Iconic institutions and movements come alive at SPANDAN 2016!

If you are interested in performing arts, especially dance, and if you have not been to the exhibition currently underway in the open spaces of IHC, Lodhi Road, then you are missing something! You cannot afford to give this exhibition a go by. It inspires even the uninitiated.

SPANDAN Festival of Performing Arts 2016 brings yet again an eclectic collection of fabulous captures of Indian classical dance forms, but with a difference. The theme of this year’s exhibition is, “Tribute to Iconic Institutions, Movements and Legendary Gurus”. You get a peek into the journey of the iconic institutions and the life within. Many photographs have been displayed publicly for the first time ever in the history of these institutions.

Exhibition @ SPANDAN festival of performing arts 2016 - Nartanam special issues released

R. Sreenivasan, the creator of the festival, which is into its fourth edition, too is one of a kind. How many technologists and alumnus of IIM and that too, a well known entrepreneur, do you come across excelling in the world of arts? Sreeni, a co-founder of CL Educate, while being busy in the corporate board rooms as well as traveling around the country motivating the youth in the universities, feeds his soul in the spaces of performing arts in the evenings. He is an accomplished photographer of dance apart from being a dancer, painter and designer.

For this year’s edition of Spandan, Sreeni digs deep into the archives of the Iconic institutions and photographers to bolster his own exclusive captures. The institutions covered are –

a. Kathak Kendra for Kathak (Thanks to Sangeet Natak Akademi)
b. Kalamandalam for Mohiniattam,Kathakali,Koodiyattam (Thanks to KK Gopalakrishnan)
c. Kalakshertra for Bharatanatyam (Thanks to Kalkshetra Archives)
d. Gotipua gurukuls and Srjan for Odissi (Thanks to Sunny Lamba and Srjan)
e. Kuchipudi Village for Kuchipudi (Thanks to Nartanam and Madhavi Puranam)
f. Sattras of Majuli for Sattriya (Thanks to Avinash Pasricha ji and Sunny Lamba)
g. JN Manipur Dance Academy (Thanks to SNA and JNMDA)

Exhibition @ SPANDAN festival of performing arts 2016 - Nartanam special issues released

Every institution comes alive in the exhibition, with a vibrancy that these photographs have managed to capture. It is a treat to the soul.

Also the exhibition pays tribute to the movement of SPICMACAY for its yeoman service with panels of nation’s stalwarts of Music, Dance, Theatre, Puppetry, Folk etc and the volunteers who contribute to keep the flame of culture alive. The frames portray the spirit of facilitating the children to discover the mysticism embedded within every art form.

“SPANDAN venerates the human spirit, stoking pursuits to unravel the infinite potential within.”

As tribute to Legends, special issues Nartanam on Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, Dr. Padma Subrahmaniam and Sri Avinash Pasricha will be released on May 2nd, 7 pm at Amaltas Hall, India Habitat Centre, by Prof. Lokesh Chandra, scholar and President ICCR. Noted danseuse Rama Vaidyanathan with her Bharatanatyam pays tributes to the legends.

The festival culminates with an evening of World Dance on May 26th in Stein Auditorium. While the exhibition is all about celebrating the icons and legends, the dance evening is about celebrating the future. The evening will feature brilliant young Odissi danseuse Arushi Mudgal, promising young male Bharatanatyam dancer Suhail Bhan, a talented Manipuri duo and a mélange of modern world dance forms all performed by young upcoming dancers.

The exhibition is on till May 10th. You can catch up with Sreeni at the venue.

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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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Gurus and Maestros

25th National Convention SPIC MACAY - IIT Kanpur OvernightDr. Sandhya Purecha and disciples @ Parampara festival - TrailokyamNagalandSPICMACAY-2008-06-19-0047NagalandSPICMACAY-2008-06-18-0040NagalandSPICMACAY-2008-06-17-015225th National Convention of SPICMACAY - Day 3
NagalandSPICMACAY-2008-06-16-0188Indian dance form - manipuriSpic Macay 25th National Convention, IIT Kanpur 2010Ananya - Justin McCarthy - 22 October 2010 (Friday)Malavika Sarukkai's Shakti ShaktimaanSPIC MACAY 25th national convention DAY 4
Navtej Johar @ IGNITE 2010Astad Deboo @ CWG - Central Park, CPShovana Narayan - Kathak - BVB mahotsavSuraj Kund MelaKathak Samaroh 2010Guru Purnima - Dance tributes
Pt. Ravi Shankar and AnoushkaAnanya - Justin McCarthy - 22 October 2010 (Friday)Ananya 2011: Day 2 - Vyjayanthi Kashi and Shambhavi Dance EnsembleFacesSpic Macay 25th National Convention,  IIT Kanpur 2010Aditi Mangaldas and troupe - Kathak @ Trailokyam, Natya Tarangini 2011

Maestros and Gurus, a set on Flickr.

This is a small tribute to Gurus and Maestros.

I have tried to get all the gurus and maestros that I have listened to, watched performing and interacted with thus far. There are many more young outstanding performers whom I have watched and interacted with, but have not included along with these visionaries. I am sure I will in due course of time.

Ananya dance festival, Oct 1-5; A must see if you love any dance form!

Ananya 2010 Day 5 - Kathak - Shama BhateAnanya 2010 Day 5 - Kathak - Shama BhateAnanya 2010 - Day 2 - Natya Vriksha - Geeta ChandranAnanya 2010 Day 5 - Kathak - Shama BhateAnanya 2010 - Odissi - day 1Purana Qila during Ananya Dance festival
Ananya 2010 - Day 2 - Natya Vriksha - Geeta ChandranAnanya 2010 Day 5 - Kathak - Shama BhateAnanya - Justin McCarthy - 22 October 2010 (Friday)Ananya - Justin McCarthy - 22 October 2010 (Friday)Ananya 2010 - Day 2 - Natya Vriksha - Geeta ChandranAnanya 2010 - Odissi - day 1
Ananya - Justin McCarthy - 22 October 2010 (Friday)Ananya 2010 - Odissi - day 1Ananya 2010 - Day 2 - Natya Vriksha - Geeta ChandranAnanya - Justin McCarthy - 22 October 2010 (Friday)Ananya 2010 - Day 2 - Natya Vriksha - Geeta ChandranAnanya 2010 - Day 2 - Natya Vriksha - Geeta Chandran
Ananya 2010 - Day 2 - Natya Vriksha - Geeta ChandranAnanya 2010 - Day 2 - Natya Vriksha - Geeta ChandranAnanya 2010 - Odissi - day 1Ananya 2010 - Day 2 - Natya Vriksha - Geeta ChandranAnanya - Justin McCarthy - 22 October 2010 (Friday)Ananya - Justin McCarthy - 22 October 2010 (Friday)

Ananya dance festival, a set on Flickr.

Ananya Dance Festival, Oct 1-5, A must see for all dance lovers.

Seher organizes the Ananya Dance Festival, group dance choreographs, in the month of October every year.

“Ananya is a festival of Indian classical dances that features the major classical forms on a single stage. It is, perhaps, the only one of its kind to present group choreography in various styles. Ananya brings to you the vibrancy of contemporary creativity in the Indian dance tradition. The dancers drawn from different styles, explore new vistas in responding to the challenges and of our times.”

Here in I captured a few of the wow moments of the group performances last year, 2009 and 2010. This year the performances are on, Oct 1-5. A must see for dance enthusiasts!!

Dances of India – What richness!!

World Dance Day - IHC - The Exuberance That Is DanceAnanya - Justin McCarthy - 22 October 2010 (Friday)Anupriya's BharatanatyamKathak Samaroh 2010World Dance Day - Natya Vriksha Young dancers festival 2011Natya Vriksha - Women's Day
Odissi - Madhavi MudgalAnanya - Justin McCarthy - 22 October 2010 (Friday)Ananya 2010 - Odissi - day 1Ananya 2010 - Day 2 - Natya Vriksha - Geeta ChandranWorld Dance Day - IHC - The Exuberance That Is DanceNatya Vriksha - Women's Day
Parampara 2010, Natyatarangini's festivalParampara 2010, Natyatarangini's festivalKathak Samaroh 2010Ananya - Justin McCarthy - 22 October 2010 (Friday)Utsav - Dances from OrissaKathak Samaroh 2010
SNA Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2009Parampara Series - Radha Raja Reddy presentKathak Samaroh 2010Shovana Narayan - Kathak - BVB mahotsavNagalandSPICMACAY-2008-06-16-01262009odissikelu-1-2009-04-07-0050

Dances of India, a set on Flickr.

Indian dance forms are rich portrayal of the history, culture and living, of our nation and also of the social context. Each form weaves the stories beautifully that are either passed on over generations, or that are carried through amazing literature – epics, upanishads, vedas etc.

Bharatnatyam, Kathakali, Koodiyattam, Kuchipudi, thayyam, odissi, kathak, mohiniyattam, manipuri, chau are a few of the forms. There are scores of variants, along with other folk forms that are very prevalent.

As I enjoy watching and also dancing, I created this set of my experiences…. Keep catching here the updates as I meander through my journey of soul searching and visual treats..

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