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Narthaki Monthly Newsletter

March 2022
SANCHARI.. More on the arts

In an outstanding biography, Zohra: A Biography in Four Acts, Ritu Menon captures the indomitable spirit and perseverance of Zohra Segal
- Kirti Jain
The theatre doyenne who held the nation in thrall for over seven decades passed away in 2014.

Thanjavur Utsavam: An exposition of ancient culture
- Ashish Mohan Khokar
The Ministry of Culture’s winning idea to boost employment in the Arts in the time of Covid manifests in a three-day cultural festival in the temple town.

Dr. Mohan Gopinath: I have lived with Kathakali in my life for many decades
A discussion with Dr. Mohan Gopinath and Dr. Sabina Zacharias – the Principal Author and Chief Editor respectively of the book ‘Vignettes Relating to Kathakali and Shakespeare: the Thirasheela versus the Curtain.’

Movement with new meanings
- Parshathy J. Nath
The 10th edition of the Attakkalari India Biennial showed how dancers can explore space, time and emotion.

The goddess of grotesque
- Rupa Srikanth
Five dance films explore the idea of feminist power through some striking imagery and music.

North Korea arrests teacher and students for ‘capitalist’ dance moves
- Hyemin Son
The government has been cracking down on the use of foreign media.

Mohiniyattam: What’s gone wrong?
- GS Paul
In her new book ‘Mohiniyattam, Pedagogy and Performativity’, Aswathy Rajan explores the concerns around the way the Kerala dance form is taught today. She argues that it’s still under a feudal halo.

What Ragamala Dance Company's new show says about life and death
- Steve Marsh
Ranee Ramaswamy, along with her daughters Aparna and Ashwini, are using Bharatanatyam to help us understand modern life... and death.

Traditional Kathakali koppu artisans are now crafting souvenirs
- Priyadershini S

A fight to stay alive
- Shyamhari Chakra
Mayurbhanj Chhau artistes are eagerly looking forward to Chaitra Parva this year, when they will again showcase their much neglected martial dance form.

The big question
- Anil Srinivasan
Has the online world killed long-form art?.

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