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July 2022
SANCHARI.. More on the arts

A life defined by dance
- V.V. Ramani
As the 10th edition of the tribute festival to K.J. Sarasa begins, here's looking back at the first woman nattuvanar who groomed young dancers to find their own distinct expression.

Chinese fans pay rich tributes to China's legendary Indian classical dancer Zhang Jun
The first Chinese to study classical dance in India, Zhang Jun had passed away in 2012.

Bonding over Bharatanatyam
- Chitra Swaminathan
ABHAI, the organization that blurred boundaries among styles to bring dancers under one umbrella, turns 35.

At PECDA, tracing the threads and tensions that mark decade-long practice of 3 choreographers
- Joshua Muyiwa
The recently concluded fifth edition of PECDA had a showcase of dance festival curators, critics, contemporary dance stakeholders and spectators of new works presented by six Indian choreographers outside the foray of competition for awards.

An Oasis of Energy
- Gowri Ramnarayan
In five decades as a performing artiste, Malavika Sarukkai has been a traditionalist, a pathbreaker and a cultural transformer who has brought to life, with an indescribable physicality on stage, scriptures from the page and elements from the cosmos.

Peek into a dancer's world
- GS Paul
'Me and My Mohini Attam' takes you through Kanak Rele's journey of passion and perseverance.

Reflections of an Indian dancer - Kala Sangam, Bradford
- Margaret Hooper
As the audience enters, the sole performer Sooraj Subramaniam prepares for the stage: an ironing board with a steaming iron, a small mirror-adorned dressing table, and a yoga mat create Subramaniam's dressing room.

Why Mukesh and Nita Ambani's to-be daughter-in-law Radhika Merchant's arangetram ceremony is making news
- Ashish Mohan Khokar
Radhika Merchant is engaged to the Ambanis' younger son, Anant. Her 'arangetram' ceremony had a galaxy of industry and film personalities in attendance.

Time travel through history
- Deepa Natarajan Lobo
A grand live production held recently in Melbourne brought together Indian and Sri Lankan artistes in a seamless blend of music, dance, theatre and virtual reality.

'We feel more feminine now': Transgender community in Chennai on learning Bharatanatyam
- Janardhan Koushik
The dance school exclusively for transgenders in Chennai began classes on June 5 with a pilot batch of 15 trainees. For all of them, it is a dream come true and they want to inspire many others from the community to take to the art.

Me & My Mohiniyattam: Story of rare achievements
- India Art Review
Among the few biography/autobiographies of dancers, Dr Kanak Rele's 'Me & My Mohiniyattam' is the latest.

Think art, think AttenDance
- S B Vijaya Mary
The 20th edition of AttenDance, the yearbook on dance by Ashish Mohan Khokar has Mysticism as its theme.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival welcomes live audiences on-site for its 90th-Anniversary season
- Rachel Rizzuto
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival is back, and in a befittingly big way.

'Ms. Marvel': The cast on the most challenging scene - the Bollywood Wedding Dance
- Rachel Paige
The world is going to be gobsmacked that Marvel has a Bollywood dance sequence. It's unreal.

Humanising a demoness
- Deepa Natarajan Lobo
Dancer Vandana Supriya Kasaravalli's latest production, which combines elements of Odissi and Yakshagana, takes a deeper look at the emotions that drove Shurpanaki.

Documenting a doctor's daring deeds
- Diya Maria George
The road leading to the Theosophical Society has several heritage buildings that tell stories of several trailblazers, especially women.

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