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Sashtiabda Poorthi of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha
26 December, 2015

- Sukanya Kumar The venue wore a brand new look with newly varnished cane chairs and cushions added for seating comfort. Many luminaries from the performing art field had... read more

Life-time achievement award conferred on Shobana
14 December, 2015

Bhavan’s Natya Utsav, 2015 was inaugurated at Bhavan’s TAG Auditorium located inside Rajaji Vidyashram, Kilpauk on 12th December, 2015 evening. The lighting of the Kuthuvilakku by eminent dignitaries to the... read more
Thematic Presentation by Kum. Aishwarya and Kum. Soundarya Twin Sisters
22 March, 2015

Vande Vasudevam, Thematic Dance ballet Watching this duo on stage, would have amazed audience and left them with various guess- mirror image! Graphics! Animation! and what not??? When asked,... read more
Ardhanari
16 March, 2015

Ardhanari – Where totality lies beyond duality
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Virataparvam - Part 2 - Dance ballet by AnithaGuha
16 January, 2015

- Sukanya Kumar The second part of the Mahabharata episode about the Pandava’s exile after the gambling game was presented as VirattaParvam, meaning the time frame spent with King... read more

Delightful dancing
06 January, 2015

-Sukanya Kumar Qualified professionally in accounting, international finance, fine arts and economics, Ashwini found her calling as a full time Bharatanatyam performer. A disciple of Jayanthi Subramaniam, she has... read more

Vanaparvam - Part 1 - Dance ballet by AnithaGuha
06 January, 2015

-Sukanya Kumar After the success of Ramayana last year, GuruAnithaGuha has come up with two parts of another great epic, the Mahabharata. The productions are being staged in 18... read more

SPANDA
30 December, 2014

-Sukanya Kumar “I can never perform here in Krishna Gana Sabha without remembering Yagnyaraman Sir and his generosity to dancers” thanked Leela Samson in her opening address. Without much ado... read more

Veda Bharati
26 December, 2014

-Sukanya Kumar  The bharatham begins with a bang, very apt when it talks of the essence of the Vedas seen in Bharaiyaar’s writings. The theme was introduced and explained... read more

Doctor turned dancer
25 December, 2014

- Sukanya Kumar It is heartening to see talented artistes from across the globetaking pains to pursue Indian classical art forms which we locals take for granted. One such... read more

THE NATYA DARSHAN : Lotuses Blossom-The Creative Process - Day 3
22 December, 2014

- Sukanya Kumar Padmashri Malavika Sarukkai, Convener of Natya Darshan opened the day saying “The audience has witnessed seven premiers; that is a lot to take.” She had restrained... read more

THE NATYA DARSHAN : Lotuses Blossom-The Creative Process - Day 2 Morning
21 December, 2014

- Sukanya Kumar The day opened with the convener Padmashri Malavika Sarukkai recapturing the previous day’s events. “In the evening session the lotus petals went wide accepting plurality. Be alert... read more

THE NATYA DARSHAN : Lotuses Blossom-The Creative Process - Day 2 Evening
21 December, 2014

-Sukanya Kumar Some evenings leave an everlasting impact, they are remembered and cud chewed long after. This was undoubtedly one of them. Shijith Nambiar’s Bharatanatyam opened with a Nrittaitem that... read more

THE NATYA DARSHAN : Lotuses Blossom-The Creative Process - Day 1
20 December, 2014

- Sukanya Kumar The scintillating performance of this year’s curator, Padmashri Malavika Sarukkai on the 18th evening was a tempting teaser to the theme that would follow in the... read more

Bhavan's Naatya Utsav
16 December, 2014

- V.V. Ramani Alarmel Valli has been a Shining Star in the arena of classical dance and has won accolades and acclaim the world over for her bharathanatyam performance.... read more

Fire And Ash
27 November, 2014

- V.V.Ramani Justus Repertory recently presented the programme aptly titled Fire and Ash under the auspices of Kartik Fine Arts. The show featured three main artists – Gowri Ramnarayan, (who... read more

MATHRUBHYO NAMAHA
10 October, 2014

- G. Ramanujem

Soulful dancing marked AkshayaArunkumar’svibrant, evocative and graceful presentation of MATHRUBHYO  NAMAHA – “Salutation to the Mother” Senior Guru Krishnakumari Narendran’s student Akshaya’s thematic presentation for ICCR... read more

Upanishad Bharatham
20 August, 2014

-Sukanya Kumar  Come August-September it is time for the annual Bharatanatyam thematic festival, a major event in Chennai’s cultural calendar, hosted by Natyarangam, the dance wing of NaradaGanaSabha (NGS) since... read more

Delightful Dance
07 April, 2014

-Sukanya Kumar  From the word go to the conclusion, Akshaya’s dance performance was joyous and energetic. Disciple of Krishnakumari Narendran this aspiring engineer has been training at the Abhinaya Natyalaya... read more

Natyasangraham 2014 Revisited
17 February, 2014

-Sukanya Kumar Amidst a busy life with multiple commitments, college, tests, exams and performances; comes the Natyasangraham camp! A reprieve for most young dancers, to delve deeper into the... read more

Mahalakshmi Ashwin's lively dance recital
15 January, 2014

Mahalakshmi Ashwin is an alumnus of Kalakshetra and is an illustrious Bharathanatyam Guru. She also manages the activities of TAPAS Academy as its director. When it comes to performances, she... read more
Young Krutika impressed the audience
15 January, 2014

Krutika Raju, a disciple of Guru Deepa Balaji, presented a Bharathanatyam performance that was effervescent right from the start commencing with Oothukkadu Venkata Kavi's Sri Vignarajam Bhaje in Gambeera Nattai.... read more
Young Apoorva captivates at Vani Mahal
08 January, 2014

Apoorva who had done her Arangetram in April 2012, captivated the audience when she gave a dance recital on 5th January, 2014 at Vani Mahal. The items presented were Andal... read more
NKC - Cross rhythms
03 January, 2014

-Sukanya Kumar  Melapadam by Sadanam K Harikumar was the opening session. The difference between talas in Carnatic practice and Melapadam tradition were highlighted. Harikumar while playing beats with the... read more

NKC - Silence
03 January, 2014

-Sukanya Kumar  As the conference opened, convener Priyadarsini Govind introduced Astad Deboo, the artiste “to whom rhythm has travelled inward to silence.” Astad Deboo demonstrated this inward experience. “How I... read more

NKC - Rhythm in the context of the popular
03 January, 2014

 -Sukanya Kumar  The concluding day of Natya Kala Conference at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (KGS) began with a book release by Padmashri Dr. Kanak Rele, the first copy was... read more

Energetic Evening
02 January, 2014

-Sukanya Kumar Sandhya Raju’s charming and energetic rendition of solo Kuchipudi performance at Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan’s Tag centre was an aural and visual treat. Having performed her ‘rangapravesham’ in 2006,... read more

Srilanka shines
02 January, 2014

-Sukanya Kumar They began with a brisk thirupugazh in praise of Lord Muruga followed by Tyagaraja’s pancharatna keerthanam Sadinchane set in Varnam format. Coordinated movements, concise jathis and catchy finishing... read more

Shiva Skandam
02 January, 2014

-Sukanya Kumar  It was a riot of colors, dancers of different age groups clad in traditional hues of maroon, green and sandalwood costumes danced in well rehearsed unison. Shri Krupa... read more

Natya Kala Conference - Devotion in Rhythm
02 January, 2014

-Sukanya Kumar  The day opened with Padmabhushan Swapnasundari’s lecture demonstration “We pray this way. Rhythm in Vilasini Natyam Temple Rituals”  Her first question was “Why is tala critical in devotional... read more

Natya Kala Conference - Ceremonial in Rhythm
02 January, 2014

-Sukanya Kumar The day began with melodious music by, in the words of the Convener Priyadarsini Govind, “the Madras Pianist” Anil Srinivasan. He was accompanied by Kanjira that he introduced... read more

Nritya Samrachana
31 December, 2013

-Sukanya Kumar The name said it all!  Nritya Samrachana, the three day lecture demonstration series hosted by Sruti magazine and Apsara Arts Singapore at the Tattvaloka auditorium, Tenampet was... read more

Smitha Madhav - Bharatanatyam
31 December, 2013

-Sukanya Kumar  The first thing that strikes the viewer at Smitha Madhav’s performance is her perfect physique suitable for a dancer. Decked in a deep green costume embellished with... read more

Deepika Potarazu - Kuchipudi
31 December, 2013

-Sukanya Kumar   Melodious music filled the auditorium from the strands of the veena as Deepika began her Kuchipudi presentation at the Bhavan’s Tag Centre, Kilpauk on the final day... read more

Sandeepa Palit - Odissi
31 December, 2013

-Sukanya Kumar  The curtain opened to a backdrop of Lord Jagannatha the presiding deity of Orissa. An artiste with a pakhawaj drum entered and played for the God and... read more

TRIPADA
30 December, 2013

- by V.V.Ramani

K.S.R. Anirudha had made his mark as a percussionist  winning accolades and awards. The active, vibrant creative spirit in him had a larger vision... read more

Soaring High
28 December, 2013

-Sukanya Kumar  They fluttered, felled and flew around, dancers representing seagulls and the centre character Jonathan Livingston Seagull played by Sumithra Subramaniam. Jayanthi Subramaniam and her disciples of Kala Darsana... read more

Natya Kala Conference Commenced
28 December, 2013

- Sukanya Kumar The 33rd Natya Kala conference hosted by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (KGS) was inaugurated by Prof C V Chandrasekhar on December 26. The theme of the... read more

Namah Sivaya Vazhga
28 December, 2013

- Sukanya Kumar Padmini Krishnamurthy from Muscat presented solo thematic bharatnatyam. The subject she had taken was Shiva. She opened with Namah Sivaya Vazhga, invocatory item with elements of... read more

Purush has arrived
24 December, 2013

- Sukanya Kumar The much talked about and awaited third chapter in a trilogy of Natya Darshan, the annual conference and performance conclave hosted by Karthik Fine Arts in... read more

Purush - Felicitations
24 December, 2013

- Sukanya Kumar  So what makes a good dancer; gender, artistry or sexuality? “Bharatanatyam is a global style where the central ethos is that of the Guru-Sishya parampara” said Dr.... read more

Purush finale
24 December, 2013

- Sukanya Kumar  It was a beautiful morning that started off at 8.30 with melting music by Anil Srinivasan (Classical Piano) and Sikkil C Gurucharan (Vocal). Dr. Anita Ratnam... read more

PURUSH - The Global Dancing Male
19 December, 2013

                                              - by  V.V.Ramani  The spot light... read more

Rainbow of colors from Russia
19 December, 2013

-Sukanya Kumar   It was a warm ambience on a chilly evening.  In the words of His Excellency Mr. Nikolay Listopadov, Consul General of Russian Federation in South India “It... read more

Hon'ble Chief Justice of India inaugurates Bhavan's Naatya Utsav 2013
16 December, 2013

Bhavan’s Naatya Utsav 2013 was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India Sri P Sathasivam, at the Bhavan’s TAG Auditorium at Kilpauk, Chennai. This Utsav had been got up... read more
Maathru Devo Bhava
11 November, 2013

Maathru Devo Bhavaa, a dance production by the Parashah group comprising well known artistes Priya Murle, Roja Kannan, Aswathy and Srikanth, was an offering to express their reverence to universal... read more
Yagnyaraman Fest at KGS Bommalattam - Pulling Strings, Joyfully
04 July, 2013

The day, 1st of July,  happened to be the birth day of Sri Yagnya Raman, the founder of Krishna Gana Sabha (KGS) one of the oldest Sabhas in existence in... read more
Dance recital of Ms. Shrutilaya Ramesh for Kartik Fine Arts at Narada Gana Sabha
28 January, 2013

A review by Ganapathy Narayanan
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Shrutilaya Ramesh, senior disciple of Smt. Roja Kannan gave a confident and mature dance recital under the auspices... read more
Lava Kusa - Bharathanatya Natakam by Mahalakshmi Ashwin
21 January, 2013

Lava Kusa - Bharathanatya Natakam by Mahalakshmi Ashwin was staged recently here at Chinmaya Heritage Centre, Chennai. Written by Ashwin Kumar Iyer, Songs tuned in by P B Srirangachari and... read more
EPIC WOMEN - Hema & V.V. Ramani
16 January, 2013

It was a Magnum opus! The four day Natya Darshan Conference performance conclave titled Epic Women presented by Karthik Fine Arts & Arangham Trust had a galaxy of over 30... read more
Thennadudaya Sivane Potri - Messiah of Morals
03 January, 2013

By Saraswathi Vasudevan  A colourful spray of bhavas, ragas and talas defining classical Bharatanatyam suffused to unfold a spiritual journey all while reminding us of our values of... read more

Yashoda Thakore - A Graceful exposition of Vilasini Natyam
17 December, 2012

- Nayikaa. V. Grace and emotive clarity were prominent features of Yasoda Thakore’s Vilasini Natyam for The Sri Krishna Gana Sabha. A talented performer of the Kuchipudi style, she... read more

The Season 2012- 2013: Looking Ahead
08 December, 2012

Music and dance lovers gear up for the rich fare of concertsas December dawns in Chennai. The very air is resonant with swaras and sollukattus as each part... read more
Priyadarshini G - by Nayikaa V
22 August, 2012

Priyadarshini G - Student of Suryanarayana Moorthy - under the auspices of Gana Mukunda Priya

Often one sees glitzy displays of dance in the name of Bharatanatyam... read more

Anuka King's Performance - by Nitya .V
03 August, 2012

Anuka has been training with guru Shobana Bhalchandra and Guru Bragha Bessell (for abhinaya). At present aged 16 , Anuka has been learning Bharathanatyam since she was 5... read more
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