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October 2021


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
A beginning
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.

Read on...

Anita Ratnam and present Devi Diaries 2021

Devi Diaries 2021
From Oct 1 - 31, enjoy the exciting premiere performances of talented artistes portraying devis from different cultures of various regions in India.
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 Jayadeva.

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 Subrahmanyam.

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 heritage.

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, Chicago.

Hoysaleshwara temple
Hoysaleshwara temple, Halebid, Karnataka (Photo: Lalitha Venkat)



Evolution of Kathak in post independent India
Referred to as the 'Maha Kumbha' of Kathak, Sangeet Natak Akademi's marathon fifteen day festival conducted under the auspices of the Kathak Kendra, featuring interviews with art scholars and celebrated artists alongside lec/dem sessions and performances, was one of its kind.

West Zone Cultural Centre presents online Malhar Festival
A celebratory festival marking seventy five years of India's 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav,' the four day virtual event Malhar organised by the WZCC at Udaipur, under the Cultural Affairs Ministry, began with a Kathakali performance pertaining to the traditional repertoire.


How Gita Govinda colored my life
How 'yours truly' chanced upon the onerous task of translating the epic into fully rhymed English verse has a small story behind it.

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.
The Mohan Khokar Dance Archives
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3

Rajhesh Vaidhya, Kavya Muralidaran, Madurai R Muralidaran

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