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May 2022


In Madurai
city of temples and poets
Who sang of cities and temples
Every summer
A river dries to a trickle
In the sand
Baring the sand rubs
Straw and women's hair
Clogging the watergates
At the rusty bars
Under the bridges with patches
Of repair all over them
The wet stones glistening like sleepy
Crocodiles, the dry ones
Shaven water-buffaloes lounging in the sun
The poets only sing of the floods

- An excerpt from A RIVER by A K Ramanujan

Anita Ratnam
It has been a packed month of watching, talking, sharing, writing, rehearsing and performing. With International Dance Day just concluded, I have chosen to focus on the joy and beauty of DANCE this month. Showered with a feast of ideas, expressions and the familiar sweat of rehearsals, it has been 30 days of my body at play. Aaaand... my muscles are aching and rejoicing in tandem.
Read on...


91-yr-old Padma awardee evicted from govt house, artists question move
- Aneesha Mathur
As eviction proceedings at a Padma awardee's (GURU MAYADHAR RAUT) home began on Tuesday, artists questioned why elderly legends are being mistreated.

Bhagavata Mela Natya Nataka Sangam, Melattur, presents the 82ND MELATTUR BHAGAVATA MELA NATAKA MAHOTSAV, as part of Sri Narasimha Jayanti Vasantotsav, from May 19 - 27, 2022 at Melattur, Tamilnadu.

DR. KANAK RELE's book ME & MY MOHINI ATTAM is releasing in Mumbai on May 7 at Nalanda Nrityakala Mahavidyalaya.

OFF STAGE is a new publication on the Dhananjayans with sketches by Sonali Raman.

DR MAYA RAO WOMEN PIONEER AWARD will be given to Kathak Guru Chitra Venugopal on May 3, 2022 at Bangalore.

Bharath Medical College & Hospital presented the DIVA OF THE DECADE award to Shanta Dhananjayan for her lifetime achievement in the performing arts, on April 10, 2022 at Leela Palace, Chennai.

Geeta Chandran's Natya Vriksha conferred the 3rd NATYA VRIKSHA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD on renowned make-up artist Brij Mohan Gupta on April 22, 2022 in New Delhi.

KARTIK AWARD OF EXCELLENCE was conferred on Delhi based Bharatanatyam dancer/teacher Kalaivani Rajmohan during the sabha's 47th anniversary celebrations in Chennai.

Usha RK to receive KANAK NARTANA PURASKAR 2020-21 for her contribution in propagation of the arts.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia ; Photo: Usha RK
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Photo: Usha RK

NIKC & Stem Dance Kampni present
Dr Maya Rao Kathak & Choreography conference

Bangalore International Centre, 3pm - 8pm
May 3, 2022 Bangalore

Kuchipudi Parampara Foundation presents
Art Cafe

Svatantra Studio, 6.30pm
May 11, 2022 Bangalore


Fond memories of generous contribution of Guru Kallianpurkar - Kathak's non gharana legator
Conceived by Kathak teacher Subhash Chandra as a tribute to his beloved late Guru Mohanrao Kallianpurkar, and sponsored by the Guru's family in celebration of their father/grandfather, with patronage provided by the design and fashion house Elara Productions, the evening of Ek Antarang was presented at Vivekananda Auditorium in association with the Kathak Kendra


Stylization par excellence
Rasa-Bala-Buddhi, presented on March 20, as part of their Natyadharmi Utsav 2022, by Chidakasha Kalalaya, was an adaptation of Saugandhika Haranam (a favourite of Koodiyattam and Kathakali).


For the Meerabai-s of Dance there is No Prescribing, No Proscribing: Dance is India's unfettered soul
When I set out to write this piece it had a definite but narrow focus. Its focus was prohibiting dance, even certain kind of dance and about rebarbative relationships among dance and patron communities.


Tracing the roots of Odissi in the Geeta Govinda
- Leela Venkataraman
In her latest book 'Odissi and the Geeta Govinda' brought out by Manohar Publishers and Distributors, Ileana Citaristi not only reiterates Odissi's special love for Jayadeva's prabandha, but also builds up a strong case for the Geeta Govinda having sown the very seeds of Odissi in the Orissan soil.


Gender study through Nayika Bheda as applied in Indian dance tradition
- Srabani Basu
Various classifications of these heroes and heroines based on their characteristic attributes, physical appearance, social status, state of mind or behaviour in a romantic relationship etc - are described in detail here which is studied as 'Nayaka-Nayika bheda.'


Guru Indira Rajan
Legendary Bharatanatyam Guru Indra Rajan passed away on April 29, 2022.
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Prafulla Kar
Odiya musician Prafulla Kar (16 February 1939 - April 17, 2022) passed away in Bhubaneswar aged 83. He was a composer, singer, lyricist and writer. He has composed music for numerous Odissi dance dramas. His composition 'Collection of Geet Govindam' is well known. Prafulla Kar has worked as music director and often as singer in 70 Oriya films as well as in 4 Bangla films. He received many awards including Jayadeva Award (2004), Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja Award (2009), Balakrushna Das Award (2010), Parampara Award (2012), Padma Shri (2015) for his contribution in the field of arts. Prafulla Kar Samman is awarded to different singers every year to celebrate his birthday in a two-day musical event.


I'm very encouraged by what's happening in dance now. It's so much more porous than other art disciplines (blessed by the fact it's non-verbal), and you can see all kinds of fascinating encounters and dialogues among different genres, traditions, cultures, and perspectives. Without these, we risk stagnation, and in the slipstream of stagnation lurks mediocrity. Dance is pluralistic and we are fighting and in some quarters winning the battle for multiple truths and the complexity that comes with this. Because of this I feel hopeful for the future.
- Farooq Chaudhry
('Master of art management' by Chitra Swaminathan, The Hindu Friday Review, April 15, 2022)

Kuchipudi Murthitraya Aaradhanotsavam # Telugu University
The Kuchipudi dance drama 'Usha Parinayam' performed by a cast of young girls under the age of 13 trained brilliantly by Chinta Ravi Balakrishna.

Kalabhairavashtakam by Gandiva
Kavya Muralidaran | Sai Vignesh | Balaji | Vigneshwar | Karthik

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