Antaram 2015
\'Antaram\', a collage of classical dance and theatre, presented by Gopika Varma, Suhasini Hasan, Krithika Subramanian and Yamini Reddy at \'Nishagandhi Festival 2015\', organized by the Department of Tourism, Govt. of Kerala. Photo Feature | Hareesh Nampoothiri 


      Photography :: Hareesh N Nampoothiri (facebook.com/Haree Fotografie)
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      Indian Cultural Dance Showcase - Part 2
      Indian Cultural Dance Showcase organized by Indian Culture Association Of Macau (ICAM). 

      Photography :: Danny Chan (See FB Profile)
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      Indian Cultural Dance Showcase - Part 1
      Indian Cultural Dance Showcase organized by Indian Culture Association Of Macau (ICAM). 

      Photography :: Danny Chan (See FB Profile)
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      Onakhosham 2014
      Onakhosham 2014, organized by the Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of Kerala @ Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan. Photography | Hareesh Nampoothiri 

      • Bharatanatyam recital by Myriam Sophia Laxmi aka Paris Laxmi
      • Kuchipudi performance by Likha Rajan 
      • NruthyaSamanwayam presented by Neelamana Sisters (Draupadi Praveen in Bharatanatyam & Padmini Krishnan in Kuchipudi) 
      • Samadhina, dance production by Shobana Chandrakumar & team Thraisram - Dance drama presented by Kalakshetra

      Photography :: Hareesh N Nampoothiri (facebook.com/haree)
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      Bhoopaala Bharatham :: Bharatanatyam festival of Natyarangam
      Bhoopaala Bharatham, 17th annual Bharatanatyam festival of Natyarangam, the dance wing of Narada Gana Sabha.

      Marthanda Varma and Swati Tirunal
      Performance by Parvathy and Shijith Nambiar

      The Travancore rajahs dedicated their country to and ruled in the name of the Lord Padmanabha. And so, the Lord became the ruler of the State. If Mahendra Varman was known for his bravery and astuteness (he was the first Indian ruler to defeat a foreign power - the Dutch), Swati Tirunal was compassion personified, a supporter of women’s causes and the first to introduce Allopathic medicines to the State. The dancers will touch upon these aspects using stanzas from The Gita, Nala Charitam, Kunjan Nambiar’s Ottanthullal and Ramapurathu Vanchi Paatu.


      The Wodeyars of Mysore
      Performance by Sathyanarayana Raju and Lakshmi Gopalaswamy

      One of the longest reigning royal families (they ruled for over 600 years), the Wodeyars emerged as the supreme power in this region. Their contributions can be still seen in every sphere of Karnataka, be it the KRS Dam (second largest reservoir in the world), the Sivanasamudra hydro-electric project or the grand Dusserah celebrations of Mysore, which began in 1610 in the Vijayanagara tradition.

      The scholars and dancers are unanimous in expressing the pertinence of this year’s theme for Natyarangam. “These kings laid the foundation on which modern South India has emerged. They have to be remembered, not just in history text books, but also in the way we try to shape our society. They led by setting an example. There are many lessons to be learnt from them even today.”


      Creative Effort & Photography 
      Sreedhar Vaidya (facebook.com/sreedharvaidya

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      The Hindu
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      Kalabharathi National Young Dance Fest 2013
      Kalabharathi National Young Dance Fest 2013, a three-day dance festival in Thiruvananthapuram, featured various form of indian classsical dance by the young talents across the country. 

      Mohiniyattam by Rachana Narayanankutty 
      Bharatanatyam by Pavitra Krishna Bhat 
      Odissi recital by Barkha Tanvir 
      Bharatanatyam by Lakshmi Parthasarathy Athreya 
      Mohiniyattam by Anjali Balan 
      Bharatanatyam by Meera Sreenarayanan 
      Kuchipudi by Chandralekha 
      Kathak by Shuchismita Dutta

      Photography :: Hareesh N Nampoothiri (facebook.com/haree)
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      Sattriya | A Classical Dance form of India (Assam)
      Sattriya Dance by sajukta baruah, Meenakshi medhi @ sammanway sanskritik mahotsav, uttar kamalabari satra, from 28 march to 31 march 2013. 


      Sattriya or Sattriya Nritya, is one among eight principal classical Indian dance traditions. In the year 2000, the Sattriya dances of Assam received recognition as one of the eight classical dance forms of India. Where as some of the other traditions have been revived in the recent past, Sattriya has remained a living tradition since its creation by the founder of Vaishnavism in Assam, the great saint Srimanta Sankardev, in 15th century Assam. (From Wiki) 


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      Janabheri National Theatre Festival 2013 (JNTF)

      The 1st Janabheri National Theatre Festival (JNTF-2013, organised by Janabheri, Thrissur in association with Ministry of Culture, New Delhi and Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi was held during April 23 – 27, 2013, at K.T.Muhammed Memorial Regional Theatre, Thrissur.  

      The festival showcased the following plays:  

      Fevicol  (Maidi’s Artist Association of Tribal, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand / Dir. Jeetrai Hansda / Hindi / 55 min)

      The Chairs (Theatre Collective, Thrissur / Malayalam Adaptation of Eugene Ionesco\'s ‘The Chairs’ / Dir. Jyothirmayi Kurup / Malayalam / 60 min) 

      Road to Redemption (Rangachethana, Thrissur / Dir. K.N.Prashanth / Malayalam / 60 min)

      The Country Without A Post Office (EKTA – School of Drama & Repertory, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir / Dir. Muzammil Hayat Bhawani / written by Bhawani Bashir Yasir / Hindustani (Urdu / Hindi / 60 min)

      STROLL (Based on the works of ‘Hamlet’ by William Shakespeare; ‘ Yerma’ by Lorca and ‘Black & White essay’ by Harold Pinter / Dir. Moon Moon Singh / English / 120 min)

      Familiar Strangers (Unicorn Actors Studio, New Delhi / Playwright & Dir. Happy Ranajit / Hindi – English / 70 min)

      White Hands (Ashirwad Rangamandal, Begusarai, Bihar / Dir. Amit Roushan / Hindi / 60 min)

      Photo Courtesy | Janabheri 
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      Bhagavadajjukam Kutiyattam
      Bhagavadajjukam Kutiyattam @ Rangapeetom,Katampazhipuram
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      Mahathi | A thematic Kuchipudi dance presentation
      Mahathi | A thematic Kuchipudi dance presentation of three types of Sthree Sweeya, Parakiya, Sadharana by Hema A Gautham, Suhasini K Shetty and Swetha Kasetty

      Held at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, the concept of the show revolved around woman power and drew strong connections from the past as well as from the present. 

      Instances were taken from mythology as well as from the present world. The unique concept of Mahathi highlighted three characters of women in Natyashastra. 

      Sweeya — the pathivratha or the devoted woman; Parakreeya — a married woman who has intense love and affection for Lord Krishna; and Sadharana — one who doesn’t belong to anyone. 

      Choreographed by Veena Murthy Vijay, the dancers showed great energy and coordination on stage.

      Unlike the norm, the musicians accompanying the dancers were backstage, rather than on stage. The show began with the dancers entering the stage one by one and performing together. The brilliant choreography helped in bringing out the concept better. After Ganapati Vandana, the dancers started their three-part performance. The first showcased the characteristics of Sweeya, who is extremely devoted to her husband and considers him her God. The beautiful choreography made the audience totally involved in it.



      Photography  | Giridhar Chandrasekar (Facebook.com/giridharclicks)
      Reference      | deccanherald.com

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      Lasyotsavam 2013
      Lasyotsavam 2013 organized by Lasya Dance Centre @ Regional Theatre, Thrissur.

      Bharatanatyam by Padmasree Geeta Chandran
      Kuchipudi by Padmavani Mosalikanti 
      Kuchipudi by Jaikishore Mosalikanti
      Mohiniyattom by Pallavi Krishnan
      Odissi performance by Pitamber Biswal & Group

      Photography | Jayaraj Tp (facebook.com/tprjayaraj)   
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      Vendeurs d Enclumes Rock Concert @ Nishagandhi, Trivandrum
      As part of Bonjour India, Festival of France in India, Alliance Française de Trivandrum in association with the Embassy of France in India presented a rock show , by Vendeurs d’Enclumes at Nishagandhi on 17 February 2013. It was an unprecedented experience for the audience who witnessed this show, as the Indian audience were seldom exposed to live shows in which singers actively emoted according to each song in a very dynamic manner.  From the very start the band connected well with the audience despite the linguistic barriers. As a disclaimer during the addressing note, the lead vocalist Valérian Renault stated there won\'t be non-musical interaction between the songs as they are not well versed in English, but that didn\'t seem to be so as his explanation before each song really connected with the audience.


      Photography | Mathew Sebastian
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      Gazal Concert by Sithara Krishnakumar
      Sithara Krishnakumar now popularly known as playback singer Sithara is on a musical expedition involving various styles including Hindustani classical, Carnatic and Gazals. She was noted for making a niche for herself by rendering songs in different styles which made us wonder whether all these songs in her kitty came from the same source. She has now rendered in all four South Indian languages and is glad to have been part of many good compositions by great composers in a short span of time. Currently she is exulted as her latest song ‘Enundodee’ for the Malayalam movie Cellulloid is doing the rounds and her popularity is increasing in the Gazal circuit too.
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      Punyah :: dance ensemble @ Dristhi festival 2013

      The 8th edition of Dristhi Dance festival held at Chowdiah Memeorial Hall, Bangalore on Jan 26th 2013, was a visual treat for art lovers. Founded by Anuradha Vikranth and TM Vikranth, the Drishti art foundation aims to promote and propagate classical arts. This year the Drishti Dance festival graced by the performances of Nrityantar Dance Ensemble led by Madulita Madhulita Mohapatra, Bharatanatya by Anuradha Vikranth and her Drishti Dance ensemble, Punyah classical dance ensemble led by Parshwanath S. Upadhye and Indian contemporary dance by Samudra, from Kerala.

      \"Punyah\" is a dance ensemble produced by Upadhye school of dance Bangalore. choreographed and directed by Parshwanath Upadhye. Though based on Bharathanatyam, team Punyah does not confine itself to a particular margi (regional) style and explores many aspects of different art forms that are derived from Natya shastra and other ancient Indian movements.

      Artists
      Parshwanath Upadhye
      Shruti Parshwanath Upadhye
      Sneha Devanandan
      Preethi Bharadhwaj
      Matangi Prasan and
      Surabhi Bharadhwaj 

      Photography | Giridhar Chandrasekar (Facebook.com/giridharclicks)

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      Soul Cages – Bharatanatyam Dance Theatre

      Soul Cages – Bharatanatyam Dance Theatre by Savitha Sastry. 

      The Soul Cages is an artistic experience that captures the cycles of life and death as a journey, rather than an end in itself. This unique presentation is structured on the imagery and narrative of a story, told through the fluid grace of the classical Indian dance form of Bharathanatyam. This ballet speaks to the heart, thereby transcending the audience’s knowledge of Bharathanatyam, without ever compromising the aesthetics and classicism of this art form. At it’s core, the ‘Soul Cages’ brings to life, a deeply thought provoking philosophy by examining it through the eyes of mythological characters and ordinary people. Its strength lies in being able to project didactic theological values through the disarming simplicity of a child.

      Creative effort & photography | Rama Krishna (RK\'s Photography) (facebook.com/RKs-Photography)


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      Nishagandhi Festival 2013 :: Odissi & Manipuri
      Odissi by Aloka Kanungo and Manipuri by Amusana Devi & Group @ Nishagandhi Festival 2013. 

      A disciple of Padmabibhushana Sri Kelucharan Mohapatra, Aloka Kanungo is a rare combination of dancer, choreographer, teacher and scholar. Lauded for her fusion works with Manipuri (Maha Raas), Kathak (Shiva Shakti) and Rabindra Sangeet (Barshar Gaan & Bhanu Singher Padyabali), she is also known for her work on the ancient and almost extinct dance forms in group choreographies like Sthapatya Satya, Gaatagata and Mahavidya. She has also worked with physically challenged and under privileged children in a project called Kautuk - a children soiree. A recipient of many prestigious awards and honours, the Orissa Sangeet Natak Academy Award, Mahari award from Pankajcharan Das Odissi Research Foundation, Udayashankar Award etc., Aloka today heads the Shinjan Nrityalaya in Calcutta.

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      Nangiarkoothu by Usha Nangiar
      Usha Nangiar performing Ramayana character Ahalya for the first time in the history of the art form of Koodiyattam @ Changampuzha Park organized by Kochi - Muziris Biennale. Usha Nangiar was accompanied by her husband V K K Hariharan (Mizhavu), Kalamandalam Rajeev (Mizhavu) and Kalanilayam Unnikrishnan (idakka) and her daughter Athira (thalam)

      Creative effort & photography | Vipin Chandran.K.P (facebook.com/vipin.chandran)


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      Kuchipudi by Manju Warrier @ Nishagandhi
      Kuchipudi by Manju Warrier @ Nishagandhi Festival 2013. Photography | Arunvijay

      Creative effort & photography |Arun Vijay (Thiraseela.com)


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      Manju Warrier performing Kuchipudi at Nishagandhi Festival
      Manju Warrier performing Kuchipudi at Nishagandhi Festival 2013.

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      Nishagandhi Festival 2013 :: Kathak & Kuchipudi
      Kathak by Vikram Iyengar & Group
      Vikram Iyengar Co-founder and Artistic Director of Ranan is a dancer, choreographer, theatre director and performing arts researcher/writer based in Kolkata, India. A top grade solo artist with Doordarshan with performances across India and abroad, he is an INLAKS scholar with an MA in Performing Arts from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He is currently co-editor of the India Theatre Forum performance e-journal, e-Rang.

      Ranan Performance Collective grew out of a need to demystify Indian classical dance and make it accessible and enjoyable for larger audiences. At the Nishagandhi, Ranan will present excerpts from three very different dance productions - Vaichitra, Rangeeniyan and Shunya Se. Together, the evening will span the range and richness of Kathak showcasing pure dance, abhinaya and experimental choreography. 

      Kuchipudi by Amrita Lahiri
      Amrita Lahiri started her training in Kuchipudi at Washington DC under Anuradha Nehru, a senior disciple of Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam. Later, she learnt Bharatanatyam from Leela Samson in New Delhi. She also studied under Swapnasundari and Seetha Nagajothy. Since 2006, she has been learning from Kishore Mosalikanti in Chennai. The influences of these eminent gurus are reflected in Amritas performances around India and abroad. She is today based in Mumbai where she teaches and performs Kuchipudi. She also writes on dance and has worked professionally in arts management at prestigious institutions like the Kennedy Centre, Kalakshetra, and most recently, at the National Centre for Performing Arts as the Head of the Dance Department.

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