In Media : SPANDAN Festival of Performing Art 2016

SPANDAN festival of performing Arts 2016 found a few mentions in the media and online world. A few more good articles are expected. I shall keep updating this post.

On the day of “Facilitating the Living legends” along with Nartanam, THE HINDU, listed in the happenings dairy

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Distinguished dance critic, Smt Manjari Sinha covered SPANDAN in her weekly column World Dance Day, in STATESMAN on May 12, 2016

Statesman covers SPANDAN Fest of performing Arts

STATESMAN regular online version

STATESMAN epaper version

The May calendar on Narthaki mentions SPANDAN

BuzzInTown lists WORLD DANCE EVENING of MAY 26

Blog of PRIYALASYA has the invites

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To every woman…..

WOMAN… … …

When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day…….

An angel came by and asked.“ Why spend so much time on her ?”.

TEJASA - The four women of substance of Ramayana - Kaikeyi, Sita, Soorpanaka, Mandodari

The lord answered. “ Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?”…..

she must function on all kinds of situations….,

she must be able to embrace several kids at the same time,

give a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart ,

she must do all this with only two hands,..“

She cures herself when sick and can work 18 hours a day”…. …

THE ANGEL was impressed. ..“ Just two hands…..impossible !” ..

And this is the standard model ? ! ….“

The Angel came closer and touched the woman”……

.“ But you have made her so soft, Lord”…..

.“ She is soft”, said the Lord,

“ But I have made her strong. You can’t imagine what she can endure and overcome ”…

.“Can she think?” The Angel asked…

The Lord answered. “ Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate” …
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The Angel touched her cheeks…..

“ Lord, it seems this creation is leaking ! You have put too many burdens on her. ” …

.“She is not leaking…it is a tear” The Lord corrected the Angel…

“ What’s it for?” Asked the Angel…..
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The Lord said. “ Tears are her way of expressing her grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride.”…

THIS made a big impression on the Angel,

“ Lord, you are genius. You thought of everything.

A woman is indeed marvellous !”…. …

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Lord said.“ Indeed she is.

She has strength that amazes a man.

She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens.

She holds happiness, love and opinions.

She smiles when she feels like screaming.

She sings when she feels like crying, cries when happy and laughs when afraid.

She fights for what she believes in.

Her love is unconditional.

Her heart is broken when a next-of-kin or a friend dies

but she finds strength to get on with life.” ..

The Angel asked : So she is a perfect ?

The lord replied : No. She has just one drawback

“ She often forgets what she is worth”.

– “Unknown”

My Salutations to every woman…especially all those in my life!

Indira with Mallika and Svwara

My salutations to my mother, my sisters, my better half and my mother-in-law, my sisters-in-law, my two daughters who have always been around me, and to every woman in my life – in all phases of education, professional and passionate pursuits of performing arts and fine arts – each one contributing immensely in one way or other in my being what I am. I also salute the woman in every male, who contributed to what I am!

I pay my respects and tribute through this beautiful and touching poetry of Ms. Ashanti Holliday, that I found on the vast web! Thanks Ashanti!

A Womans Worth

© Ashanti Holliday

She gave life. She is a wife.
She is a mother and she is a friend.
She is a sister a survivor to the end.

Appreciate her, we don’t dare.
Ask her worries, we don’t care.
Wipe away her tears, they are invisible as air.

She works cooks and clean.
She laughs, helps comfort, and hides her pain.
When you struggle she pulls you through

All this is she and what do we do?
Complain and create a mess.
Provide stress and leave her feeling depressed..
Push her away and ignore her advice.
Tell her she is nothing without thinking twice.

She was raped tortured and abused.
Told she was nothing and would always be used just for pleasure forget her pain.

She swallows her pride, put her feelings aside.
Does as you need in order for you to be free.
Ignores your ignorance and tolerates your flaws.
You call her Bitch, Slut, Hoe and Tramp
She answers with pride dignity and a complete loss of self.
You call her nothing.
I call her Strong, Smart, Sensual, Caring, Giving, Surviving, Tolerant and powerful
I call her WOMAN!

Spandan Calendar of Dance 2014 – A tribute to Indian Dance Forms : Downloads

I humbly dedicate to Indian heritage, traditions and dance forms, every exponent of these dance forms and the scores of dance connoisseurs and lovers, and every volunteer of movements like SPIC MACAY this calendar. It is a work of passion, perseverance and patience. Kindly accept this sincere offering.

I have put the links for various formats to download here, as sending across the large files will unnecessarily clog so many inboxes. Each of these locations is trustworthy, as I am an account holder for years and have uploaded files from my account.

Just clicking on each of these will yield you different kind of formats that are safe …

– a. Power Point Show from Slidshare.com
– b. Zip file for Screen Saver from Hyperfileshare.com
– c. each leaf of the calendar from FLICKR

For Power Point show format – DOWNLOAD from Slideshare here, by taking your mouse on this picture and click SAVE icon

FOR creating Screen Saver – DOWNLOAD my annual SPANDAN Calendar of Dance 2014 – A tribute to Indian Dance forms, in the zip format, from Hyperfileshare.com where I have uploaded. After downloading, unzip it. A directory gets created. You can select all the files there in, right click and set it as background for your gadget – Laptop, desktop or mobile…

Alternatively, you can download each of these from FLICKR itself, by going to the photos, right clicking, selecting the size and saving it into your hard disk.

You can use these as the screensaver for your desktop, once you download all of them into a directory – spandan calendar of Dance 2014. Just select all, right click and ‘set it as background of desktop’

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SPANDAN – Celebration of Human Spirit – Sreeni’s Dance Photography Exhibition at IHC, New Delhi

Sreeni mounted 16 installations of world dance compilations as a tribute to the human spirit, in the form of dance. It is a celebration of the infinite potential every human has.

The exhibition was in the open spaces of India Habitat Centre, Lodhi road, Delhi. The 10 day exhibition attracted almost 5000 visitors; the evening of world dance on May 3rd witnessed packed stein auditorium with five brilliant dancers (Nikolina Nikoleski, Carolina Prada, Nitisha Nanda, Quincy Kendell Charles, Paola Santa Cruz) performing 8 dance forms.

The evening started with a short session as a tribute to the celebrated Dance Photographer Mr. Avinash Pasricha who was in an interaction with renowned Dance Critic Mrs Leela Venkataraman and Eminent Bharatanatyam Exponent Ms Geeta Chandran

Photo story series : Ma..Amma..Mutter…Moeder…Majka…Madre…Mom…Mother…


No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star.
~Edwin Hubbell Chapin

 
 
 


The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. ~Rajneesh

 
 
 

The pleasure of being a mother, holding the young one, Indira and Svwara
The pleasure of being a mother, holding the young one, Indira and Svwara

 
 
 

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Mull-A-Cause launches library for children @ SEE, IWSB

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Mull-A-Cause, a set on Flickr.

It was celebration time for all children at SEE (society for empowerment through education) on Sept 30th. Mull-a-cause,an endeavour by Mallika and Indira, launched the library for children in SEE.

The children were delighted to see the story books. Immediately they grabbed one each and started reading them, a few loud standing in the class, while others were muted. All were delighted to see the colorful pictures. It was a celebration time.

Then Indira and Mallika did book reading and a story telling session with the children. They were enamored of the stories and the style of telling them.

It is just a beginning, and Indira promised to do a few more sessions for the trainers and the children of SEE and Antral (An NGO for children started by IWSB students Sumit Gunjan and Arvind and supported quite a few of their classmates).

I was pleasantly surprised to know that Mallika and Indira bought books to create the library as part of my birthday celebration. I am indeed delighted and indebted to have both of them in my life. Love you.

Every year Mallika and Indira espouse a cause and contribute under the endeavour : Mull-A-Cause, named after Mallika’s!!

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