Cultural resonance – Manjari Sinha ji covers SPANDAN in her Statesman column

Manjari Sinha
| 02 June, 2016

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The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) celebrated Africa Day on 26 May at the Azad Bhavan Auditorium. The theme India-Africa: Bound Together highlighted Africa’s diversity, success, economic potential and cultural resonance with India. The celebration comprised a panel discussion, a week-long exhibition of African costumes, paintings and artefacts, a food festival of Afican cuisine and a cultural programme.

The cultural programme opened with lively songs by the Capital City Minstrels, New Delhi, but the talented troupe from the Kingdom of Lesotho stole the show with the multi-talented African ensemble Likakapa Africa, which literally means The Legends or Crème de la crème. The lively performances by the renowned ensemble were a blend of Famo Music, Afro-Jazz, Hip Hop; that established an instant rapport with the audience. Unable to resist the vibrant rhythm and the contagious zest of the African music and dance, many were seen whistling and dancing in front of the stage.

Likakapa had two major Famo artists Rabots’o le Semanyane and Lebohang Lets’ohla, who led most of the songs backed by Tom Rakoti, the Afro-Jazz artist, and Molibeli Mokake who was both a Hip-Hop performer and a Rapper. The ensemble presented the unique stylistic music and dance, commonly seen in the streets of major towns and villages of Lesotho.

The Spandan-World Dance Evening at the India Habitat Centre the same evening, was the enthusiastic culmination of  a month long Festival of the Performing Arts and an ambitious exhibition of dance photographs, curated by R Srinivasan in the open spaces of the Habitat World on the occasion of the World Dance Day. 

 Celebrating the infinite potential in umpteen varieties of dance forms, Spandan showcased a spectacular melange of dance forms from Indian classical dances like Odissi by Arushi Mudgal, Bharatanatyam by Suhail Bhan and Kathak by Irina from Russia to contemporary dance by Neha Sharma of Sadhya, Jazz by Danceworx, Hip-Hop by the Quake Crew, Flow Art by Eshna Kutty, Tajik dance by Naseeba from Tajikistan and a mesmerising Folk Fusion by Nitisha Nanda from Banjara. The over-packed Stein Auditorium resounded with thunderous applause at the end of this extravaganza of dance, conceived by R Srinivasan of Spandan, created by Indira Ganesh and anchored by their 13-year-old talented daughter Mallika. 

Humkadam-2016 by Rachana Yadav Kathak Studio.

Rachana Yadav Kathak Studio presented Navagraha for their annual event Humkadam-2016, at the Epicentre. Based on the Hindu astrological science that says the nine celestial bodies, or Navagrahas, affect our character with their typical characteristics, when close to us, Rachana most imaginatively conceived and choreographed Navagraha, incorporating the entire repertoire of Kathak  through different groups of students portraying different Grahas, according to the characteristics of these Grahas matching the maturity or the age group of her students.

Opening with Navagraha Stuti, an ode to the nine celestial bodies, the programme started with the youngest age group, the twinkling stars, in “Jagmag deep jale…” with the basic Hastakas and simple Tode Tukde based on Sargam.

Navagraha took off with Brihaspati, the Graha for knowledge and longevity, with Guru Vandana. Venus, that stands for the feminine grace, was presented next, by a young adult batch dressed like delicate “Abhisarika Nayikas” on Shyam Kalyan Bandish “Sundar sej sanvar ke…”, interspersed with  Aamad, Tode, Tukde, Parans and Chakkardars…et al.

Mercury was depicted with Sargams in Raga Yaman; Mangal Graha had Krishna Arjun Samvad with the dancers dressed in the energetic colour red; the Shani or Saturn had the impressive Malkauns Tarana; and Rahu-Ketu portrayed by twin sisters was applauded for their remarkable pirouettes. Surya and Chandra, the climax, were danced respectively by Rachna’s senior-most students. Surya had Pramelu, Paran and the impressive foot-work in the challenging Tala Dhamaar and Chandra was depicted through a Ghazal “Pighal raha hai Chaand…”, as an Abhinaya piece, completing Kathak in its entirety.  Rachana’s imaginative choreography was enhanced with the most appropriate music composed by Samiullah Khan.

Read more at http://www.thestatesman.com/news/voices/cultural-resonance/145968.html#xLvFAqpXhAYqO079.99

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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

Ms Manjari Sinha ji’s article in statesman mentions SPANDAN, world dance photography exhibition

Humble thanks to Manjari ji for sharing with the world about SPANDAN world dance photography exhibition at IHC

Ms Manjari Sinha's World Dance Day article in Statesman's

Ms Manjari Sinha's World Dance Day article in Statesman's

statesman epaper mention

statesman website mention
More in the offing…..

In Media – SPIC MACAY 27th National Convention, NITK, Surathkal : My humble contribution

It has indeed been a honor and privilege to contribute to the cause of the movement of SPIC MACAY, through my passion for Photography. Capturing all performing arts and activities during the convention has been of value in propagating the cause of SPIC MACAY. While the convention was underway, every evening, photographs taken there, flew into the media offices! Even after the convention, there have been many an article, feature and review in media wherein my photographs accompanied.

I am trying to put these things together here… Thanks to Tiwariji and Manoj, NITK student volunteer for media, who were tailgating the media to publish. My sincere thanks to Leela ji and Manjari ji for carrying my photos to accompany their reviews; also kind of them for sending across the links to and copies of the articles.

FOR READING ANY ARTICLE, CLICK ON THE RESPECTIVE PHOTOGRAPH…You will go to the larger versions or to the article directly that is easily readable…thanks
For my daily reportages that I did from the venue, kindly go to SREENI on SPIC MACAY Stage. You will be able to go through every day reportage by choosing the respective day of the convention, from the series of articles there.

The Hindu – Leela ji’s Friday Review in Delhi, e-paper and other editions

My photo of Sugreeva appears with the article here
My photo of Sugreeva appears with the article here

 
 

[the photo has been labelled wrongly in The Hindu edition – The character shown in the picture is Sugreeva and not Bali, and the performer is not Margi Madhu. Madhu was Bali]

Here is the photo from my series…

Sugreeva trying to enlist Rama and Lakshmana for his cause : Bali Vadham
Sugreeva trying to enlist Rama and Lakshmana for his cause : Bali Vadham

 
 

Jansatta – Manjari ji’s article in Delhi

Guru T N Krishnan's inaugural concert
Guru T N Krishnan’s inaugural concert

 
 

Here is the photo from my series…

Guru T N Krishnan's inaugural concert
Guru T N Krishnan’s inaugural concert

 
 

The Statesman – Manjari ji’s article in Delhi

My photo of Padmashri Shri Chittani Ramachandra Hegde..Yakshagana with article
My photo of Padmashri Shri Chittani Ramachandra Hegde..Yakshagana with article

 
 

Here is the photo from my series…

Padmashri Shri Chittani Ramachandra Hegde..at 79, still going strong
Padmashri Shri Chittani Ramachandra Hegde..at 79, still going strong

 
 

The Times of India – Mangalore and Bangalore

Though Times of India published a longish column with two of my photographs, I wish I had written the column too… Look at the headlines “Musical Extravaganza” and “Six Music groups enthralled”, while we had six of the most prominent and celebrated exponents of the Indian Classical forms of the nation performing! It is insensitive, ignorant and of course hilarious for those who are serious about the purpose and the vision! In the era of paid reportage, this is the standards so called ‘national newspaper’ dishes out!

Yet, we all should be happy that the news appeared in one of the most followed ‘colorful’ newspapers… It is another story to figure out how many read this article in this ‘colorful’ daily!

NITK sways to nightlong musical extravaganza?!
NITK sways to nightlong musical extravaganza?!

 
 
and here are the photos that appeared in the above articles. Click on the photos to see the larger versions on FLICKR
 

Pt Rajan Mishra and Sajan Mishra setting the pace for the overnight
Pt Rajan Mishra and Sajan Mishra setting the pace for the overnight

 
 

Friends from pakistan giving final touches to their work in the intensives
Friends from Pakistan giving final touches to their work in the intensives

 
 

The Times of India 31st May

Guru Margi Madhu as Bali in Bali Vadham, Koodiyattam!
Guru Margi Madhu as Bali in Bali Vadham, Koodiyattam

 
 
and here is the photos that appeared in the above articles. Click on the photo to see the larger versions on FLICKR
 

Guru Margi Madhu as Bali in Bali Vadham, Koodiyattam
Guru Margi Madhu as Bali in Bali Vadham, Koodiyattam

 
 

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The Deccan Herald, Indian Express and Udayavani

SPIC MACAY 27th national convention coverages in the three newspapers
SPIC MACAY 27th national convention coverages in the three newspapers

 
 
The Deccan herald covered reasonably well about the convention, still if you go through the text, you feel, as a participant you would have produced a much better reportage. Scribes do only superficial work. Rush to the venue, catch hold a few and ask some random questions and make a ‘pulao’ of it in half-an-hour! After all they all are doing their ‘job’! Why do not the newspapers really ask the participants to write about?

Even after mentioning clearly in the text that went along with the photographs, about the details there in, they publish in a way that can add ‘sensation’! In India Express, instead of “Students (from Pakistan and India) of Guru Dhananjayans performing Bharatanatyam during the intensive presentations” it appears “Pakistani artists performing Bharatanatyam during ……”.

And the article in Indian Express should have spoken about Gandhi Smriti that facilitated charkha spinning!

The Udayavani

Pt. Rajan and Sajan Mishra and the Bharatanatyam intensive presentation
Pt. Rajan and Sajan Mishra and the Bharatanatyam intensive presentation

 
 

Here are my photographs that you can see in the aforesaid newspapers –

Discussion time at Hatha yoga session; Yoga starts at 4am!! It is magical
Discussion time at Hatha yoga session; Yoga starts at 4am!! It is magical

 
 

Gandhi Smriti facilitated the students to learn Charkha Spinning and creating yarn
Gandhi Smriti facilitated the students to learn Charkha Spinning and creating yarn

 
 

Students (from Pakistan and India) of Guru Dhananjayans performing Bharatanatyam during the intensive presentations
Students (from Pakistan and India) of Guru Dhananjayans performing Bharatanatyam during the intensive presentations

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Indian Express and Prajavani

The guru sishya duo - Madhavi ji with Arushi Mudgal performing
The guru sishya duo – Madhavi ji with Arushi Mudgal performing

 
 
The photograph is here…
 

The guru sishya duo - Madhavi ji with Arushi Mudgal performing
The guru sishya duo – Madhavi ji with Arushi Mudgal performing

 
 
 

The puppetry intensive performance practice
In prajavani – The puppetry intensive performance practice

 
 

The photograph is here…
 

The puppetry intensive performance practice
The puppetry intensive performance practice

 
 
 
I also gather that in may cities and towns, we have used the photos and reports to keep the media abreast of the happenings in SPIC MACAY national convention. I will be delighted and obliged if you could send across links or reports that have appeared in your city or state with my photographs.

Kindly feel free to use any photo from the SPIC MACAY stream (link given under) to use it in your city – for media, SPIC MACAY publications and collateral..

I hope you enjoyed the journey as much as I did, bringing to you….the live action
 
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SPIC MACAY 25th National Convention in Media : Photos taken by me adding some value to the articles

Well-known Art and dance critiques Mrs. Manjari Sinha, Mrs Leela Venkataraman and Mr. Ravinder Sharma attended the Spic Macay national convention at IIT, Kanpur early this month. Manjari ji contributes to various dailies, including The Statesman and Jansatta, while Leela ji contributes regularly to The Hindu among other magazines. Ravinderji also contributes to a few Hindi Dailies. It was very gracious of them to seek photos from me for accompanying their articles in the various publications and I hope it added some value to the articles. Here I am enclosing the scanned copies and links of various newspapers wherein photos of the convention taken by me have appeared. Thanks to all the three for co-opting me in their endeavour.

Manjari ji’s articles in The Statesman and Jansatta are here..

Manjari Sinha on SPIC MACAY Convention in The Statesman

Celebration of Indian Art and Culture at SPIC MACAY National Convention 2010

SPIC MACAY Convention article in Jansatta by Ms Manjari Sinha

Celebration of Indian art and culture at SPIC MACAY National Convention 2010

Leelaji’s article in The Hindu is linked herewith..

The Hindu : Arts : Splendid saga

If you happen to see any other article on the SPIC MACAY national convention, kindly let me know to include here.

Sreeni
sreeni@iwsb.in

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