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Actor Suhasini Maniratnam , Dancer Ramli Ibrahim Launched NATYA DARSHAN 2017 by Krithika Subramanian & Kartik Fine Arts on 9th December 2017

Actor Suhasini Maniratnam , Dancer Ramli Ibrahim Launched NATYA DARSHAN 2017 by Krithika Subramanian & Kartik Fine Arts on 9th December 2017

Actor Suhasini Maniratnam , Dancer Ramli Ibrahim Launched NATYA DARSHAN 2017 by Krithika Subramanian & Kartik Fine Arts on 9th December 2017

Actor Suhasini Maniratnam , Dancer Ramli Ibrahim Launched NATYA DARSHAN 2017 by Krithika Subramanian & Kartik Fine Arts under the theme “ Now or Never” on 9th December 2017 at GRT grand T.Nagar. The launch event also unveiled the photo exhibition “Perceive” featuring Odissi exponent Ramli Ibrahim by photographer A. Pratap. The Exhibition is open to public and the pictures are for sale.

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Natyadarshan has been a wonderful journey and fairly arduous to curate, a continuous effort since February 2016. The first edition – ND16 was titled New Dimensions and explored the emerging aspects of Classical dance in performing art space from past to present. The second edition ND17 themed Now or Never, focuses on all that is current. My intention is to heighten the awareness between performers and audience which is most important. Contextually all aspects are directed on the present.

CONFER has Ramli Ibrahim sharing his experiences with Building Brand , and Experts speak on Panels that discuss Curating Festivals , Creating Concepts and Winning Audiences. These are the most important facets of the art for artists to be aware of to thrive in today’s arena.

REVIVE is Collaborative work between media artists and dance groups to dramatize the interpretation of poetry.

EXPLORE events have been programmed from across the spectrum starting with SPARK, a presentation of four prodigious talents. The EXPLORE event has performance companies like Samudra, Attakalari, Spilling Ink and Apsara Arts present their works while Rukmini Vijaykumar, Sanjukta Wagh present solo. The performances are exemplary examples of their genre.

Natya Darshan will be a treat for the Chennai Rasikas to experience performances on International Festival standards, a relief for those from the stereotyped festival programming available in Chennai.

I urge all dancers, musicians, photographers, writers, poets, theatre groups, technicians and professionals to participate and unleash the artists within themselves.

Ms. Krithika Subrahmanian

Convener, Natyadarshan 2017

Krithika Subrahmanian, Director-Namaargam Dance Company

Krithika Subrahmanian, Convener, Natya Darshan 2016, would like to draw on her training and performance history as a classical dancer, her sense of visual aesthetics and presentations as a designer / architect and her organizational skills as a business person to conduct a conference of high quality.

Trained in the pure lineage of the Tanjavur Bani of Bharatanatyam under the tutelage of Padmasri Dr. Sudharani Raghupathy since the age of seven, Krithika has performed at prominent venues and festivals, solo and group. She continues to produce and perform rare traditional Margams and the widely acclaimed works of her choreography such as NaMaargam, Sri, Shringaram, Antaram, Swappnam, Black Box, Jagriti and Treasure of Tanjavur. A renowned architect and designer, Krithika Subrahmanian, is a reputed entrepreneur heading a group of successful companies – Transform, Code, Decode and Sreshta Leisure (Pvt.Ltd), SVATMA, Tanjavur. A restrained yet eclectic pattern of juxtaposed tradition and modernity has emerged as her unique trademark in design and concert space which in turn has made her one of the most exciting architects and dancers to watch out for, in India.

OBJECTIVES OF THE CONFERENCE- Natya Darshan 2017 -Now or Never

· The objective of Natya Darshan 2017 is to emphasise that Life is in the Now, Living is in the Now and Breathing is in the Now & Performance is in the Now.

· The intent is to encourage young dancers to take their chances now, live their dreams now & give their best now.

· To kindle interest in arts every passing moment, for every moment is a paradox of Now or Never.

· To appreciate the growth of Dance into the realms of Education and Therapy which have also thrown open career choices for dedicated dancers.


The 16th Natya Darshan conducted by Namaargam Dance Company from December 16th to 18th 2016, was a grand success as it reached out to a wide audience and received accolades for its creative thinking and innovative concepts. It rekindled the interest in youngsters who are eagerly awaiting the next season of learning, interaction and performance.

· To orient young seekers and give them direction on how to build a Brand.

· To promote the understanding of how a performance is a congruence of the “Now or Never” wherein the artist understands what it means to win the audience.

· To encourage the artists to learn and choose wisely for the future is NOW in the making wherein a concept can be interpreted in literal and symbolic ways.


Curtain Raiser: 09th December 2017

Venue: Art Bistro, GRT

Press Conference

Book Release: Tanjore- The next Big Thing

Performance curated by Ms Krithika Subramanian

Perceive: Photo Exhibition by A.Prathap

Inauguration: December 22nd 2017

5:00 pm- Inauguration of 17th Natya Darshan & Presentation of Life time Achievement Award to Datuk Ramli Ibrahim

6:00 to 7:00 pm- EXPLORE – SPARK – Child Prodigies from 4 styles of Dance to come together.

Shrinikha Purohit – Odissi, Bangalore

Neeli Akshara – Kuchipudi, Warrangal

Srinidhi Nandagopal – Bharatnatyam Chennai

Samyuktha Vinod – Mohinattam, Chennai

7:00 to 8:00 pm – EXPLORE – Performance – The Cosmic Dance of Shiva

Production by SAMUDRA Performing Arts, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

Day 1: December 23rd 2017

9.30 To 9.45 am- Keynote address by Ms Krithika Subramanian

9:45 to 10:30 am- CONFER – Building Brand – Presented by Datuk Ramli Ibrahim

10:30 to 10:45 am-Q & A session moderated by Ms Krithika Subramanian

10:45 to 11:00 am-Coffee Break

11:00 to 11:45 am- CONFER – Curating Festivals (International & Indian)

Moderated by Ms Pratibha Prahlad

Panel discussion by:

1. Nalina Gopal

2. Chithra Sundaram

3. Cleveland Sundaram

11:45 to 12:00 pm-Q & A session moderated by Ms Pratibha Prahlad

12:00 to 12:45 pm- REVIVE -The Literal and the Symbolic – Concept Performance

Co-Curated by Ms Anita Ratnam & Ms. Krithika Subrahmanian



Shijit Nambiar

High Kicks

Dineshkumar Bhojan and Prasanna Venkatesh


Arya Rajam


12:45 to 1:00 pm-Q & A session moderated by Ms Krithika Subramanian

4:30 to 5:15 pm- EXPLORE- Matinee Medley

“A Symphony of Temple Bells” – Performance by Spilling Ink Dance Company, Washington DC.,

5:30 to 6:30 pm- EXPLORE – “Jheeni” by Bheej – Ms. Sanjukta Wagh, Mumbai

6:45 -7:45 pm- EXPLORE – India Premiere of “Bhinna Vinyasa”

Production by Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore

Day 2: December 24th 2017

9.30 to 9.45 am-Keynote address by Ms Krithika Subramanian

9.45 to 10.30 am- CONFER – Winning Audiences

Panel Discussion by:

1. Hema Rajgopalan

2. Gopika Varma

3. Kaushalya Raja Reddy

4. Krithika Subramanian

10.30 To 10.45 am- Q & A Session

10.45 To 1.00 am – Coffee Break

11.00 to 11.45 am- CONFER – PECHA KUCHA – Creating Concepts

Moderated by Ms Krithika Subramanian

1. Shanta Ratii

2. Suhasini Maniratnam

3. Nalina Gopal

4. Krithika Subramanian

11.45 to 12.00 pm-Q & A session

12.00 To 12.45 pm- REVIVE – The Literal and the Symbolic

Concept Performance

Co-curated & Moderated by Ms Anita Ratnam



Priya Murle


Bharadwaj Sundar


Yohan Chacko

Natya Sankalpa

12.45 to 1.00pm-Q & A sessions moderated by Ms. Krithika Subrahmanian

4.30 To 5.15 pm- EXPLORE – MATINEE MEDLEY– Usha RK’s “Divya Vahana” –

Dakshina Vaidhyanathan, New Delhi

Mithun Shyam, Bangalore

Shivaranjani Harish, Bangalore

5.30 To 6.30 pm- EXPLORE – Solo Performance – Rukmini Vijaykumar, Bangalore

6.45 To 7.45 pm- EXPLORE – Performance- “Agathi – The Plight of a Refugee”

Production by Apsaras Arts Dance Company, Singapore



What does it mean to an artist? How does an artist /performer build oneself as a brand? This panel discussion will have eminent personalities from the field of dance who have been successful in defining themselves and providing a recognition to their art form. This presentation will focus on how artists can present themselves to their audience and how to take up work/performances that can aid in building oneself as a brand.



The panellists in this discussion have been engaged in curating Prestigious Arts festivals in India and Abroad. It would be an enlightening session to understand what makes these festivals a success, what goes into putting a festival together and how the festivals contribute to the artist /performer. The youngsters can also interact with the panellists to understand what they can do to be a part of such festivals and showcase their talent.


The Literal and the Symbolic – Concept Performance

The performing group will comprehend a piece of poetry, understand its layers and present it through movement in a Symbolic or Literal manner. The Director and the group ideate on the lines and the presentation to ensure deeper understanding for the audience. The event is an expression of lines through movement which enables the audience to appreciate the confluence of the art forms. The poetry will be revealed at the end of the performance.



This panel discussion will be by artists who have won the hearts of several people with their soulful performances. These veterans will highlight what it takes to relate to the audience and customise the performance to the psyche of the audience.



A concept is a string of thoughts, linear or abstract, that the performer wishes to convey in a performance. What does it take to create a concept that is relevant to the audience and that meets the demands of the present time? The NOW, that challenges boundaries and that is creative in execution. These and more would be discussed by the panellists who have been engaged in presenting arts in the most creative manner under innovative concepts.

The performing group will comprehend the Poetry, understand its layers and present it through movement in a Symbolic or Literal manner. The Director and the group ideate on the lines and the presentation to ensure deeper understanding for the audience. The event is an expression of lines through movement which enables the audience to appreciate the confluence of the art forms.

Kartik Fine Arts

Kartik Fine Arts was started in the year April 1975 by a band of ardent and enthusiastic lovers of arts. Kartik Fine Arts, a Sabha devoted to the development of fine arts, has been striving hard to keep alive its motto of providing sumptuous variety of programmes for the middle class people of the society at affordable rates. It aims to promote nascent talent, showcase brilliant performing artistes and maintain its founding dream of building audiences for its unique programming calendar.

Kartik Fine Arts has a membership patronage of more than 1000+ members who are all very well versed with Carnatic music, dance and drama. Kartik Fine Arts stands out for its contribution to the drama, music and also promoting not only Bharatanatyam but other varieties of dances from various states by conducting programmes regularly.

Natya Darshan

The dance conference titled NATYA DARSHAN was an initiative started in 2001 to broaden the discourse around dance in India and beyond. Natya Darshan is an annual dance seminar Kartik Fine Arts holds during the December music and dance festival every year.

What makes Natya Darshan 2017 different from the other dance conferences?

Chennai and its Dance – Music Festival season is a veritable cauldron of creative, classical, cultural activity that attracts artists and audiences from all over the World.

Natya Darshan 2017 welcomes everyone to come and witness talks and collaborations by some of the most talented people in the Classical Arts and Dance Community from all over the country. Natya Darshan creates an enriched and elevated platform for discussions on emerging trends in the Dance and Design world.

The aim of the conference this year is to break away from the norm and to elevate performances by weaving a new desire, living a new dream, humming a new tune, blending into a new rhythm and striking a new balance : For Life is in the Now or Never.

The conference has very valuable resource advisors such as Ms. Anita Ratnam and it boasts of a wide range of talks and productions:

-The conference will have interesting panel discussions with leading experts in the field like Ramli Ibrahim, Nalina Gopal, Suhasini Maniratnam, Cleveland Sundaram, Kaushalya Raja Reddy, Shanta Ratii, V R Devika, Chithra Sundaram and Hema Rajagopal who will discuss varied topics ranging from Building Brand to Curating Festivals, how to create concepts and win audiences.

-Dance production Bhinna Vinyasa is to be premiered in India by Attakkalari; SAMUDRA presents their masterpiece The cosmic dance of Shiva; Spilling Ink Dance Company will present “A Symphony of Temple Bells” that will have the combination of contemporary poetry with Indian Classical music, drama and visual arts; “AGATHI” by Apsaras Arts, Singapore intends to share the life and plight of a refugee to bring about much needed awareness and appreciation required to provide these fellow humans, much needed help; Bheej from Mumbai spearheaded by the vivacious curator, performer and choreographer Sanjukta Wagh will present their much raved performance “Jheeni”, an interplay of dance, music and theatre that will venture into the empty space between words in the poems of Janabai, Chokamela and Kabir.

There are going to be spellbinding performances from dancers Rukmini Vijayakumar and renowned artist Usha RK’s young vibrant team comprising talents Dakshina Vaidhyanathan, Mithun Shyam and Shivaranjani.

– The conference showcases 6 talented groups of young artists in the event ‘REVIVE – The Symbolic and the Literal’, to share stage space and collaborate with some of the top choreographers, photographers and directors in the field of dance, cinema, theatre and art, on pieces of abstract poetry. The lines portrayed by the young artists aren’t revealed until the end of the programme in an attempt to try and engage the audience with the power of their performances.

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