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Montreal, May 25th 2010 Dear friends, While in Kolkata I revaluated and reassessed so many aspects of the big city and Bengali culture during this past sojourn. It has been somewhat of a rediscovery and, possibly a discovery. Still, and this is the purpose of this letter, I want to focus on what, I see...Read More


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BULAADHAR is a painting by Premola Ghose of IIC, Delhi,  Celebrating Resonances in Cultural Diversity. This gift from  Premola  will serve as Kala Bharati logo for  activities related to building bridges to promote  goodwill and harmony through cultural activities. With hope and joy we look forward to bringing together people  from other cultures and  different...Read More


  Dance Colloque based on article written by Dr. Harbans Nakra: Bharata Natya Nritya, Nritta, and Natya (link to article) Comments received via E-mail Michel Laverdiere: Mamata asked me if I enjoyed Nritta as much as Nritya. Actually, I used a comparison with modern and contemporary art: many people will never understand anything to Jackson...Read More


What a wonderful contribution you have made to the literature in dance education. The connection between neuroscience and a developmental approach to dance education is certainly the 21st century frontier for the field, and people who can translate the science for dance educators are very much needed...Read More


I think the strength of your book is that it puts very simply the functioning of the brain and the aspects of development through tailored physical activity...Read More


The present study is an important contribution to dance studies. With a scientific approach, the author has shown many ways in which dance training can serve to develop and enhance functions of the human brain-behaviour system. Dance training as a subject more than adequately satisfies the criterion for its inclusion in the school curriculum...Read More


A group of seven Bharata Natya dancers trained at Kala Bharati and based in Montreal, were the first ones to view Shishu Sadhana. I thought it was fitting to share the first viewing of the items with them, as they are the custodians of the Kala Bharati tradition to whom Shishu Sadhana is being bequeathed. I was naturally, delighted to note the excitement in their voices when commenting on each of the items. Their positive and enthusiastic response was indeed reassuring...Read More


Among my many dancer friends, Mamata Niyogi-Nakra, has devoted detailed and meticulous attention to dance training for children. She has put her thoughts in a book form with illustrations and she takes the reader gently into her creative journey, in reader friendly text. The book Shishu Sadhana and the DVD accompanying it has been a result of more than a quarter of a century’s involvement with teaching Bharata Natya in Montreal...Read More


Among the few efforts to create a corpus of items for children, Mamata-Niyogi Nakra’s `Shishu Sadhana’ is unique...Read More