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Ganesha Chaturthi Greetings

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Natyaangan has brought us in a virtual setting, assembled in a dance foyer, located somewhere in cyberspace. We offer our prayers to Lord Ganesha to help us work and grow with his blessings, so that we continue to experience the joy of dance in all its glory and splendour. In an act of daring, I...Read More

Countdown to …

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16th July is the date Kala Bharati was founded 39 years ago. Just spent Thursday, the 16th of July, doing exactly what Bans and I did every year, ever since 1981, which was to revisit moments, memories and mementos of our lives in alien soil with Kala Bharati, in as Bans would put it ‘ Ananda Bhava’. Our lives are dotted with these...Read More

Past Forward with Guri ji & Amma

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There are moments in one’s life when destiny smiles in the face of adversity. One such moment came in my life when I had an accident in1969, which left me with a permanent injury and brutally cut me off from performing Bharata Natya. Some of my well-wishers helped me to overcome the initial shock and despair by encouraging, to the point of coaxing and goading me , to teaching Bharata Natya in Montreal. “What a formidable task to undertake” I thought at the time; but, as if by divine intervention, my gurus, U.S. Krishna Rao and U.K. Chandrabhaga Devi (Guruji and Amma to me) appeared on the horizon just when I needed them most, to provide guidance and inspiration and above all, to help regenerate my passion for dance....Read More