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Narthaki Monthly Newsletter

February 2022

Tamrapatra Session 7
(Expert Comments by Performer-Educator Chitra Sundaram

The art of the matter
- Meher Marfatia
Seven ads and two rooms were all it took 75 years back to launch an idea that set the highest standards among art journals internationally.

Unequal stage: Who benefits from state honours, and how much, is a function of privilege
- Ranjini Nair
The marked difference in what winning the Padma means to an art and to the artist, can be understood if one takes a moment to reflect on who the artistes are.

Why dancing just might be the best workout that ever existed
- Isabel Burton
Besides myriad health benefits for your mind and body, if there's ever been a time when we could all use an ecstatic release, it's now.

What the pandemic has revealed about the arts in India
-T M Krishna
It has highlighted the inadequacies of our cultural space, the lack of economic support for artists and the dangers of allowing social media to dictate art-making.

A dance to protect against misfortune
- Manjushree G Naik
Kangilu Nritya is a traditional folk dance from the Karavali region of Karnataka.

Turkey's 'whirling dervishes' strive to keep the practice sacred amid tourist demand
- Durrie Bouscaren
In the city of Konya, adherents of a Sufi ritual meditation are torn between commercialism and tradition.

Dance is therapy - But dancers need better mental health care
- Elena Sundick

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