The future belongs to the young
We must not only trust them with responsibility
But must thrust it upon them
Whilst they are still young and full of energy, zest, hope
And even illusions
- JRD TATA, Industry Icon
It is the sheer force of young India that caught my eye last month. The
papers are full of catchy images of dancers reshaping the idea of
classical performances. Affluent 20 and 30 somethings who are spending
extravagantly for that exclusive AHA moment (not on the Arts!) to notch
one over their neighbours. Mixologists blending strange flavours like
Basmati rice, cake and Tamarind with beer (?????) and the IN YOUR FACE
images of Chess boards. Yes, Chess boards.
Eminent theatre director ONG KENG SEN of Singapore has been conferred Honorary Doctorate by the University of Central London.
Bharata Kalanjali's new book OFF STAGE, a visual voyage showcasing the
life and artistry of Shanta and VP Dhananjayan, was released by Jug
Suraiyya (author and columnist, former Editor, The Times of India) on
July 23, 2022 at Chennai. 'Offstage' represents a culmination of 3
years' worth of brainstorming, labour and love and presents to the
readers the couple's roles as dancers, teachers and educators over the
years. The visual narratives for the book have been done by three
different artists - Satwik Gade, Alamelu Annhamalai, Rohit Bhasi.
Commissioned by: C. P. Satyajit, Concept and Idea: Anupama Satyajit
Kuchipudi dancer DEEPIKA REDDY is appointed as the new chairperson of
state Sangeet Natak Akademi of Telangana, according to an official press
release on July 25, 2022.
Kolkata based PICKLE FACTORY (Vikram Iyengar, Dana, Jayati, Kunal &
Kritika) has completed five years of Connecting, Curating and Creating
Malathy Thothadri's KALASAGARA Academy of Performing Arts celebrated its
golden jubilee in July 2022, Chennai. Kalasagara was established on
October 2, 1972 by Malathy's parents Ramaswamy and Radhamani.
Girija Chandran's REGATTA ACADEMY is celebrating its golden jubilee this year.
Filmmaker R.V. RAMANI received the national award as best director of
non-feature film 'Oh! That's Bhanu!' that explores the life of
dancer-theatre artiste Bhanumathi, who suffers from memory loss.
Geeta Chandran premieres her latest production SIMHIKA: DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST on August 6, 2022 in Delhi.
Kalavaahini Trust and MALAVIKA SARUKKAI present the 5th edition of the
Dance Immersion Program, an intensive dance residential learning
experience for 3 days - 26th, 27th & 28th August at Adishakti, Auroville, Pondicherry.
SNS Arts Development Consultancy and Shri Silambam Academy of Fine Arts
together announce the launch of PARIVARTAN - A Research Initiative for
the Performing Arts annual grant for 2022-2023. Deadline for Parivartan
Annual Grant 2022-2023 is extended to 12th August 2022. Anyone
interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary research between performing
arts and allied STEM fields is welcome to apply.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Photo: Usha RK