NARTHAKI, the largest Indian dance repertoire in the country celebrates its 30th anniversary
New Delhi: For decades, the great wealth of Indian classical music and dance was accessible only to its students and teachers, due to lack of resources. However, with the proper use of technology and the conscious efforts of entrepreneurs and organizations working to promote art and culture, it is now to some extent accessible to connoisseurs and patrons in large and small corners of the world.
On World Dance Day, dancer and arts entrepreneur Anita Ratnam talks about the completion of 30 glorious years of NARTHAKI – the Indian dance community’s first repertoire of its kind through dialogue and film at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at CD Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre, New Delhi.
According to Anita Ratnam, founder of NARTHAKI, the platform is a classic example of how necessity leads to invention. Since the creation of this unique repertoire in 1990, Narthaki has evolved and transformed to become purely relevant to the new world. Beginning as a physical book published in 1992 with a thousand entries of dance-related entities in India, then adding another two thousand in 1997 and finally culminating in its dot com version in 2000, www.Narthaki.com has eventually become the largest and most comprehensive source of all information about Indian dance and dancers.
In March 2020, when the pandemic hit the world, NARTHAKI became a premier producer of virtual dance festivals on digital platforms setting standards for production details via its wide presence on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. To name a few, he has powered properties such as BOXED (dancers creating in isolation), ANDAL’S GARDEN (a celebration of the mystical Tamil poetess), TAALAM TALKIES (the link between southern cinema India and Bharatanatyam), A-NIDRA (all-night marker for Shivaratri) and EPIC WOMEN (a series of framed commissions for dancers of all genres). Additionally, through various interviews, webinars, and discussions on dance lighting and costume design, a spotlight on folk and hereditary artists has continued throughout the pandemic.
Dr. Anita Ratnam has always been at the forefront of propagating, nurturing and protecting the fields of art and the performing arts. For her contribution to classical art, Dr. Anita has been awarded several times by organizations in India and abroad. MILAPFEST in the UK cited NARTHAKI.COM for its outstanding contribution to the union of dancers. The New York Public Library has marked the site as its GO-TO source for all things Indian dance.
Anita says she is very satisfied and overwhelmed with the completion of 30 years of something that started as journaling records to a concept that is one of the most coveted centers for finding where dancers are and their fraternity.
“It’s amazing how an attempt to pin down a famous dance artist of her time – Yamini Krishnamurti – by American Broadcasting Company could lead to a giant leap that splashes knowledge about the world of dance when and where it does. is needed! I am delighted to hear that I was able to connect a little dance to its connoisseurs. It is certainly my idea, but how universal it is now, this is where I pay tribute to those who love dance and hold it dear to their lives and to those who find peace in this magical world of living arts.” she says.