"This alone is denied to God
The power to undo the past"
- Greek Playwright AGATHON
"The enemy is a very good teacher"
- The DALAI LAMA
Hello dance world!
I am trying to be upbeat and positive about our lives, our colleagues,
our art and our eco system. But there are too many forces and events
around us that are creating questions and diversions that cannot be
ignored or brushed aside.
I have always said that dance and politics are converging. That the two
worlds are coming closer together and that we as a creative community
must take cognizance of. No longer can we hide behind tradition,
repertoire and memories. This month I have chosen to focus on matters
that are affecting us all, in ways that may or may not have an immediate
impact on our lives but are certainly affecting the way we create,
share, converse and engage with our families, friends and the public.
Having shared my thoughts once a month for almost 20 years has given me
an optic of the dance world both inside India and abroad. 55 years after
my arangetram, I think writing what I think and feel does not need the
permission or sanction of others. I acknowledge the enormous power and
privilege that creating and managing this portal has given me and hope
that my thoughts and words are read as personal views of a mature global
NARTHAKI @30 kicks off its celebrations with a discussion and a film on April 23rd.
PECDA contemporary dance festival in Bangalore is from April 18 to 23 at various venues. The last PECDA winner was Aseng Borang.
The 2ND DINANATH PATHY KALA SAMMAN goes to veteran chitrakar Jayadev
Maharana and the book 'The Kumbh Mela-Joined in dance, a Malaysia-India
Experience' by Sutra Foundation will be released on April 2, 2022 at
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bhubaneswar.
Malavika Sarukkai performs ANUBANDH in Bangalore on April 8 at Chowdiah Memorial Hall.
SINDHU FESTIVAL is on April 14 & 15 at Pune's Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha.
IME presents Contemporary dance BIRD funded by INKO Centre, Chennai,
choreographed by Preeti Athreya on April 2 at MLR Convention
School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU - Theatre and Performance Studies
Dept is holding screening of video installations, film screening and
conversations on dance and other embodied practices from March 30-April
6. Titled 'Our Contemporaries: Embodied Practices in Current Times', it
features works by Ananya Chatterjee & Darren Johnson, Masoom Parmar,
Meghna Bhardwaj, Soumyabrata Choudhury and Sumedha Bhattacharya along
with the film "Sharira" on Chandralekha.
The newly formed UTPAL SAMPA KALA KENDRA in Kolkata, the brainchild of
scholar/writer Dr.Utpal K Banerjee, has plans for Research,
Documentation, Publication and Workshop Initiatives. The aim is to be
creative and innovative; widely relevant; speedy execution; modest
goals; and result-oriented.
NATYA VRIKSHA celebrates World Dance Day 15th edition on April 22 & 23 at IIC, Delhi.
The President of India bestowed PADMA SHRI
on duo Nalini-Kamalini Asthana (Kathak), R Muthukannammal (Sadir),
Padmaja Reddy (Kuchipudi) at a special function at Rashtrapathi Bhavan,
Muthukannammal is the only living Sadir dance exponent in India and
serves as a repository of knowledge about the history of
Bharatanatyam. Many of those who received the Padma awards on
March 21, 2022 from the President of India were "unsung heroes"
including 125-year-old yoga practitioner Swami Sivananda. He is the
oldest man to be conferred the Padma Shri award ever. Nalini-Kamalini
Asthana and Padmaja Reddy received the award on March 28, 2022.
Geeta Chandran received the ISAW WOMEN ACHIEVER'S AWARD from ISAW (Institute of South Asian Women) in Delhi on March 28, 2022.
On March 27, ANITHA GUHA received the Stree Shakthi Award from the
popular TV channel SRI SANKARA TV in which programs are mainly based on
spiritualism, Art and culture, at IIT Madras.
Dr.Rathna Kumar received the WOMEN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD from Bharathi Kalai Manram, Houston, TX on March 8, 2022.
BUDDHA SAMMAN instituted by Orissa Dance Academy since last 15 years,
goes to an eminent art personality from the field of creative and
performing arts and carries a citation, anga vastra and cash award of
Rs. 1 lakh. This year Prof Priyambada Mohanty Hejmadi, eminent Odissi
dancer and former Vice-Chancellor, Sambalpur University, received this
award during the Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav, Bhubaneswar on March 24, 2022.
GURU GANGADHAR PRADHAN SMRUTI SAMMAN instituted by Orissa Dance Academy
in memory of its founder Guru Gangadhar Pradhan was given to four
eminent personalities of different fields during the Dhauli-Kalinga
Mahotsav on March 22, 2022 at Bhubaneswar. The awardees are Odissi Guru
Durgacharan Ranbir, music composer and singer Laxmikanta Palit, Sanskrit
scholar Pt. Nityananda Mishra, and Somdutt Behura, promoter of Odissi
dance in USA. This award carries a citation, anga vastra and cash award
of Rs. 25,000.
Tridhara Bhubaneswar conferred the GURU DEBAPRASAD AWARD for 2021 on
Ramli Ibrahim (Odissi), Saswati Sen (Kathak), Sadashiv Pradhan
(Mayurbhanj Chhau) on March 29, 2022 at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar.
The GURU DEBAPRASAD LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD goes to flute maestro Pt
Hariprasad Chaurasia. The GURU DEBAPRASAD YUVA PRATIVA SAMMAN for 2021
goes to Kaori Naka (Odissi), Alok Bishoyi (Saki Nata) and G Nageswari
Belgian and Moroccan choreographer, dancer, and director Sidi Larbi
Cherkaoui is the recipient of the 2022 JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE AWARD.
Cherkaoui will accept this award and present a new work at the season
opening Gala on June 18, 2022.
Veerabhadra temple, Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh
Photo: Deepa Narayanan Sashindran
|TAALAM: COLUMN BY LEELA VENKATARAMAN
Collaborative excellence marks Twelfth Pragjyoti Festival: Part 1
The twelfth Pragjyoti International Dance Festival, hosted for the last
eleven years in Guwahati by Kalpa, a collaborative online event this
year thanks to pandemic compulsions, featured some of the finest online
workshops, built round aspects crucial to the art world today.
Collaborative excellence marks Twelfth Pragjyoti Festival: Part 2
In the session on 'Modern Languages and Literary Studies' in association
with Guwahati University, Priti Patel spoke of working along with
television personality and researcher into traditional art, Sadhana
Srivastava, who has curated a film highlighting the perils Manipur's
indigenous art forms face in the world of today.
SOCH: COLUMN BY DR. ARSHIYA SETHI
Notes on NEP (New Education Policy)
What is good about the New National Education Policy, 2020? It is
undoubtedly an ambitious pan Indian overhaul, envisioned to cost up to
6% of India's GDP. It appears to be a body, mind and soul project.
Postmodern meets Pre-Dravidian
- Marc-Paul Lambert
It is remarkable to see how, some fifty years after Paris, the term
"contemporary dance" settled in hotspots like Mumbai or Chennai,
breaking with semantics of Indian classical legacy.
Don't just see but also hear the Dancing Child-Part II
- Dr. Arshiya Sethi
The Unmute.help website is an open, free resource to which people go
when they want to understand arts and the intersection with the Law.
Mumbai based veteran costume designer GHULAM RASOOL, popularly known as Ghulam Bhai, passed away on January 25, 2022. He was 80.
THANJAI A HEMNATH, eldest son of Thanjai M Arunachalam Pillai, passed
away due to heart attack on March 17, 2022 in Chennai. He trained
students in Thanjavur bani of Bharatanatyam and in nattuvangam through
Shanmugananda Bharatanatya Palli which was founded by his father. He
also served as a Bharatanatyam lecturer in Tamilnadu Government Music
Born in Kimberly, South Africa, NAN MELVILLE was a photographer and
videographer based in New York City, specializing in performing arts
photography. She passed away on March 20, 2022. She worked for the
NY Times, Juilliard, World Music Institute and for 'Dancing the Gods'
Festival. She has captured images of visiting Indian artistes including
Nrityagram and is known for her short documentary 'Nrityagram: For the
Love of Dance.'