Concluded Events - 2014

December 25, 2014 Chennai
Anita Ratnam presented Float & PADME, an evening of contemporary music & dance, featuring seven dancers from different genres (of dance), backgrounds and identities. The Padme Project is the first seed of a larger idea and a vision that intends to coalesce together a group of dancers from across streams and allow them an opportunity to learn, train, work and express.
Produced by Anita Ratnam, Concept and choreography by Kalpana Raghuraman
Originally produced by Korzo Production (Netherlands)
At: Spaces, 1 Elliots Beach Rd, Besant Nagar, 7.45am

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December 12, 2014 Chennai
Anita Ratnam spoke at the Seminar on "Religion and Gender: Interpreting the Interface"
University of Madras, Department of Christian Studies & Department of Women Studies in collaboration with University Centre for International Relations (UCIR) organised an International Seminar on "Religion & Gender: Interpreting the Interface" on 12th Dec, 2014 at 10.00am.
Venue: F 50, Centenary Building, University of Madras
Chief guest: Dr.P David Jawahar, Registrar, University of Madras
Keynote address: Prof Dr. CT Indra, Former Professor & Head, Department of English, University of Madras
Felicitations: Prof. Dr. A Amudhavalli, Director, UCIR

Attendance awards 2014

Anita received the Mohan Khokar Award for Overall Excellence on November 30, 2014 at Alliance Francaise, Bangalore
Report in New indian Express, 8 Dec, 2014

November 6, 2014 Washington DC
SPIRALS, a convergence of dance, poetry, and music–an evening of collaborative work presented by Anita Ratnam, Anil Srinivasan, and Sikkil Gurucharan at Dakshina's 11th annual Fall festival of Indian Dance & Arts. Each artist shared their unique vantage point during the evening's work whether it is by dance, vocal performance, or the piano performance. While these legendary artists often collaborate on their work, this is the first time they appeared together in their Washington DC world premiere. The three Goddesses Saraswati, Meenakshi, and Lakshmi form the trinity of wisdom, bravery, and wealth. Ratnam explored the personae of these three powerful icons in Indian mythology. The work spirals around 3 artistes, 3 scapes, and 3 moods. Together, they evoke a questioning wife, a martial princess, a playful beauty, a flowing river, a charging trident, blooming lotus. The divine trinity in a contemporary context: Saraswati, Meenakshi, and Lakshmi.
At: Shakespeare Theatre, 8pm
Info: 202.656.5679 / info@dakshina.org

September 19, 2014, 2pm - 5pm Chennai
Anita Ratnam as Resource Person for the Refresher Course on "Relocating/Reviewing Academic Disciplines through Women/Gender Studies" held between 2nd and 22nd of Sep.
!9th Sep: Anita's session on "Bodies in Performance"

September 10, 2014 New Delhi
Corporate show at the 15th ICCC.
15th ICCC - International Common Criteria Conference took place in Hotel Lalit, New Delhi, from 9 to 11 September, 2014 hosted by Government of India, DeitY (STQC Directorate) and organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Anita Ratnam & Arangham Trust
Presented Float & Padme
NGMA, 6.30pm
August 9, 2014 Bangalore

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April 26, 2014, 7pm

Anita Ratnam presented her new work CIRCLES OF LOVE dance, poetry and... (part of Mudra Dance Festival 2014)

Winding through the endless spiral of myth and memory, Anita Ratnam quilts a tapestry of images and ideas.

Circles of Love uses ancient and contemporary poetry, spoken word interludes and familiar references from cultural memory to trace the outlines of what it means to be a mother who is eternally fragile and a continuous work-in-progress.

A woman as mother, giver of life, psychic gardener, caretaker of lives and terrifying protector. These are some of the character arcs quilted by Anita Ratnam in CIRCLES OF LOVE, a performance that weaves story, diary, movement and life into a living tapestry. As daughter, wife, mother and grandmother, the various shades of maternal joy and grief will be shared in an interdisciplinary performance informed by myth, memory and humour. The evening concludes with a discussion with Anita Ratnam, her daughter Arya and noted author Malavika Sangghvi.

Guest artiste: Malavika Sangghvi, well known writer, columnist and poet
Concept, Choreography, Performance: Anita Ratnam
Costumes: Anita Ratnam
Music: Anil Srinivasan, Viji Krishnan, Vedanth Bharadwaj
Lighting: Victor Paulraj

Venue: The Experimental Theatre, The National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400 021.
Ph. 6622 3822

February 22, 2014, 6.45pm

Sandhya Raman presented Anita Ratnam in NEELAM...Drowning in Bliss, inspired by the serene stillness of South Indian Vaishnav ritual tradition
At: Chinmaya Hamco Auditorium, Chinmaya Mission, 89, Lodi Road, New Delhi
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Review - Reviving belief in mythology
Deccan Herald, Feb 26, 2014

February 16, 2014 Chennai
Anita Ratnam presented a special interactive session for Natyarangam (dance wing of the Narada Gana Sabha) on 'DANCING ACROSS BORders - Guidelines for presenting Bharatanatyam on National & International forums.'
Venue: Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall, 6.30pm.

February 10, 2014, Baroda

At NRITYA PARVA 2014, hosted by the Department of Dance, Faculty of Performing Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, Anita Ratnam participates in a seminar "Changing Dynamics of Indian Classical Dance post-Indian Independence" & presents About HER... in chapters - excerpts from AVANI, SEVEN GRACES and MA3KA.

January 26, 2014
Dr. Anita Ratnam presented excerpts from her acclaimed solo MA3KA...the triad supreme

First showing of PADME
Group Choreography by KALPANA RAGHURAMAN
After ten years of working on solo productions, Ratnam returned to ensemble work and quilts her maturing vision of parallel mythologies with Indian dance and modern movement dynamics. UTPALA was first premiered in 2003 and was based on the narratives of Egypt, India and China. Invited guest choreographer Kalpana Raghuraman from Netherlands has set two sections on the group from her acclaimed work PADME, also based on the similar idea of the lotus. The 8 Bangalore based dancers were all selected from an audition process held in September 2013 and this was the very first public viewing of some sections at the Dance DISCourse presented by Ashish Mohan Khokar and ATTENDANCE. Anita Ratnam performed two solos in this production. The presentation was in the nature of a Sharing with a talk back after the performance.
At: Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, 6pm
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January 11 - 13, 2014
Anita Ratnam participated in The Hindu Lit for Life festival
She acted in a play on Jan 11th, conducted a workshop on movement on Jan 12, introduced and interviewed Feminist author NAOMI WOLF Jan 13.
Info: http://thne.ws/ARatnam-LFL2014

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