Thursday, 31 October 2013

New dance; from Roja, Priya, Srikanth and Aswathy

Four senior dancers - Roja Kannan, Priya Murle, N Srkanth and Aswathy are presenting a new production "Mathru Devo Bhava" on November 9, at The Music Academy. It will be staged at three other venues during the 'season'.

This production has been funded a scheme of the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India..

Roja Kannan says their production eulogises mothers and motherhood in the Bharatanatyam idiom.

Parashah is a group of like-minded artistes who say they would like to reach out to society through Natya, to communicate and to entertain. An acronym of its members (Priya, Roja, Srikanth and Aswathy) Parashah in Sanskrit means the alchemist's stone.

Their previous productions have been "Bharatha Samudaayam Vaazhgavay", "Meendum Bharathi"' Annaiyay Potri", "Ardhanareeswarar Kuravanji", and "Prapatti Margam".

The production is going to be staged in December -
Dec. 20 at Meenakshi Sunderajan Fest of Dance & Music at Meenakshi College, Kodambakkam. (Time not known yet.)
Dec.21. At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Festival of Dance at TAG Auditorium in Kilpauk at 7.30pm.
Dec.30. At  RASA Arpita Festival in Bapalal Bhavan. Thiruvanmiyur. 7.30 pm.

Photo provided by the dancers.

'Tripaada' is new dance production from Shree Bharatalaya

Bharatanatyam guru Sudharani Raghupathy's Shree Bharatalaya is premiering a new dance production this Season.
'Tripaada' has been conceived and charted out by her son, Aniruddha.

The background music and songs have been canned and rehearsals are on.

You may follow the buzz on this production at the Facebook page -

Kalarasana to feature the best

Kalarasana will hold its 31st Music Fest at the Tapovan Hall, off Harrington Road, Chetpet from December 14. Concerts are held only on the weekends and on Christmas and New Year's day.

And all concerts are by top grade artistes, from T M Krishna to Bombay Jayashri.

Tickets are sold at the gate.

You may call 2493 9539 / 93809 61671.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Purush: The Global Dancing Male / Lec-dems, recitals

Kartik Fine Arts & Arangham Trust present Purush: The Global Dancing Male at the sabha’s annual conference/performance conclave at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
It runs from December 18 to 22, 2013 in Chennai.

The pre-conference shows will be held at Alliance Francaise on Dec 18 and 19, 2013. The event is created and curated by Dr. Anita Ratnam (Artistic Director of Arangham Trust) and co-curated by Hari Krishnan (Professor of Dance, Wesleyan University, USA).

At the event, Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj will be decorated with the "Lifetime Achievement Award" instituted by Kartik Fine Arts.

While lectures and lec-dems are held in the mornings, the recitals are in the evenings. Among dancers on stage are Astad Deboo, Hari Krishnan, Birju Maharaj, A. Lakshman and Navtej Johar.
There is also a Therukoothu show at Nageswara Rao Park, Luz on Dec.21, 8pm - 10pm: ‘Draupadi Vastrapaharanam’ in Therukoothu by Purisai Doraiswamy Kannappa Thambiran Paramparai Therukoothu Manram

Morning sessions are free to all, evening shows are ticketed. The Therukoothu performance is free.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

T M Krishna's schedule; all his concerts are free

T M Krishna's schedule. As posted on his Facebook page.

December Music Season 2013
(Entry to all my concerts will be free ( as it was last year)
Please check exact timings with respective Sabha schedules)
Dec 3rd - Jaya TV (evening)
Dec 7th - Sruthilaya (evening)
Dec 10th - Vani Mahal ( evening)
Dec 13th - Mylapore Fine Arts Club ( morning)
Dec 15th - Mudra ( evening)
Dec 20th - Krishna Gana Sabha ( morning)
Dec 21st - Bharat Kalachar ( morning)
Dec 25th - Narada Gana Sabha (morning)
Dec 27th - Karthik Fine Arts ( evening )
Dec 29th - Kalarasana ( evening)

The November 'season'

If there is December, there is November too.

So festival organisers and ideas-people who are keen to stage their own shows but keep away from the crowded December calendar, today host festivals in November.

Carnatica's annual Bharat Sangeet Utsav brands its fest this way. This year, the fest opens on Nov.3 with a concert by Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna. Top artistes - T M Krishna, Sanjay Subrahmanyam and Sowmya, besides others will perform. Sikkil Gurucharan performs alongside flutist Rakesh Chaurasia.

At Narada Gana Sabha hall, Alwarpet. A section of the seats at the rear of the hall are free and open to all, first come first serve. Front row seats are ticketed.

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore also starts its music festival in mid-November and it features some top end artistes too. Concerts are free.

Kannan's pocket-book will be out in early December

Kannan and his little pocket-book of the December Season timetables will be out in early December.

He says he would like to have it out early but he still has to coax a few sabha heads to share the info quickly despite having been at it for years.

Kannan's book accommodates even the less known and 'seasonal' sabhas' time tables. And Nalli sponsors the useful book.

Demand for Season 2013 schedules

I intend visiting Chennai from Bahrain for this years Music festival. 
Please share the schedule for December 2013 when it becomes available.

This is Vijay Sunder's e-mail to us. It came a few days ago. One of the many in our In-Box.

It still need loads of prodding, cajoling and sweet-talking to get all leading sabhas to put out their schedules in October. Thankfully, a few have got smart.
And even posted the time table online.

We need to realise that the Season is an international fest and its actors must meet these standards and demands.

Welcome to Season 2013!

Welcome to December Season 2014.
As the city of Madras that is Chennai scurries to buy clothes, sweets and gifts for Deepavali festival this Saturday, November 2 we at KutcheriBuzz re-open our Season Blog for the second time.

The first edition was a big success if we consider the traffic that it generated as a yardstick. We hope to make this bigger this year with closer and wider coverage. And this year we are hoping to put the rasikas and the younger artistes at the heart of the coverage.

You are also invited to the party - after all online coverage is best done as a community driven exercise.

So you too are invited to share snippets, pictures and the buzz. Just make sure the notes are clear and snappy and the visuals, strong and sharp.
And let us avoid reviews.