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NEELAM...Drowning in Bliss - Press
A solo by Anita Ratnam
75 mins, 2006

Dance of devotion (Preview of Sep 3 show at NCPA, Mumbai)
- Nandini Bhaskaran, Mumbai Mirror, Sep 2, 2015

Mudras & Memories (Preview of Sep 3 show at NCPA, Mumbai)
It's a challenge to present & perofrm serious arts
- mid-day.com, Sep 2, 2015

In the eye of the beholder
- Anjana Rajan, The Hindu, February 27, 2014
Anita’s abhinaya was marked by subtlety of facial expression and economy of movement....
Besides the danced allusions of gesture and posture and movement were the visual allusions of the set and props: an installation of lotuses, an arrangement of parrots, garlands used by the dancer to convey a variety of meanings

Dance of devotion
- Interview by Utpal K Banerjee, The Pioneer, March 4, 2014
Danseuse Anita Ratnam tells Utpal K Banerjee that her production Neelam is billed as Neo-Bharatanatyam as she uses Mohiniyattam and Kathakali in her choreography

Dancing for Vishnu
- Mona Mehta, speakingtree.in, Mar 2, 2014

Reviving belief in mythology
Deccan Herald, Feb 26, 2014
Very strong feminine top and masculine bottom form, creates a tension that is at once is exciting and compelling. It continues through the four sequences of the presentation. Anita does a 10-minute Ramayana aalap and makes appropriate and effective use of props with the familiar, heart warming elements of the parrot, garland and Lakshman rekha that enjoy universal appeal with audiences across.

This interdisciplinary method of working with many artistes has given her productions a unique edge in her performance structures, challenging the role and space, for mature women as performing artistes in a global world, fuelled by youth and celebrity.

Her ability to connect through storytelling, musical theatre and gestures to a wide variety of audiences has enabled international assignments and diverse spaces

Unconventionally conventional
Ranee Kumar, The Hindu, Friday Review, Hyderabad, March 25, 2011
Anita Ratnam's performance focussed more on expression of 'madhura bhakti' in myriad and subtle ways.

Dancing her age
Ranee Kumar, The Hindu, Friday Review, Hyderabad, March 25, 2011
Anita Ratnam takes a walk through her eventful life and shows the message through her simplicity.

Breaking away from tradition
Deccan Chronicle, March 20, 2011
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Anita's ingenuity and creativity was all pervasive and conspicuous.....Her artistic magnificence glowed forth.....NEELAM fully showcased her consummate artistry in the exquisite choreography.
- M Surya Prasad, The Hindu, Bangalore

Neelam: Poetry in motion
Nambi and Sri, Andal and Madhusudhana, Krishna and Radha and finally, Rama and Sita are the characters who draw a historical arc from the 8th to the 18th centuries, creating moments of passion and devotion, re-imagined by Anita for a modern audience.
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- Ranjani Saigal Lokvani, Nov 13, 2007

Neelam - of skies, seas and the in-betweens…of the masculine, the feminine and the in-betweens…
- Aniruddhan Vasudevan, NARTANAM, Volume 7, Jan to Mar 2007
NEELAM represents a significant turning point in solo performances by a mature practitioner. In the confusing conundrum of modernity, Anita Ratnam's performance and articulation established a confident and honest clarity in word and action. A brilliant showcase of dance, theatre, music, lighting and visual design.
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Meditative atmosphere
- Anjana Rajan, Friday Review, The Hindu, Jan 19, 2007
Anita represents a significant stream of thought in Indian classical dance today: one which gives importance to the ritual and devotional tradition but which requires to internalise, in a sense, that tradition before performing it, to create art true to the self. She hinted at this when she mentioned that after a 12-year hiatus from the stage while away from India, she knew, by the time she returned, she could not remain a solo performer of the margam as before.
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"- the synergy creating a kind of magic with that ageless song, the dance and the mood of divinity it invoked for those few brief moments."
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- Chitra Mahesh, Deccan Chronicle, Sep 14, 2006

"The artiste, who scored on concept and creativity was Anita Ratnam in 'Neelam.' She used a ragam-tanam-pallavi format of Dikshitar's 'Rangapura vihara' sung by Sikkil Gurucharan to visualise Lord Ranganatha through the Ramayana and the Dasavatara legends. The imaginative use of the long, flower garland as a prop was another creative add-on. The frieze of Kothanda Rama was especially dramatic."
- Rupa Srikanth, Friday Review, The Hindu, Aug 18, 2006

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