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August 2019


August 1, 2019

LOVE is a fire
That dies out
If it does not kindle others

YOU have burned with joy
So kindle them who come near you
If you can

Or become a stone

- Italian artist Giovanni Papini

In the midst of rehearsals, performances and more gushing in the guise of reviews on Facebook, I turn my lens to fewer topics but those that have caught my attention this past month.

Read on...

ROVING EYE: A section of impressions, images and inspirations
Curated by Anita Ratnam


Naachiyaar Next - Mobile Photography Contest

MAADHAVA GEETHAM by Bharata Kalanjali


- The General Council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama, New Delhi at its meeting held on 26 June 2019 at Guwahati, Assam unanimously elected eminent personalities in the field of performing arts. The honour of Akademi Fellow carries a purse money of Rupees three lakh and Akademi Award carries Rupees one lakh besides a Tamrapatra and Angavastram.
Zakir Hussain, Sonal Mansingh, Jatin Goswami and K.Kalyanasundaram Pillai.
The General Council selected 44 artists from the field of Music, Dance, Theatre, Traditional / Folk/Tribal Music/Dance/Theatre, Puppetry and Overall contribution/scholarship in the Performing Arts for the year 2018, including three joint awards.
Dance: Radha Sridhar for Bharatanatyam, Ishira & Maulik Shah (Joint Award) for Kathak, Akham Lakshmi Devi for Manipuri, Pasumarthy Ramalinga Sastry for Kuchipudi, Surupa Sen for Odissi, Tankeswar Hazarika Borbayan for Sattriya, Gopika Varma for Mohiniattam, Tapan Kumar Pattanayak for Chhau, Deepak Mazumdar for Contemporary Dance.
Theatre: Bhagawat A.S.Nanjappa -Yakshagana, A.M.Parameswaran Kuttan Chakkiyar -Kutiyattam.
Folk, puppetry: Anupama Hoskere, Puppetry (String), Karnataka, Hem Chandra Goswami, Mask Making, Assam.
Overall Contribution/Scholarship in the Performing Arts: Diwan Singh Bajeli and Puru Dadhich

- The General Council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi has chosen the USTAD BISMILLAH KHAN YUVA PURASKAR awardees for 2018:
Renjith Babu and Vijna Vasudevan (BN), Durgesh Gangani (Kathak), Kalamandalam Vaisakh (Kathakali), Manju Elangbam (Manipuri), Madhulita Mohapatra (Odissi), Anjali Borrbora Borthakur (Sattriya), Rakesh Sai Babu (Chhau), Vikram Mohan (Contemporary dance).

- The awardees of Music Academy this year:
NRITYA KALANIDHI - Priyadarsini Govind, TTK AWARD - Rajkumar Bharathi
SANGITA KALANIDHI - Dr S Sowmya, Sangita Kala Acharya - Seetha Narayanan and MS Sheela, TTK Award - Vyasarpadi Kothandaraman, Musicologist Award - Dr. Arati Rao N.
Sangita Kalanidhi and other music awards will be conferred at the Sadas of the Music festival on 1st January 2020. The Nritya Kalanidhi Award will be presented at the inauguration of the Dance Festival on 3rd January 2020.

- During its Annual Festival of Dance and Music held on 8 to 10 July 2019 at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra, Guwahati, Sangeet Sattra bestowed the RASHESWAR SAIKIA BARBAYAN SATTRIYA AWARD on Bharatanatyam exponent Chitra Visweswaran, Chennai, Sattriya exponent Manik Chandra Barbayan, Assam, and Kathak exponent Bipul Chandra Das, Assam.


- Senior Kuchipudi dancer/Guru Sumathi Kaushal passed away on July 15, 2019.
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In praise of Kuchipudi exponent Sumathy Kaushal
- Dr. Sunil Kothari
Sumathy received several awards and honours when she was based in Hyderabad. Among them she cherished the 'Satyabhama Jada award' given to her by Vedantam Satyanarayana Sarma…

- Bharatanatyam Guru Hemamalini Arni (1934-2019) passed away peacefully in Hyderabad on July 20, 2019 aged 85. Hemamalini was a disciple of Guru Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai; she learnt her abhinaya and padams from Mylapore Gowriamma and T. Balasaraswathi. Along with her dance she trained in Carnatic music from Mayavaram Krishna Iyer and Maharajapuram Viswantha Iyer. She has conducted around 50 arangetrams in the last 25 years and trained innumerable dancers.


- ABHAI presents
Pravasi Utsavam

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 4.30pm
August 3, 2019 Chennai

- Nrityantar presents
Naman 2019: A festival of Odissi dance

ADA Rangamandira, 5pm
August 11, 2019 Bangalore

- Smitalay presents
Sanjukta Panigrahi Mahotsav

Bhavan's campus, 6.30pm
August 24, 2019 Mumbai

- Natya Tarangini presents
Parampara Series 2019

Kamani Auditorium, 7pm
Aug 30 - Sept 1, 2019 New Delhi


- Attakkalari presents
August with Masters
Master classes in many disciplines

Aug 12 - Sept 8, 2019 Bangalore

- Applications invited for
NIKC's 12 month diploma
In Choreography

Deadline: Aug 20, 2019 Bangalore

- Rhythmosaic, Kolkata, offers
Certificate course in Contemporary dance
Movement Psychotherapy course

From Sept 2019


Dancemakers: Talk about money with the same knowledge and passion with which we talk about our mentors, our dances and the art form's history. Research the roots of our current capitalist value system and know it intimately. WE are the creative thinkers. Think and strategize your way into prosperity. Consider it a mind-set, which is what successful for-profit companies have mastered. Be rigorous about making art that teems with value. Connect with patrons, foundations, government entities and corporate sponsors. Sit down with people who have resources and believe you have something to offer them. Tell them what you need in order to make your art and how their investment WILL elevate our country's cultural fabric.
- David Dorfman in 'Is Dance underfunded because it's undervalued?' Dance Magazine, July 23, 2019


And So Say All of Us (52 choreographers, 1 dance)
52 seminal international choreographers link together on a dance chain letter honoring Joseph V. Melillo. Commissioned by Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Apsara dance

A Biography of Hemamalini Arni by Chandru Arni
An Audiovisual Biography of Bharatanatyam guru Hemamalini Arni concentrated on extracts of when she looks back at her dancing and teaching years.

Poothanamoksham by Dr. Prathiba Natesan/Batley

Shadows - Lindsey Stirling



- An unusual Kathak performance by Ishwari Deshpande
What was special about this particular program titled Shanyayan, in praise of Lord Shani, the planet Saturn, was the excellent team work of young artistes.

Natanagar Dance Festival paid homage to Guru Shambhu Maharaj
Krishan Mohan, the son of legendary Shambhu Maharaj, had arranged the event under aegis of Abhyas to promote excellence in dance, promotion of talent among young, on the occasion of Guru Purnima paying tribute to his father.

Prachi Hota in Odissi impresses
The fare she offered was varied as she has studied under various gurus. The opening Mangalacharan was choreographed by Aruna Mohanty.
DANCE MATTERS: Column by Ashish Mohan Khokar

Famine in floods
With so many dancers that abound, especially in popular forms like Bharatanatyam, one would think the dance field is flooded with talents and finding a teacher would be easy? No way.

SOCH: Column by Dr. Arshiya Sethi

Dance is a part of who they are not
I would like to talk about some of the cruelty around dance. This is about animals that are made to dance for human sustenance.

Krishna or Godot?
- Ileana Citaristi
During the evenings of the East-West Dance Encounter (22nd to 29th January 1984) on the stage the gap was striking; the Eastern dancer all dressed up, ornamented and protected, the Western one naked, exposed, vulnerable.

TAALAM: Column by Leela Venkataraman

Summer in Delhi
Before the curtain comes down on the performance scene during summer with the temperature a scorching 45 degrees, many dance institutions decide to have their annual day - for school final exams are over, and there is a gap before many families begin to leave for vacations.

SPIC MACAY Convention with JNU collaboration centre stages multi- flavoured exercise as meditative not entertaining
A fruitful collaboration saw SPIC MACAY's seventh International Convention simultaneously celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Jawaharlal Nehru University. Even as the torrid summer heat sapped energies, JNU hosted the week-long event on its spacious grounds.

Yoga / Nritya reaches out to the common public
The special evening organized on June 21, 2019 at IGNCA's Matighar lawns, titled 'Yoga Nrityam' was the culmination of a two month workshop led by experts to disseminate Indian classical art forms, highlighting the Dance/Yoga shared spirit, among the common public.

THE EASTERN EYE: Column by Dr.Utpal K Banerjee

Social mirror - real and surreal
Two recent adaptations from the Western dramatic genre attempted to seek reflection of our own society, warts and all, in the playwrights' own mirror.

The pleasant and the poignant
'Ghanashyam' presented on July 14 by Sayani Chakraborty, was woven around the theme of the dark lord Krishna, as seen and remembered through the darkened days of Varsha. Himanshu Srivastava shared the evening with his 'Shikhandi - the Inner Quest'.

Meet the artistes SANCHARI.. More on the arts Articles


Aug 1 - 15, USA

Dr. Saraswathi Rajathesh is on SUMMER USA TOUR with performances, lec-dems, seminars, workshops, personal courses on Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam, dance make-up and nattuvangam training.

Aug 2, Bangalore
Kalasindhu Academy of Arts presents a lec-dem by D Keshava on the Mysore style of Bharatanatyam.
At: Kalasindhu, 12, 1st East Main Rd, ITI Layout, Banashankari II Stage, 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Aug 2 - 30, NE India
Sapphire Creations in August: Karseong, Kalimpong, Darjeeling: COMMUNITY RESIDENCY
Sudarshan Chakravorty has been invited to work with 16 communities in the North Bengal region namely Tibetan, Lepchas, Bhutias, Mewaris and the likes to lead a Resident workshop in the community to re-present and re-stage their existing content of folk dance and rituals which will help to re-contextualize the performance for the proscenium stage and so will enable to promote the performances in National / International forums. This initiative has been taken by

Aug 3, Mumbai
NCPA in collaboration with Sahachari Foundation Events presents CHARISHNU- The desire to move, curated and directed by Leela Samson featuring Aditi Mangaldas (Kathak), Leela Samson (BN), Sadanam Balakrishnan (Kathakali & Mohiniattam), Aruna Mohanty (Odissi), Priti Patel (Manipuri), Imocha Singh (Thang-ta), Mahesh Vinayakram (percussion).
At: NCPA, Jamshed Bhaba Theatre, 6.30pm

Aug 3 & 4, Hyderabad
Saptaparni and Anubhav present NARRATIVES IN INDIAN DANCE featuring Madhu Nataraj in Kathak performance and interaction on Aug 3, Bharatanatyam dancer Rama Vaidyanathan on Aug 4. Conceived, curated and presented by Dr. Anupama Kylash. The series focus on exploration of the solo format in Indian dance traditions.
At: Saptaparni, Road #8, Banjara Hills, 6.30pm

Aug 5 - 14, Kolkata, Hyderabad
Sapphire Creations in August:
- 5th to 10th Aug, Kolkata: MOVEMENT WORKSHOP, Minerva Theatre
Sudarshan Chakravorty leads a production oriented workshop for members of Minerva Repertory of Govt. of West Bengal to help them imbibe the physicality of Contemporary dance. This workshop exposes them to Floorwork, Partnering idea of Alignment and Geometry of the Body. The outcome of the workshop will lead to a production of the Repertory directed by Sudarshan Chakravorty.
- 12th Aug, Kolkata: Kolkata Centre of Creativity, 7pm
DANCING STROKES is a collaboration of dance, music, and painting where each form converses with each other, of static pictures to dynamic moving bodies. The performance moves from centerstage to alleys and corridors and the steps of the amphitheatre blurring the boundaries of the art, artists, and people at large.
- 14th Aug, Hyderabad: Ravindra Bharathi Auditorium, 6pm
ATITHI DEVO BHAVA is a celebration of the color and visuals of India. Each part is presented in an amalgam of dance, music and visuals drawing from tradition and modernity, from masked dance of Purulia Chau, to Fusion Contemporary to the aerial act depicting the cultural diversity.

Aug 6 & 8, Bangalore
Natya Institute of Kathak & Choreography presents 'Introduction to Indian culture through its dance heritage' for the Georgetown University delegates.

Aug 9 & 10, Bangalore
The 14th batch of Attakkalari's Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media celebrate its graduation. The two days will feature fresh and intricate group choreographies in Bharatanatyam and Kalarippayattu by masters of those disciplines along with cutting edge contemporary pieces by internationally acclaimed choreographers Stefano Fardelli from Italy, Teresa Rotemberg from Switzerland and Ion Garnika from Spain. The performances are by 60 graduating students of the 2018-19 batch of the Diploma program.
Venue: Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 6pm

Aug 11 & 24, Bangalore
Schedule for Sharmila Mukerjee and Sanjali.
-Aug 11: Sanjali Dance Ensemble performs for NAMAN 2019 (curated by Madhulita Mohapatra)
Venue: ADA Rangamandira, 6pm
- Aug 24: Sharmila Mukerjee (solo), Sanjali Ensemble (group), Sathyanarayana Raju and Soundraya Igoor (duet) perform for NAVAAYANAM, a festival featuring choreographic diaspora
Venue: Seva Sadan, 6pm

Aug 12, New Delhi
Bala Devi Chandrashekar presents 'BRIHADEESWARA - FORM TO FORMLESS, through the eyes of a Devaradiyal', at India International Center, 6.30pm.

Aug 13, Kolkata
From Rhythmosaic Dance Therapy Department, Dr. Mitul Sengupta speaks at Seminar on Movement Psychotherapy and practice in current context.
Venue: Gokhale College, 10am onwards

Aug 18, Bangalore
Udupa Foundation presents NRITYAKATHA featuring Indira Kadambi (BN), Vyjayanthi Kashi (Kuchipudi) and Chandrashekar Navada (Yakshagana)
At: JSS Auditorium, Jayanagar, 5pm

Aug 24, Bangalore
Natya Stem presents KAMPNI KUTCHERI featuring Bharatanatyam by Seshadri Iyengar and Sushmita Suresh.
At: Natya Stem Studios, #37, Bhoomika, 17th Cross, between 4th and 6th Main, Malleswaram, 6.30pm

Aug 24, Berne, Switzerland
Bharatanatyam by Anjali and Sumitra Keshava at the anniversary celebration of Pro School Bangalore. 25 years ago the S. Ramakrishna school was founded near Bangalore and today allows many children an education.
At: Saalbau Gasel, 5.30pm.

Aug 25, Bangalore
Natyasaraswathi presents monthly concert by Odissi dancer Moupiya Dutta, and Gaudiya Nrithya by Ruma Dey at studio theatre premises, 6pm

Aug 27, New Delhi
PUNYA TITHI- Spiritual merit through the lens of dance, gems of Odissi in the tradition of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. His choreographies as well as those of his disciple, Sharon Lowen, will be performed in commemoration of Ethel Lowen. Presented by Manasa-Art Without Frontiers in collaboration with the India International Centre
At: C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre, 6.30pm

Aug 30 - Sept 1, New Delhi
Natya Tarangini presents its annual 3 day fest, the 23rd edition of PARAMPARA SERIES festival of music and dance.

Aug 31, Kolkata
Rhythmosaic's ANNUAL SHOW 2019, Choreography - Facilitators of Rhythmosaic from Kathak, Classical Ballet, Jazz Dance, Contemporary department.
Rhythmosaic's production WHITE which was launched in 2011 and revisited again will be presented by Rhythmosaic present repertory and students.
Choreography: Mitul Sengupta and Prasanna Saikia
Venue: Gyan Manch, 6pm onwards

Aug 3, River Forest, IL
Shreya Magesh, disciple of Hema Rajagopalan, Natya Dance Theatre
Venue: Dominican University, 7900 Division St, 4pm (BN)

Aug 4, Oswego, IL
Christine Philip, disciple of Hema Rajagopalan, Natya Dance Theatre
Venue: Oswego East High School, 1525 Harvey Rd, 5pm (BN)

Aug 11, Richmond, VA
Sreya Peddi, Anandita Sharma, Shreya Rajkumar, disciples of Uma Chetty, Apsaras Arts Dance Group
Venue: Hershey Center of the Arts, Collegiate School, 3pm (BN)

Aug 24, San Jose, CA
Sindhu Shivani Ravuri, disciples of Dr.s Raja - Radha Reddy & Kaushalya Reddy, Natya Tarangini
Venue: California Theatre, 345 S, First St (Kuchipudi)

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