Monday, 6 January 2014

Thanks to the KB Team. Belated but well-deserved wishes.

As editor of KutcheriBuzz I slipped badly as we bade goodbye to Season 2013.
I overlooked my duty to say thank you to my team.

Apologies.

R Revathi not only filed reports and profiled some young talents who may well make a mark in the years to come but also contributed ideas and shared inputs as she did her own rounds of the sabhas this season. Thanks to her.

To photographer R Saravanan who criss crossed the sabhas, though limited by resources and hurried by demanding deadlines.
Thanks.

Thanks also to desk-based techperson Parameshwaran; he kept posting the pictures, videos and stories that heaped on his desk across December.

To designer Prema who doubled at her desk at Mylapore Times to prepare the KB Season's Daily. Thanks.

To our printers, Copyaid and Ratna Offset our thanks for keeping to deadlines.

To Circulation Exec Kathiravan and his team; they made sure the Guides and Daily got to the sabhas on time. Thanks. And to other colleagues at our offices here.

Thanks to our clients as advertisers in print and online. Their support was crucial to the ideas.

To all our readers, a great community deserves our thanks too.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Sun sets on Season 2013. Hard rethink must for the next. . .

The Music Academy decorated Bharatanatyam guru Chitra Visweswaran with its annual award on Friday evening. The occasion was also the launch of the Dance Fest of the Academy; some great artistes across the day for a few days.

Back to back shows in the evening. Costs Rs.250 a ticket and this created some heartburn among rasikas and artistes who expect their fans to troop in.

Elsewhere, dance recitals too root in the sabha halls, some drawing 50 to 100 rasikas, some just a handful. It helped if the host used smart and ingenuous methods to draw well wishers.

The music ebbed a bit and flowed at sabhas on the city's fringe - Madipakkam and Velachery and the like. These rasikas may be lucky if the voices of the best who will perform for them aren't sore or tired. It has been a sever winter by Madras standards....temps in the 22degrees region, lots of dew and the odd sprinkle.

NRIs fly back home, tired and happy and with mixed feelings. One well-wisher said he and his dancer wife who had her last show at a hall on the banks of the Adyar river would catch up sleep on the 18-hour flight.

NRIs are feeling the pinch too; if they lead a hectic performance and travel schedule at season time. They say prices have been rising at about 20%. The sting hurts even as expenses rise.

The Season has to get real in many ways. And as the sun sets on Season 2013, sabha heads, artistes and rasikas will have to rethink ways in which they can host shows, perform and enjoy smart even as times change, technology sways and tastes change.

The Music Academy -Dance Festival

Monday, 30 December 2013

Ganesh-Kumaresh, Sonal Mansigh at IIT Fest

Rajaram Suresh, a student of IIT Madras, and an organizer of Saarang
2014, IIT's annual cultural festival mailed this note -

As part of our Classical Night, we are organising an open concert on
January 8th, featuring the violin duo GANESH-KUMARESH (music) and the
legendary Odissi dancer SONAL MANSINGH(Dance) both on one night.

Date: 8th January, 2014
Time: 6 00 pm onwards
Venue: Open Air Theatre, IIT Madras campus, Adayar, Chennai 600036
Concerts are open to all and is free,

The final shows on a roll . . .

The 'Sabari Moksham' dance drama at Kalakshetra sold out a few days ago. So if you are looking for tickets for guests, post a request on FaceBook! A few people did get lucky for the Rukmini Kalyanam show on Sunday.

Brahma Gana Sabha has two key shows this week. A colourful discourse by Dushyanth Sridhar from Mumbai for the 7.30 pm New Year eve slot. It is ticketed and selling fast.

So are tickets for Sanjay Subrahmanyam's New year morning show of Brahma Gana Sabha at Sivagami Petacchi Hall, Luze Church Road.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

So, Kalakshetra's dance-dramas are in demand.

Kalakshetra's dance-dramas are a hit.
Below are three emails (on seeking tickets for Rukmini Kalyanam to be staged on Sunday) we share just to show what the demand has been and how rasikas do share!

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If anyone has any tickets for sale for this performance, please do get in touch.I have a friend who wants to desperately go for it.
Sorry to use this forum, but this young lady has supported us a great deal and I thought , one good turn deserves another :)
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I heard from someone who went for an earlier show (Ajamilopakhyanam) that seats on the two sides  (a stone plank against the wall) were available at the beginning of the show. The same thing may not apply for Rukmini Kalyanam, but it may be worth a try.
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A friend has two extra  100/- tickets. My email is ....... Your friend is welcome to these 

Tribute to Chandralekha. At Spaces in Besant Nagar.

Lest we forget.

A tribute to dancer and guru Chandralekha is to be held at Spaces in Besant Nagar, south Chennai, the space for the arts and activism that she and colleague late Dashrath Patel founded - the first plot on the Elliots Beach Road ( north end).

There is an exhibition of some of the drawings of Patel - founder of the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad from Sunday onwards. The show is on for a few days and has been curated by critic Sadanand Menon.

On Monday, 7.30 pm onwards the Barmer Boys, a group of Mangaiyar community folk musicians will perform into the night. It is open to all. The artistes will also hold a workshop that morning at Spaces from 11 a.m. It is also open to all.

Spaces was the work and teaching centre for the late Chandralekha who brought in yoga, kalari and contemporariness to Bharatanatyam.