We now enter a new calendar year. The Margazhi season is with us to guide into 2018 and we all are happy that the year 2017 gave us a wonderful season. Another good news that came about was that Chennai now has got international recognition and inclusion in the form of UNESCO Creative Cities Network for its rich musical tradition.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, congratulating the city: “Chennai’s contribution to our rich culture is precious. This is a proud moment for India.” Here is the news report. A total of 64 cities from 44 countries have joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, the organisation’s website said.
The season that we are experiencing has also brought in analytical and intense debates on various issues concerning the art. Some of them were about the very traditions that helped evolve classical dance Bharatanatyam, the need to respect the origins and to recognize the contributions of Devdasi community.
We included some news that dimensions the scope of Bharatanatyam in the News-Bits section. Feel free to forward your opinions, thoughts and views.
PRIYALASYA - MARGAZHI PERFORMANCES SECTION
SOUMYA TILAK SESHADRI
PRIYALASYA - CLASSICAL DANCE SNIPPETS - PRACHEETI DANGE
The headgear adorned by the Odissi dancer is full of symbolism
While the centre piece represent the Jaganath Puri Temple tower
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Surrender through art allows a surreal euphoria to engulf one's being. An experience made possible only through the guiding light and knowledge of a Guru, grateful to be a disciple of Padmashree Ranjana Gauhar ji who makes it possible - Vrindha Chadha.
PRIYALASYA ARTICLES - LINKS
Three decades into her career, a Bharatanatyam dancer in Pakistan is still charting new courses
Everything Possible Within The Margam - Rama Vaidyanathan knows how to infuse freshness into the traditional repertoire - The Hindu
Can Bharatanatyam tell painful stories of rape and migration? A dance company provides an answer
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