EMBRACE, Then & Now (Episode 3) – Sutra remembers significant Moments from its Archival Videos & Photographs
April 27, 2020
Narthaka Festival 2012
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Joined in Dance
Celebrating the Vigour and Beauty of Male Dance
Welcome to Embrace 3, which brings us to the interesting focus on Male Dance. Sutra Foundation’s Nartaka Festival was mooted together with Natyanjali Trust of Chennai, to bring attention to the decline of male dancers in the dance profession. The Festival was co-directed by myself and Chennai-based bharatanatyam dancer/guru Shri Shanmuga Sundaram.
It was aimed at creating awareness that male dancing is exciting, beautiful and worth cultivating. It is most unfortunate that boys, due to the perception that dancing is ‘un-cool’, should find themselves eventually deprived of this opportunity to be sensitised and empowered by dance. Males should discover once again that dance is the most healthiest and natural way to integrate their outer and inner ‘landscapes’ so that, psychically and emotionally, they resonate with their own nature as well as with others.
This 5-day festival presented in 2012 was sensitively curated to showcase the talents of more than 45 male dancers from Malaysia, India and Australia who performed scintillating dances from traditional to modern repertoires. The festival also featured an exhibition and discourse of ‘Male Matters’ which gave a good picture of the state of affairs of male dancing in this part of the world.
Geethika in her element. She was dancing a solo excerpt from Parwati Dutta’s segment of Triple Frontiers. R
Oct 14, 2020
Dear Friends, Dancers & Students of Sutra, With much regret Sutra Foundation announces the postponement of it’s immediate activities until further notice. This will include our coming Odissi performance of Triple Frontiers. This is to be in line with the...
Triple Frontiers is Sutra Foundation’s annual fundraising production. The 2020 programme features the Odissi works of three women dance-makers from India: Sujata Mishra, Parwati Dutta and Meera Das. It also features artistes of Sutra Foundation and Sutra Dance...