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Workshops at Mumbai - November 9, 2003, @ Shanmukhananda Auditorium, Mumbai, for Shanmukhananda Sabha

A two-day dance symposium at Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha, Mumbai, on the occasion of its golden jubilee, was a major happening in the dance scene of Mumbai. Varied aspects of dance choreography were presented by teachers, dancers and young aspirants.

The details were well-received as reviewed below:
"Some of the best presentations came from certain local artistes, some of them from Chennai... Anita Ratnam impressed the audience immensely with a fluent communication of her ideas of contemporary technique for traditional themes. She was precise, and well co-ordinated in thought and action, bringing up her views on conceptualisation of the different ideas and strengthening them with appropriate visualisation. "Penne, Penne," describing the faceless female in society, the use of cloth at various points of depiction for "Penn", and again in Naachiyar and Panchajanyam and finally the depiction of a discordant nightmare with movement technique, were some of the examples shown by Anita to support her presentation. The lines, diagonal movements and working at different levels, like low, medium, upper and aerial, used in group productions, were explained."
- NANDINI RAMANI, The Hindu, Chennai, Friday, Nov 21, 2003

"Anita Ratnam is a very articulate person and builds a good rapport with her audience and conveys her ideas with felicity. She demonstrated how a length of cloth could serve as a wonderful prop...becomes a co-dancer and creates its own personality. The use of several other props that she had collected from around the globe; how space opens up different dimensions; working with various levels, were also demonstrated by her."
- NARTANAM, A Quarterly Journal of Indian Dance, Oct.- Dec. 2003

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