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June 2019


June 1, 2019

Civilisation has always depended on
Selective memory
So, when does the road become a river
Or bone become marrow
When demons crawl beneath the surface
And wait... wait to burst forth
The soft earth mellows heat
And the dandelion rises through the crevice
- Dialogue from the British TV series SHERLOCK

It was a roller coaster month
I was in five cities over the last 31 days and so there is much to share.
And of course, India voted in the largest theatrical exercise - of strong words, ranting, raving, hatred and tears. A gigantic spectacle!

But first, the month that was in dance and theatre.

Read on...

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


- On June 4, 2019 Subijoya Dance Foundation created in memory of parents of choreographer Sudarshan Chakravorty, honours dancer Priti Patel, theatre person Debesh Chattopadhyay, music composer Prabuddha Banerjee, elocutionist Pranati Tagore, actor Riddhi Sen with SUBIJOYA AWARDS (Subinoy & Bijoya Chakraborty Smriti Purashkar), at GD Birla Sabhaghar, Kolkata.

- On 4th May 2019, Puthumana Govindan Namboothiri, eminent exponent of Thidambu Nritham dance received the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for his outstanding contribution to temple dance, at Pulloor Sree Mahavishnu Temple in Kasaragod, Kerala.

- Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala was honored with the VOCATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARD instituted by the Rotary Club Kilpauk, on 9th May 2019 at Chennai.

- Winners of the AMERICAN NATYA IDOL competition conducted by Soorya Performing Arts in April 2019 at St. Louis, MO.
Group 1: Shrinidhi Sairam (1st Prize), Tanujha Manikandan (2nd Prize), Shreenidhi Senthilnathan (3rd Prize)
Group 2: Sweta Balaji (1st Prize), Rithika Iyengar (2nd Prize), Sriya Pokala (3rd Prize)
Group 3: Samanvita Kasthuri (1st Prize), Shadhvika Nandhakumar (2nd Prize), Shilpa Repala (3rd Prize)

- Kalasagar celebrated the 95th birth anniversary of chenda maestro Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval titled ORU PIRANALINTE ORMAKAYI on May 28, 2019 by presenting the KALASAGAR AWARDS 2019 to artistes aged between 40 to 70, at Kalikotta Palace, Palakkad.
Kathakali: Vesham/Actor - Dr. Haripriya Namboodiri, Pattu/Music- Kalamandalam Rajendran,
Chenda - Gopikrishnan Thampuran, Maddalam: Biju Aattupuram, Chutty/Makeup - Kalamandalam Raju John
Ottenthullal: Maruthuvorvattam Kannan, Chakyarkoothu: Margi Sajeev Narayanan
Koodiyattam (Mizhavu): PK Unnikrishnan Nambiar, Mohiniattam: Kalamandalam Ambika,
Bharatanatyam: Dr. D Beena, Kuchipudi: Sreelakshmi Govardhanan, Thayambaka: Kalpathi Balakrishnan
Panchavadyam: Thimila - Chottanikkara Subhas Marar, Maddalam - Chottanikkara Surendra Marar, Edakka - Kavil Unnikrishna Warrier, Thalam - Peruvanam Muraly, Kombu - Machadu Padmakumar

- Photographer Deepak R was awarded YUVA KALA SADHAKA for classical dance photography by Sphurana Nritya Kala Kendra, on 26th April 2019 at Sevasadan, Bangalore.


- Bharatanatyam Guru Jamuna Krishnan, Director, Kalangan Centre for Classical Arts in New Delhi (established in 1991), and mother of dancer Ragini Chandershekar, passed away on May 15, 2019. Born on March 12,1943, she was a revered dancer, teacher, scholar, researcher and choreographer. She is known for widening the vocabulary of Bharatanatyam, her unique contribution being incorporating regional poetry into Bharatanatyam, especially compositions based on bhakti literature of North India like the poetic works of Vidyapati, Surdas, Meera, Kabir etc with all the music composition and dance choreography done by her. Jamuna's thought provoking research papers have added new dimensions in the Bharatanatyam thought process.
More info

Musical Footsteps in Poetic Dance: Jamuna Krishnan
- Dr. Navina Jafa
What defined Jamuna Krishnan was her zeal to 'know'. While deeply embedded in the South Indian culture, she was a Delhi girl.

Jamuna Krishnan: A path-breaker
- Ranee Kumar
Jamuna Krishnan will be remembered for her innovative productions and lively nature.

Sruthi is vibration of sound. Colour is vibration of light. Emotions are vibrations of the bloodstream. When vibration (spandha) is linked to santha rasa, it brings joy. Acrylics and oils are my preferred media. Real and surreal landscapes and life forms are my subjects, drawn from Nature.
If music is the most abstract art form, sculpture is the most concrete. While music is the movement of the medium, sculpture is the blocked movement of the medium. I salute the craftsman who sculpted the first Nataraja. The way it slices and defines space reveals his in-depth knowledge of Natya. My sculpture of Siva holding a Kathakali posture and mudra is inevitably influenced by my sensibilities as a natya practitioner.
- Sadanam Harikumar
('How Harikumar Asan experiments with Kathakali themes' by Lalitha Krishnan, The Hindu Friday Review, May 2, 2019)


- Auditions for Attakkalari’s
Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media

June 8 - July 27, 2019 across India

- Natya Dance Theatre presents world premiere
The Internal Geometry

Links Hall
June 14 - 16, 2019 Chicago


- LshVa presents
Workshop on Rhythm
By Kiran Subramanyam

May 28 - June 3, 2019 Bangalore

- Mahagami presents workshop
On dance immersion
By Parwati Dutta

June 6-8, 2019 Aurangabad

- Attakkalari Diploma in
Movement Arts & Mixed Media
Audition in Chennai

June 8, 2019

- Manasa-Art Without Frontiers presents
Odissi workshops
by Guru Sharon Lowen

June 9 - 25, 2019 Delhi

- Shambhavi School of Dance presents
Abhinaya intensive
By Rajashree Warrier

June 10-12, 2019 Bangalore


- NARTANAM, quarterly journal of Indian dance (Oct - Dec 2018) is a special on Odissi Guru Surendra Nath Jena. (ISSN 2445 7250)


Sam Ved Society for Performing Arts presented Bhavanjali



- Samsmaranam: 15th anniversary of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra
Srjan, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Nrityabasa presented a two day program of Odissi dance by Srjan Ensemble and Shivagni Musical Ensemble on 6th and 7th April at Rabindra Bhavan at Jalpaiguri, West Bengal.

- Nrutya Rangoli Samanvay Art Festival: Part 1
It was a Bangalore Bonanza, the three day (19, 20 and 21 April) Nrutya Rangoli Samanvay Art Festival organized by that dynamic dancer, guru, choreographer, curator, and an able administrator Dr. Veena Murthy Vijay, held at Chowdaiah Auditorium.

- Nrutya Rangoli Samanvay Art Festival: Part 2
The highlight was Nayaka Vilasa, 4th edition of Creative Lab. In this session six male dancers were assigned challenging task of interpreting women's feelings.

- Sanjali's Pravah Dance Festival in memory of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra
Opening the Pravaha Dance Festival organized by Sanjali Dance Company of Odissi dancer Sharmila Mukerjee at Chowdaiah Hall, Bangalore on 13th April, Anita Ratnam presented in her Neo Bharatam style, her work 'Ma3ka'.

- Dance Conference at North Carolina University, Charlotte
Dance Department of North Carolina University at Charlotte in USA organized under the leadership of Assistant Professor, Odissi dancer Kaustavi Sarkar, an international dance conference titled 'Sensate Technicities, Dance Connecting Communities.'

DANCE MATTERS: Column by Ashish Mohan Khokar

- A for arangetram
Earlier, a guru decided when his or her ward was ready for the stage to be presented to the society of peers, family and friends. Today, a student is ever ready!

SOCH: Column by Dr. Arshiya Sethi

- What we need to remember on World Dance Day
World Dance Day is more than a celebration of dance. It is an acknowledgement of the important role dance plays as a language of human expression.

TAALAM: Column by Leela Venkataraman

- Arts in whole-child education
An excellent symposium at the IIC mounted by Kri Foundation and Kala Bharati (Montreal) on Arts Education for Youngsters, presided over by Arshiya Sethi, resulted in some valuable interaction on a topic which is crying out for intelligent discussion among the art minded and artists.

- More praise than dance
Some of the emerging formalities of late have made me wonder if strict rules should be insisted upon on how long a master of ceremonies or the compere can speak.

- Delhi inauguration of fine idea of Nava Pallava needs more clarity
Nava Pallava, the brainchild of Ashok Jain of Spic Macay deserves all encouragement, for it aims at providing performance opportunities to young artists, who apart from being outside the charmed performance circuit, are also exploited by so called impresarios providing platforms for a fee.

THE EASTERN EYE: Column by Dr.Utpal K Banerjee

- Delving into Partition's realpolitik
'Ekla Chalo Re' premiered by Swapna Sandhani on April 5, was brilliant recreation of recent history with all its actions and repercussions.

- A fairy tale and a morality play
'Return Ticket' presented by Natyaranga was a very brave attempt to create a parable in the practice of clinical psychology. 'Bhalo Lok' (A Good Person) presented by Sayak was faithfully adapted by Chandan Sen to an Indian milieu reflecting a placid rural background…

- A medley of classical dances
Kolkata is no exception to this endearing global frenzy on World Dance Day, with select conclaves at Rabindra Sadan and Govindan Kutty Auditoria in particular.

- First Presidential address by Biranchi Narayan Rautray in the first meeting of Jayantika established on June 22, 1958
(Translated from Odia by Malabika Patel, edited by Ileana Citaristi)
Once upon a time, Odissi dance may have gone beyond the pinnacle of excellence. But the apathy and neglect of many centuries has only reduced it to the silent frozen stone sculptures found in temple crevices

Meet the artistes SANCHARI.. More on the arts Articles

June 1 - 14, Odisha, Japan
Schedule for Odissi Guru Gajendra Panda and Tridhara
-June 1: Group Odissi dance for DEBASMRUTI organized by Tridhara.
At: Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar, 6.30pm
-June 2: Group Odissi dance for DEBASMRUTI organized by Tridhara.
At: Open air theatre, Badahata, Satyabadi, 6.30pm
-June 3: Dance drama SABITRI for RAKHYAKALI MAHOTSHAV organized by Ghanteswar Temple Trust.
At: Open Air Theatre, Ghanteswar College, Ghanteswar, Bhadrakh, 6.30pm
-June 4 - 14: Tridhara conducts International Odissi Dance Workshop
At: Studio Yui Tsurumai, Nagoya, Japan, 10.30am to 4pm
*June 8: Guru Gajendra Panda and Chisato Miura perform for 2nd Annual Festival of Himawari International
At: Open air of Himawari International,7.30pm
*June 9: Odissi Dance Workshop by Guru Gajendra Panda
At: Longwood Kozoji Studio of Himawari International, Kasugai, Japan, 7.30pm
*June 12: Guru Gajendra Panda and Chisato Miura perform at Welfare Care House Hall, Takizawa-ari, Japan, 7.30pm.
*June 14: Folk Dance Workshop led by Guru Gajendra Panda, assisted by Chisato Miura.
At: Welfare Care House Hall, Takizawa-ari, Japan, 10.30am to 4pm

June 2, Bangalore
Rasika Arts Foundation presents Manasvi K, disciple of Kiran Subramanyam and Sandhya Kiran in LAVANYA KRISHNA - A Bharatanatyam Margam dedicated to Lord Krishna
At: Sri Krishnadevaraya Kalamandiram, Telugu Vignana Samithi, Vyalikaval, 6.30pm.

June 4 - 30, Kolkata, USA
Schedule for Sapphire Creations Dance Co.
- 4th June: RITURANGA: A Symphony of Seasons set to philharmonic orchestra celebrating the seasons of India in the context of climate change. This evening also observes 1st anniversary of Subijoya Dance Foundation created in memory of parents of choreographer Sudarshan Chakravorty. The evening honours dancer Priti Patel, theatre person Debesh Chattapadhyay, music composer Prabuddha Banerjee, elocutionist Pranati Tagore, actor Riddhi Sen with SUBIJOYA AWARDS (Subinoy & Bijoya Chakraborty Smriti Purashkar)
At: GD Birla Sabhaghar, Kolkata, 7pm
- 7th June: Celebrating Eid -ul-Fitr, Sapphire presents the empanelled artistes of Subijoya Dance Foundation in RHYTHM DIVINE set to Sufi and Islamic devotional songs.
At: The Park, 8pm.
- 14th June: Sapphire performs for product launch in a corporate event where dancers perform a shadowgraphy and also an interactive dance with LED screen where dancers respond with movements to moving objects on screen.
At: JW Marriot, 7pm.
- 18th June- 30th June: Sudarshan Chakravorty leads an 8 member team to USA to perform in NORTH AMERICAN BENGALI CONFERENCE and also choreograph the Opening and Closing ceremony of the same conference with more than 70 participants from various cities in East coast.
At: Baltimore, Virginia, Washington, Maryland

June 6 - 30, Aurangabad
- 6,7,8 June: Dance Immersion conducted by Parwati Dutta from 6-8 pm at Mahagami Gurukul.
-16 June: Nava Pallava Dance concert at Mahagami
-29 & 30 June: KALIDAS DIVAS at Rukmini Sabhagriha. Concept & Choreography: Parwati Dutta

June 13, Singapore
Rama Vaidyanathan and group present VIVARTANA for the Dance India Asia Pacific showcase.
At: Esplanade Theatre, 8pm

June 13 - 30, Europe
Summer performance tour of Bharatanatyam exponent Bala Devi Chandrashekar
-13th & 14th June: Workshop, The Hague, Netherlands
-15th June: 'Karna - Destiny's Child,' Theater de Omval, Deiemen, Netherlands
-18th June, 7pm: 'Karna - Destiny's Child,' Pallas Theater, Nicosia, Cyprus
-19th June, 7pm: 'Karna - Destiny's Child,' Attikon Theater, Paphos, Cyprus
-21st & 22nd June: Workshop at the Bhavan, London
-23rd June, 6pm: 'Brihadeeswara - form to formless, through the eyes of a Devaradiyal,' Bhavan, London
-28th June: Workshop, Riga, Latvia
-29th June, 6pm: 'Shiva Panchaksharam,' Riga, Latvia
-30th June: Workshop, Riga, Latvia

June 22 - 27, France & Italy
Srinidhi Raghavan will teach a series of Bharatanatyam workshops in Paris and Rome.
-Workshop in Paris is organized by Compagnie Shantam, on June 22 at 3pm at Studio Bleu 20ème and on June 23 at 10am at Studio Bleu 9ème.
-Next workshop is at L'Arco, Rome, on 24th June.
-Solo production VOICES at Teatro Hamlet in Rome on June 25th, at 9pm
-in Bergamo at Arcate D'Arte 2019, a festival organized by Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo, on June 27th at 9pm

June 23, Vancouver
Mandala Arts and Culture presents Bharatanatyam performance by students and graduates of Jai Govinda Dance Academy.
At: Surrey Arts Centre, Main Stage, 13750, 88th Avenue, Surrey, 2pm

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