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is a Tamil word meaning "stage"…"performing space"…
cultural foundation seeks to explore, enrich and promote the performing
and visual arts of India and to contemporize the rich tapestry of Indian
creativity for modern audiences.
was set up in 1992 at Chennai (Madras), India, by ANITA RATNAM - dancer/choreographer,
transcultural collaborator, television personality and cultural activist.
company was established in 1993. ADT creates full-length classical and
contemporary dance theatre productions, cross-cultural experimentations
and exclusive programmes for corporates, NGOs as well as for young audiences.
Rooted in tradition, the repertoire uses classical, contemporary, folk
motifs and movements, masks, veils and simple props, to showcase the variety
and depth of Indian dance. ...details
on the revitalisation of ancient Tamil performance arts, the Trust has
revived "Kaisiki Natakam" a 13th
century ritual theatre tradition practised in just one temple in Tamilnadu.
After a 50-year hiatus it had its first all-night revival performance in
November 1999 at the renowned Vishnu shrine in Tirukurungudi, Tamilnadu.
The renaissance work continues…
documentation simultaneously go on of "Arayer Sevai", an almost extinct
10th century elaborate mime and movement style practised by Tamil temple
priests in only three South Indian Vishnu temples. Ratnam is incorporating
the valuable research into her dance-art vocabulary.
in 1998, India's only annual, avant-garde international arts festival was
celebrated every December 1-7. Anita Ratnam co-produced and directed this
pioneering platform for new vocabularies in the visual and performing arts from 1998 to 2006.
More details available at www.theotherfestival.com
A global directory of Indian dance, the two best-selling editions of Narthaki
(1992 & 1997) has expanded from the year 2000 into an invaluable
e-service that is an essential networking tool for the international
dance community. The site enjoys over 4 lakh hits each month.
& www.anitaratnam.com constantly reinvent their web presence and continue
to enjoy much public and critical applause. ...details
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