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Dance Review
Arts  /  Published 18.06.22

Poetry in motion

A pyramid of light circumscribed by a net cone lit a hazy tangle of bodies lying in a pit. When the bodies began to stir — imperceptibly at first and then more insistently — the performers...
By Kathakali Jana

Arts  /  Published 27.11.21

Look within

It is often a tall order for a young classical dancer to overcome her consuming reverence for her art and initiate a private conversation with it on her own. In this context, Kankana Singh’s&nbs...
By Kathakali Jana

Arts  /  Published 06.11.21

The many shades of worship

Faint stage lights reveal a dancer’s torso and his measured movements. In what seems like a visual representation of awakening, the lights gradually crystallize to reveal his moving arms and the...
By Kathakali Jana

Arts  /  Published 02.10.21

Beyond the boundaries

The compilation of eight films in I m / Material, curated by Pickle Factory and recently presented in JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, Durban, engages with the rigidity and fluidity of ...
By Kathakali Jana

Arts  /  Published 04.09.21

Showcasing societal issues against the tide

Last month, Sapphire’s evening of celebration, marking its 29th birthday with a presentation titled Tranz (picture, right), connected the past and the present of the organization into an organic...
By Kathakali Jana

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Arts  /  Published 28.08.21

In search of the unknown

Social media, a new generation of digital-native choreographers and, over the past 18 months, the successive lockdowns owing to the pandemic have pushed screen dance to the foreground. The recent rele...
By Kathakali Jana

Arts  /  Published 28.08.21

Soulful instruments

Among the other participants, Pratyush Bandyopadhyay’s rendition of Puriya Dhanashree and Hambir, Vasant Kabra’s Yaman Kalyan and Pilu, and Narendranath Dhar’s Shuddha Nat, Jaijayant...
By Payel Sengupta

Arts  /  Published 14.08.21

Burning questions

We were already firmly ensconced in the plastic age when the pandemic arrived. It brought in its wake the indiscriminate use of unyielding, synthetic material that will catapult the planet into an eve...
By Kathakali Jana

Arts  /  Published 15.05.21

Telling stories differently

Departure explores the separation of a youthful daughter from her mother as she ventures into the future, its music based on the Tagore song, “Phule phule dhole dhole”, while Ape...
By Kathakali Jana

Arts  /  Published 10.04.21

Spring beats

In a dazzling piece of work, One More Time, a recent choreographic endeavour full of shifting moods and tones, Sharmila Biswas gloriously caught the mercurial spirit of spring. The undulating, layered...
By Kathakali Jana


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