World Dance Day, 29th April
A NeoNarthaki Special Feature
In this special feature, we asked five young dancers to respond to, two intriguing questions about classical dance today. Their insightful and thought-provoking answers shed light on the challenges, opportunities, and trends that are shaping the classical dance world. From the need to re-think our learning spaces to changing the way our festivals are curated, our dancers shared their perspectives on the current state and future of this art form.
Keeping Therukoothu Alive
An interview with P. Thilakavathi
In this issue of NeoNarthaki, we interview P. Thilakavathi, a proponent of the traditional form of street theatre in Tamil Nadu known as ‘Therukoothu’. Thilakavathi talks about her journey with Therukoothu, the challenges she deals with and the future of the art form.
Let’s Chat (GPT) about the Performing Arts
Irrespective of your area of work or where you live, you most likely have heard of ChatGPT, the AI chatbot that has taken the world by storm. It is today the fastest growing consumer app in human history. Does ChatGPT threaten to replace human skill and creativity? Or can it be used as a supportive tool that handles specific tasks, leaving the human mind to invest in more creative work? ! But, what is its relevance for the art world? More specifically, what could be the impacts of ChatGPT on the performing arts?
Perspectives on Sexual Abuse in the Arts
In the wake of the sexual harassment charges by students of Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts at Kalakshetra Foundation, Bharata Kalanjali, a leading Bharatnatyam institution in Chennai held a panel discussion on the 10th of March 2023 titled "Perspectives on Sexual Abuse in the Arts." The session brought together artists, students, social workers and arts professionals, to discuss how the ecosystem can come together to address this issue. This article covers some key takeaways from the discussion.
Book recommendations from NeoNarthaki
Contemporary Dance in India Today by Annette Leday is a captivating book that offers a comprehensive and insightful overview of the landscape of contemporary dance in India. Drawing on her extensive experience and deep involvement in the Indian dance scene, Leday provides a compelling narrative that delves into the history, evolution, challenges and opportunities of contemporary dance in India.
Looking to expand your dancing horizons? We share here a list of curated opportunities for dancers. From festivals to workshops to residencies, we present relevant opportunities for dancers to learn, grow and connect with the world of dance!
Serendipity Arles Grant, 2023
Warrier Foundation's Dance Residency, December 2023
Ganga Mahotsav, Varanasi
Soorya Festival, Kerala
Meenakshi Thirukalyanam, Madurai