Articles / Reviews
by Anita Ratnam
Musical Chronicles - Farewell Margazhi: You soothed city in distress
- Anita R Ratnam, The Times of India (Chennai), Jan 9, 2017
Nartakas Wowed Audiences With Fresh Concepts, Multi-Style Dancing Turned Heads & Talks Saw Houseful Crowds
Like the BIG BANYAN
Tribute to S.Sarada (Periya Sarada teacher)
- Anita Ratnam, The Hindu Friday Review, August 27, 2015
With the Mudra Dance Festival woven around the theme of motherhood this year, a personal essay on when a dancer becomes a mother
By Dr. Anita R. Ratnam
Space for performing arts
By Yashaswini Rajeshwar, The Hindu,
Life & Style, 8 Dec, 2010
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heirloom habits to nakli stuff
22 Feb 2010
WHAT can I wear to a wedding? It was never so nervewracking, until about
five years ago. The occasion always meant a kanjeevaram sari and heirloom
jewellery. Gold, rubies and eternal emeralds
dances, not alone
17 Feb 2010
ANNUALLY, this is a moment of powerful energy convergence on our planet.
The night of Siva - Sivaratri. This past week has seen millions celebrate
the eternal night of cosmic energy through prayer, dance, music and meditation
throughout the day and night of February 12.
drinks and dinner
11 Feb 2010
I speak of the present fascination that urban India has with partying.
Our national anthem has become Karan Johar's tune Where's the party tonight?
27 Jan 2010
Venue - Nageswara Rao Park, Mylapore. A group of four folk artistes from
Nagercoil seated on the edge of the dais watching Chitraveena Ravikiran
play Ragam Todi.
when you are ahead
25 Nov 2009
Last week I watched the television live broadcast of tennis hottie Marat
Safin playing his final match in Paris. At 29, the tennis world's most
charismatic and temperamental star was retiring. Safin, a gorgeous hunk
with movie star looks, was a former world number one.
through sur and taal
18 Nov 2009
It is the dream of any professional dancer to fill mainstage halls of 1000
or more. Capacity crowds who listen and watch in rapt attention and then
gift you with a standing ovation. Does this happen? Of course it does.
It happens if you are a dance or music teacher in the US or UK with 200
or more students
with the Monkey King
28 Oct 2009
People who call me on my mobile often ask if I am in town. With good reason:
I have been spending more time in airports. Performances and conferences
are a major reason for my frequent absence from my hometown, and a certain
‘monkey' has caught me by his tail. I am speaking of Shun Wu Kong, the
impish Monkey King of China
Ajanta hips and Ellora breasts
21 Oct 2009
The bane of
every woman with advancing age is the specter of arms that resemble wobbly
chicken chins - flapping in the wind. We spend many hours in the gym climbing
various machines, puffing with personal trainers and standing before mirrors
moaning the bulges and flabbiness. As for dancers?
fountain of memories
30 Sept 2009
to revitalize a landmark that represents tradition and a myriad memories
for New Yorkers". That was the challenge given to the architects for redesigning
the iconic Lincoln Centre Fountain being inaugurated today in New York
are our priests so greedy?
23 Sept 2009
closed, I extended my hand holding a 100 rupee note towards the hundi at
the Kashi Viswanath temple in Varanasi. Eager fingers snatched the money
away. Alarmed, my eyes flew open only to see the head priest crumpling
the note within his palm. "More", he said, "I need Rs 400 more."
16 Sept 2009
be the possible connection between commerce and Kamboji? As opposite as
chalk and cheese? Not much of a connect for the average reader. Except
that a classical pianist, two Carnatic singers and a guitarist went through
the unlikely grind of doing a B.Com degree.
and men preen and strut with puffed chests
9 Sept 2009
into a common peahen and prays to Lord Siva. Location - Mylapore. Or rather,
Mayil-a-puram. The abode of the peacock in central Chennai got its name
when Goddess Parvati was so enamoured with the beautiful peacocks and did
not pay attention to an important esoteric teaching of Siva.
2 Sept 2009
"I am sorry.
We cannot sanction the grant for Anita Ratnam's dance residency. She does
not look authentically Indian." This was the message from the bursar of
a college in New England, USA. I was invited for a performance and teaching
can recognize them as they lunge towards my feet
26 Aug 2009
THEY are everywhere.
In sari stores, jewellery kadais and the local kaapi hangouts. Looking
slightly odd with hair cuts and crunchies that came out of the eighties.
Clutching irritable children and grandchildren who exclaim in sulking tones
"Mom. Paaati, it is sooo haatt and I wanna go home."
living goddess watched another blossom on stage
19 Aug 2009
today prefer to be called ‘Womanists' in contrast to the earlier militant
rhetoric of their male-bashing sisters. The mid nineties saw a shift from
the martial tone of the women's movement to a more realistic stance of
including men in the gender discourse.
our melons was not modern in ANY context
12 Aug 2009
to a dance icon who had just won every award, for his stunning choreography
in the Broadway hit The Lion King, was a mini event in my life. Garth Fagan,
the Jamaican dance artist was a panelist on the forum Other Cultures Informing
on Anita Ratnam
dance, martial arts to painting, Ms Anita Ratnam speaks with equal felicity
to T. SARAVANAN
Metro Plus Madurai, Sep 16, 2010
comes after unhappiness"
of India, May 14, 2010
in the spotlight"
Parthib, India Today, Apr 7, 2010
"I am not
a peaceful, calm person"
Kreisberger , indianexpress.com, 3 Jan 2010