Events 2020

Sep, 2020
Arangham Dance Theatre presented Second edition of Learning Labs
Venue: Arangham Studios, 10 Cenotaph II Lane, Teynampet, Chennai 600018
Cost: Free of charge.
Learning Labs are yearly intensives held every September for a group of 8 to 10 classical dancers and choreographers with high-profile visiting artists in an intimate, immersive studio space. Learning Labs are a unique opportunity for classical dancers to get out of their comfort zones; reflect on their creative practice; and expand their toolkit for moving and making.
Curated by Dr. Anita Ratnam in partnership with Dr. Nithya Nagarajan ....Read More

Aug 29, 2020
Stone...once again
JOMBA! Digital Dance Festival (Aug-Sept 2020) in Durban, South Africa

May 1 & 2, 2020
Natya Institute of Kathak & Choreography presented Dr Maya Rao Kathak & Choreography Conference
From 6pm to 8pm (digital)

Performances, illustrative lectures and interactive panel discussions featured eminent names like Dr Anita Ratnam, Lynne Fernandes, Aditi Mangaldas, Mahesh Dattani, Madhu Nataraj, Rajiv Menon and more from the fields of dance, design, theatre and film making.

The Digital Dance Conference - The Dr Maya Rao Kathak & Choreography Conference on the 1st & 2nd of May 2020, 6 to 8pm.

Ratnam teaches through #movewithme Masterclass
- Saranya Devan

March 6, 2020
UTSAVAM, a festival of dance & music presented by Dakshin Chitra. On March 6, CULTURE AS INNOVATION featured Dr.Anita Ratnam, Avinash Kumar and Gita Wolf.
At: Kalakshetra Foundation, Thiruvanmiyur, 11am to 12pm.

Feb 21, 2020, 7pm to 9pm
Re-imagining Dance: Brown bodies on the global stage
An evening of conversation and performance on the hereditary, the classical and the contemporary in Indian dance - Swarnamalya Ganesh, Mallika Sarabhai  and Anita Ratnam
Anita Ratnam captivated in a contemporary interpretation of the mythical demoness Soorpanakha. All three internationally acclaimed dancers shared anecdotes of their dance and candidly reflected on their practice spanning multiple decades in a conversation hosted by Indu Balachandran.
The event was curated by Indu Balachandran and Arjunan Puveendran, and was supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Krea University and Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) as part of the Exchanging Expertise initiative.
Venue: Information & Cultural Exchange, 8 Victoria Road, Parramatta, Sydney, NSW 2150, Australia

Re-imagining Dance - Being brave, bold and brown, indiandownunder.com.au
- Sudha Kumar, March 2020

Dancing with the mind
Three stalwarts of classical Indian dance let the imagination run wild as they find a place for their art in a contemporary world
- Hamsa Venkat, March 3, 2020

Sarmaya hosted an inspiring conversation between two leading lights of Indian #dance and theatre, in partnership with the dance company beej Mumbai. As Mallika Sarabhai and Anita Ratnam spoke to Sanjukta Wagh, co-founder beej, about their ‘parallel journeys’ it became clear that these contemporaries share a abiding respect for each other’s craft even while creating very distinctive legacies.

Jan 25, 2020, 8.30pm

Anita Ratnam presented A Million Sitas at Natarani, Ahmedabad

Jan 19, 2020

NAACHIYAR NEXT for Kala Pradarshini at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, 7.15pm

Jan 4, 2020
Arangham presented a special MARGAZHI morning dance presentation by MOHANA HARENDRAN of Singapore at 10.30am for one hour without an intermission at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore

Mohana and I were classmates in Kalakshetra where her mother NEILA SATHYALINGAM was my teacher. Our friendship expanded beyond Bharatanatyam to become a multi generational bond of 45 years.

A gifted singer, Mohana is a student of the legendary D K PATTAMMAL and is the founder and Director of SATHYALAYAM, a school for music and dance in Singapore, where she is training a new generation of Singaporean children in the Kalakshetra style of dance and Carnatic music.

It is with immense pleasure and pride that I am presenting her young students in a morning dedicated to the songs of revolutionary poet SUBRAMANIA BHARATHI. The show is titled MAZHALAIYUM BHARATHIYUM and is dedicated to both our mothers, NEILA SATHYALINGAM and LEELA RATNAM who served as role models for our individual lives and careers.

It is a personal moment of nostalgia and pride for me, watching Mohana evolve into the role of a teacher and guru, in the footsteps of her illustrious parents.
- Dr. Anita Ratnam

Jan 2, 2020, 5 pm
At Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium. Mylapore

Chennai, are you ready for the perfect dance experience? I am delighted to brand my 7-year collaboration with Brahma Gana Sabha every January 2 as The A list - a four-hour carefully curated environment of Bharatanatyam at its best.

The focus of The A List is to present a professional, cultural experience of curation, content, communication, presentation, execution and audience experience. I'm excited to feature three wonferful dancers - Shanmuga Sundaram, Indira Kadambi and Manasvini Ramachandran as part of The A List, who will present their chosen dance pieces. Those taught by their guru or a creative inspiration that has seized them at some point in their artistic journey.

My intent in featuring them is to allow Chennai to watch these dancers, who are not seen in the Chennai season.
- Dr. Anita Ratnam

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