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In a city closed down
I hear rain before it falls
Birds gather under awnings
I throw open windows
Let words move
Living in wind and wings
Enter my heart!
Clean my sorrow!
Buried beneath tears
Please sing me back to joy
- Laura Simms, Poet
Wait! What day is it?
What? It's June 1?
How many of you are feeling like this? Hours and days blurring into one
another, eyes red with too much peering into our phones and screens,
fingers sore from swiping this way and that, mind scampering like a
monkey on a compound wall…
We are already into the half way mark into a year that will go down in
our lives when the world changed. Forever? Well, that is what the
experts say. Through the window I notice that my mango trees have borne
the best crop in a decade. The annual hair oil, pickle and pappad making
rituals are in motion. I sit on my faithful swing as my thoughts
re-arrange themselves to be shared with all of you.
| ROVING EYE: A section of impressions, images and inspirations
Curated by Anita Ratnam
Enjoy this beautiful painting by dancer/artist Dr. Himanshu Srivastava
Dr. Himanshu Srivastava is a Delhi based Bharatanatyam dancer and
an established painter. Both his dancing and paintings draw inspiration
from each other. Each of his works are a result of in-depth research and
his own learning and understanding.
|Did you miss this exciting new series? Check out the links below!
BOXED - DANCE DELETES DISTANCING, digital commissions by Anita R Ratnam for narthaki.com. In every episode, 5 artistes present a 2 minute creative piece each.
- BOXED 1.0
- BOXED 2.0
- BOXED 3.0
- BOXED 4.0
Presented on 4 inspiring mornings by Natyarambha, PUNARNAVA was a
50 minute heartwarming session about creativity, courage, commitment
and strength. Those who missed it can enjoy watching through the links
- Dr.Sonal Mansingh
- Ramaa Bharadvaj
- Dr.Anita Ratnam
- Dr.Ananda Shankar Jayant
Conducted by Natya and STEM Dance Kampni on May 1 & 2, DR. MAYA RAO
KATHAK & CHOREOGRAPHY CONFERENCE 2020 was a well curated mix of
panel discussions, performance and documentaries. May 2 was the birth
anniversary of Dr.Maya Rao.
- Day 1
- Day 2
FIRST ONLINE INTERNATIONAL KUCHIPUDI SEMINAR 2020 was hosted by
Vyjayanthi Kashi's Shambhavi School of Dance from May 7 to 24 in a
marathon session. The seminar celebrates Kashi's 60 years of journey
through life, and more than 3 decades devoted to Kuchipudi. All sessions
are available on Facebook.
TAALAM: Column by Leela Venkataraman
Inspiring week showing indomitable spirit of dancers
Dancers would seem to have been busier than ever on the internet. For
over two weeks Kuchipudi dancer settled in Bangalore, Vyjayanthi Kashi's
Herculean effort of an Online International Seminar on Kuchipudi was
hosted under the aegis of her institution Shambhavi School of Dance.
Dance distorted during pandemic
We are now living in a world of the internet where all manner of
teacher/taught relationships have gone for a toss- not excluding the
The Drishtikon Baithak on May 3, 2020
Contemporary dance based on Kathak by Minhaz Khan
The Drishtikon Baithak on May 11, 2020
Kathak by Tripti Gupta
Thursday With the Guru 03
Aniruddha Knight and his disciples, by Hindu Tamil Thisai
In the words of scholar Jonathan Spence, Chinese philosopher and thinker
Confucius many centuries ago said: "At fifteen I set my heart on
learning, at thirty I found my balance, at forty I was free from doubt
about myself, at fifty I found what heaven intended me to do, at sixty I
was attuned to what I heard and at seventy I followed with my heart
what my heart desired without overstepping the line."
('Self-transformation through arts and education' by Jayachandran Palazhy)
Myrta Barvié (1933 -2020)
- Silvia Rissi
Myrta Barvié was a pioneer in spreading the knowledge of Indian
classical dances in Argentina and Latin America. Apart from being a
ballet dancer, she had learnt Bharatanatyam at Kalakshetra, Odissi from
Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and Kuchipudi from Vempati Chinna Satyam. She
passed away on May 15, 2020 at Argentina.
Phillip Zarrilli (1947-2020), actor, director, author, acting coach and
pedagogue, passed away on April 28, 2020. He is internationally known
for training actors through Asian martial arts and yoga. He trained in
Kathakali from M.P.Sankaran Namboothiri, and in Kalaripayattu from
Govindankutty Nair. Between 1976 and 1993 he lived in Kerala for a total
of seven years - each trip devoted to undergoing intensive training in
Kalarippayattu. In 1988 he was gifted the traditional pitham
(stool) representing mastery by Gurukkal Govindankutty Nair. In 1999 he
moved to the UK where he established The Llanarth Group and a private
studio (Tyn-y-parc CVN Kalari/Studio) in Wales. When the new CVN Kalari
Sangham was founded in 2004, the Tyn-y-parc CVN Kalari in Llanarth, was
certified as an official kalari of the Sangham under Zarrilli's guidance
Zarrilli authored the first authoritative study of Kalarippayattu, When the Body Becomes All Eyes: paradigms and practices of power in Kalarippayattu. His book Psychophysical Acting: an intercultural approach after Stanislavski is
on the process of training actors through a psychophysical approach
based on Asian martial arts and yoga published in 2009 by Routledge
Press (London). Zarrilli is also noted for his work with Indian dancers /
choreographers like Gitanjali Kolanad and Stella Subbiah.
Zarrilli's work embodied silence
- Navtej Johar
The silence of attentive and respectful listening - his theatre was indeed a spectacle in listening.
|CORONA CRISIS - GOVERNMENTS RUSH TO THE RESCUE OF THE ARTS
UK and GERMANY launch emergency funds for the arts as US Museums call for aid
Has Rolled Out a Staggering €50 Billion Aid Package For Small
Businesses That Boosts Artists and Galleries - and Puts Other Countries
- Kate Brown
"Artists are not only indispensable, but also vital, especially now," says the country's culture minister.
Govt announces multi-million dollar funding boost to help arts sector recover post-Covid
NEW ZEALAND COVID-19
The government has announced a funding boost to help thousands of
artists and creatives recover from the impact of Covid-19. Prime
Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern made
Government launches $175m arts and music recovery package
The government has announced a $175 million package to boost the arts
and creative sector in the wake of Covid-19. Speaking in Napier, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a jobseekers programme
and four new funds to help the arts and music sector.
Struggling Canadian artists to get emergency funding due to COVID-19
Canada Council for Arts, Writers Trust of Canada promise thousands of dollars in grants to applicants
Canada Council Head Promises “New Era” in Arts Funding
- Leah Sandals
In March, Trudeau's government announced $550 million in new funding for
the Canada Council. Today, the Council revealed how it will be spent.
Australia Council response to COVID-19
The Australia Council is announcing its first Response Package to
support artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations
coping with the impact of COVID-19.
Minister Nathi Mthethwa announces measures to assist artists and athletes during Coronavirus Covid-19 lockdown
South African Government - Department of Sport, Arts and Culture: Sector relief framework and criteria
Coronavirus: Arts Council England launches £160m emergency package
Theatres, galleries, museums and artists in England who have been hit by
the impact of coronavirus will have access to a £160m emergency fund.
Macron announces extra aid for French arts sector battered by Covid-19 crisis
French President Emmanuel Macron said he was looking into more financial
aid for the country's arts and culture sectors that have been hit hard
by the coronavirus pandemic.
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