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August 2022


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

Anita Ratnam

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.

Read on...


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 opportunities.

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
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Photo: Usha RK


Transformative Transitions
Rarely it happens that a show or space leaves one transformed. So when one says two shows stood out for their transformative quality then believe me, it is true.


Remembering dancer and guru M.K. Saroja
- Padma Subrahmanyam
M.K. Saroja, who passed away recently, remained committed to artistic values all her life.

Tribute to G Ulaganathan - senior editor and journalist
- Priyamvadha Murali
The revered critic G Ulaganathan's contribution to dance reviews and his critical observations of a dancer were always marked with constructive comments.

Peter Brook was the force that propelled us
- Shantala Shivalingappa
The dancer reminisces the days she performed for the theatre visionary and the many ways in which he moulded her craft.


Lecture series on the hand gestures of the classical theatre and dances of Kerala - 1
Lecture by Vinod Gopalakrishnan, Art Historian currently working toward a Phd. in Museum Studies and Art Curation on History of Dance Notations with special reference to Venu G's system.
Venu G introduces his attempt to notate Mudra.

Lecture series on the hand gestures of the classical theatre and dances of Kerala - 2
Venu G's contribution to the study of Mudra by Shereen Saif (Actor, Dancer, Storyteller and Art Critic)
Venu G speaks about Pataka - The first basic hand gesture in the Hastalakshanadipika.

This Dance Crew will blow your mind!
This dance crew is so talented and mesmerizing to watch!

Béjart Ballet Lausanne 'Seven Greek Dances'
Music: Mikis Theodorakis, Choreography: Maurice Béjart

United Nations of Konnakkol

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