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The Friday List: From a workshop on writing personal histories to solving a murder mystery, your weekly calendar of virtual events
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The Friday List: From a workshop on writing personal histories to solving a murder mystery, your weekly calendar of virtual events

Every Friday, we'll bring you a curated list of online experiences — performances, talks, tours, screenings — to mark on your weekly calendar.

Saroj Khan passes away: A masterful choreographer, who spruced up traditional dance forms with 'a dazzle of Bollywood'
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Saroj Khan passes away: A masterful choreographer, who spruced up traditional dance forms with 'a dazzle of Bollywood'

“I was in a man’s job, trying to get a foothold. And I didn’t give up," Saroj Khan had said in her 2019 TEDx Talk.

'Nothing is isolated from dance' : An interview with Bharatanatyam artiste Lata Surendra
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'Nothing is isolated from dance' : An interview with Bharatanatyam artiste Lata Surendra

Lata Surendra discusses how a dancer can bring a performance to life, transcend the confines of the stage and the auditorium and transform the dance into a visual prayer simply through the act of reading and understanding the nuances of emotion and expression found in literature, poetry and ancient texts.

Ghalib and his muse: With Kathak and poetry, the legend of Nawab Jaan gets a new lease of life
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Ghalib and his muse: With Kathak and poetry, the legend of Nawab Jaan gets a new lease of life

In The Legend of Nawab Jaan and Mirza Ghalib, the focus shifts to the courtesan who was able to inspire one of the world's greatest literary treasures.

Romancing the arts: Danseuse Gauri Sharma Tripathi on taal in Kathak, shifts in the guru-shishya relationship
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Romancing the arts: Danseuse Gauri Sharma Tripathi on taal in Kathak, shifts in the guru-shishya relationship

Numerous taals are a part of the vast literature of classical art forms but Gauri Sharma Tripathi, for her part, favours the teentaal which is woven in a cycle of 16 beats or the dhamar (14 beats).

Noted artiste Manjari Chaturvedi's recital in Lucknow allegedly suspended due to a qawwali performance
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Noted artiste Manjari Chaturvedi's recital in Lucknow allegedly suspended due to a qawwali performance

Manjari Chaturvedi said that she was allotted 45 minutes for the event, and upon inquiring why the performance was suspended, she heard that it was because of the qawwali that she had taken to the stage.

At a time of nationwide protests, India's classical artists are missing a culture of dissent, and this needs fixing
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At a time of nationwide protests, India's classical artists are missing a culture of dissent, and this needs fixing

An absent culture of dissent is not a new feature in classical dance, given that the relationship of classical dancers with the society is heavily mediated by the state’s cultural machinery. As societies from across the world are leaning on their youth for leading the fight for a better tomorrow, there might be no better moment than now for the classical dances to reflect on what an education in classical dance is truly meant to serve.

'Classical art is like a river that constantly rejuvenates': Aditi Mangaldas takes the stage with her celebrated production, Footprints on Water
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'Classical art is like a river that constantly rejuvenates': Aditi Mangaldas takes the stage with her celebrated production, Footprints on Water

Known for producing works that explore multiple abstract ideas, Mangaldas has always been on a quest to weave a tapestry of thoughts, ideas, textures, music, light, sound and stage that best bring about a seemingly vague concept

Renowned Kathak artiste Nalini Asthana on Benaras gharana's aesthetic, why the classical form has endured
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Renowned Kathak artiste Nalini Asthana on Benaras gharana's aesthetic, why the classical form has endured

The renowned Kathak duo from Delhi, Nalini and Kamalini Asthana will be speaking about the nuances of Kathak and its Benaras gharana in a lecture-demonstration on 11 October, 2019 as part of the Utkarsh series set-up by the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai

From temples to royal courts, and the proscenium stage: A social history of Indian performance spaces
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From temples to royal courts, and the proscenium stage: A social history of Indian performance spaces

A proscenium stage born in the West posits a distance between audience and performer to offer a visual experience. Yet, why is it that classical dance, which vehemently claims its origins in a text on Indian aesthetics, most widely performed on a proscenium stage? The history of performance spaces in India is a deeply sociological one.

'Howdy, Modi' event: Modi, Trump stole thunder but organisers painted poor picture of India's heritage with shoddy cultural programme
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'Howdy, Modi' event: Modi, Trump stole thunder but organisers painted poor picture of India's heritage with shoddy cultural programme

It amazes one that with two leaders representing the largest democracies in the world appearing before 50,000 people and a TV audience of one billion-plus the organisers were unable to rise above the amateur theatrics of a bunch of college students whose abilities were shored up by enthusiasm and little else.

Kathak dancer Rujuta Soman on artistic legacies, her guru Rohini Bhate, and the doha dedicated to her
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Kathak dancer Rujuta Soman on artistic legacies, her guru Rohini Bhate, and the doha dedicated to her

The Kathak dancer, who has been running the Rujuta Soman Cultural Academy for the last 18 years, says matter-of-factly that opting to pursue a career as a classical artiste was never on her radar, yet, it is hard to pinpoint a time when Kathak was not a part of her life.

In 'Surpanakha', Kathak dancer Ashavari Majumdar looks at Ravana's sister through a feminist lens
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In 'Surpanakha', Kathak dancer Ashavari Majumdar looks at Ravana's sister through a feminist lens

Ashavari Majumdar's Surpanakha draws on different versions of the Hindu epic and is divided into three parts, which explore the character's relationships with Ravana, Rama and Sita

Pritam on Kalank song 'Ghar More Pardesia': Hope it promotes more classical music among youngsters
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Pritam on Kalank song 'Ghar More Pardesia': Hope it promotes more classical music among youngsters

Pritam added that the raag-based traditional song 'Ghar More Pardesiya's evoked apprehension within him since he was not sure he would be able to pull it offa.

Performance blues: Should artists acknowledge mistakes made on stage, or hope the audience hasn't noticed?
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Performance blues: Should artists acknowledge mistakes made on stage, or hope the audience hasn't noticed?

This then is the paradox of performance. One must care about avoiding mistakes but, fearing mistakes is not the way of art

Kathak's conundrum: Amid appreciation for outward dazzle, is genuine artistry in danger of being overlooked?
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Kathak's conundrum: Amid appreciation for outward dazzle, is genuine artistry in danger of being overlooked?

In today’s world of many distractions and fast-track achievements, a disciplined, patient learning of the art form such as Kathak becomes rare

Khajuraho Dance Festival 2018: Organisers draw flak for poor programming even as Darshana Jhaveri enthralls audiences
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Khajuraho Dance Festival 2018: Organisers draw flak for poor programming even as Darshana Jhaveri enthralls audiences

Among the highlights of the Khajuraho Dance Festival was one Bharatanatyam performer who included Tibetan chants in her routine and painted the floor like a canvas | #FirstCulture

Khajuraho Dance Festival 2018: Sonal Mansingh's troupe, Radha and Raja Reddy to perform
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Khajuraho Dance Festival 2018: Sonal Mansingh's troupe, Radha and Raja Reddy to perform

Lovers of Indian classical dance will be treated to a feast of Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Odissi recitals at the Khajuraho Dance Festival this year | #FirstCulture

Pt Birju Maharaj on living, breathing and dreaming Kathak: 'Art will never betray you'
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Pt Birju Maharaj on living, breathing and dreaming Kathak: 'Art will never betray you'

In a conversation with Firstpost, Kathak legend Pandit Birju Maharaj looks back on his long journey in dance

Google Doodle celebrates birth anniversary of eminent Kathak dancer Sitara Devi
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Google Doodle celebrates birth anniversary of eminent Kathak dancer Sitara Devi

Google Doodle celebrates the birthday of Indian Kathak legend Sitara Devi, who was called the Nritya Samragini by Rabindranth Tagore.