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December 19, 2015

Bhakti theatre offering every 3rd Saturday at Aangana, Bimba the Art Ashram
A new storytelling theatre form in the Aangana open air Space
Garudaagamana - Grandeur of arrival of Mahavishnu (English/ Chants)
by solo artist Deepika Dorai in classic live dramatic storytelling.
42 Ratna Vilas road, near Nagsandra circle, Basavanagudi
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November 18, 2015

Application for empanelment of events with the Ministry for Festival of India.
The events in Festival of India generally include dance, Music, Theater, Films, Food, Literary Festival, Yoga demonstration, Folk Arts (i.e., Mehendi), Performing Arts, Exhibitions and workshops etc.

November 13, 2015

Press Meet and Curtain Raiser of TAALI HO - 1st International Qawwali Festival 2016 organized by Krishna Prerna Charitable Trust and Mr. Arun Budhiraja on 14th November 2015 (Saturday) from 4 PM onwards at India Islamic Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

Qawwali has always been associated with shrines of sufi saints and Sufi Qawwali music and Krishna Prerna Charitable Trust gives you an opportunity to be in a trance like state. The event will be graced by the performances of renowned singers in the world of sufi music from both India and Pakistan who together will strike chords with their soulful music and will take us to an another world.
1. Qawwali Maestros Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad from Pakistan, have given a different meaning to ‘Qawwali’. Belonging to the best known gharana of Qawwali, namely: 'Qawwal Bachon ka Gharana' of Delh; are nationally and internationally acclaimed as one of the best Qawalls of the sub-continent.
2. Nizami Brothers (Ghulam Sabir Nizami and Ghulam Waris Nizami) from India, one the most famed Qawwali singers in the Sufi style, Astana Gayki as well as the modern Qawwali tradition who belong to the legendary Sikandrabad Gharana, which gave Indian Musical Giants such as Ustad Qudratulla Khan Sahab and Ustad Kifayatullah Khan Sahab. Nizamis have been performing for the past several generations at the Dargah Sharif of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia in Delhi.

November 10, 2015

NIRAM THIRAM 2015 - A Festival of Traditional Indian Textiles and Crafts
Kalakshetra Foundation hosted the 2nd edition of Niram Thiram, a festival dedicated to and celebrating the rich array of traditional textiles and crafts of India. This year the theme of the exhibition was Embroidery and Pottery.

Shrujan Trust, an NGO working in Kutch presented "Embroideries of Kutch", a curated audio and visual installation featuring the exquisite and varied embroideries from the Kutch region of Gujarat.
Venue: CERC, Kalakshetra
Date: 18th to 21st November 2015
Timings: 10 am to 6 pm

The festival and the Installation was inaugurated on 18th November at 4 pm.
Alongside this installation, there were workshops in embroidery and pottery, conducted by traditional crafts persons from Kutch and Hubli and contemporary ceramics practiced at Kalakshetra.
- 18th November: Kutch embroidery - Smt Gitaben Haribhai Meriya
- 19th November: Kutch pottery painting - Smt and Shri Hasambhai Umar Khumbar from Lodai, Kutch
- 20th November: Kasuti embroidery - Smt. Tara Hulamani from Hubli
- 21st November: Pottery - by Shri Gukan Raj, Kalakshetra’s in house ceramist
Venue: CERC, Kalakshetra
Date: 18th November to 21st November 2015 / Phone : +91 44 2452 0836/1169/1170

November 2, 2015

US Orchestra performed Dikshitar Compositions
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's performance of India's brilliant composer, Dikshitar's works, melharmonically arranged by Chitravina N Ravikiran
Melharmony Festival on November 7 and 8 featured Muttuswami Dikshitar (1775-1835) and his Western Classical contemporary, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). While it is well known that both Dikshitar and Beethoven were highly admired and prolific composers in their respective systems, this festival provided a huge opportunity to connoisseurs of both Western and Eastern cultures to gain a glimpse of both under one roof. The three pieces presented were Parvati patim (raga Hamsadhwani), Shree kantimateem (Hemavati) and Shree saraswati hite (Manji).

Thanks to the introduction of Melharmony in world music, hundreds of Indian ragas can go truly global and be presented by even Western Classical orchestras over the coming years in a much deeper manner. Melharmony is defined as "harmony based on rules of highly evolved melodic systems such as Indian classical" and differs sharply or subtly from almost all other East-West fusion endeavours including contemporary and Bollywood music.
Melharmony is a creation of noted Indian musician-composer, Chitravina N Ravikiran
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October 30, 2015

Kalanand Contest 2016 for Emerging Artists
Prestige, Sanman, Glamour. Rs. 1 crore in 500+ Prizes!
10 Categories:
Pencil Drawing, Painting Sculpture, Ceramics, Printmaking, Digital Art, Installation, Photography, Tapestry/Textiles and Folk Art
Agenda for Kalanand Functions:
3pm to 5 pm Artists meet and show of Award Winning Works.
5 pm to 6.30pm Formal Award Giving Function
7 pm to 8 pm Laghu Raga, Classical Music Feast by Pandit Satyasheel Deshpande

October 26, 2015
Aadipuranam and Shakthipuranam story - Cheriyal scroll painting
Around 150 years old. Size - 28 feet width x 3 feet height

Saving the art of Cheriyal painting
- Jaywant Naidu,, 9 Feb 2014
Traditional Cheriyal paintings are very interesting way of storytelling and artist Merugoju Madhu is trying hard to save this dying art form.

October 15, 2015
The annual all night performance KAISIKI NATAKAM took place at the Nambi temple, Thirukurungudi, Tamilnadu on November 22, 2015 from 6pm onwards. It was the 17th year of revival. Anita Ratnam, through her cultural foundation Arangham Trust, has taken the responsibility of reviving this 13th century ritual performance, unique to this temple.

October 15, 2015

Retrospective exhibition from 16-20 Oct 2015 of the Life Works of JP SINGHAL, of a career spanning 60 years from 1954 to 2014
At: Sir JJ Institute of Applied Art, VT, Mumbai. Daily 11am to 6pm
About JP Singhal
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October 7, 2015

This series of video lessons by Acharyanet designed to educate all students of Carnatic Music, not only mridangam players. Prof Trichy Sankaran has drawn from his vast experience as an exemplary performer and teacher to give a clear understanding of the fundamental principles of mridanagam playing and laya, a great treasure for any student of music.
In this four-part series, Part 1 included an introduction to the Pudukottai bani/style of mridangam playing. This video has been made freely viewable for the benefit of all. Part 2 included an introduction to solkattus and basic exercises in various talas with examples of patterns in 5 or tadiginatoms. In Part 3 of this series, Prof Trichy Sankaran spoke about special right-hand and left-hand techniques used to create special effects in mridangam playing, characteristic of the Pudukottai style. He also explains the concept of mohras with examples in various talas.

October 6, 2015
9th edition of Delhi International Arts Festival
October 16 - November 1, 2015
The festival focussed on Look East segment with performances from China, Taiwan, Indonesia and Singapore; Look West segment with performances from the USA, Israel, Czech Republic, Spain, Mexico, Portugal, France and the United Kingdom, Central Asia with music and dance from Kyrgyzstan and Russia and West Asia included performances from Jordan, "Welcome Africa" and "Africa in India", with performances from African countries like Egypt, Ghana, Ethiopia, Zambia, Nigeria, Congo, Uganda and Kenya, along with the rich spread of Indian classical Dance Festival, Classical Music Festival, Folk Dance and Music events, World Music, Bands, Percussion and Choral Music Festival, Theatre Festival, Film Festival, Children’s Film Festival and World Arts Festival.
Venue: Purana Qila, New Delhi.

October 3, 2015
Rasalok 2015 starting Oct 13 all the days of Navarathri.
View invite ; About Rasalok
Bimba the Art Ashram

September 18, 2015

Sri Geetagovinda Parthishtan presented photo exhibition SPLENDOUR OF ODISSI by Dr. Susil Pani from Sep 26- Oct 4, 2015
At: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Exhibition Hall, Seaside Gate, next to the Hotel Promenade
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September 9, 2015
Kalasagar observed GURUSMARANADINAM (Preserving and Promoting Guru Shishya Parampara) on 14 Oct 2015 in fond memory of KALAMANDALAM KRISHNANKUTTY PODUVAL.

Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval who redefined and repositioned the place of the chenda in Kathakali once said "kathakali devoid of chenda is like an ocean devoid of waves". The veteran artiste's 23rd death anniversary falls on 14th October 2015. Kalasagar, an institution founded by Poduval is observing Gurusmaranadinam (Preserving and Promoting Guru Shishya Parampara) on 14 October with the support of Kalakshetra Foundation, at Rukmini Arangam, Kalakshetra, Tiruvanmiyur, Chennai when the living legendary Gurus viz. Prof.SR.Janakiraman, a Carnatic vocalist and a musicologist and Prof.CK.Balagopalan, eminent artist from Kalakshetra were felicitated by Kalasagar besides paying homage to visionary gurus Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval, Rukmini Devi Arundale Dr. APJ.Abdul Kalam and M S Viswanathan. Kalasagar also presented their new production DASAMUKHARAVANAN a Kathakali play. Eminenet personalities from the field of art and culture, theatre, scholar participated and payed homage to the gurus
- Rajan Poduval, Secretary, Kalasagar
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August 9, 2015
Vintage Tillanas series taught by Chitravina N Ravikiran - 6 brilliant Tillanas in Rakti ragas like Yadukulakambodhi, Surati, Shankarabharanam, Hamsanandi, Chenchurutti and Paras by Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi, Patnam Subramanya Iyer, and many other composers.

Aug 3, 2015
Rasalok Solo Still theatre of miniature art
Every Saturday at 630pm at Bimba The Art Ashram - a live masterly art show every saturday since July 2008
Kanakadasa - Ecstasy Enslaved (English/multilingual aspects- 90 minutes) by Deepika Dorai. A warrior shepherd turns poet saint (Kanaka Nayaka becomes Kanakadasa)
in Rasalok intimate theatre room - Aangana Bimba The Art ashram, 42 Ratnavilas road, Basavanagudi
Open to all ages adults and children above 6 years
Call Deepak 9886635069 for more details

Rasalok is a rare still classical theatre form enjoyed by adults and children alike. Now recognised as a solo still theatre form from Karnataka by the Central Govt and on only at Bimba the Art Ashram it is a very delicate and intricately handcrafted moment in time created once every year by the solo artist- a moment that comes alive through the composer- artist's own captivating stylised oral solo theatre performance

Jun 5, 2015
Certified online course conducted by Bombay Jayashri Ramnath at
Rhythms and Patterns with Notes in Carnatic Music
Rhythm and note patterns adorn Carnatic music, one of the richest forms of Indian Classical music. This certified online course - one of the first in the series of Carnatic Music Appreciation courses - offered by the renowned musician, Bombay Jayashri Ramnath, deals with these patterns that beautify Carnatic music. This set of lessons will serve as a good introduction to Carnatic music through the window of talams and the basic structure of those talams, learnt through swarams. This enriching online course is available for everyone who is keen on perceiving music aesthetically.

The course will be handled through video lectures. Videos are released in a systematic manner so that participants can stay in step with the class. Participants can discuss in Course circles and share their understanding.

May 11, 2015
Kalasagar celebrated the 91st birth anniversary of its founder, Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval by honoring the following artistes on May 28, 2015 at Edappally, Kerala.
Kathakali Vesham - Peesappilly Rajeev, Music - Kalamandalam Babu Namboodiri, Chenda- Kottakkal Prasad, Maddalam - Kottakkal Radhakrishnan, Chuttty - Kalamandalam Balan, Bharatanatyam- Kalamandalam Sugandhi, Mohiniattam - Kala Vijayan, Kuchipudi - Kalamandalam Sangeetha, Ottenthullal - Vayalar Krishnankutty, Koodiyattam - Vallachira C N Ramachakyar, Thayambaka - Kalanilayam Udayan Namboodiri. In Panchavadyam - Thimila - Kelath Kuttappa Marar, Maddalam - Kalamandalam Kuttynarayanan, Edakka - Thiruvalathoor Sivan, Thalam - Kalloor Raghu and Kombu - Kummath Ramankutty. The awardees have been selected through nominations received from art lovers.

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Mylapore Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple 10 day Panguni Festival was held from March 25 to April 4, 2015.
Temple Ph: 044-24641670


Ashok Munne is an amazing physical challenged gentleman who is now joining the paragliding program at from March 19 - 27 at Kamshet. More on Ashok Munne
He has lost his leg below the knee . He is climbing Mt Everest after May this year. He intends to fly down by Paragliding. He currently has no prior experience with flying and now has signed up for a Elementary Pilot + Club Pilot course.
Paragliding off the Everest has been done before, but it will be a first for an amputee. The extreme low temperatures, lack of air and the weight of the equipment will make it a herculean task.

Chidambaram Sri Natarajar temple Maha Kumbhabisheka Festival

April 22 - May 4, 2015
Pooja details

Natya-Nataka Vizha
presented by Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram in collaboration with Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha
March 16 - 20, 2015, 6.30pm daily
Venue: Mahaswamigal Auditorium - Vani Mahal, 103, GN Road, T Nagar, Chennai 17.
- 16 March 2015
Hari Hara Sangamam by Ranganayaki Jayaraman's Sri Saraswathi Gana Nilayam
- 17 March 2015
Gnanaperuveli by Dhakshayani Ramachandran's Nrithyaarpana
- 18 March 2015
Easanadi Potri by Sreelatha Vinod's Anthara Centre for Performing Arts
- 19 March 2015
Tamizharasi Kuravanji by Revathi Ramachandran's Kala Sadhanalaya
- 20 March 2015
Andal Vaibavam by Divyasena's Divyanjali

Yugadi Vastraabharana Parva
8-21 March 2015
At Bimba The Art Ashram, 42 Ratna Vilas Road (DVG road corner), Near Nagasandra circle Basavangudi, Bengaluru 4

A sankalpa for vastrabharana
- Madhulika Gautama, The Hindu, Bengaluru, March 18, 2015

Purana Nataka Vizha
presented by Tamilnadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram in collaboration with Narada Gana Sabha Trust
March 8 - 12, 2015, 6.30pm daily
Venue: Sathguru Gnanananda Hall, 314, TTK Road, Chennai 18
- 8 March 2015
D.Balasundaram's Tamizharasan Theatres - Sri Krishna Darisanam
- 9 March 2015
Madurai Tamilnadu Nataka Nadigar Sangam - Bakthapragalatha
- 10 March 2015
KRS Kumar's Nataka Kavalar Kalaikoodam - Avadaarapurushar Sri Ramanujar
- 11 March 2015
Chan Basha's Devi Kalaikoodam - Karaikkal Ammaiyar
- 12 March 2015
Natakapani Arunagiri's Gangai Kalalaya - Killivalavan Kaadal

Feb 17, 2015
The Brahan Natyanjali Foundation conducted its consecutive twelth year International Dance festival at the World Heritage Monument, Thanjavur Big Temple for seven days from 17 Feb 2015 to 23 Feb 2015.

Feb 14, 2015


Feb 1, 2015
* Graffiti Workshop by PEARL academy at NIFA on 2nd Feb
* Workshop By Dag Hol on 5 feb 2015, 11:45am to 3:15pm
Renowned artist Dag Hol from Norway spent a day with students of NIFA (National Institute of Fine Arts, New Delhi). He gave a presentation about his working methods and also explained about contemporary art.
Contact: 09555112200, 09810130552
Venue: D-30, Lower Ground floor, Greater kailash enclave-II, New Delhi-110019

Feb 1, 2015
Kalasagar celebrates its anniversary as ORU PIRANLINTE ORMAKAI on May 28.
As part of the 91st birth anniversary observance of Chenda maestro Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval, Kalasagar honoured the artistes in the filed of Kathakali - Vesham, music, Chenda, Maddalam and Chutty as well as Ottenthullal, Chakyarkoothu, Koodiyattam, Bhratanatyam, Mohiniyattam, Kuchipudi, Thayambaka and Panchavadyam - Thimila, Maddalam, Edakka, Thalam and Kombu.