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Mathoor and Madavoor: A Study in Contrasts

Mathoor and Madavoor: A Study in Contrasts

Kathakali veterans Mathoor Govindankutty and Madavoor Vasudevan Nair represent an interesting era in the history of the dance drama All his life, Madavoor Vasudevan Nair was an uncompromising practitioner of the Kaplingadan school of Kathakali, a style that flourished in his southern Kerala. That was strikingly unlike Mathoor Govindankutty who, in spite of his Kaplingadan...

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Dance: The Digital Challenges

Dance: The Digital Challenges

‘Digital humanities’ has opened up pathways for practitioners to enhance methodologies and creative processes. Even so, we need to ensure not to cut asunder the basic purpose of any art: restore righteousness through an aesthetic medium. Art is an expression of creative skill, aptitude, talent and expertise. Artists have always incorporated scientific developments. Art and...

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Social Media: The New Space for Dance Festivals (PART II)

Social Media: The New Space for Dance Festivals (PART II)

True, social media platforms have democratized artistic activities by opening the doors to all. All the same, nurturing a quality to it merits more attention.  As social mobility continued to face restrictions so as to check the spread of the coronavirus, online performance began turning out to be the most demanded activity among dancers. Artistes...

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Social Media: The New Space for Dance Artistes

Social Media: The New Space for Dance Artistes

The Covid 19 has prompted dance artistes to go online like never before. A look at its good and bad effects, going by experiences of watching the videos so far.  Covid-19 has changed people’s habits, routines and ways of performing tasks the world over. From March 2020, it was a sudden standstill for all endeavours...

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On Democratizing Dance

On Democratizing Dance

Dancing is a fundamental need through which we heal, connect, communicate and express our inner worlds. While everyone can naturally dance, it takes a lifetime of training and practice to qualify as a Dancer. Why do we dance? A dancer might respond to this question with reasons ranging from physical to spiritual. But if we...

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Music or lyrics: What is More Important in Carnatic?

Music or lyrics: What is More Important in Carnatic?

Much of Carnatic literature circle around just three themes; praising, complaints or requests to God. Yet if I am asked whether music or lyrics are more important to the system, I’d say each deserves total importance. Being locked down at home indefinitely for months, one gets a lot of time to introspect, evaluate one’s choices,...

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Journey of an Odissi Dancer (Part 11)

Journey of an Odissi Dancer (Part 11)

Learning and unlearning at each step is an important process for an Odissi dancer, taught my guru. Amid covid 19, joining hands with Teach for India, I started designing online art-based academic curriculums and teaching underprivileged children. Soon, with my guru Ranjana Gauhar-ji’s blessings, I was performing Odissi and touring independently in solos as well...

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A Journey of an Odissi Dancer (Part 1)

A Journey of an Odissi Dancer (Part 1)

My guru moulded the various physical and mental aspects of my personality. She continually pushed me to become not just a dancer but a thinking artist and a sensitive human being as well… Think of dance, and what comes to my mind is a powerful, non-verbal medium of communication for all liberating ideas — social,...

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When Kathak and Lavani Find a Common Platform

When Kathak and Lavani Find a Common Platform

The classical dance Kathak and the Maratha folk dance Lavani share techniques, having met in one phase of Maharashtra’s cultural history. They can come on stage together. Exploring Kathak from the perspective of another art and culture brought me closer to the north Indian classical dance. I viewed Kathak through the prism of Maharashtra’s folksy...

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