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Dr. Sunil Kothari, Dr. Anita Ratnam, Geeta Chandran, Ratikant Mohapatra, Bala Kondala Rao, Jitendra Maharaj, Ramachandran Unnithan, Gopal Prasad Dubey, Dr. Pappu Venugopal Rao, Avinash Pasricha, Leela Sayi, Lakshmi Mangatayaru

General Council of Sangeet Natak Akademi at its meeting held on 24 May 2017 at Guwahati has selected the following awardees in the field of dance.
- SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI FELLOW (Akademi Ratna): Dr. Sunil Kothari
- AKADEMI AWARD (Akademi Puraskar) for 2016: Dr. Anita Ratnam (contemporary dance), Geeta Chandran (BN), Ratikant Mohapatra (Odissi), Jitendra Maharaj (Kathak), AB Bala Kondala Rao (Kuchipudi), Kalamandalam Ramachandran Unnithan (Kathakali), Maisnam Kaminikumar Singh (Manipuri), Haricharan Bhuyan Borbayan (Sattriya), Pt Gopal Prasad Dubey (Chhau).
Annabattula Lakshmi Mangatayaru & Leela Sayi (joint award, traditional theatre Kalavantulu), Prabhitangsu Das & Dattatreya Aralikatte (puppetry)
Dr. Pappu Venugopal Rao for scholarship and Avinash Pasricha for overall contribution 
- USTAD BISMILLAH KHAN YUVA PURASKAR: Jyotsna Jagannathan (BN), Sanjukta Sinha (Kathak), Sanjenbam Karuna Devi (Manipuri), Mruthyunjaya Keshava Prasad (Kuchipudi), Shashwati Garai Ghosh (Odissi), Usharani Baishya (Sattriya), Kalamandalam Rachita Devi (Mohiniattam), KJ Krishnendu (Koodiyattam)
Gurumayum Biseshwor Sharma (Thang-ta), Ravi Kumar (traditional theater Oggukatha, Telangana), P Thilagavathi (traditional theater, Kattaikoothu, Tamilnadu), Dushyant Kumar Dwivedi (Pandavani, Chattisgarh), S. Gopi & Rajeev Pulavar (puppetry)
The honor of Akademi Fellow carries a purse of Rs. 3 lakhs, Akademi Award carries a purse of Rs. 1 lakh, with tamrapatra and angavastram. The Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar carries a purse of Rs.25,000. 



Anita says.....
 
“Some people seem to think that good dancers are born, but all the good dancers I have known are taught or trained.”
- Fred Astaire


As WORLD DANCE DAY slips past us and a new month dawns, I begin with the most recent experience of performing in FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH in New York City.
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Temples of BooM!



Natya Vriksha's riveting salutation to dance matters



Novelty in Arts: An interesting dialogue


Natya Bharatiyam


Calligraphy and Kathak


Nine steps to visualising Tyagaraja kritis



Ushering in Seasons


Sparks of passion


The Cheese Conundrum - To Eat or Not
- Namrata Sundaresan


Health Recipes 13: Rendang Paneer
- Uma Pushpanathan











Birthday wishes
Anil Srinivasan (musician): June 4
Kanak Rele: June 11
Malavika Sarukkai: June 15
Kamala Lakshminarayanan: June 16
GS Rajan (flautist): June 17
Sujata Mohapatra: June 26
Milap Festival Trust, its Board and Staff Team, have chosen Narthaki.com and Dr. Anita Ratnam as its Founder Director, for the first International Arts Award VISHWA KALA RATNA established by the Trust for the year 2017.
The award celebrates and acknowledges the sterling contribution made by dynamic, well established individuals  /organizations towards promoting and strengthening Indian Arts globally. Milapfest will confer the award in England at the Awards Ceremony later in the year. ...Read more



QUOTE

"Common sense and a sense of humour is the same thing, moving at different speeds.  A sense of humour is just common sense, dancing."
- Clive James 



COMMENT

On the first of each month, for several years now, I wait to read the candid comments, editorial and news about dance events...
- Shyamala Raman

Sarangapani temple, Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu
Photo: Lalitha Venkat




Attakkalari presents
Bhinna Vinyasa

Jun 14 - Jul 2, 2017 Italy




The familiar rejection
- Nayana Bhat

Dance is one of the most caricatured art forms
- Madhavi Puranam




Bountiful flow of Nadi
- Jyothi Raghuram



Manasaa by Ganesh Vasudeva
- Priya Das


Young dancers' exemplary pursuits
- Dr. S.D. Desai



Tributes to a great master
-  Vijay Shanker

Echoes of Natyapriya
 - Jyothi Raghuram



Satyavan-Savithri come alive
- G.Ulaganathan



Celebration of Water and Womanhood
- Dr. S.D. Desai




Drama Queens: Women who dared to succeed in a man’s world

- Leela Venkataraman





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