Ranjana Dave

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Making music, not boundaries

Staying in this country and absorbing its culture and values serves to prepare me for my concert in a very big way, muses harpist Gwyneth Wentink, who is part of a world music ensemble scheduled to pl

Walking on water and other tales

What do Kabir, Frida Kahlo and lopsided umbrellas have in common? These divergent strains inform three independent performance projects by young performers in Mumbai and Bengaluru.

Love, loss, pain at Khazana


Veteran singer K.L. Saigal is said to be the first person to record ghazals on long-playing records (LPs). He began singing for films in 1930s, right after sound cinema made its appearance in India. Beginning his film career in Calcutta and then moving to Bombay, he constituted a formidable part of the film industry in his short but eventful life.

Embodying traditions, mapping transitions

If I am preoccupied with thoughts of survival, how will I pursue my goal with complete bhakti?

The Survival Debate Eclipsed

A young dancer recently interviewed by this correspondent admitted that she preferred performing to teaching, though she enjoyed both.

Crack’d: mirror, mirror on the wall


In Jayadeva’s Gita Govinda, the sakhi says to Radha — “O young woman, your pace is already slowed down by the weight of your broad hips; don’t delay your tryst with Krishna any longer, she goes on.” Ancient India prized the hourglass figure long before beauty pageants endowed ’36-24-36’ with iconic meaning. There are no lanky, androgynous women on the walls of Konark.

Listening to the sound of music

Classical music — I prefer calling it ‘art music’, is constantly changing.

The meaning in movement


Where does dance and cinema intersect with histrionics that would put a Balaji Telefilms scriptwriter to shame? Veteran Telugu director and actor Kasinadhuni Vishwanath would know, for his actresses were being slapped thrice in repetitive frames to create an explosive effect long before the triple slap on cheek became a defining motif of soap operas.


Indian music, in some ways, thrives on a “vocal” audience, one that constantly engages with the artiste.

The thinking dancer of today’s times

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Art exists for thinking, not just for enjoyment,” opines twenty-five year old Mohiniattam dancer Rachitha Ravi. Rachitha grew up surrounded by art. Her father was an actor in a drama troupe. She watched them perform countless times and would later imitate their expressions and movements herself.

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.