Delhi Art Theatre recently presented the play Chann Badlan Da at India Habitat Centre. This is an old piece by playwright Sheila Bhatia that was first performed in the year 1967 and revived after 50 years. But how did it augur in the year 2017?
The Raza Foundation’s ‘Art Matters’ is a running series of panel discussions on arts and culture at the India International Centre. As part of this series, Malavika Sarukkai, the Bharatnatyam exponent, was part of a tete a tete with author Dr. Sudha Gopalakrishnan and the two bright ladies treated the audience to an illuminating conversation. Here is our humble attempt to provide a report.
We were invited to watch Vamatara, a Bharatnatyam production by danseuse Malavika Sarukkai and her troupe, at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi in September, 2016. We recently had the opportunity of watching this production again at GD Birla Sabhaghar, Kolkata. The crisp production of little more than an hour was conceptualized as well as choreographed by the veteran artist.
Bharat Parv is a celebration of India’s rich culture and tradition in food, crafts and folk arts. Organised by the ministry of Tourism, the high point was the state and department tabloids that were displayed in Republic Day parade. Apart from this, food from different Indian states, Live performances and handicraft all together created a little India in the sprawling lawns of Red Fort
Odissi is one of the most enchanting classical dances in India. Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra is a forerunner in reviving this art in India. Srijan, his dance school, recently held a full show at India Habitat Centre. We watched this performance and here is our review.
The yearly celebration of the contemporary art forms come together at the Contemporary Arts Week organised by Friends of Art. This 8 days long arts festival covers music, theatre, paintings, puppetry, short films and other visual arts forms. It is on from 15th to 22nd October at various venues across Delhi. The inaugural days are at Nehru Park
HCL series concerts present various classical artists of music and dance in India. We recently had the good fortune of watching Aditi Mangaldas and her troupe performing the piece “Uncharted Seas” at Shiv Nadar School, Gurgaon. The spell binding experience makes us conscious of the rich and timeless legacy that we inherited in terms of music and arts in India.
“The Courtesan – An Enigma” is a performance conceptualized and rendered by the Kathak dancer Manjari Chaturvedi along with narration by Neesha Singh. Chaturvedi tries to give the audience a glimpse of the works of the tawaifs or courtesans of yester eras. She performed to a full house at India Habitat Centre recently and it was definitely an unusual theme that she presented.