Sanjeevini Dutta

Angira Kotal- Sangeet Ratna In Conversation with Sanjeevini Dutta

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Angira Kotal tells Sanjeevini Dutta about the musical journey which has brought her to the Sangeet Ratna

Last year at this time, Angira Kotal was an unknown overseas student, enrolled on a Diploma course at the University of Essex. Then an event catapulted her into the limelight: encouraged by the reception to a thumri she sang on Wolverhampton City Radio's "Surtarang", Angira resolved to apply for the Milapfest Young Musician award- the Sangeet Ratna. In July, at a glittering event at the Capstone Theatre in Liverpool, she was declared a winner of the title (with a £2,500 cash prize) for the most promising young musician.

Cymbeline

Sophie Khan Levy and Tony Hasnath
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Robert Day

Cymbeline
Phizzical
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Reviewed by Sanjeevini Dutta
 

 

 

Tue, 2013-09-17

 Cymbeline, one of Shakespeare's later plays, has been described by Bernard Shaw as 'stagey thrash' for its multiple-plot lines and predictable outcomes. Phizzical's production ably directed by Samir Bhamra re-locates the narrative to the home of Bollywood, which pedals equally fantastical plots. Thus the bard and Bollywood become strange bedfellows in a production that fizzes with energy, charm and imagination.

In Conversation with Malavika Sarukkai

Credit: Courtesy of the Artist
Bharatanatyam diva, Malavika Sarukkai, shares her views on dance, art and life with Sanjeevini Dutta as they take a taxi ride in Chennai. Approaching her fourth decade as a performer, Sarukkai says, “I am done with decorations; I want to convey the essence..”. 

Malavika Sarukkai needs no introduction- for over three decades she has given audiences some of their most unforgettable dance experiences. Loved and respected in India as well as on the international dance circuit, she has achieved  a well-deserved eminence. Sarukkai's physical beauty, chaste technique, smouldering sensuality and spiritual steadfastness make her a stand-alone artist. 

Elixir

Credit: Kathy Hinde

Sadhana Dance

Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place, London

Sat, 2012-03-03

Sadhana Dance opened their second production Elixir following its premiere in Eastleigh, at The Place Theatre, London, to a full house of mainly dance cognoscenti. The Company, formed by Subathra Subramanyam following the disbanding of Angika (a partnership with Mayuri Boonham, which had pioneered some of the best in British South Asian dance), established with Elixir that audiences are now enriched by the two independent companies that have emerged.

Icon of the Kathak World

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Credit: Sanjeevini Dutta
Birju Maharaj dance class
Patidar Centre, Wembley 
21st October 2011
Reviewed by Sanjeevini Dutta
Fri, 2011-10-21

Icon of the kathak world, Birju Maharajji has been practising and meditating on his art form since the age of five. He is now seventy-two, so the sheer passage of time combined with his immense natural ability has made him the foremost creator of kathak. How do we know this? Witness his Renaissance-man prowess in mastering dance, music (vocal, harmonium and tabla), poetry and literature and a bit of sketching in his spare time.

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