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


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


Tributes to GURUS : Nartanam special edition releases at SPANDAN 2016

A blessing to have had stalwarts of Indian Art and Culture on SPANDAN 2016 for release of special issues of Nartanam Dance Journal on Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, Dr Padma Subrahmaniam and Sri Avinash Pasricha by Prof Lokesh Chandra (President ICCR). The Amaltas Hall at IHC was packed with eminent scholars, dancers, gurus, photographers and rasiks.

Tributes to GURUS : Nartanam special edition releases at SPANDAN 2016

The evening was anchored by Ms Indira Ganesh.

It was very kind of Sri Raghuraman to play “Vataapi Ganapatim” on his soulful flute to start the evening, as the chief guest was a triffle late. It was blessing!

Tributes to GURUS : Nartanam special edition releases at SPANDAN 2016

Indira invited Dr. Sunil Kothari, scholar and dance critic, who conceived the evening to share about the chief guest, Prof Lokesh Chandra. Indeed we were blessed to have him, for his sheer depth of research on various aspects of culture, language and heritage. He extensively recited Sanskrit shlokas and also shared stories from his journey to the Oriental lands of Japan and China. Dr. Sunil Kothari felicitated Prof Lokesh Chandra.

Madhavi Puranam, editor Nartanam, humbly invited scholars Dr. Sunil Kothari, Mrs Manjri Sinha, Mrs. Leela Venkataraman, Sri Avinash Pasricha on stage. Prof Lokesh Chandra felicitated the scholars and also released the special issues of Nartanam. Unfortunately Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan was indisposed with a fall, and could not make it. Prof Lokesh Chandra unveiled the book on Art and Aesthetics written by Madhavi Puranam.

Tributes to GURUS : Nartanam special edition releases at SPANDAN 2016

Mrs Leela Venkataraman and Mrs Manjari Sinha shared their insights into the effort being taken by Madhavi in running the journal Nartanam, to deliver the issues month after month for the last 15 years. Indeed a commendable work and service to the art forms.

Tributes to GURUS : Nartanam special edition releases at SPANDAN 2016

Tributes to GURUS : Nartanam special edition releases at SPANDAN 2016

The evening culminated with a divine performance by Bharatanatyam Danseuese Rama Vaidyanathan. It was a humble gesture on part of Ramaji to gracefully accede to our request to perform. Smt Sudha Raghuraman with her divine vocals accompanied by Sri Raghuraman added to the divinity of the evening.

I humbly thank Mr. Veenu Pasricha for clicking these photographs.

Fancy and Fantasy – Gurudev’s works come alive on stage : Conceived by Dr Utpal K Banerjee

I had the honour of anchoring the organization of the unique dance evening – Fancy and Fantasy – that well known performing art critique Dr. Utpal K Banerjee conceived.

Fancy and Fantasy brought Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s later life works for children to the stage through the translations of Utpal da, choreographed and performences by very eminent gurus and dancers – Shovana Narayan ji in Kathak, Vaidyanathans – Saroja ji, Rama and Dakshina in Bharatanatyam, Bharati Shivaji with disciples in Mohiniyattam, and Santosh Nair and his disciple Rishi Sharma with fellow dancers in Chhau and Contemporary dance form. My humble gratitude to each of the gurus for whole-heartedly making this evening a memorable one through their performances. No words can really thank them enough.

Each of the guru picked up one or two poems of Gurudev’s from the translated works of Dr. Utpal Banerjee – Rainbow Rhymes of Tagore – published by National Sahitya kala akademi.

Fancy and Fantasy collage

Here is the coverage of the program on ‘Colors of India’ on Doordarshan, the Indian television channel.

You can also view the photographs of the evening at this link The photographic captures of Fancy and Fantasy

Think Big, Start Small – Liberating Self, yet Bonding Culturally – the young Nehha Bhatnagar!

Within CL Ecosystem, I have always been a start-up guy and continue to incubate new projects. I carry the mindset of a creator all the time. This thirst gets further quenched as I mentor budding entrepreneurs, especially in the early phase of the journey. The ideas pouring in, the exploration of possibilities to make those ideas into action, making headways to financial viability etc. The fire in the belly and the drive to realize the initial difficult milestones gives me a kick.


And if it happens in in the space of arts – performing and fine arts, I do not have words to express my delight. A whiff of fresh air has been blowing in this space in the last one year. One person who has taken off is Nehha Bhatnagar and is certainly a source of inspiration for me, especially the way she is going about creating a niche for herself with SARVAM in the vast, fertile expanse of arts.


Parkaya 2014 - beyond the proscenium

My interactions with established artists always touch upon the dimension of a champion ‘creator of spaces’ for artists to showcase their journey of excellence. I have been striving to create such spaces, in a humble way, time being a big constraint. While, there have been a few inspiring personalities of my generation, who have breathed life into performing arts space in the last decade and half, bringing the arts, artists into the public spaces for the gentry to get inspired, Nehha is the new kid who has BOLTED off the blocks that Usain too will be proud of!!


Nehha’s approach is very fresh. Not to take away anything from her, I feel Nehha is blessed to have had an amazing ecosystem that helped her blossom into what she is today –


a. Nehha’s tutelage at Ganesha Natyalaya’s under Saroja Vaidyanathan ji – with the creative ignitions from of one of the outstanding dancers of current generation, Rama Vaidyanathan, whose outlook and approach has always been very lateral and wholistic, brimming with ideas; and very talented Dakshina Vaidyanathan, who is mischievously creative, being close buddy of Nehha.

Parkaya 2014 - beyond the proscenium

b. Of course, I would like to place a great deal of credit to parents of Nehha, who have always been ‘entrepreneurial’ in their vision, outlook and action, that must have spurred Nehha to take this exciting path.

Parkaya 2014 - beyond the proscenium

In the last one year, a few of the initiatives of Nehha and Sarvam that come to top of my mind are –


a. Parkaya – unique exploration of syntax and semantics of another Indian classical dance form by stalwarts in their own dance form. Parkaya has certainly given greater momentum to such explorations that will turn into avalanche soon.


b. TEDxTughlaqRd – The Inspiring TEDx talks with a touch towards performing and fine arts

c. Global Heritage Series – Unique evening where showcasing of art/photo exhibitions, global collaborations in performing arts take place

d. Demystifying classical music – RAAG ON – an evening to help gentry appreciate the nuances of classical through the popular Film Music compositions and the secrets behind their creations!

e. Empowering Artists – All STAR RECITAL – The evening that brought in a variety of other entrepreneurs who create the eco-system for artists to excel – communication expert, photo enthusiast, film maker, social media evangelist – indeed made the evening a rich learning experience for many a young artist in the audience. It certainly empowered them to start thinking on those dimensions whenever their next performance comes up, and for a few it would have done a world of good to take the leap that they always wanted to take!

f. Of course, the Rama Vaidyanathan Residencies across the country to infuse LATERAL THINKING among budding Bharatanatyam dancepreneurs!

Parkaya 2014 - beyond the proscenium

I am sure Nehha’s endeavours will go a long way in BONDING enthusiasts and common gentry with CULTURE while LIBERATING each from their own ‘scripts’ that shackle every youth / individual from really flying high in life…

Thanks Nehhu for making the world richer… and certainly my journey of life!

Catch up with Nehha and her endeavours at Sarvam Foundation


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