carol Lobo

Indrani Rehman: First beauty queen and icon of India
- Carol Lobo

Wellbeing Wednesday Writings with Mitul Sengupta & Shambik Ghose
We find our dancers and artists as embodied vessels. They are the ones who narrate, bear and breathe our stories, and we are privileged to work with them.

Steady rise of an all-rounder
- Sreevalsan Thiyyadi
Actor-dancer Sadanam Krishnankutty turns 80 in October 2021. His contribution to Kathakali comprises a wide range of characters in the classical form.

This 41-year-old Andhra woman steals show by playing male characters in mythological dramas
- Sreenu Babu Pativada
Mangadevi has been playing the lead character of Harichandra in mythological drama Satya Harichandra for quite a long time and mesmerising the audience with her performance and voice.

How Venu devised a visual language for dance
- GS Paul
The well-known guru painstakingly created notations for three of Kerala's dance forms.

Breaking down cultural boundaries through dance
In the PhD student spotlight features, Shambik Ghose is a contemporary dancer who is creating a new style of dance - fusing the classical North Indian dance, Kathak, and Western Jazz - and a teaching program to accompany it.

Dance artist Sooraj Subramaniam explores ‘Other Places of Being’ with January Low
- John Soltes
Sooraj Subramaniam, a successful dance artist, recently teamed up with January Low, another successful dance artist, for the creative project Other Places of Being, which will be available to stream virtually Nov. 1-15.

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