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Arattarnagetram Fifth Episode – Part III

Dr. Rathna Kumar
Dr. Rathna Kumar

Welcome to the fifth episode of Arattarangetram. From this episode, we will split each episode as three parts and post it one every week from today, so that viewers have ease of viewing. Links to Part I and Part II. And from this episode we have a quiz/question for the viewers. Watch out at the end of the video for details!!!

Special Guest: Dr. Rathna Kumar, Anjali Center for Performing Arts, from Houston, Texas.

0:00 – Raj’s question to Rathna Kumar “How she started Anjali center for performing arts in 1975 and the dance scene in texas: then and now

07:29 – Dancing to recorded music

08:51 – Name of the school as “Anjali”

10:40 – Major changes in dance from 1975 and now in USA, and in general

Subha and Raj’s segment

18:10 – Devil’s advocate topic “Organizing arts is not taken seriously in India, unlike in USA where it is more streamlined

Topics covered:

  • Established and upcoming sabhas/organizations
  • Applying to dance festivals and events
  • Accountability of money
  • NRI dancers and “Green Dollars”
  • A standard for measuring dancers – lack of it
  • Applying for grants for inviting artists to perform in USA
  • Network of dance organizations in US vs India
  • Agents/Impresarios in classical dance – A good career choice?
  • Rasika base in chennai vs other places

33:42 – Rapid fire round to Rathna Kumar by Subha

43:53 – Advice to young dancers

45:27 – Quiz question to viewers “What is the crown of Nataraja made of?“. Send us your answers by commenting in this blog/video or in our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/399141770149481/)

Arattarangetram Fifth Episode – Part II

Dr. Rathna Kumar
Dr. Rathna Kumar

Welcome to Arattarangetram’s fifth episode. Here is the Part II of this episode. Part I can be found here. And from this episode we have a quiz/question for the viewers. Watch out at the end of the video in Part III for details!!!

Special Guest: Dr. Rathna Kumar, Anjali Center for Performing Arts from Houston, Texas.

Raghu’s segment – Dance History

0:00 – Brief history about the other famous devadasi – a contemporary of Balasaraswati – Chennai Swarna Saraswathi

3:50 – Discussion about her and devadasi costumes in general

6:08 – Rathna Kumar’s experience of seeing/witnessing Balasaraswati’s dance and other legends while growing up in Chennai.

8:22 – Her views about teaching and her passion. Her mother, her grandmother and her family’s influence in her life.

15:48 – Raghu’s question to Rathna Kumar “Being a child artist in film industry and a classical dancer, what is your views on current portrayals of classical dance in Indian movies“. Discusses about Sai-Subbulakshmi.

21:20 – Future of classical dance – There is hope!

23:43 – Anecdotes from her days of being a child movie star.

25:23 – Sharing anecdotes of her interaction with actor Kamal Hassan

Watch out for Part III of the Fifth episode and the quiz at the end.

Arattarangetram Fifth Episode – Part I

Dr. Rathna Kumar
Image Courtesy: http://www.anjalicenter.org/images/rathna.founder.gif

Welcome to the fifth episode of Arattarangetram. From this episode, we will split each episode as three parts and post it one every week from today, so that viewers have ease of viewing. And from this episode we have a quiz/question for the viewers. Watch out at the end of the Part III video for details!!!

Special Guest: Dr. Rathna Kumar, Anjali Center for Performing Arts, from Houston, Texas.

0:00 – Introduction of Dr. Rathna Kumar

2:25 – Rathna Kumar talking about her experiences in Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi; overcoming hurdles in life. What dance means to her and her mother’s encouragement

Madhana’s segmentYoutubeaanubhava

11:43 – Discussing about the video clip “Swaralaya”
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRhCbGTf7Po)

13:39  – Discussing Alarmel Valli’s dance and her art

19:17 – Discussing one another video of Alarmel Valli of her Abhinaya in the “Lament for a Fallen Warrior” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7H_-lW-PMY). Discussing the imagery Alarmel Valli creates in her dance. Alarmel Valli’s musicality and importance of music in dance.

29:34 – Madhana’s question to Rathna Kumar. “What is your opinion for a dancer, who has learnt more than one dance form, should do to avoid influences of ine art form over another?

33:47 – Rathna Kumar’s gurus: K J Sarasa and Vempati Chinna Satyam. Their roles in her formative years ans her experience with them. Sharing anecdotes about the way her gurus drove their standards in a student.

42:31 – Importance of a guru in life and her loss of losing them in the same year.

45:38 – her upcoming performance in Krishna Gana Sabha this season

Do lookout for the second part of this episode next week!!! Also, send us your comments and views