Saraswathi Bharathanatyam troupe of Russia steals the heart of Chennai


Natalia Frantsuzova, a Russia-based danseuse and teacher who has visited India fourteen times is very much on the shores of Chennai yet again with seven of her expert students to showcase their terpsichorean talents before the audience of the very motherland of Bharathanatyam. Natalia and her disciples performed Bharathanatyam on 25th March at Rani Seethai Hall here. A trained Russian folk dancer, Natalaia has strangely named her dancing troupe after Sartaswathi Devi, the Hindu Goddess of Art and Literature. She has presently teamed up with her cousin and a Chennai Kalakshethra student, Alexander Kononov to teach aspirants in Russia Bharathanatyam. Presently Natalia-Alexander team is ha...

Indian version of Disney's Alladin awaits April Launch


Disney India is expected to launch an Indian version of their popular stage musical, Aladdin at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai in April this year. Disney India is bringing this stage classic from its portfolio of musical theatre plays to India after multiple successful seasons of their 'The Beauty and the Beast' in both 2015 and 2016 in the country. The company has reportedly partnered with BookMyShow online entity as its new stage musical's producer with exclusive rights for its Indian production. The stage musical is expected to premiere in Mumbai before travelling to Hyderabad and Delhi over the coming months. Aladdin musical of Dysney had ...

Suva gets Indian folk music treat


It has been reported that a folk music and dance group based in Chattisgarh has treated the fans of Indian folk music in the capital city of Fiji, Suva, with classy Central Indian folk music and songs last week. The artistic treat was thrown by Chatthisgarhi folk music and dance troup, Aarug Group at the Jain Narayan College in the capital. The musical bouquet from Chattisgarh, Aarug Group boasts of selective folk music and songs that include a few of the very popular numbers of Central India. A special presentation of the Aarug Group is a folk display solely using the traditional musical instruments of Chatthisgarh. This has been reportedly the first time, Chattisgarhi music was i...

Anuradha Singh stuns Bhopal audience with Kathak-Drupad blend


Admirers of classical dance, arguably for the first time, enjoyed the grandeur of Kathak dance blended with the tranquility of Drupad music. The venue was Samanvay Bhavan in Bhopal and the presenter was V Anuradha Singh, renowned Kathak exponent. Reports say that Ms Singh had left the audience on the second day of the International Performing Arts Festival, enthralled with her stunner of a performance there. The performance by Ms Singh has been extolled as breathtaking for her fine blend of classic Kathak with Drupad music. Then Ms Singh followed this innovative move of hers with a second less significant one that is harmonising Kathak steps with the popular Djembe music of Africa. Havi...

TV Sankaranarayanan and Sohini Ray to highlight fourth annual Happy Valley Festival


It has been reported that the fourth edition of the Happy Valley Indian Performing Arts Festival of Central Pennsylvania will commence on the evenings of April 6, 7 and 8 2018 highlighted by the performances of renowned Carnatic vocalist Vidwan TV Sankaranarayanan and classical Manipuri dancer Sohini Ray. The event featuring top artists from across India will be the fruit of a joint venture by Society for Indian Music and Arts and Nritya. The locations will be around University Park and State College. Vidwan Sankaranarayanan is famous for his music stemming from the style of Madura Mani Iyer, his late uncle as well as master. Awarded the covetous Sangeetha Kalanidhi award of the Madras ...

Team of artists to collaborate Bharathanatyam with Dasa Sahithya


It has been reported that a couple of dance pundits, Vidushi Akhila Chethan and Vidushi Poornima Gururaj have teamed up with a view to bringing dance and Dasa Sahithya together. Vidushi Chethan and her husband Vidwan Chethan Hebbar had after a detailed study about Dasa Sahithya, which is Bhakthi movement's literature composed in honour of Lord Vishnu by the devotees, merged the two forms under a common title 'Dasa Margam'. This was realised in the form of an audio CD comprising ten Dasa compositions. Vidushi Chethan said that Dasa Sahithya was an ocean in which they wished to do something innovative through dance forms, which matched the grandeur of the Dasas and Margam b...

Grama Keli 2018 commences on March 28


Grama Keli 2018, a mega festival of folk arts, organised by the AWASS Thiruvampady in association with Kozhikode Nehru Yuva Kendra will commence at Harrison Theatre in Kozhikode on March 28 2018. This one-day festival that would be flagged off by famed writer UK Kumaran, is reported to feature twenty five perilled and lesser known Keralite folk artforms.   AWASS had staged a folk arts festival some years back that predominantly featured the talents of folk artists from ten states in the country. It was after this attempt they had begun their research on Keralite folk arts and Grama Keli is reportedly the culmination of those efforts of theirs. The body is also understood to be pla...