In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the mist of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
I realised, through it all, that in the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy.
For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me,
Within me, there's something stronger -
Something better, pushing right back
- Albert Camus, Nobel Laureate, philosopher, author, journalist
We are in month #6 in India's state of the pandemic. There is still much
uncertainty and fear. However, August brought its fair share of drama,
theatre, great dialogue, high emotions, tears, chest beating, wailing,
public confessions and pompous posturing. A truly gripping reality show
TA KI TA TOM
FEDERATION OF CITY SABHAS, Chennai, (Brahma Gana Sabha, Krishna Gana
Sabha, RR Sabha, Kartik Fine Arts, Narada Gana Sanha etc) have announced
continuation of December season this year through online programs.
Music Academy has announced the same.
Critic/scholar DR.UTPAL K BANERJEE celebrates his
87th birthday on Sept 27, 2020 with an online conference hosted by ICCR,
For their 2020 Yearbook, AKRAM KHAN has been chosen as Choreographer of the Year by Tanz Magazine.
GERAK ANGIN is the new Malaysian Multi Arts Festival curated by RAMLI IBRAHIM and SABERA SHAIK for the digital broadcast.
SUJATA BANERJEE's 26 hour nonstop Dance Marathon featuring a variety of
performances and styles was received excellently by audiences across the
MADURAI MURALIDHARAN received a badge of honour from GUINNESS RECORDS for composing 25 varnams in 30 days during the pandemic.
RASIKA KUMAR of Abhinaya Dance Company, NADHI THEKKEK of Nava
Dance Theatre and SAHASRA SAMBAMOORTHI of Navatman Dance are doing an
ongoing project on Dance Analytics, a survey to pinpoint funding sources
for Indian classical dancers and musicians.
SHABANA AZMI has produced a film MEE RAQSAM
about a Muslim girl (played by Aditi Subedi) fighting prejudice to
learn Bharatanatyam. Directed by Baba Azmi, the movie stars Danish
Husain and Naseeruddin Shah.
SURUPA SEN was one of the camera people for the August 28th digital
showcase of the NRITYAGRAM students. The event is marked annually as the
day that Protima Bedi passed away in 1998.
ANUPAMA KYLASH has emerged as the star teacher and performer during
this lockdown. Her knowledge, telegenic appearance and layered knowledge
of Annamayya compositions and nuanced 'abhinaya' has attracted several
students who are lined up to pay and learn from her.
The new business model to replace face to face ITEM LEARNING is the E
PORTAL METHOD. Popular performers like RAMA VAIDYANATHAN and
PRIYADARSINI GOVIND are among the stars making the digital leap.
Nagalakshmi Rajaratnam, wife of late illustrious Guru Swamimalai
Rajaratnam Pillai, passed away on the morning of August 29, 2020.
Yakshagana presenter and researcher Dr.N.Narayana Shetty passed away on August 26, 2020 at Mangalore, aged 86.
Celebrated Hindustani classical vocalist of the Mewati gharana, Pt
Jasraj passed away in the US at the age of 90 (28 Jan 1930 - 17 Aug
2020). He was honored with the Padma Shri (1975), Padma Bhushan (1990)
and Padma Vibhushan (2000).
Mukund Lath, scholar, exponent of Mewati gharana and prominent cultural
historian known for his writings on music, dance, aesthetics and culture
of India, passed away on August 6, 2020. He was 82.
One of India's leading post-Independence theatre directors, an eminent
drama teacher and a patron of the arts, Ebrahim Alkazi (18 Oct 1925 - 4
Aug 2020) passed away aged 95. He received the Sangeet Natak Akademi for
direction (1962), Padma Shri (1966), Padma Bhushan (1991) and Padma