The Goddess does not enter from the outside
SHE emerges from deep within
SHE is not held back by what has happened in the past
SHE is conceived in consciousness
- Sri Aurobindo
And so... we are on our way back
Like a winding spiral
To a new place that feels like
All over again
Travel... Meeting a friend... a cautious embrace… muted laughter…
The energy is in the air...
The streets are clogged with revenge shopping.
Stores are welcoming clients after a crippling hiatus
Weddings, anniversaries, birthdays - are all being planned with greater vigour.
It's the festival season... but any excuse is enough to get out and breathe!
What about us dancers???
The fortunate ones have already performed to live audiences, savouring
the applause and the perspiration - free from the tiny gleam of that
digital device and the claustrophobic mask.
Anita Ratnam and Narthaki.com present Devi Diaries 2021
From Oct 1 - 31, enjoy the exciting premiere performances of talented
artistes portraying devis from different cultures of various regions in
Across styles, generations and languages.
On Narthaki Official YouTube channel at 6pm every day.
The Creative Tool Box: Inside the Dancer's Mind
What goes into conceptualising a dance production? How does a
choreography take shape? Which part of the creative process is the most
exciting? NeoNarthaki's The Creative Toolbox series delves into the
dancers' mind to explore how they approach their artistic work. The
first feature as part of the series was Dr. Pranamya Suri
(@pranamyasuri), a Kuchupudi dancer who speaks about a site specific
production that was choreographed keeping in mind the space, theme and
the demographics of the audience.
Known for her eloquent grace and uncompromising precision, Pranamya's
delightful style is the result of a perpetual love for the ancient art
form. She is the daughter/disciple of Guru Srilatha Suri, who is the
director of Natyanjali Kuchipudi Dance School, one of the most prominent
Kuchipudi training centers in the United States.
The KERALA KALAMANDALAM DEEMED UNIVERSITY will
be made into a Cultural University in a span of five years, says the
Minister for Cultural Affairs, Saji Cherian.
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts launched the book GITA
GOVINDA: JAYADEVA'S DIVINE ODYSSEY by DR. UTPAL K. BANERJEE (Published
by IGNCA) written in English verse, on Sept 7, 2021 in Delhi. It is the
first ever fully rhymed translation of the great 12th-century poet
ANURADHA VIKRANTH from Bengaluru, a direct disciple of Dr Padma
Subrahmanyam, has launched a new initiative of her dance institution
Drishti Art Centre, MARGA DRISHTI to carry forward the Marga tradition
of the Natyashastra, including imparting training in the movement
vocabulary of the Natyashastra as reconstructed by Dr Padma
Bharatanatyam dancer NARTHAKI NATARAJ has been chosen as one of Femina's
FABULOUS 40 for 2021. She is the first trans-woman ever to be inducted
into a government advisory committee.
SIFF Young Artiste Festival 2020-21 announced the first season winners
for the title of YOUNG ARTISTE OF THE YEAR on September 4, 2021 in a
virtual event - Tamish Pulappadi (instrumental-guitar) from
Bangalore, Akshita Singh Chouhan (vocal) from Ujjain and Janki DV (BN -
dance) from Udupi. Winners from each segment bag Rs 1 lakh prize money.
National Winner titles across categories were given a cash prize of Rs.
25,000 each. The winners include Ananya Gaur (Kathak) from Ujjain and
Meghna Mishra (Odissi) from Rourkela.
Young Artiste 2020 is a national-level talent competition for school
children across India. The Singhal Iyer Family Foundation (SIFF) is a
Bangalore-based philanthropic organization.
Kathakali maestro Kalamandalam
Keshavadev received the PATTIKKAMTHODI AWARD 2021, instituted by Kerala
Kalamandalam in memory of renowned Kathakali Guru Pattikkamthodi
Ravunni Menon on September 18, 2021. Keshavadev is renowned for his
thaadi veshams. The award carries a purse of Rs 25,000 and a citation.
The annual State Kathakali award, the Pallavoor Appu Marar Award and the
Keraleeya Nritya Natya Puraskaram for 2019 and 2020 instituted by the
State Government were awarded on August 31, 2021at the KT Muhammed
Memorial Theatre at the Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Akademi. Kathakali
master Vazhenkada Vijayan and Sadanam Balakrishnan received the 2019 and
2020 STATE KATHAKALI AWARDS while the PULLAVOOR APPU MARAR AWARD was
presented to Machad Ramakrishnan Nair and Kazhakoot Aniyan Marar. V.P
Dhananjayan and Shanta Dhananjayan were honored with the KERALEEYA
NRITYA NATYA PURASKARAM for 2019. The award consists of a plaque and
purse of Rs 1.5 lakhs.
On Sept 9, 2021 on the final day of the 27th Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra
Award Festival presented by Srjan, the GURU KELUCHARAN MOHAPATRA
AWARD went to Binodini Devi for Theatre and GURU KELUCHARAN YUVA
PRATIVA SAMMAN was given to Ramachandra Behera for Odissi music, Arushi
Mudgal for Odissi dance.
The KARNATAKA KALASHREE AWARD for 2021 goes to Guru D Keshava (based in
Switzerland), Padmaja Suresh, Kamalaksha Achar, Vidya Ravishankar and
Balasubramanya Sharma (vocal for dance).
The recipients of the 2021 DANCE MAGAZINE AWARDS includes AKRAM KHAN. A
ceremony to recognize this year's honorees will be held in New York City
at the Guggenheim and simultaneously livestreamed on December 6, with
performances and presentations for each recipient.
Odissi dancer RAHUL ACHARYA received the WORLD TOURISM DAY AWARD 2021 on
Sept 27, 2021 in Bhubaneswar for his contribution to culture and
See Chicago Dance has chosen HEMA RAJAGOPALAN as the 2021 LEGACY AWARD
recipient. It is awarded to an artistic leader who has enriched their
community and made a significant and sustained impact on dance in
Chicago. She is the first Indian to receive the Legacy Award. The awards
presentation takes place on October 26, 2021 from 6pm at Joffrey Tower,
Hoysaleshwara temple, Halebid, Karnataka (Photo: Lalitha Venkat)
LOOK OUT FOR
Tamrapatra Conversations | Ep 04
Anita Ratnam converses with Ananda Shankar Jayant, director and curator
of Tamrapatra, Anupama Kylash, dancer, scholar, creative collaborator of
Tamrapatra, and, Rama Vaidyanathan, guest artist of the month at
Tamrapatra, as they explore the divine feminine, through the lens of
Saint Poet Annamacharya.
Hindol Darshan (Swinging Audience with a Fragrance)
Curated and presented by Dr. Navina Jafa. Unique creative homage to Dr.
Kapila Vatsyayan by artists, thinkers as performances and thoughts.