Reviews Two young dancers present the emotional world of the vyandhal community

Abhivyakti emboldened Bharatanatyam dancers Kathanki and Manasi to present the emotional world of the vyandhal community through the sharpened skills of their dance medium. Researchers, journalists, fiction writers and theatre persons have focused on the alienation, aspirations and suffering of the community. Rarely, if ever, classical dancers have made an aspect of their life a theme. The young dancers did it last Friday at KCG with such an aesthetic sense they associated with the theme that those among the educated in the audience who never had an exposure to it in the art world sat up and tried to understand. The two dancers have their advanced dance training at Dr Kanak Rele’s renowned performing arts centre Nalanda Mahavidyalay in Mumbai. Dancers with a Nalanda touch, which is reflected in their clarity of lines, the dignity they lend to holding the body and to its movement, can be set apart among dancers by discerning viewers.  Dedication to their art form is also a shared trait. Besides, they are not content with only displaying virtuoso skills. These dancers are often seen to relate their skills to socially oriented themes. Bhekh is a striking example. In a well-researched production, under Malhar Dave’s guidance… Watching Webber's musical opera 'The Phantom of the Opera' is an opportunity.

It’s Andrew Lloyd Webber all the way. His music expresses what love is in his masterpiece The Phantom of the Opera and in the process proves music to be the best carrier of the most delicate and the noblest human feeling one experiences and can never describe in so many words. With a magic touch… Meera’s voice carries emotions from within and shared thoughts

Three themes intertwined when Meera Desai sang leading her Quintet at Natarani last Friday as the first of its performances for a three-day Women’s Day Weekend. One is the evolution of a young songwriter and singer, Meera. She chose to sing songs written and composed by her and those by other women across last six…

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    At a time when social media overflows with an instant variety of patriotism that can be worn on the sleeve, an educated busy housewife Smita Dhruv shows what it is with diligent research spanning over seven years, with interruptions because of busy personal schedules, involving long travels, meeting people as also library and archive visits – not to mention quiet moments at her writing desk when she gave a fictional shape to coordinated past events she had formed in imagination. The outcome of the low profile passionate research might have interested only academicians. She combines the valuable findings of her explorations in Destination Kakori : 9th August, 1925 (OnlineGatha, Lucknow, 2020) with a creative urge so that they are palatable to the common man, old or young. The famous Non-cooperation…


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Yatra Archives National Award winning actor Irrfan Khan dies at the age of 54

One of India’s most celebrated actors, Irrfan Khan known for his expressive eyes, died after succumbing to a long battle with cancer. He was 54.  A gaping void has been left in the Indian film industry as one of India’s… Of youthful passion and star-crossed lovers on Shakespeare’s birthday

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