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 Mapping the change
- Chitra Swaminathan, The Hindu, 18 Jan 2017
Sriram V and Anita Ratnam in conversation about the women who fought to break stereotypes and brought reform at The Hindu Lit for Life.

 
Bharatanatyam with benefits
- Priya Menon, Times of India, Feb 28, 2016
Dancer and choreographer Anita Ratnam says Bharatanatyam has both physical and mental benefits. "The basic stance of araimandi (a squat in which knees are turn ed sideways) and keeping the torso steady while the hands and lower limbs are moving helps with balance," she says, adding that memory and imagination are stimulated as you have to remember long sequences and improvise when you forget on stage.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Bharatanatyam-with-benefits/articleshow/51173414.cms

 
What lies behind the scenes?
- VV Ramani, The Hindu, Dec 1, 2015
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-editorialfeatures/what-lies-behind-the-scenes/article7934299.ece

 
I'm a feminist with a sense of vigilant responsibility, says eminent artiste Dr Anita Ratnam
- Latha Srinivasan, dnaindia.com, Sep 4, 2015
http://www.dnaindia.com/lifestyle/report-i-m-a-feminist-with-a-sense-of-vigilant-responsibility-says-eminent-artiste-dr-anita-ratnam-2121983

 
Classical dancers should adapt to changing times or they’ll perish, says Anita Ratnam
- The Times of Mumbai, Sep 4, 2015
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Classical-dancers-should-adapt-to-changing-times-or-theyll-perish-says-Anita-Ratnam/articleshow/48795016.cms

 
Chennai's continuing romance with jasmine flowers
Latha Srinivasan, dnaindia.com, Aug 28, 2015
Renowned danseuse Anita Ratnam doesn’t wear the flowers in her hair but carries a small bottle of jasmine essence in her purse. “The first thing I do when I check into a hotel is sprinkle some jasmine essence in the room and put out a picture of my family on my bedside. That for me is home. Mallipoo is associated with memories,” she explains.

But mallipoo has a strong historical significance in the state as well. Says Ratnam, “The flower carries with it not just the fragrance but the grand history of celebrations, of brides wearing it, of classical dancers, of queens in court, etc. It’s a flower that has regal opulence and is synonymous with luxury. It has an extremely sensuous fragrance and is very feminine.”

 
Winning Moves
- Treena Mukherjee, The Telegraph, Apr 12, 2015
Turning points came very early in my life - the first one probably the day that I was born.
https://www.telegraphindia.com/1150412/jsp/graphiti/story_14026.jsp

 
The Morph Elegy
- Sudha G. Tilak, Outlook Magazine, Feb 16, 2015
Bharatanatyam's current exponents create a dance vocabulary all their own


In Conversation With Ms. Anita Ratnam, Dancer
- Ishika, The Beauty Reel, Jan 2015
http://thebeautyreel.com/conversation-ms-anita-ratnam-dancer/



The Red Kite, Vol. 2, Issue 1, January 2015
https://scontent-a-sin.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10389138_739830909446621_618425872408509982_n.jpg?oh=76a7c38c15fdba43e1fe71d7c5254167&oe=552AFB47


A note of dismay over inequality at music and dance festivals in Chennai
- Shoba Narayan, TheNational, January 3, 2015


There is so much more to do
- Anita Ratnam, Femina, 1 Dec 2014
Femina's 55th anniversary issue - My journey



Fashion finds a new rhythm
- Chitra Swaminathan, The Hindu, 8 Sep 2014
 Anita, whose dance productions stand out for the way the costumes are designed to bring out the mood and structure of the theme, has often transformed into a showstopper at fashion events. "The focus should be on the garment and not the person, which doesn't happen when designers rope in film stars," she says.

In a visually stimulated world, most dancers are learning how to enliven the performance space. "Stage setting matters as much as the art. And stage setting is not just about lighting and audio; it encompasses the right use of colours and clothes too. I sit with the designers for hours explaining to them every movement and scene. The synchrony between various elements of a production is what enhances the appeal."

And interacting with fashion designers, she points out, is like collaborating with cross-genre artists. "You need to understand their vocabulary of fabric, cut, stitch and use of multiple craft traditions."

But the most rewarding aspect of fashion today, says Anita, is seeing many of the couture-creators reviving our craft heritage and looking beyond glamour to make style a way of life.
http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/fashion-finds-a-new-rhythm/article6391411.ece



December 18-22, 2013
Kartik Fine Arts & Arangham Trust
present Purush: The Global Dancing Male, Conference/Performance Conclave
at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Mylapore, Chennai


Reviews


Portraying male power through dance (Preview)
- The New Indian Express, 21 Dec 2013
http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/Portraying-male-power-through-dance/2013/12/21/article1956174.ece


Say hello to Margazhi! (Preview)
- Neeti Jayachander, Femina
http://femina.in/lifestyle/in-the-news/say-hello-to-margazhi-2028.html


PURUSH – The Global Dancing Male (Preview)
- Pulse
http://www.pulseconnects.com/content/PURUSH%E2%80%93GlobalDancingMale


Dance needs to be gender neutral
- Nandita Ravi, Deccan Chronicle, 16 Dec 2013


Dance like a man
- The Hindu, 14 Dec 2013
In a curious reversal of gender discrimination, the male classical dancer is being sidelined, says Anita R. Ratnam.
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-sundaymagazine/dance-like-a-man/article5460762.ece


Dance like a man
- Indulge, The New India Express, 13 Dec 2013
http://epaper.newindianexpress.com/197396/Indulge-Chennai/13122013#page/26/2






October 29, 2013

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At the 7th Guru Debaprasad Award Festival conducted by Guru Gajendra Panda's Tridhara, Anita Ratnam was honored with the GURU DEBA PRASAD AWARD for her contribution in the field of Contemporary Dance, (the first time a contemporary dance award is being given to a dancer) at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar.


Awesome foursome - Laurels for dancers


Artistes have enriched the art and culture of Odisha:Gov


Three day Debaprasad award fest concludes








Reviving an ancient art
- G. Srinivasan, The Hindu, August 22, 2013

Efforts are on to enact Kaisikapuranam at the Thirukkurungudi temple on December 13.

The venue was Sri Veera Narasimha Perumal Temple on the banks of the Vennar in Thanjavur. A group of artists was rehearsing under the supervision of "Nataka" Ramanujan, former professor of Drama, Tamil University, and dancer Anita Ratnam on August 17 and 18. They were practising Kaisikapuranam, a temple dance, which will be staged on December 13, (in Karthigai, Sukla Pakshami, Dwadasi day) at the ThirukKurungudi temple in Tirunelveli district.

For Ramanujan and Anita, reviving this temple art form has been a painstaking process.
http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/religion/reviving-an-ancient-art/article5048367.ece

Anita Ratnam presented ABOUT HER, a solo contemporary dance-theatre presentation in the NEO BHARATAM style at the ODISHA CONTEMPORARY DANCE FESTIVAL, 2nd edition of SAMAKALA FESTIVAL - 2013


Contemporary rhythms
- Leela Venkataraman, The Hindu, Friday Review, 20 June 2013
Anita Ratnam's "Sita", with a layered interpretation depicting Sita's refusal to seek the easy escape out of Lanka by riding on the shoulders of Hanuman, was a tame start to the recital. The next item though was evocative based on Muttuswamy Dikshitar's "Meenakshi me mudam dehi" in Poorvikalyani, which so impressed Tagore that he created a lyric in the very same raga and 'mettu', but with words on 'Basanti" in praise of Spring, for the Brahmosamajist Tagore saw divinity in Nature and not the fish-eyed Goddess Meenakshi. Superb recorded music alternating between lines of Muttuswamy's composition and that of Tagore, the silken changeover never losing raga flow, saw the dance interpretation in the seated position, even while classical abhinaya in tone, very moving. By far the best of the evening was Avani inspired by Tagore's epic poem, the choreography assisted by Canada's Hariharan and Rex. Prithvi or Earth as both Mother Protector and Destroyer, like the cat giving birth and devouring the last kitten of its own litter. The throbbing music in two tracks, one a base flute and the other sharper, with edekka and drums and ragas like Hamsadhwani and Desh (concluding obeisance to Mother Earth), the lulling music contrasted with mocking sounds of laughter, all added so much to the performance.
http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/dance/contemporary-rhythms/article4834191.ece


2nd edition of Samakala Festival
- Dr Sunil Kothari, www.narthaki.com, 18 June 2013
Anita's work is an example of collaboration with choreographer, lights designer, musicians, costume designer and visual designer, bringing to the production complete professional approach, perfection and finesse. She also takes help of a dramaturg who advises her for an overall presentation. Therefore, the productions leave strong visual appeal.
http://www.narthaki.com/info/gtsk/gtsk81.html


Body and Outside the Body- Second Evening of "Samakala"
Kedar Mishra, odisha.360.com, 13 June 2013  
Beautiful footwork mixing Bharatnatyam and Contemporary, balanced facial expression and exactitude of emotion through body movement, made the work quite moving.
http://odisha.360.batoi.com/2013/06/13/body-and-outside-the-body-second-evening-of-samakala/


Samakaala - A Festival of Contemporary Dances
Ileana Citaristi comments on a welcome addition to the national panorama of dance festivals.
The third segment Avani was the most well-articulated and complex among the three; inspired by the anguished cry of Tagore towards a Mother Earth which bears the wounds caused by the war, the piece very effectively brought out the intensity of the subject, leaving behind powerful images of a suffering and enraged Mother Goddess. The costumes and the lighting by Victor Paulras were excellent.
http://www.pulseconnects.com/content/Samakaala%E2%80%93FestivalContemporaryDances


Inner strength and Celestial love bind us together
E Odisha Samachar, 16 June 2103
http://eodishasamachar.com/en/inner-strength-and-celestial-love-bind-us-together/


From classical to contemporary
Odisha is doing a fantastic job culturally.  The Tourism Department is doing a great job, which is more than my state Tamil Nadu. Odisha is hosting so many dance festivals and inviting artistes. The state has fantastic textiles,  art, craft, architecture, folk music, classical music and tribal traditions. Everything is so intense in the state. - Anita Ratnam
-  Deepsha Rath, The New Indian Express, 15 June 2013
http://newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/From-classical-to-contemporary/2013/06/15/article1635616.ece


Dance fest: Mesmerising concoctions meet mind-blowing concepts
The Pioneer, Bhubaneswar, 14 June 2013
http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/bhubaneswar/dance-fest-mesmerising-concoctions-meet--mind-blowing-concepts.html


Contemporary expressions
On the second evening, Anita Ratnam unravelled myriad expressions of womanhood through a fusion of Bharatanatyam and a variety of dance forms.
Diana Sahu, The New Indian Express, 15 June 2013
http://newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/Contemporary-expressions/2013/06/15/article1635622.ece



The dance disconnect
http://www.timescrest.com/culture/the-dance-disconnect-9589
- Malini Nair, The Times of India, January 12, 2013
Excerpts from the article
Choreographer Anita Ratnam agrees with Bali's point of view that if, as a woman and a citizen, she wants to express her distress and rage at the way of the world she would rather do it outside the realm of Bharatanatyam.

"Classical dances are rooted in a time when society was not complex and lines were clearly drawn between classes, castes and genders. That world is gone but classical dances continue to resonate those social structures, " she says explaining the disconnect.

There is more scope for, say, dance theatre to connect with social upheavals than Bharatanatyam, she says. "You can't stand on stage, in a typical dancer stance, attired in silk and gold and talk angrily about AIDS and rape. It simply does not work to suddenly weave a campaign into a jatti. That would serve neither cause, dance nor activism, " says Ratnam.

She points out that it takes a backbreaking amount of planning, conceptualising and outof-the-box thinking to pull classical dances into contemporary themes. But that will fall into the category of dance drama with strong, spoken words worked around dance movements. Pina Bausch, she recalls, was one such dancer who could do so - have women lying still on stage and get a male dancer to do push-ups around the stage to indicate sexual violence and stereotypes.

Ratnam presented her curated show Epic Women during the season in Chennai, showcasing artistes' interpretation of legendary mythical and historical female characters. The stories of Yashodhara, Frida Kahlo, Draupadi, Kunti, Hidimba, Helen, Kannagi and Sita were told using classical dance only as a grammar.


July 22 - 28, 2012
Anita Ratnam participated in working group for discussions and performance on RELIGION, MYTHOLOGY AND PERFORMANCE at the annual IFTR (International Federation of Theatre Research) conference titled MEDIATING THEATRE – Opera, dance, acting, research, new media and ritual, Santiago, Chile.
American Carnatic, Chilean Odissi

Akhila Krishnamurthy, The Times of India, September 8, 2012
http://www.timescrest.com/culture/american-carnatic-chilean-odissi-8742


Five in fashion
- Shalini Shah, The Hindu, Metroplus, Feb 6, 2012


Saluting womanhood
- Aishwarya Sati, The Hindustan Times, Feb 5, 2012


Panchvastra by Ritu Kumar
- Jaydeep Ghosh, The Sunday Standard, Feb 5, 2012


When Gandhari Walked the Ramp
- Prajakta Hebbar, indianexpress.com, Feb 4, 2012


Costume Drama
- Parul, The Indianexpress, Feb 2, 2012


The Dance of Renaissance
- Interview by Chitra Mahesh, Eve's Times, January 2012


Anita Ratnam & Pritha Ratnam presented 'ANDAL- ANDAL' at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore on Dec 21, 2011

Moods of Andal
- Vidya Saranyan, The Hindu, Dec 29, 2011
(Anita Ratnam & Pritha Ratnam)

Margazhi Report: Anita Ratnam
Amrutha Ananth, Dec 23, 2011


In their own voice - Waiting in the wings
Anita Ratnam, kvivekshankar.wordpress.com, Dec 13, 2011
http://kvivekshankar.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/anita-ratnams-views-on-dance-programmes/


MAD and DIVINE women, Natya Darshan Seminar presented by Kartik Fine Arts


Social fabrics
T.Krithika Reddy, The Hindu Metroplus, September 20, 2011
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/social-fabrics/article2468825.ece


Getting introduced to the world of folk tales
Prashanti Ganesh, Indian Express, City Express Section, Chennai, September 19, 2011
Images


Her flight path
Nita Vidyarthi, The Hindu, July 21, 2011
Well-known dancer Anita Ratnam shares the trajectory of her journey through Bharatanatyam
http://www.thehindu.com/arts/dance/article2281673.ece


Anita Ratnam, eminent classical dancer; Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai
- Business Daily from THE HINDU group of publications, Mar 5, 2010
http://www.thehindubusinessline.in/2010/03/05/stories/2010030550691900.htm


Anita Ratnam - The Dancing Diva


Dance is a challenge!
by Jaywant Naidu, Deccan Post, Mar 25, 2011
Anita Ratnam was in Hyderabad to showcase her dance production 'Neelam… Drowning in bliss' organized by South Indian Cultural Association ( SICA). She spoke to Deccan Post about her creative pursuits.


ANITA RATNAM, Dancer
The Hindu, March 24, 2011
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-nxg/article1566242.ece


Response to Dance and Discussion on the Divine Feminine titled HER and BLISS…in chapters, by Anita Ratnam for Jnanapravaha, Mumbai on October 29 & 30, 2010
Details ; Responses


Presentation at DESH PRAVA: FESTIVAL OF PERFORMING ARTS on Oct 4, 2010 New Delhi
(Details)
A wealth so uncommon
by Leela Venkataraman, The Hindu, Friday Review Delhi, Oct 15, 2010


I’m Most Articulate When I Dance!
- Interview by Samrat Chakrabarti, Tehelka.com, Dec 12, 2009


Review of Anita Ratnam's performance at Pluralism and Performance : The Many Voices in Ramayana for Adishakti's Ramayana Festival
A Modern Presentation of Ramayana - Dance in three parts and comments By Anita Ratnam
- Vasanthi Sankaranarayanan, March 30, 2009


A week long unique workshop on dance writing
by Chethana Radhakrishna, Mysore


Responses to Ahalya, Once again stone
at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha's Natya Kala Conference 2008


Anita Ratnam: I am not an export artiste
- Lalitha Venkat, narthaki.com, Dec 3, 2008


Diva in Focus: Dance-Actor Anita Ratnam
http://idiva.com/news-work-life/diva-in-focus-danceactor-anita-ratnam/2328


People of Indian Origin - Anita Ratnam


Women of India - Anita Ratnam
http://www.whereincity.com/india/great-indians/women/anita-ratnam.php


Dances of India : Dancers : Anita Ratnam
http://dances.indobase.com/dancers/anita-ratnam.html

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  • Framing Five
  • Faces...blessed unrest
  • Neelam...Drowning in Bliss
  • Seven Graces.....the many hues of Goddess Tara
  • UTPALA...a thousand petals ...a thousand lives
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  • Naachiyar - mystic search for the divine
  • Daughters of the Ocean
  • Adhirohana - The Ascent
  • Movements Monuments
  • Gajaanana - The God of Good Things


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