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Lending process to performance


Even over the telephone, the sense of anticipation, and sometimes, uncertainty, is electric. The aspiring choreographers at the Gati Summer Dance Residency are busy preparing for their final joint presentation, a week before the formal showcase, “All Warmed Up”, at New Delhi’s Shri Ram Centre on June 15-16, 2011.

Making music speak for itself


Bela is a different woman at different times. In Mumbai, she is an actress. You might hear her singing on the radio. She shakes her hips while moonlighting as a wedding singer.

Dancing to nowhere: Young, beautiful and broke


Some young classical dancers might be forgiven for thinking that an arangetram or debut marks the end of their dance careers.

When music pulls a string in the clouds... the rain gods listen

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On Sunday, the monsoon hit Kerala of its own volition. Since then, the meteorological department has demurred as usual and altered its predictions. Meanwhile, the sweaty thousands who fervently prayed for the rains are busy soaking up the last vestiges of fiery sunshine.

East, west and all that lies in between


Vinita Karim has traversed the path of the sun.

Steeped in art from dawn to dusk


At 4 am, a profusion of teenagers and adolescents file out of their beds quite readily, armed to face the day.

Time-travel with workshops


Meet a performing artist in India and chances are that she will mention how long she has trained. A figure that makes for at least one decade is de rigueur; more than one is even better. Dance training, especially in Indian classical styles, is very keenly regulated by calculations

Busting Myths About ‘Videshi’ Invsions


“If India forgets Bharatanatyam, there will always be foreigners to dance it,” remarks Louis Malle in his 1969 documentary Phantom India.

Raised voices: finding resistance in music

Sometimes, music finds its way into quite unlikely spheres. In doing so, it extends and subverts the paradigm of performance with which it is most naturally associated.

Posing questions: The place of dance photography in India


It might just be easier to plot the path of light. Dance photography is quite literally a dynamic discipline, a question of two artists engaged in pursuits that are at times complementary, at times extremely antagonistic. The photographer is the one tasked with comprehending both the arts, for it takes an acute understanding of kinaesthetic patterns to be one with dancers whose swishing skirts may not wait for time, tide or the camera.

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