Dr.Kapila Vatsyayan, Director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts said, "Anita combines in herself the sensitivity of an artiste and the critical objectivity of a scholar. She exhibits an incisive understanding of ancient Indian theatre and brings in a modern sensibility. She analyzes with penetrating insight and rare lucidity. Anita represents the new generation of dancers and scholars who have emerged in modern India."

Narthaki, Conceived, edited and published by Anita (two editions) - Narthaki is a pathbreaking directory of Indian dance that has become an essential guide and networking tool for the international dance community. Keeping up with technology Narthaki has gone online, and now reaches out to a far greater audience. Check out Narthaki Online.

I have watched this little, small, madness of mine take wing and become the daily habit of thousands of dance maniacs around the world. How strange and wonderful that a bee-in-my bonnet that stung me in New York twelve years ago could morph from one book, a second edition and finally into its current avatar in cyberspace!

When NARTHAKI was published in 1992, it received a rapturous response and came to be called the "Bible" of Indian dance. The second edition in 1997 was welcomed for the continuity it provided. NARTHAKI went online in April 2000 and can be regarded as the third edition.

Technology has truly become a friend of the Arts. The constant mobility that confronts artistes of today makes it necessary for quick and regular updates in NARTHAKI and the print medium cannot keep up with constantly altering details. The net is the perfect solution, instantly capable of recording movement / growth / new dimension and offering the ideal connection.

We have relished going techno-savvy, building bridges with new friends, countries and proposals. The way this medium has taken a giant hold of our lives is quite exciting and forced us to acknowledge that we are on a common journey of creative enterprise - we can reach out and share as fast as we can get or give, we cannot be left behind.

In the last year, we have seen visitors to the site jump significantly to the now monthly average of nearly 5,00,000 hits. We are honored to be able to share this site with our dance network around the globe. We hope you feel this way too.

- Founder and Consulting Editor Anita Ratnam

Did You Know?

Book published in Dec 2014. A collection from information featured in narthaki.com
    The little booklet DID U KNOW is a very good read.
    - Ashish Mohan Khokar

    I'm amazed at the collection of your information on various arts, artists. It is super. Congrats! I'm sure this will be a good reference book for all genres of dancers. Thanks for giving me a copy, will share it with my students also.
    - P Praveen Kumar, Bangalore

Book release: Nirmalam -The genius of S Sarada
December 17, 2005 Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai

NIRMALAM: THE GENIUS OF S SARADA is an offering of love to a great teacher. Published by Anita Ratnam for Arangham Trust in celebration of Kalakshetra guru S Sarada's 90th birthday, Nirmalam was released on Dec 17, 2005 after the lec-dem by Dr. Sunil Kothari, at the 25th Natya Kala Conference.

Natya Brahman, Anita Ratnam's first book on the comparative drama traditions of India and Greece was published in 1979 in Chennai (Madras) and is considered essential reading by many dance students.

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