November 22, 2015
KAISIKA NATAKAM in Tirukurungudi.
Concluded events 2015
Play reading. In support of FTII students.
September 30, 2015, 3 pm
Anita Ratnam gave Lecture on "Inscribing the Body in
Performance" as part of the Lecture Series on "Path Makers: Women
Innovators in the Public Sphere."
Conference Hall of the Department of Management Studies, University of
Madras, Chepauk campus, Chennai
September 3, 2015
Anita Ratnam presented NEELAM - drowning in bliss at NCPA EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE, Mumbai, 7pm
Inspired by the silent corridors of Vishnu temples in South India,
NEELAM illuminates the many shades of devotion and worship to the Lord.
From the voice of 7th century poet saint Andal, through the passionate
tones of Saint Annamayya in the 16th century, NEELAM finally rests upon
the undiluted adoration of Muthuswami Dikshitar in the 18th
century. The dance presentation explores the concept of "prapatti" or
total surrender which is unique to Sri Vaishnavism. The choreography
draws from the ritual movements of the ‘Arayer’ chanting priests and the
iconography of Vishnu’s various avatars.. The costume highlights the
concepts of "jeevatma" and "paramatma"- the male-female duality that
upholds Vishnu as the only masculine presence or "Purusha" and all
humanity as the feminine principle. The recorded score and sound design
resonate this quiet devotion with the Carnatic music structures of
Kritis, ragam. tanam and pallavi.
NEELAM has been performed to wide acclaim in India and the USA.
Introduction by Arundhathi Subramaniam
Concept, Choreography and Performance: Anita Ratnam
Direction and Choreography Mentor: Hari Krishnan
Flute: G Raghuraman
Lighting: Deepa Dharmadhikari
Costumes: Ideated and designed by REX and realised by Sandhya Raman and Prabha Narasimhan
Music : Ritual sources
Vocals: Sikkil Gurucharan, Subhiksha Rangarajan, Sharanya Krishnan, Vedanth Bharadwaj
Percussion: KSR Aniruddha
Piano: Anil Srinivasan
Sound Design: Anita Ratnam and Vedanth Bharadwaj
August 29, 2015, 2pm-5pm
Writing to promote, present and market the arts - Lecture by Anita Ratnam.
At: Apparao Galeeries, Chennai
August 23, 2015
A ROOM OF ONE's OWN, the search for a woman's identity and well being - Anita Ratnam spoke for The Inner Wheel Clubs
August 21, 2015
Anita Ratnam - the featured Chennai
celebrity for FICCI to promote Chennai as a cultural and business
destination in advance for the TAMILNADU GLOBAL BUSINESS MEET on Sep
20th event at Chennai Trade Centre.
August 16, 2015
SWARNA UTSAV - the golden jubilee year
celebration of Bharatanatyam Guru Rajee Narayan’s Nritya Geethanjali.
Her students from India and abroad came together to celebrate with music
and dance. Anita Ratnam performed for a song written and composed by
her guru in praise of Goddess Vaishno Devi.
At: Shanmukhananda Chandarsekhara Saraswati Auditorium, 292 Com. Harbanslal Mrg, Sion East, Mumbai 400022, 9.30am
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The Amazing Rajee Narayan. My first dance guru. At
85 her eyes still sparkle with curiosity. She taught me that dance
could be joyous and expressive. I was 9 when she conducted my Arangetram
and left Madras for Bombay. Now her students gather from around the
globe to mark her 50 years of dedicated service to dance and her 85th
birthday this August. I am learning one of her original compositions on
the Goddess Vaishnodevi for the occasion. Thank you Rajee aunty for the
memories and the joy of DANCE. - Anita Ratnam
July 9, 2015
Collage presented Anita Ratnam in A MILLION SITAS (excerpts)
The evening showcased a curation of movement expression &
fashion, interpreted through Tarun Tahiliani. A sneak preview of Varun
Bahl's fresh-off-the-ramp styles.
At: 153, Greans Road, Chennai - 6
July 4, 2015, 6pm
'Float & Padme' was performed as part of the Yagnaraman July Festival 2015.
Initiated 2 years ago as an evening of contemporary music and dance,
this final edition of the PADME PROJECT featured an exciting
combination of Anil Srinivasan on the piano accompanied by Injikudi
Subramaniam on the ritual Nagaswaram. The seven dancers involved
in PADME are an exciting new group from Bangalore who bring their youth
and energy to this international production.
Venue: Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, 'Dr. Nalli Gana Vihar, 20, Maharajapuram Santhanam Road, T. Nagar, Chennai 600017
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July 1 -3, 2015
Retreat and showings of
At ADISHAKTI and Aurodhan Gardens, Auroville
June 30, 2015, 6.30 pm
PADME - a curated evening of contemporary art and dance inspired by the
lotus - opening reception of the art exhibition open from June 30 till July 31 (10.30am to 6.30pm).
At: Forum Art Gallery, 57 Padmanabha Nagar, 5th St, Adyar, Chennai 600020
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June 27 & 28, 2015
Organized by ABHAI Chennai, Dr. Anita Ratnam presented a unique
Abhivriddhishala on THE ARTICULATE BODY - Trust, imagination, movement
View invite ; Photos
May 3, 2015, 3pm
A MILLION SITAS - Anita Ratnam illustrated the many facets of womanhood from the Hindu
epic The Ramayana as part of the long-running, professional Storytelling Series, sponsored by the Educational Theater Program at the NYU Steinhardt School, Provincetown Playhouse at 133 MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village.
April 18, 2015 New Delhi
Sandhya Raman (Desmania Foundation) presented Anita Ratnam in A MILLION SITAS, an evening of dance theatre depicting the five female characters of Ramayana.
At: Atelier, F 213C, Lado Sarai, New Delhi, 4pm
April 3 - 5, 2015 Penang, Malaysia
April 10 - 12, 2015 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Anita Ratnam presented A MILLION SITAS at Masakini Theatre Company's NAGA WOMEN 2015
At Penang Performing Arts Centre
Straits Quay Marina Mall, Lot 3H-4-1, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Pulau Pinang, 10470 Tanjong Bungah, Malaysia
April 3 & 4 at 8.30pm. April 5 at 3pm
Info: 04 – 8991722
At Damansara Performing Arts Centre
H-01, Empire Damansara, Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya, 47820 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
April 10 & 11 at 8.30pm. April 12 at 3pm
Program in both venues:
Day 1: A Million Sitas and Puteri Saadong
Day 2: Eleni of Sparta and A Million Sitas
Day 3: Puteri Saadong and Eleni of Sparta
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March 18, 2015 Kolkata
Anita Ratnam presented A MILLION SITAS on the closing of the three day Women's theatre festival PRATIBIMBH curated and produced by actor Shahana Chatterjee
At: GD Birla Sabhagar, Kolkata, 7pm
Feb 7, 2015, 6 pm
Produced by Anita Ratnam and choreographed by Kalpana Raghuraman, contemporary production PADME was performed for the NERALU FESTIVAL by a team of 7 classically trained dancers.
At: NGMA auditorium, Bangalore
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Lotus Leaves, Water Words: A Reading Performance
The Hindu Lit for Life
January 18, 2015 Chennai
THE HINDU LIT FOR LIFE in Chennai will see discussions,
seminars, workshops and performances all with one common
overarching theme: books and words. The Hindu Lit for Life 2015 takes
place on January 16, 17 & 18, in Chennai. The fest ends with:
Title: Lotus Leaves, Water Words: A Reading Performance
Director: Prasanna Ramaswamy
Text Sources: Muranchiyur Mudinaganar (Purananuru), Philastratus,
Cheran, Kashinath Singh, Diane Ackerman, Rainer Maria Rilke, P Sainath,
Clay Moldenhauer, Prasanna Ramaswamy
Community Texts: Rig Veda, Algonquin Song of the Stars. Series Nature: 2
Participants: P C Ramakrishna, Anita Ratnam, R Rohini, Nellai
Manikandan, Niran Vicktor Benjamin, Sushila Ravindranath, Anandh Kumar,
Date: Sunday, January 18, 2015
Time: 6.20pm - 7.10pm
Venue: Sir Mutha Venkatasubbarao Concert Hall, Harrington Road, Chennai