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Issue 7

Aug 2021

As NeoNarthaki turns one, here's a quick recap of the year that went by

NeoNarthaki Turns One Today! We would like to thank you for being part of this growing community of young

dance-makers. We launched NeoNarthaki as an initiative that provides a safe and brave space for young dancers to navigate the world of performing arts, understand the nuances of the modern world, whilst staying in touch with their respective art forms. Like every other art form, dance continues to evolve along with those who practice it. Every dancer, despite level, age, experience or nationality, contributes to its growth.

This past year has been nothing short of an incredible learning experience for Team NeoNarthaki. We have featured some of the most talented and learned individuals from different walks of the arts, for interactions that proved to be insightful, enlightening and fulfilling. Be it the "Decode" campaign that addressed current issues in the sector, or the Ampersand discussions that highlighted artists who toggled dual careers, or the Kutty Kahani series by our little champs, or the Instagram Takeovers by some of the most exceptional artistic talents, it has been a truly wonderful journey. We would like to thank our artists, partners, followers, readers and well-wishers who have been an integral part of this first year journey. As we step into another year we will continue to present unique interactions with artists, create innovative learning spaces, provide opportunities to speak about the issues in the arts, while maintaining safe and brave space for the arts community to come together, learn and grow.

As we celebrate India's 75th Indian Independence day today we have a special article by Meghna Das, Odissi Dancer, on "Being Indian: Tradition in Modernity", a short re-cap of the NeoNarthaki's initiatives this past year, an insightful read on platforms for monetising art and more. We thank you once again and we hope you will continue with us in our journey.

Being Indian: Tradition in Modernity

By Meghna Das

As we mark 75 years of independent India, I find myself asking what it means to me to say I am proud of my nationality. We are living out a strange time in the history of our people – in between plenty and not enough, torn between pride and fear, more connected, but more divided, than ever. What is it that we root our pride in our Indianness to? 

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The Business of Arts
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Five Platforms that Enable Artists to Monetise Art

With the advent of the virtual medium as an alternative to live performing spaces, artists have been trying to establish a digital presence and connect with their audience through online platforms. 

We decided to do a quick roundup of some significant online avenues through which you could monetize your art and earn through the digital medium. 

Initiatives and Opportunities

  • #Ampersand is a series of live conversations with dancers who are pursuing parallel careers, moving and straddling across both worlds seamlessly. 

  • Dancer & Art Therapist, Brinda Jacob in conversation with Odissi Dancer, Meghna Das. Watch Here

  • Carnatic vocalist and Bharatanatyam dancer Sutikshna Veeravalli in conversation with Odissi Dancer, Meghna Das. Watch Here

  • To listen to more such conversations do visit NeoNarthaki's Instagram handle.

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