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Narthaki Monthly Newsletter

September 2021

Gloria Mandelik - Celebrated ballerina turns glorious eighty
(A bridge between Madrid & Madras)

- Josť Luis Greco
Embracing Classical Ballet, Spanish and Indian Dance, the unusual and eclectic nature of Gloria Mandelik's career has been the subject of interesting controversies since its beginnings.

Guru Gopinath-An epic personality
- VP Dhananjayan
My Kathakali Guru Chandu Panikkar was a great admirer of Guru Gopinath and used to comment that "the god given face of this man surpasses divinity of god himself."

Chandrabhaga Devi: Truly a Shakti of Maha Maya
- Jyothi Raghuram
August 11 is the birth centenary of UK Chandrabhaga Devi, the earliest woman proponent of Bharatanatyam in Karnataka.

S. Rajeswari: A satisfying journey in music
- Hema Iyer Ramani
The story of musician S. Rajeswari who was conferred with the M.S. Subbulakshmi Award by Tamizh Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram earlier this year, is one such story where she had to make her choices when she came to the fork in the road.

Celebrating grace, dance, and movement in the political now: A conversation with Pulitzer-Prize winning critic Sarah Kaufman
- Emmy M. Cho
Sarah L. Kaufman is the Pulitzer Prize-winning chief dance critic and senior arts writer for The Washington Post. Kaufman's commentary covers a wide range of subjects including the performing arts, pop culture, entertainment, and the intersection of art and science.

How Kutiyattam and Abhinaya Guru G Venu took Kerala to the world
Guru Gopal Venu takes a brief trip down memory lane at his myriad experiences on the stage, on the occasion of his 75th birthday on July 1, 2020.

Curating / organizing a dance festival - physical and digital

- Shveta Arora
I spoke to four curators with slightly different trajectories: Anita Ratnam, Geeta Chandran, Vidha Lal and Usha RK.
Part 1 ; Part 2

My Mohiniyattam Journey
- Keiko Okano
Hailing from Tokyo, Japan, Keiko Okano has been practising and performing Mohiniyattam in Kerala for more than a decade now, shuttling between Kerala and Tokyo.

I learnt Indian dances for the philosophical understanding of their spiritual context: Eshani Lasya
- Aparna Sridhar
Born in Portugal in 1980 as Eurica Luz, dancer and visual artist, Eshani Lasya is the Director of EKA (dance company) and co-founder of EKA (unity), a Lisbon based non-profit organization that is setting trends in the Portuguese capital's alternative arts and culture scene.

Five Conversations with Suzanne Farrell
- Alastair Macaulay
To mark ballet icon Suzanne Farrell's 76th birthday, dance critic Alastair Macaulay shares highlights of the conversations he's had with her over the years.

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