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October 2022


For the jungle is large
The boy he is small
For the village is large
The people, they are small
For the world is large
And we are small

- Closing lines from the stage production

Anita Ratnam
Having spent the entire month of September in California, totally immersed in the process-driven creation of the ambitious story of THE JUNGLE BOOK, I thought that this edition would focus on the insights and experiences gained from the project. Mowgli, the story of the boy in the jungle, though filled with colonialist land mines, has captured the imagination of readers, film and theatre makers throughout the 20th century and into the present day.

I have worked with PANGEA WORLD THEATRE in Minneapolis 25 years ago and watched how a fledgling South Asian theatre company slowly worked its way into the mainstream flow of the live arts. Every thought and act by founder/partners Dipankar Mukherjee and Meena Natarajan, was done with a view of becoming a force for change for people of colour, even before those terms BIPOC and other acronyms became popular. Today PANGEA is an award winning American theatre treasure house.
Anita Ratnam in the role of the serpent KAA
Vinita Belani
Vinita Belani
I accepted the role of the serpent KAA in this version because, as founder and Artistic Director Vinita Belani told me 3 years ago, it was a chance to re-imagine the story with fresh writing and new lyrics with a diverse cast. Vinita is a former successful corporate who gave it up to found ENACTE THEATRE ARTS in the Bay Area, California, 10 years ago. I have watched her work tirelessly, in being a talent crucible, shepherding inexperienced actors from rehearsal studio to the Broadway stage; in developing endless ideas, fund raising and creating networks with students and mainstream arts organisations in California. She continues to use her position of privilege to spot, nurture and propel actors, dancers and writers to develop their inner voices.

Read on...

Vyjayanthi Kashi and Shambhavi School of Dance, Bangalore, have been members of Narthaki since 2001.
Vyjayanthi Kashi
She has been dancing for three decades now,
making her way through dancers, musicians, critics and art lovers.

Starting her journey on paper, she was quick to adapt onto the virtual platform.
She has brought the art fraternity closer with her constant new choreographies, featuring new artists and fresh themes.

She is ever ready to share with her audience, all that is in store,
be it artist info, announcements, dance events, reviews, reports, art related articles, birthday dates and more.

She has audience worldwide eagerly waiting to access the information that she has to share.
With Anita Ratnam as her choreographer and ably supported by Lalitha, she is a dancer with a difference in the world of dance.


On Sept 15, 2022 Bharatanatyam exponent and research scholar DR. SANDHYA PURECHA (Director, Sri Sri Centre for Advanced Research in Bharatanatyam and Principal, Bharata College of Fine Arts and Culture) was appointed as Chairman, Sangeet Natak Akademi. She will hold office for a term of five years.

IIC presented the launch of the book 'Shringara in Classical Indian Dance' edited by SHARON LOWEN, on Sept 14, 2022 at Delhi.

The New York Public Library of the Performing Arts has set up THE DR. SUNIL KOTHARI HONORARY LECTURE SERIES. The first presenter was Odissi dancer Bijayini Satpathy who spoke on the history of Odissi on Sept 19, 2022.

Priyadarsini Govind premiered her new full length Bharatanatyam dance film YAVANIKA on Sept 16, 2022. She performs with her disciples Apoorva Jayaraman and Shweta Prachande.
Directed by Sruti Harihara Subramanian, the music score is by Rajkumar Bharathi. The compositions are based on Indian poetry in Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and Tamil.

Bharatanatyam dancer and teacher Sujatha Srinivasan, director of Shri Kalaa Mandir, is one of the 2022 CLEVELAND ARTS PRIZE winners. The award function will take place on November 2, 2022 at the Cleveland Museum of Art.


On 4th September 2022, the Sangeetha Nritya Bharathi Academy, Bangalore, bestowed on Vyjayanthi Kashi, the KALA SHRESHTHA title on completion of 50 years of their institute headed by Hemanth Aradhya and Padma Hemanth.

Srjan conferred the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra awards for 2022 on September 9, 2022 at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar.
The GURU KELUCHARAN MOHAPATRA AWARD: Guru Ramhari Das (music) and Guru Niranjan Rout (dance)
GURU KELUCHARAN MOHAPATRA YUVA PRATIVA SAMMAN: Geetanjali Acharya (Odissi dance) and Matruprasad Das (Odissi music)

On September 11, 2022 Vyjayanthi Kashi received the DR.SARVEPALLI RADHAKRISHNAN AWARD 2022 from BJP Samartak Manch Karnataka.

Sri Krishna Gana Sabha presents NRITHYA CHOODAMANI award to Vidhya Subramanian on the inauguration of the 66th Margazhi Mela on Dec 14, 2022 in Chennai.

The Indian Fine Arts Society presents NATYA KALASIKHAMANI award to Geeta Chandran, at its 90th Music Conference and Festival, in Chennai.

Mumbai based dance critic VIJAY SHANKER was bestowed with the WOW ICONIC AWARD by WOW Digital Media at the Nehru Science Centre auditorium in Mumbai on August 7, 2022.

Sampradaya Dance Creations premieres
Sankhya - A Dance Symphony of Numbers

Oct 14, 2022 Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga
Oct 15, 2022 Flato Markham Theatre, Markham

Kuchipudi Parampara Foundation presents
Natya Parampara Utsav 2022

Seva Sadan, 6pm
October 27, 2022 Bangalore

Natya Institute of Kathak & Choreography, Bangalore
Courses offered
Call for applications

State Museum, Bhubaneswar
State Museum, Bhubaneswar
Photo: Ileana Citaristi


Kathak Lok: Dimensions of temple tradition and history in Kathak
A lively evening at the Multipurpose Hall of the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay Enclave in IIC marked the release of the book 'Kathak Lok' on the temple tradition and history of Kathak, authored by Kathak teacher/performer Dr. Shovana Narayan, and Geetika Kalha, an Indian Administrative Service Officer.......

Anubandh- Scintillating blend of collaborative inputs with performative excellence
In Malavika Sarukkai's works, one has come to expect that keen eye for detailing which is her hallmark. And in Anubandh, that concern for excellence begins with the elegant brochure...


Lebanese Dance Group MAYYAS
A hypnotic and beautiful performance!

Best of favorite dance moves

Mahalaya 2022 | Mahamaya
Madhukaitava Vidhwangsi | Argala Stotram | Performed by Subhangik

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