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
LET US THINK
....AND BE STILL
- Closing lines from the stage production
THE JUNGLE BOOK-RUDYARD REVISED
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.
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.
|Vyjayanthi Kashi and Shambhavi School of Dance, Bangalore, have been members of Narthaki since 2001.|
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.
She is NARTHAKI!
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,
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
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
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.
State Museum, Bhubaneswar
Photo: Ileana Citaristi