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Leela Venkataraman

What did Draupadi see when she looked into the magic mirror?

The plot starts with Hidimbi, married to Bhima, procuring a magic mirror which reflected what the heart of the one looking into it desired.

08 Oct 2019 1:22 AM

Contemplating female energy, and saluting her with dance

Vani Vak-Devi Saraswati as portrayed by Bengaluru’s Praveen Kumar was a highlight.

12 Sep 2019 1:24 AM

Understanding dancer Astad Deboo: The lonely crusader, still an enigma

Dancing inside the auditorium has been as common as dancing in a museum amidst artifacts, on the street, on a catwalk or on the Wall of China.

15 Aug 2019 1:50 AM

Welcoming the fountainhead, Bharatmuni, on Gurupurnima

Bharata’s Natya Shastra sowed the seeds of knowledge in dramaturgy and the Rasa theory of aesthetics.

01 Aug 2019 1:19 AM

Young dance talents mesmerise, they need right platform to thrive

Lalgudi Jayaraman’s thillana in mand ushered in the concluding moments of the well-rounded performance.

18 Jul 2019 12:51 AM


Artistes pay homage to a phenomenon called Balasaraswati: The great dancer

The singing, the Nattuvanar’s Jati recitation with the dancer’s rendition through movement, all in simultaneity, have to find perfect synchronisation.

12 Jun 2019 1:08 AM

Manodharma: Evocative abhinaya of the inner dancer… a world beyond teaching

Abhinaya comprising gestures and facial expressions was never intended to be a structured part of the dance.

04 Jun 2019 12:51 AM

Performers enthral at Natya Vriksha’s International Dance Day celebration

The curtain-raiser at 9 am had over a hundred enthusiastic dancers participating in the Body and Movement workshop conducted by Santosh Nair.

14 May 2019 1:07 AM

When Tamil became the voice of the heart in the Spring Festival of Music & Dance at IIC

The Tillana brought in the spirit of pure joy, with the Mangalam based on Saint Thirunavukkarasar, set in Ragam Surutti.

02 May 2019 1:27 AM

Music and dance intertwine at Nehru Park as classical arts invite onlookers

Inspired expressions from Indian performing arts and visual arts have kept alive and reinvented the heroines from our great epics.

15 Apr 2019 12:32 AM


Bhagat Singh to Buddha: Dance, theatre mix in out-of-the-box presentations

Bhagat Singh senses a hidden melancholia beneath this joi de vivre, with a deep involvement in love stories ending in tragedy.

01 Apr 2019 11:47 PM

Paying homage to Shiva, king of dancers, with performances in different traditions

The festival of Maha Shivaratri becomes an especially auspicious occasion for many dancers to pay homage to the Lord of Dance.

12 Mar 2019 1:53 AM

Scintillating Dhauli Kalinga, and its historic message of duty and peace

Vadya Vani BBSR presented a tala vadya display with musician Ramahari as conductor and mardal expert Dhaneswar Swain’s rhythmic designing.

21 Feb 2019 12:53 AM

Men break gender barrier in Bharatanatyam

Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai taught male dancers like U.S. Krishna Rao and the Indo-Burmese world-famous dancer Ram Gopal .

07 Feb 2019 12:49 AM

Rukmini Devi’s Ramayana series: an evergreen legacy

Whoever may come, Rukmini Devi’s magnum opus will remain a benchmark in the arena of creative work.

16 Jan 2019 1:10 AM


Moving frames during Markazhi: A divine time for music and dance

Moving river art reflects in its entirety different streams, as the modern paintings all round the gallery show.

01 Jan 2019 1:05 AM

Unusual fare of aboriginal tales

Having toured seventy countries during its 29 year old history the performance had a handsome audience.

18 Nov 2018 12:18 AM

Dance practitioners churn out issues through deliberation

Guru/Dancer Bhaswati Misra felt that more attention was needed on how whatever text a dancer chose, was being visualized in the dance.

15 Nov 2018 1:25 AM

A Bharatanatyam weave of threads spun by 2 Indian visionaries

A commendable effort! What the production urgently needs is some drastic editing, to trim it.

11 Oct 2018 12:48 AM

When a dancer becomes the dance

Creation has its elementary beginnings in sound, which slowly evolves its vibrations covering the entire expanse of space with man.

26 Sep 2018 1:33 AM