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Narthaki Monthly Newsletter

February 2023

SANCHARI.. More on the arts

More festival than art
- KK Gopalakrishnan
Competitors rarely go on to pursue a creative career.

'No Modi Critics': Mallika Sarabhai's performance cancelled after Culture Minister's diktat
After G. Kishan Reddy scuppered the performance that was supposed to happen at the Ramappa temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Monument in Warangal district of Telangana, it was instead held in an open ground.

Many realities about hearing the Unspoken: Lost in translation
- Swarnamalya Ganesh
Some years ago I started to become acutely aware of the dangers of post-colonial ethnographic scholarship in dance.

Dance dramas that fused content and craft
- V.V. Ramani
Kalakshetra's 'Krishnamari Kuravanji' and 'Bhakta Jayadeva' were revived to emphasise the timeless appeal of these productions.

From the family treasure trove
- Rupa Srikanth
Dancer Mahati Kannan and singer mother Gayatri Kannan's performance in 'Krishnaya Thubyam Namah' brought to mind Padma Subrahmanyam-Shyamala Balakrishnan combination.

Revisiting ancient hymns
- Chitra Mahesh
Srinidhi's 'Vainava Thamizh' was a margam based on verses from Divya Prabandham.

Dance set in a soothing landscape
- Rupa Srikanth
Spanda Dance Company's 'Andhadhi' was about interesting visualizations matched with suitable music.

Steps in sync
- V.V. Ramani
Aruna Mohanty's production showcased the harmony between Shiva and Shakti.

Aniruddha wears the mantle with elan

- Rupa Srikanth
In a lec-dem cum performance Aniruddha Knight made you wonder if he's a musician who can dance or vice versa.

Colorful imagery
- V.V. Ramani
Geeta Chandran's 'My Rainbow is Blue' portrayed the different forms of Krishna, but a deeper insight might have helped.

The stage & social realism
- Shalin Maria Lawrence
Prasanna Ramaswamy's new play is a moving commentary on an unequal world.

The circle of art
- Rupa Srikanth
'Skaandam' was powered by diverse movements and dynamic visuals.

Cooking up an aesthetic visual
- Lakshmi Viswanathan
'Arisi,' a cross cultural production, highlighted how every grain of rice matters.

Reinterpreting the Margam
- Rupa Srikanth
Vaibhav Arekar, along with musicians and technicians, showed how the overall effect of dance can be enhanced.

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