ARPANA DANCE COMPANY
NEWS & REVIEWS
ARPANA NEWSLETTER 2006
In 2006 the
journeys down new paths continued for the Ramya and Arpana. The Company
participated in several festivals around the Southland. The highlight was
of course, the re- presentation of the collaborative work with Kinnara
Taiko at the renown Getty in the summer. The occasion was
the exhibit called Rubens & Brueghel – a working friendship
at the museum. Several new members have been added to the Company’s roster
with the series of Arangetrams held late summer.
Besides Amita Sheth-Khare and
Anjali Ravuri, Saru Janahan also took over the task of managing
many of the beginning and intermediate classes. Two new projects were introduced
to motivate the young students. In the weekly Boot Camp sessions
conducted by Saru, she works with aspiring Arangetrees on their
basic technique and endurance. D-Construct, initiated and
coordinated by Shravani Jhandyala, an Arpana mom, is a short performance
based project held twice a year. The aspiring Arangetree receives
critique from three panelists with different perspectives. This assists
and motivates them in their preparation process.
Ahila Gulasekaram, the senior
most dancer of ADC, was featured in a video collage at the prestigious
Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. It was a prelude
to the Indian section titled Divine Lovers.
Anusha Kedhar, also one of the
earliest students of the school, was selected amongst 18 artistes world
wide to participate in APPEX, a summer exchange program of
artistes from the Pacific Rim countries. This program took place at the
University of California campus in Los Angeles. She is pursuing a PhD
in dance at University of California, Riverside and is also a recipient
of a Fullbright scholarship for 2007.
Ramya continued her workshops
abroad in the summer - teaching Abhinaya in St. Jean du Gard,
France and Bharata Natyam on the invitation of the Taipei
University and the National Dance Association of Taiwan.
She was also honored to participate with her guru, Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan
in a DVD series Ashta Vida Nayika. It was released during
the December Cultural season in Chennai. Another interesting project was
training a group of young Mexican girls and boys in Bharata Natyam on the
invitation of the Academy of International Dance, Santa Ana,