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Sunil Kothari

A dance festival that brought together diverse dance forms

From Mumbai, the renowned Kathak exponent Rajashree Shirke and her troupe were invited.

02 Mar 2020 2:56 AM

Remembering Kuchipudi dance-drama pioneer Vedantam Raghavayya

Several leading lights of Andhra had clamoured for the status of the Kuchipudi dance-drama form as a classical Indian dance form.

03 Feb 2020 6:10 AM

The highs of a historic 39th Natya Kala Conference: A hard act to emulate

To attend the 39th Natya Kala Conference (NKC) at Krishna Gana Sabha (KGS) in Chennai was a privilege.

07 Jan 2020 2:13 AM

Margazhi is season to celebrate the aesthetic of Rukminidevi Arundale

Way back in the years I was researching and working towards a PhD in dance I was a regular visitor to Madras in every December.

30 Dec 2019 8:17 AM

Konark Dance Festival has gained a formidable international reputation

Every evening, invariably in order to showcase indigenous flowering of Odissi, there is one troupe presenting Odissi.

10 Dec 2019 5:40 AM


Shirin Vajifdar: She had courage to study dance at a difficult time

Shirin studied under the great maestro and went for further training in dance to Madame Menaka’s Nrityalayam dance institution at Khandala.

28 Nov 2019 7:29 AM

The magnetic Madame Menaka and the Tiger of Hastinapur

Madame Menaka was a legendary dancer, a contemporary of Uday Shankar, Ram Gopal, Rukmini Devi and Balasaraswati.

11 Nov 2019 5:34 AM

Ragini Devi: The first American female dancer in the male bastion of Kathakali

Born in Michigan in the US in 1896, as Esther Sherman, she had been deeply fascinated by Indian dancing from the age of eight.

15 Oct 2019 1:46 AM

Faqeer Nimaana: Shah Hussain’s poems presented as music & dance by a quartet

There is always a buzz when it is announced that Beej and Sanjukta Wagh will be presenting a new work.

17 Sep 2019 1:16 AM

Sri Lankan dance legend Chitrasena: A contemporary of Uday Shankar

Chitrasena and Vajira will always be remembered for their work, forging links between tradition and contemporary dance.

26 Aug 2019 12:53 AM


Little known facts on barrister-dancer Nataraj Vashi and his fascinating career

Praveena received a scholarship to study architecture in the US. Nataraj also got admission in Chicago University.

13 Aug 2019 1:35 AM

An extraordinary story of a prince of Gujarat: Dancer Yog Sundar

On July 16th, the renowned dancer and choreographer Yog Sundar celebrated his 98th birthday in Delhi.

30 Jul 2019 1:34 AM

Wayang Wong shows connection between arts of Indonesia and India

Watching these aesthetic presentations, one realises how Indonesia and India are so closely connected through these performing arts.

18 Jul 2019 10:44 PM

Dance India Asia Pacific showcases the life and art of legend Balasaraswati

The proposed MOPA will go a long way in preserving our cultural heritage and the art of legendary dancers and musicians.

01 Jul 2019 6:37 AM

Paucity of archival material threatens legacy of Kathakali dancer Shanta Rao

Some critics had observed in those days that her style was rather “masculine”.

17 Jun 2019 2:44 AM


New York calling: Classical dancer takes turn to make Jhansi ki Rani film

The film was of a duration of 104 minutes without an interval and from the opening scene to the final one it engages the audience’s attention.

06 Jun 2019 12:23 AM

A dance historian’s notes on how the Natyashastra was mastered

Translations of the Natyashastra have also appeared in Gujarati, Marathi and Hindi.

09 May 2019 12:31 AM

La Meri: The undisputed queen of ethnic dance and her Indian connection

La Meri, whose real name was Russell Meriwether Hughes, was born in Louisville, Kentucky.

08 Apr 2019 11:21 PM

The Mahabharat: Encounters with British director Peter Brook in India & abroad

The message of the Gita and the various stories of the Mahabharat are part of one’s upbringing.

14 Mar 2019 7:32 AM

Krishna Rao & Chandra leave behind a rich legacy of dance scholarship and practice

Born in December 1912, Krishna Rao took to dance seriously in 1939 and married U.K. Chandrabhaga Devi in February 1941.

26 Feb 2019 2:10 AM