Monday, 26 July 2021

Article - Labeling Guru Gopinath's dance style - Vasanti Gopinath Jayaswal

 


Lately, during these stagnant Covid times I have seen on YouTube, videos of classes and dance routines, labeled as Guru Gopinath's Kerala Natanam. They have modified it and sadly added Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam in the stances and movement patterns. It is important for the current public and art enthusiasts therefore to know the following facts. I have itemized them for better understanding.

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Sunday, 25 July 2021

Article - Radha Krsna: The Eternal Couple - Seema KS


Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa have been a source of inspiration to innumerous poets and authors due to which numerous works are available describing the everlasting relationship of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa and other themes revolving around them such as love, separation, sorrow, mischief, pastimes and so on in the form of poems, stories, dramas, operas and so on in Indian literature. Some of these literary works have been touched upon in this article.

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Saturday, 24 July 2021

Surrender to the Supreme - The Eastern Eye: Column by Dr.Utpal K Banerjee

 


Kanhopatra featured in the online Geeva Arts Festival 2021, is a digital work-in-progress of the UK-based Bharatanatyam dancer Divya Ravi, in collaboration with her musician husband, Dr. Sharan Subramanian. Observations of Divya, a senior and widely travelled artiste, about Kanhopatra are revealing. "She was the daughter of a courtesan in the 15th century, who refused to follow her mother's path of luxury. She remained a solitary woman to have treaded the path of enlightenment uninstructed. Kanhopatra's matrilineal origin and her refusal to serve as an accessory to a male saintly figure, placed her at the periphery of our patriarchal society and she was habitually brushed off as insignificant by both scholars and laymen. An autonomous, solitary woman, unattested by androcentric norms, was a threat and hence ignored."

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Thursday, 22 July 2021

Obit/Tribute - Ace sets and lighting designer passes away - Vijay Shanker

 


Thane based ace sets and lighting designer Pathikrit Mukherjee, left for his heavenly abode on 27th June 2021. Pathikrit was diabetic and was hospitalised due to certain health issues. He leaves behind his wife Odissi exponent Nivedita and son Aritra. He was 61.

For more than three decades, Pathikrit provided sets and designed lights for several dance and theatrical productions. He was associated with some of the leading organisations of Mumbai like the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Nehru Centre, Amita Banerjee's Udayan, Shahana and the Durga Pooja festival. He worked with some of the leading dancers like Menaka Thakker (USA), Uma Dogra, Daksha Mashruwala and was closely associated with the 'Ekaharya' presentations of singer, actor and composer Shekar Sen for over thirty five years, in the enactment of Tulsidas, Kabir, Vivekenanda etc. Along with Shekar Sen he toured around the world for his productions.

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Monday, 19 July 2021

Mahatma through dancers' prism - The Eastern Eye: Column by Dr.Utpal K Banerjee

 


Trust the ace Odissi dancer Sharmila Biswas of the eastern metropolis to think "out-of-the-box" whenever chance comes! She has spent a lifetime already in teaching talented students and choreographing on several unusual themes, besides researching on Odisha's indigenous culture of singing, musical instruments, life of Devadasis and sundry other Odisha related subjects.

And, as a conscious citizen, she kept a note of some of the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi over the past couple of decades. Mahatma's political, social and spiritual journey through life, his constant quest for truth and his steely determination never to make a compromise - even under the most adverse circumstances - had made a deep impression on her thinking self as on every conscientious Indian. She had often toyed with the idea as to how she could bring them to bear upon a dancer's performance persona.

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Saturday, 17 July 2021

Tribute - Natyacharya K. Muralidhar Rao - Dr. Shrividya Muralidhar


It is an honour to reminisce about the late Natyacharya K. Muralidhar Rao, whose 98th birthday is on August 2nd. He was like a Kala Muni of the 20th century. His entire life covering ninety decades was dedicated in pursuit of drawing, music, dance, photography and writing articles. A life unequivocally dedicated to art alone! Being the last disciple of the veteran artiste, the life of my Guru is a biopic he orated and made me visualize. This is my humble effort to recollect his meritorious life.

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Sunday, 11 July 2021

Book Review - Garland of Memories: Celebrating the life and times of a legendary Guru - Kiran Java

Nritya Samrat Pt. Birju Maharaj

by Dr. Nandkishore Kapote
nkapote9@gmail.com
Published: June 2021
Message/Greeting by Dr. Sonal Mansingh and Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam
Cover Photo by Avinash Pasricha, Back Cover Photo by Innee Singh
Back Cover Poetry by Pt. Birju Maharaj
Language: Bi-lingual (Hindi | English)
Pages: 368
Size: 7" x 9"
ISBN 978-93-5473-457-1

This book was inaugurated by Pt. Birju Maharaj in Delhi and was released at Pune Patrakar Bhavan on June 29, 2021, at a felicitation held for Kathak exponents.


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