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Alarmel Valli . Photo: R. Ravindran

Rasanubhava at its best

Every act depicting the various rituals was an experiential expressions »
Urmila Sathyanarayanan. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

Saintly Meera dazzled

Urmila Sathyanarayanan’s ‘Meera-The Lotus of Prem’ had a gripping story, some soulful music, striking expressions and agile movements. The thematic dance presentation in the ekaharya style hit the... »
The Padme team at rehearsal

Accent on mime and movement

Anita Ratnam brings together creatively-adventurous young classical artists for her latest project. »
French contemporary dancer Cécile Loyer. Photo: Geraldine Aresteanu
December 19, 2014

When dance speaks

“I speak of my memories through dance. Each day, there’s something new to add,” says French contemporary dancer Cécile Loyer. In the city to choreograph a performance for the Alliance Française of... »
Members of the Kalakshetra faculty: (from left)Lokesh, Shaly Vijayan, Rakesh, Jyolsana Menon, Nirmala and Hari Padman. Photo: R. Ragu
December 18, 2014

Teachers come to the fore

“It is an unparalleled experience for rasikas to view a Kalakshetra production in the Kalakshetra ambience,” says Priyadarsini Govind, the director. “Our faculty members are highly creative and ext... »
Sridevi T.M. Photo: Madhuvanthi. S
December 18, 2014
MUSIC & Dance

Between the poet’s world and hers

One of the many challenges that the Margam offers is that of role play. In a span of one and a half hours, the dancer has to traverse in and out of many characters, some of whom may even be outside... »
December 18, 2014

Celebrating stillness

Natya Sangraha, this time chose the unique theme of ‘Sthimita Vinyasam’ to highlight a condition practised by yoga practitioners. The dancers — Kuchipudi exponent Yasoda Thakore and Bharatanatyam... »
Sailaja. Photo S. Subramanium
December 18, 2014

Here, now and beyond

Dance and music often get cubbyholed as merely performance arts. It is easy to forget that, as in the case of the proverbial glacier, what is seen on stage is only a fraction of the work that goes... »
Bharatanatyam dancer Deepika Reddy performs at Krishna Gana Sabha. Photo: R. Ravindran
December 15, 2014

Just a medley

Energised by the title, Nritya Choodamani, conferred on her the day before her performance, Deepika Reddy began her Kuchipudi programme on a vibrant note with a prayer, Kuchipidi Vandana. Beg... »
Bala Devi Chandrasekar
December 15, 2014

An Ode to the Divine Mother

Baladevei Chandrasekhar, who made visual presentations of such exalted themes as Viswam and Uddhava Gita, is back with ‘Tripura: the Divine Feminine... »
The Anglo-Indian community keeps its dancing shoes on and its tradition of western dance alive and jiving. Photo: special arrangement
December 12, 2014

Foxtrot in Fort Kochi

Francis Xavier Gomez, 90, is dressed to the hilt. Black trousers, white full-sleeved shirt, cuff links, polished shoes…jacket and tie. He is at his grand daughter’s wedding dinner at The Killians... »
Uma B. Ramesh. Photo : K.V. Srinivasan
December 11, 2014
Bharat Kalachar

Old story, new spin

Gone are the days when a nayika used to sit in front of the mirror, dress up and wait for her hero to arrive. Engulfed in the pangs of separation, she could neither drink nor eat. Time has changed... »
Scene from Anitha Guha's Vana Viraata Vijayam. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
December 11, 2014
Kartik Fine Arts

Happy union of Rhyme and Rhythm

Commissioned by the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana for the Mahabharatha series presented past April, ace-choreographer and Bharatanatyam teacher Anitha Guha along with her Bharathanjali Trust presen... »

Torchbearers of a tradition

More than the brass plate

In perfect form

An enchanting journey through time

As Sudharani introspects

Awards for veterans

Mighty migration

An appreciation of artistic excellence

Which way, Margam?

Vyjayanthimala Bali. Photo. M. Moorthy
December 18, 2014

Tête-à-Tête with Vyjayanthimala

A book titled ‘Chithira Tiruppavai’ was published in 1965. It had beautiful illustrations for each Pasuram, by Chitralekha, who did the cover illustrations for Ananda Vikatan’s Deepavali Specials... »
Zakir Hussain presents Divyam. Photo: M. Vedhan
December 18, 2014

Laid-back manner

As a Bharatanatyam dancer, one would not rate Zakir Hussain very high. His nritta has a lazy undertone, where you can see he is not pushing for maximum exertion. His agility has improved but is nu... »
December 18, 2014

True to the tradition

Abhinetri Arts Academy presented ‘Natya Pravaha’ a festival of Bharatanatyam dances by dancers from across the country. Sticking to the traditional ‘margam’ the event brought in individual approach... »
Disciples of Sai Chandrika.
December 18, 2014

‘Natyacharyas’ honoured

Nataraja Samskritika Kala Peetham, founded by Maddali Suryaprakash, a patron of arts along with A.P. Bhasha Samskritika Samakhya, organised a colourful two-day programme of Kuchipudi dances at Goka... »
Mallika Kandali.
December 18, 2014

‘I didn’t take shortcuts’

Mallika Kandali is a well-known Sattriya dancer from Assam. A winner of the Devadasi National Award, Guwahati-based Mallika also learnt Odissi. In an interview here, the dancer says she never c... »
Dr. B. N. Goswamy
December 15, 2014

The Creative CALL

World renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma once said, “Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you are passionate about something, you’re more willing to take risks.” »
TWIST AND TURNS: A Salsa practice session on at La Casita, a House of Latin
American Art and Culture, in Puducherry. Photo: S.S. Kumar
PUDUCHERRY, December 13, 2014

Puducherry has a taste of Latin America

Colour is the first thing that strikes visitors as they make their way to the recently-opened La Casita, a ‘House of Latin American Art and Culture’ on Iswaran Dharmaraja Kovil Street. The... »
Veteran Kathak dancer Sitara Devi. Photo: S. Subramanium
December 11, 2014

Thus Khusala became Sitara…

Sitara Devi’s death brought to mind the year 1948 when she was the star performer at a weeklong celebration by the Indian Air Force. Sitara was about 30 years old then and in the prime of life. The... »
Nrithya Milana with Aunradha Vikranth and Shama Krishna
December 11, 2014

Karanas as the link

Nrithya Milana, a Bharatanatyam-Kuchipudi jugalbandi by Anuradha Vikranth and Shama Krishna, was interesting since the artists used karanas as a common thread to link the dance forms. Anu... »
December 11, 2014

The other side of the coin

In a small room behind the Woodlands counter at Narada Gana Sabha, three schoolgirls, aged 13 to 17, were sitting on a mat. An electronic sruthi box lay on a table that rose above their heads, and... »

Dancing with the men

Oozing with confidence

Refreshing tweaks

Opportunity missed

Interpreting Duryodhana

Sabhas on a felicitation spree

Something new, something old

The Dynamic Dancer

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