Wednesday 29 February 2012

Article - Audition: Components and essentials.... - Madhuri Upadhya

Auditions is a systematic process in which professionals select suitable artists who are required to give a sample performance. If you compare it to other industries it’s more or less like a job interview, only harder because your body cannot lie.

In the field of dance, there are different types of auditions conducted for varied purposes.

1. Projects
2. Recruitment-part/full time
3. Admission (educational-university/workshop/residency/certified courses etc.)

Usually the information will be carried on the website or audition listing of all communication medium.

However there are certain basic etiquette and requirements common for all dance auditions. 

Monday 27 February 2012

Profile - Guru K Kalyanasundaram

A senior guru and Director of Sri Rajarajeswari Bharatha Natya Kala Mandir, regarded as an institution par excellence for Bharatanatyam, K Kalyanasundaram is the torch bearer of the Thanjavur tradition of Bharatanatyam. He celebrates his 80th birthday on March 1, 2012.

Hailing from a family of Nattuvanar parampara, traditional dance teachers, now in its eighth generation, Thiruvidaimarudur Kuppiah Kalyanasundaram made his debut at the age of six at the Sri Kumbeswaran Temple (of Maha Maham fame) in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, on the auspicious day of Aarudhra Darsanam. “People were curious to see a nattuvanar’s son dance. It was the 1940s, so the only lighting came from the temple lamps, and my costume was a dhoti and angavastram tied around my waist,” remembers Guruji. He imbibed the art from his father Guru Kuppiah Pillai, his brother Guru Mahalingam Pillai, his brother-in-law Guru Govindraj Pillai and sister Karunambal. His grandfather Guru Panchapakesa nattuvanar was an authority on abhinaya and is credited with compiling the Tamil treatise ‘Abhinaya Navaneetham,’ a monumental treatise on abhinaya, a practical guide specially on  Hastabhinaya. 

Interview - Gitanjali Kolanad’s Sleeping with Movie Stars - Isabel Putinja

The title promises to titillate. And it does. But this collection of nine short stories by Gitanjali Kolanad is not only about a young woman’s coming of age but also a candid glimpse into the world of a dancer. The stories are based on her experiences living in the Madras of the 1970s where she studied Bharatanatyam at Kalakshetra, and later during the 1980s when she returned to India as a mother and settled in Delhi.

The first-person narrative is candid and personal, daring and bold, which makes Sleeping with Movie Stars a refreshing and often amusing read. The theme which runs throughout the book is one of self-exploration. A young woman is sent to India by her parents, who hope that such a drastic move will cure her rebellious streak. This is where her artistic journey and voyage of discovery begins. It is in India that she discovers her artistic calling. She readily embraces her new world and all it has to offer. She dares to test limits and move beyond boundaries. She is also forced to examine her cultural identity in a place where she is both an insider, through her Indian heritage, and an outsider – because she was born and brought up in Canada.

Sunday 19 February 2012

Odisha Diary Painter Jatin Das, 6th national Short and Documentary Film Festival at Bhubaneswar - - Dr. Sunil Kothari

This year the theme was ‘Celebrating and Reminiscing Masters’ who recently passed away - Jehangir Sabavala, MF Hussain, Dashrath Patel, Rudra Veena player Ustad Asad Ali Khan, who was Jatin’s and my neighbor at Asiad Village,  BC Sanyal saab, Mani Kaul. Documentary films on them and Mai Kaul’s films, Nandan Saxena and his wife Kavita Saxena’s films on poetry, Renuka George’s film on Ustad Asad Ali Khan, Navroz Contractor’s film on Zadu (brooms), Arun Khopkar’s on Jehangir Sabavala - Absence of Colours - one on Hussain when he was in Dubai and painters from India went there to see him, film made by Bidisha Ray Das, were screened and were attended by large crowds.

Sunday 12 February 2012

Tribute to grand old lady of Kathak - Vijay Shanker

The grand old lady of Kathak, Pandita Ramadevi Lachchu Maharaj died at the age of 86 in Mumbai on 24th December 2011. Sadly her demise was hardly noticed by the media. In an exclusive interview, her ardent disciple Paullomi Mukherjee Naik reveals her experience with her mentor and the persona of the grand old lady who always maintained a low profile as she felt that the art would speak for itself.

Friday 10 February 2012

Article - Contemplations of a dancing mind - Radhika Prabhu

Some questions don’t have any answers, and sometimes it so happens that some answers don’t have any questions at all. They do not need questions. They are more like realisations, philosophies, simple truths that life sometimes surprisingly reveals to us.

Such a realization hit me hard, in an unexpected moment, and without my knowledge, has opened the doors to deeper, subtler paths of thinking beyond.
It happened as I was happily, nonchalantly, strolling on my terrace during sunset, trying to imprint myself in the memories of the beautiful twilight. It was a realization so simple that though most of us would know it, it would hardly suffice until it is realized in its entirety.

Being a dancer is a thing of great pride for me; but that evening, as I watched Nature dancing to the rhythms of silence, spellbound, it not only made me embrace my passion closer to my soul but also made me realize that dance could exist without us ‘dancers’; without being captured in the frames of our body.
Movement - is everywhere.

Sunday 5 February 2012

Articles - 'Janalamini' - GS Rajan

The choreography and powerful presentations of Malavika Sarukkai, Priyadarsini Govind and Rama Vaidyanathan have influenced many dancers of the new generation. Some also follow the new entrant to top category, Mythili Prakash, closely. However it was interesting to note that some of these new generation dancers have finally come out from their shells with a fresh individual approach and with their own choreography, which in turn has brought them recognition. Though there are many highly talented, hardworking and creative dancers ready to carry forward the responsibility from the current divas, I took notice of four serious, dedicated and thinking dancers. They are Janaki Rangarajan, Navia Menon, Lavanya Ananth and the firebrand Rukmini Vijayakumar. Thus, I have come out with a new short form – Janalamini – made up of their four names. I hope to see these four dancers conquering the Bharatanatyam dance scene from now on.

Read the article in the site