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On the wall at the Alliance Francaise’s three-part Danse Dialogues.

Gravity? What’s that?

A body, a wall and a visual dialogue that defied traditional ideas of dance »
Shobana collaborates with pianist Anil Srinivasan, Vijay Ghate (tabla) and Sanjoy Das (guitar), besides Kyun Woo Chung from Korea, who is currently teaching at A.R. Rahman’s K.M. Conservatory. File Photo.

From Myth to Modernity

Dancer Shobana is all set to showcase her latest production. Titled ‘Samadhina’ or Trance, the music-dance extravaganza will be mounted on April 22, 7 p.m., at The Music Academy Madras, TTK Road.»
Gopukiran Sadasivan and Ashin Maria Mathew. Photo: R. Ragu review

This dakshina was special

Guru Dhananjayan’s novel ideas were presented by Gopukiran and Ashin Maria Mathew with vigour. »
Sadanam Balakrishnan as Keechaka in 'Keechakavadham' staged at the annual dance and music festival of Kottakkal Viswambhara temple. Veterans such as Madavur Vasudevan Nair, Kalamandalam Gopi, Kalamandalam Vasu Pisharodi and Sadanam Krishnankutty performed in various Kathakali plays during the fete review

Seasoned acts

Veteran artistes proved their mettle on stage yet again at a Kathakali fete in Kottakkal. »
bangalore, April 17, 2014
FOOTLOOSE

The argumentative dancer

I have often heard the argument that classical dance need not be “intellectualized”. In other words, dance and intellectual reflection needn’t be mixed. The belief is that dance should remain in th... »
New Delhi, April 11, 2014

French and Indian contemporary dance fest to be held in seven cities

A dance festival, which seeks to explore and promote the contemporary dance trends of India and France, is set to begin here under the aegis of the Embassy of France and its cultural network. ... »
Mythili and Anusri.
hyderabad, April 10, 2014
review

Of coordination and harmony

Mythili Anoop and Anusri Nair, are friends who are pursuing Mohiniyattam from different gurus. But their performance held at Saptaparni last week, under the aegis of Natya Swara, was well-coordina... »
bangalore, April 10, 2014

Honour, long overdue

‘Full many a gem of the purest ray serene, the dark unfathomed caves of the ocean bear….’Thomas GrayIn the twilight zone of his life, the nonagenarian is bestowed with... »
Indira P.P. Bora (standing) and Menaka P.P. Bora.
chennai, April 10, 2014

Stepping Beyond Tradition

At the invitation of Narada Gana Sabha, senior Sattriya (pronounced ‘Hottriya’) exponent Indira P.P. Bora and her daughter, dancer-researcher Dr. Menaka P.P.Bora, presented ‘Sattriya Repertoire: Tr... »
Uma Govind
Bharath Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram, April 10, 2014
review

Play of captivating abhinaya

Noticeable stage presence and confidence marked the Bharatanatyam performance by Uma Govind at Bharath Bhavan, in the capital city. Uma started her recital with a Ganeshstuthi in raga Atana set... »

This is Compagnie (Company) Xin's first trip to India.
Thiruvananthapuram, April 10, 2014

Tale of angst and hope

Dancer, choreographer, composer and costume designer Martin Harriague ensures that all his talents are synchronised to fine tune his dance performances. Director of Compagnie (Company) Xin, bas... »
Scenes from the 60th anniversary celebrations of Jawaharlal Nehru Manipuri Dance Academy.
new delhi, April 10, 2014

Authenticity amidst innovation

Unlike an aging drab sixty-year-old, thanks to the combined efforts of the Sangeet Natak Akademi and the State Government, propelled by a zestful chairman in the Governor of Manipur, the spruced up... »
Darshan is a star on the rise in the world of dance – both western and classical. Photo: K. Gopinathan
bangalore, April 4, 2014

Flying high

Darshan S. is 12 years old and will probably give a complex to other children his age. He is every ambitious parents’ dream son. Why? Because he “excels in studies” and is a star on the rise in th... »
Amrita Lahiri. Photo: Ajay Lal
New Delhi, April 3, 2014

Tarpan dance festival featured flawless selection of youngsters

From quiet elegance underlining every detail, gracious welcome by low-key organisers, total absence of VIP fanfare, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya observed its weeklong “Tarpan” festival, mounted at the... »

Synchronising footwork

Kalamandalam Haridas: Kathakali teacher and ace performer

Sattriya performance in Chennai

Poetry of movement

Weaving stories

For the joy in dance

Pondy buzz

High on philosophy

Yun will be conducting sporadic training sessions and performance sessions with about 20 students, selected through an audition.
Thiruvananthapuram, April 16, 2014

Confluence of body and mind

Yun Chane is on a mission. This petite danseuse from the Reunion Island, situated in the Indian Ocean, hopes to set up an online network of dancers from across this region. Yun, who has placed the... »
Deepika receives a bouquet of flowers by governor E.S.L. Narasimham.
hyderabad, April 10, 2014

Nutshell: Hyderabad

Deepika performs at Raj Bhavan Deepika Reddy and her disciples presented ‘Hari Hara Vaibhavam’, a colourful thematic presentation on the eve of Ugadi at the Raj Bhavan. The first... »
Savouring dance: Malavika Sarukkai Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.
bangalore, April 10, 2014

You, the light and leaves

If you have been floored by Malavika Sarukkai’s grace and passion on stage, you have to listen her talk -- her choice of words combined with her perfect beauty and intellect will leave you stunned. »
The Chowmahalla festival will present a unique assortment of dance and songs. Photo: S. Madhuvanthi
hyderabad, April 10, 2014

It’s a song and dance

Three days of cultural extravaganza is set to transform the silence of the historic Chowmahalla Palace into princely grandeur in the evenings. The annual Chowmahalla Music and Dance Festival 2014... »
Jayaprabha Menon. Photo: K.K. Najeeb
Thiruvananthapuram, April 10, 2014

Rich in profound concepts

Rasikas of Thrissur were treated to a Mohiniyattam recital by Delhi-based danseuse Jayaprabha Menon. ‘Thouryathrikam’ (Geetha, Vadya and Nritta) assumed singular dimensions in the one-hour-and-... »

Margi Ravindran Nair and Margi Vijayakumar as Sudeshna and Malini respectively in Keechakavadham. Photo: Jawaharji K.
Thiruvananthapuram, April 10, 2014
review

Keechakavadham: Fall of a titan

The staging of the abridged version of ‘Keechakavadham’, as is customary, commenced with the scene wherein Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas, approaches Sudeshna, the queen of Virata. Sudeshn... »

Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair as Chitralekha in 'Banayudhom.'
April 10, 2014

Beauty personified

Kerala is the only Indian State that can boast of four stylised classical arts traditions and several folk and ritual arts legacies. Of these Kutiyattam and Mudiyettu are already recognised by the... »
Dr Ramesh is not a trained dancer. Photo: Nagara Gopal
hyderabad, April 6, 2014

Dance of health

Ever had hormones like oxytocin, glucagon or thyroid strike a mudra and introduce themselves to you? Or have someone represent the rhythm and balance that different organs and hormones strike in or... »
The founder members of CMTAI
New Delhi, April 3, 2014

Some body, say something…

Supposing you were to take snapshots of people on the street, in the crowded Metro trains and buses, in the vegetable markets and malls. Now imagine those pictures doctored so that the background... » 1 comment
Sita Swayamvaram at Kalakshetra. Photo: V. Ganesan
chennai, April 3, 2014

A veteran enthrals

The immense contribution to the art form of Bharatanatyam by Rukmini Devi has given her an iconic status in the annals of History, and her fame continues to live in the cultural memory of art love... »

Traditional treat

Bharatanatyam to visit Udupi homes

Yashodhara, universal woman

Past reconstructed

Winds of exchange

Salsa, the Cuban way

Act of submission

A mark of finesse