|Events - 2014
November 6, 2014 Washington DC
presents SPIRALS, a convergence of dance, poetry, and music–an evening
of collaborative work presented by Anita Ratnam, Anil Srinivasan, and
Sikkil Gurucharan. Each artist will share their unique vantage point
during the evening’s work whether it is by dance, vocal performance, or
the piano performance. While these legendary artists often collaborate
on their work, this is the first time they are appearing together in
their Washington DC world premiere. The three Goddesses Saraswati,
Meenakshi, and Lakshmi form the trinity of wisdom, bravery, and wealth.
Ratnam explores the personae of these three powerful icons in Indian
mythology. The work spirals around 3 artistes, 3 scapes, and 3 moods.
Together, they evoke a questioning wife, a martial princess, a playful
beauty, a flowing river, a charging trident, blooming lotus. The divine
trinity in a contemporary context: Saraswati, Meenakshi, and Lakshmi.
For the second half of the evening there’s a Bharatanatyam duet
performance by Renjith Babu and Vijna Vasudevan.
At: Shakespeare Theatre, 8pm
Info: 202.656.5679 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Concluded Events - 2014
September 19, 2014, 2pm - 5pm Chennai
Anita Ratnam as Resource Person for the
Refresher Course on "Relocating/Reviewing
Academic Disciplines through Women/Gender
Studies" held between 2nd and 22nd of Sep.
!9th Sep: Anita's session on "Bodies in
September 10, 2014 New Delhi
Corporate show at the 15th ICCC.
15th ICCC - International Common Criteria
Conference took place in Hotel Lalit, New
Delhi, from 9 to 11 September, 2014 hosted by
Government of India, DeitY (STQC Directorate)
and organized by Confederation of Indian
Anita Ratnam & Arangham Trust
Presented Float & Padme
August 9, 2014 Bangalore
; View Slide show
April 26, 2014, 7pm
Anita Ratnam presented her
new work CIRCLES
OF LOVE dance, poetry and... (part
of Mudra Dance Festival 2014)
Winding through the endless spiral of myth and
memory, Anita Ratnam quilts a tapestry of images
Circles of Love uses ancient and contemporary
poetry, spoken word interludes and familiar
references from cultural memory to trace the
outlines of what it means to be a mother who is
eternally fragile and a continuous
A woman as mother, giver of life, psychic
gardener, caretaker of lives and terrifying
protector. These are some of the character arcs
quilted by Anita Ratnam in CIRCLES OF LOVE, a
performance that weaves story, diary, movement
and life into a living tapestry. As daughter,
wife, mother and grandmother, the various shades
of maternal joy and grief will be shared in an
interdisciplinary performance informed by myth,
memory and humour. The evening concludes with a
discussion with Anita Ratnam, her daughter Arya
and noted author Malavika Sangghvi.
Guest artiste: Malavika Sangghvi, well known
writer, columnist and poet
Concept, Choreography, Performance: Anita Ratnam
Costumes: Anita Ratnam
Music: Anil Srinivasan, Viji Krishnan, Vedanth
Lighting: Victor Paulraj
Venue: The Experimental Theatre, The
National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA
Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400 021.
Ph. 6622 3822
February 22, 2014, 6.45pm
Sandhya Raman presented Anita Ratnam in NEELAM...Drowning
in Bliss, inspired by the serene
stillness of South Indian Vaishnav ritual
At: Chinmaya Hamco Auditorium, Chinmaya Mission,
89, Lodi Road, New Delhi
Review - Reviving belief in mythology
Deccan Herald, Feb 26, 2014
February 16, 2014 Chennai
Anita Ratnam presented a special interactive
session for Natyarangam (dance wing of the
Narada Gana Sabha) on ‘DANCING ACROSS BORders -
Guidelines for presenting Bharatanatyam on
National & International forums.’
Venue: Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall, 6.30pm.
February 10, 2014, Baroda
At NRITYA PARVA 2014, hosted by the Department
of Dance, Faculty of Performing Arts, Maharaja
Sayajirao University, Baroda, Anita Ratnam
participates in a seminar “Changing Dynamics of
Indian Classical Dance post-Indian Independence”
& presents About HER... in chapters -
excerpts from AVANI,
GRACES and MA3KA.
January 26, 2014
Dr. Anita Ratnam presented excerpts from her
acclaimed solo MA3KA...the
First showing of PADME...
meditations on the Lotus...
Group Choreography by KALPANA RAGHURAMAN
After ten years of working on solo productions,
Ratnam returned to ensemble work and quilts her
maturing vision of parallel mythologies with
Indian dance and modern movement dynamics.
UTPALA was first premiered in 2003 and was based
on the narratives of Egypt, India and China.
Invited guest choreographer Kalpana Raghuraman
from Netherlands has set two sections on the
group from her acclaimed work PADME, also based
on the similar idea of the lotus. The 8
Bangalore based dancers were all selected from
an audition process held in September 2013 and
this was the very first public viewing of some
sections at the Dance DISCourse presented by
Ashish Mohan Khokar and ATTENDANCE.
Anita Ratnam performed two solos in this
production. The presentation was in the nature
of a Sharing with a talk back after the
At: Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, 6pm
January 11 - 13,
Anita Ratnam participated in The Hindu
Lit for Life festival
She acted in a play on Jan 11th, conducted a
workshop on movement on Jan 12, introduced and
interviewed Feminist author NAOMI WOLF Jan 13.
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