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Anita Ratnam

Anita Ratnam

Anita Ratnam is an Indian classical and contemporary dancer and choreographer. Classically trained in Bharat Natyam, she has also received formal training in Kathakali, Mohiniattam, and T'ai chi and Kalarippayattu, thus creating a dance style which she has coined "Neo Bharat Natyam". She is the founder-director of Arangham Trust, set up in 1992 in Chennai. She also founded Arangham Dance Theatre, a performance company in 1993 and in 2000 she created Narthaki.com, an Indian dance portal. Over the years, she has received numerous awards and recognition for her work in the performing arts in India and abroad as a choreographer, scholar and cultural activist.Narthaki.com is a dance web portal founded by Dr. Anita R. Ratnam. In 1992 (with a second printed edition in 1997), it started as a phone book with 2000 addresses, when no such data base existed, not even the government had one. It was launched on the internet in April 2000. It has been described as India's first dance portal, and also its largest, and a forum for performing artists and connoisseurs of the arts. The portal publishes Reviews, Previews, Interviews, Profiles, Articles, research articles, special columns by noted scholars, health column, snippets of dance information that is used by researchers, details of programmes, contacts of performers, dance institutions, dance musicians, dance festivals, dance spaces etc, quotes, flash news, obits and a much awaited monthly newsletter.
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