Classical yet Contemporary

Classical and contemporary dancer and choreographer, Dr. Anita Ratnam is a widely sought after speaker on women’s issues relating to South Asia. In the 80s, she produced and hosted her own weekly television series on India in New York which won her many accolades.

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She has been widely honoured and awarded for furthering the profile of Indian contemporary dance around the world. Classically trained in BharatnatyamKathakaliMohiniattam, Tai Chi and Kalarippayattu, she creates a unique personal dance style which she calls “Neo Bharat Natyam”. Anita recently completed her PhD in Women’s Studies and uses this lens in exploring the popular myths and stories of India in her programs.

She also interacts with students of religion, mythology, dance and theatre at academic institutions like Wesleyan Unversity, Mount Holyoke College, University of California, Middlebury College and Rice University, Texas.

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Anita co-founded The Other Festival , (1998 to 2007) India’s first annual international festival for contemporary dance. She is the founder/director of  Arangham, a dance-led cultural foundation that seeks to explore, enrich and promote the performing and visual arts of India and to contemporize the rich tapestry of Indian creativity for modern audiences. She also contributes a weekly column on Arts and Society for the Indian National daily New Indian Express. To know more about Anita Ratnam and  her amazing work click here.

  2 comments for “Classical yet Contemporary

  1. October 15, 2010 at 4:12 am

    Another Madras-related post- Yay! I’ve attended the Other Festival multiple times before leaving India. And of course, I’ve seen Anita Ratnam perform.

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