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October 2019


My mistakes are my life.
- Samuel Beckett
Irish novelist and playwright

How many of us can say this? I saw this quotation printed on a tote bag in a quaint bookstore in Dublin, Ireland. It struck me, that could be the title of my memoir. The many, many mistakes along my journey - each becoming a teaching moment. The missed opportunities, the bungled collaborations, the stubborn ideas that I refused to push aside, the arrogant assumptions and presumptions, the stumbles, lurches and falls. Each embarrassing. Some in plain sight. Others, thankfully, hidden away. All papered over for the mask that is worn for the world that only wants to see what it wishes. Yet, it is through my mistakes that I have come to this moment.

So, can I just change the mood with a good old Texan welcome?

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


- On September 23, 2019 Dr. Sunil Kothari received the SRI SRI MADHAVADEVA AWARD for 2019 from the Govt of Assam from the CM, Sri Sarbananda Sonowal at Narayanpur, the birthplace of Madhavadeva. Senior Sattradhikar Yugananda Chandra Goswami received the award for 2016. The award carries a purse of Rs. 3 lakhs, a shawl, plaque and citation. This is the highest govt award given to a scholar.

- Smaran Dance Festival honored dancers Mythili Kumar and Ganesh Vasudeva and photographer Swagato Bassumallick with the SMARAN AWARD at Macafe Performing Arts Center, Saratoga, CA on September 15, 2019.


Kathakali artiste Kottakkal Chandrasekhara Warrier passed away on Sept 4, 2019 aged 74. He joined P.S.V. Natyasangham and learnt Kathakali from 1959 to 1970 under maestros. From 1996, he was the Principal of P.S.V. Natyasangham, Kottakal. He was known for his portrayal of the virtuous pachcha and anti-heroic kathi roles. His depiction of Nalan, Bahukan, Bhiman, Arjunan, Ravanan, Duryodhanan and Keechakan won him great acclaim. He has been honored with Vazhenkata Kunchu Nair Award (Kollam), V.S. Sarma Endowment (Kerala Kalamandalam), Thulaseevanam Award of 1990 (Thiruvananthapuram), Natyathilakam and Veerasrunkhala in 1994 from Rajarajeswari Temple, Thaliparambu. He received the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Award in 2017.

Kathakali artiste Kalamandalam Goutam of Kolkata, passed away in the early hours of Sept 7, 2019. He had committed suicide. A graduate in Kathakali from Kerala Kalamandalam, he was a performing member of the Kerala Kalamandalam Major Kathakali Troupe for many years. He took part in several documentaries produced by the Films Division and was also a Kathakali dance therapist in Cochin. Goutam collaborated with many musicians and dancers of different fields in West Bengal and was open to experimental works. He has performed in productions of Kalamandalam Calcutta. His renditions as Vivekananda in Kalamandalam's 'Viveker Pathe' is noteworthy.

Piyasara Shilpadhipathi, well known dancer, traditional Srilankan drummer and dance lecturer, passed away at the age of 75 on Sept 2, 2019 after a long illness. He was a former senior lecturer in the Department of Aesthetic Studies of the University of Kelaniya.

Veteran Kathak dancer and mentor Veeru Krishna Tiwari died on September 7, 2019 in Mumbai due to age related illness. He was in his 70s. He made a name for himself as a mentor and an actor too in Bollywood films.


- Sampradaya Dance Creations
Launch of 30th Anniversary Year

July - Dec 2019
Canada, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh

- Drishtikon Foundation presents
Home-Studio Baithak

Drishtikon Studio, 7pm
October 12, 2019 New Delhi
- Jayantika presents
Mamta Raut Dance Festival

Triveni Kala Sangam, 6.30pm
Oct 14 - 16, 2019 New Delhi

- Kuchipudi Parampara Foundation presents
Natya Parampara Utsav 2019

Seva Sadan, 6pm
October 23, 2019 Bangalore


THE EASTERN EYE: Column by Dr.Utpal K Banerjee

Parallel streams - creative and classical
In the span of one month, two opposite polarities of ensemble dancing surfaced in the eastern metropolis. At one end, a group avowedly known for its contemporary credo. At the other end was a well recognized body of corporate excellence, known for its running of successful whole night music and dance soirees for decades.

Warped world vs. youth power
Baijayantika, a play recently presented by Sudrak, takes off on the story-line from Achalayatan and situates it in the contemporary context of Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, with the cardinal focus being retained around Tagore's creative oeuvre.


23rd Parampara Festival of Dance and Music
On 30th August, all roads led to Kamani Auditorium for the inauguration of the 23rd Parampara Dance and Music Festival organized by Raja and Radha Reddy’s Natya Tarangini institute.

SOCH: Column by Dr. Arshiya Sethi
The buzz around the dance of the bee
Scientists tell us that there are basically two types of bee dances: the round dance and the tail-wagging or waggle dance, with a transitional form known as the sickle dance.

DANCE MATTERS: Column by Ashish Mohan Khokar

A tale of two cities and more!
August brought flood and fury - not just the real watery one but metaphorical too. The anger against SNA awards this year resonated in magazines, editorials (including in narthaki) and of course on the social media.

Of Teachers and the Taught
My own schooling at Delhi's Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is the chief reason I am what I am today. Total education in arts, science, commerce, culture, love for history, geography, debate, dance.

Not Just AnyBODY: A health and fitness column

The Bharathanatomy Series: Anatomical Movements and Directions
- Sneha Rajagopalan
Traditionally, "araimandi" used to be a very comfortable sitting posture and "natyarambha" related movements used to be fluid and effortless. This was considered beautiful and graceful in those days, to the then perhaps only audience; the respective deities of the temples.

Meet the artistes SANCHARI.. More on the arts Articles


Oct 1 - 3, Chile
Performance schedule of Bharatanatyam exponent Bala Devi Chandrashekar's Chile performance tour.
- 1st Oct: Municipality of Rancagua
- 2nd Oct: Municipality of Providencia
- 3rd Oct: Municipality of San Antonio

Oct 3, Zurich, Switzerland
D. Keshava is invited by the Swiss National Museum to conduct Bharatanatyam Workshop, 8pm.

Oct 3 - 30, Tirupati, Japan, Odisha, Banaras, Delhi
Schedule for Dr.Gajendra Panda and Tridhara.
- 3rd to 5th Oct: Guru Dr. Gajendra Panda and dancers of Tridhara present INCARNATIONS for Bramhotsav 2019.
At: Tirupati Tirumala Auditorium, Tirupati, 7pm to 9pm
- 6th Oct: Chisato Miura and disciples present DURGA TANDAV for Durga Puja Festival.
Venue: Bengali Durga Badi, Tokyo, 7pm
- 7th Oct: Guru Gajendra Panda and dancers of Tridhara perform for NABAMI UTSAV
Venue: Chandrasekharpur Auditorium, 7pm
- 3rd to 8th Oct: Junior dancers of Tridhara perform Durga Tandav and Dandiya Ras for NABARATRI MAHOTSAV
Venue: Open Air Janta Maidan, Bhubaneswar, 7pm
- 12th Oct: Dr. Gajendra Panda and dancers of Tridhara present KRISHNAYA TUBHYAM NAMAH at India International Cooperative Trade Fair
Venue: Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, 5pm to 6pm
-12th Oct: Chisato Miura and disciples of Japan Chapter of Tridhara present KRISHNAYA TUBHYAM NAMAH for Foundation Day of SCC.
Venue: Senior Citizen Centre, Hisakata, Japan, 5pm to 6pm
-14th Oct: Chisato Miura and disciples of Japan Chapter of Tridhara present KRISHNAYA TUBHYAM NAMAH for 2nd Hawaiin Cultural Meet.
Venue: Open Air Kanayama Auditorium, Japan, 6.30pm to 7.30pm
-15th Oct: Guru Gajendra Panda presents MANAUDHARANA for Nrityotsav 2019.
Venue: Jayadev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar, 6:30pm
-16th Oct: Guru Gajendra Panda presents HOMAGE TO RIVER GANGA for GANGA UTSAV.
Venue: Open Air on bank of River Ganga, Banaras, 7pm to 8pm
-19th Oct: Chisato Miura and disciples of Japan Chapter of Tridhara present SIVA TANDAV for Moriyama Cultural Festival.
Venue: Moriyama Cultural Hall, 5pm
- 20th Oct: Guru Gajendra Panda presents NABARASA for MANA MANINI AWARD FESTIVAL.
Venue: Bhanja Kala Mandap, Bhubaneswar, 5pm
- 26th Oct: Disciples of Japan Chapter of Tridhara present DASAVATAR for ASIAN FESTIVAL.
Venue: Open Air Prime Tree, Akike, Japan, 5pm to 6pm
- 27th Oct: Chisato Miura performs for Annual Celebrations organized by AEON, Nagoya
Venue: Yagota, AEON, Japan, 7pm to 8pm
- 28th to 30th Oct: Renowned classical dance and music artistes and Odissi group dance NABARASA by dancers of Tridhara for 13TH GURU DEBAPRASAD AWARD FESTIVAL.
Venue: Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar, 6:30pm to 9pm

Oct 4, Bangalore
Gurus Kiran Subramanyam and Sandhya Kiran present the Rasika Dance Ensemble in BHA RA THA PALLAVI - Fresh Perspectives in Tradition, a unique choreographic experiment in Bharatanatyam.
At: Sevasadan, Malleswaram, 6pm

Oct 4 and 23, Bangalore
- Oct 4: Kuchipudi Parampara Foundation ensemble led by Deepa Narayanan Sashindran presents KUCHIPUDI VAIBHAVAM under ageis of Bangalore Lalithakala Parishath.
At: HN Kalakshetra, Jayanagar, 6.30pm.
- Oct 23: Kuchipudi Parampara Foundation presents 6th edition of NATYA PARAMPARA UTSAV 2019 at Seva Sadan Auditorium, Malleswaram, 6pm.

Oct 5 - 19, Mumbai
Schedule for Jhelum Paranjape and Smitalay in October 2019:
- 5th Oct: BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA ODISSI ISHTYLE during the 90th year celebration of the Bombay Durgabari Samiti.
At: Tejal Auditorium, Near August Kranti Maidan, Mumbai, 9pm.
- 17th Oct: SMITALAY ANNUAL DAY in Sane Guruji Arogya Mandir Hall, Santacruz West, Mumbai, 7pm.
- 19th Oct: Solo performance by Smitalay student Swapnil Panchal.
At: Little House, Versova, Mumbai, 7pm.

Oct 5 - 19, California
Schedule for Ramya Harishankar and Arpana Dance Company.
- Oct 5: Gandhiji 150th Birthday celebrations, Cerritos Library, Cerritos, CA
- Oct 6: Diwali, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA
- Oct 16: Assembly, Harbor Day City School, Corona Del Mar, CA
- Oct 19: Diwali Fest, Ektaa Center, Irvine, CA

Oct 6, Kollam, Kerala
Rhythmotion ensemble presents Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Contemporary dance for Soorya Festival, Kollam, at 6:30pm. Direction and Choreography by Chitra Arvind.

Oct 6 - 20, Thane, New Delhi, Mumbai
Schedule for Aditi Mangaldas and Drishtikon.
- Oct 6: SEEKING THE BELOVED by Aditi Mangaldas for Jheel Nagari Music Festival is about our constant search through life. This has been portrayed through compositions of three poet - philosophers: Meera, Amir Khusrau and Kabir.
Concept, Choreography, Costumes and Dance: Aditi Mangaldas
Venue: Dr Kashinath Ghanekar Auditorium, Thane, 12.30pm
- Oct 12: Drishtikon Home-Studio Baithak: Season VI features Saattvic and Tripti Gupta.
Saattvic will perform NAATYOTPATHE KATHA based on Bharata Muni's Natyashastra and Kathak by Tripti Gupta.
At: Drishtikon Studio, Delhi, 7pm
- Oct 20: Dance Drishtikon, TRIYA a Kathak performance by Anindita Acharjee.
Choreographed by Gauri Diwakar, Rachana Yadav, DheerendraTiwari and Anindita Acharjee. Depicting 3 women characters from Indian mythology; Ahilya, Radha, Meera and at the end amalgamation of all is me, 'Mein'.. Music composition by Samiullah Khan.
At Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, 6.30pm.
- Oct 20: FOOTPRINTS ON WATER by Aditi Mangaldas
Premiered in 1996, it explores the six changing seasons, evoking images of life that are ever changing, ever transient, ever moving. Aditi revisits this solo, performing 4 out of the 6 extracts: Varsha, Sharad, Hemant, Shishir.
At: NCPA, Tata Theatre, Mumbai, 6.30pm

Oct 18, Chennai
ABHAI's Diwali festival of natyam NRITYA PRAKASHAM features solo by Dr. Soundarya Srivathsa, duet by Haripadman and Divya Haripadman, and goup by Srikanth- Aswathy Srikanth and team.
At: RR Sabha (Auditorium II), Mylapore.

Oct 20, Santa Clara, CA
Shambhavi's International School of Kathak (SISK-USA) presents Kathak performances by its students from San Francisco Bay Area, along with their Guru Shambhavi Dandekar in DARPAN 2019.
At: Mission City Centre for Perf Arts, 3250 Monroe St, 4pm to 6pm

Oct 26, Los Angeles
Natya Tarangini opens its US branch headed by Bhavana Reddy, at 9am.

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