Posts by Category

Here is a guide/listing of all of the posts I've written regarding dance and non-dance features. First I've listed some general categories of post collections, and then groupings of posts by type follow.

General Categories



Traditional Indian Dance in Indian Films

> Dance in Early Indian Cinema: Some Video Evidence
> My Favorite (Black and White) Classical Indian Film Dances
> My Favorite (Color) Classical Indian Film Dances
> Tandav Dances in Indian Cinema
> Classical Dance Practice Songs/Scenes in Indian Films
> My Favorite "Twin" Dances in Classic Indian Cinema
> My Favorite (Black and White) Spectacle Film Dances
> Humorous Classical Indian Dances from Films!
> Obscure Indian Films About Dance: My "Holy Grail" List
> Classical Dances in Kannada Films - Part 1
> Classical Dances in Kannada Films - Part 2
> Odissi Dance in Odia Films - Including a Rare Dance in Lalita (1949)
> Odissi Dance in Indian Cinema Outside Odisha
Manipuri Dance in Indian Cinema and the Beautiful Dances in Sanabi


Kamala, Sayee-Subbalakshmi, Padmini, Vyjayanthimala

> Rare Dance Songs of Kamala, Sai-Subbalakshmi, Padmini, & More!
> Even More Rare Dances of Kamala!
> New Kamala and Padmini/Lalitha Dance Finds!
> Kamala Dancing at the National Heritage Fellowships Concert September 2010!
> Baby Kamala Dancing in Ram Rajya and Kismet (1943)
> A Personal Article on Kamala: Reminiscenses of a Disciple
> The Classical Dances in Konjum Salangai (Tamil, 1962)
> Padmini: The Eternal Dancer (Galatta Cinema Article)
> Kamala's Dances in Jwala (Hindi, 1971) 
> New Kamala Film Dance Finds! Manohara and Malayitta Mangai
> Kamala Dancing in the Documentary Bharata Natyam (1954) 
> Found: Three New Kamala Dances (Ore Iravu, Vedhala Ulagam, & Manthiri Kumari
> All About Kamala's Sister Rhadha - The Other Dancer in Bhakta Kuchela
> Three New 1950s Kamala Dance Finds 
> A Clear Copy of Kamala's Tandava Dance in Sivagangai Seemai 
> Rare 1930s Tamil Film and 1950s Padmini Dance Footage from Ellis Dungan's Collection
> Kamala's Peacock Dance Found! (and some other "new" Kamala, Padmini, and Lalitha dances) 
> Found! Kamala, Rhadha, and Vasanthi's Dance in Chenda (1973, Malayalam) 
> Muthuswami Pillai's Star Students, Sayee and Subbulakshmi, and the "Twin Dance" Phenomenon
> Sayee and Subbulakshmi's Film Industry Relatives: R. Padma, P.A. Periyanayaki, and Others: Part Three
> Found: Vyjayanthimala's Other Bharatanatyam Dance in Chittor Rani Padmini (1963, Tamil)!
> Meeting and Interviewing Kamala! And a Rare Video Find at the NYPL!
New Kamala Dance Finds in the Tamil Films Mahatma Udhangar (1947) and Illarame Nallaram (1958), and Better Versions of Two Kamala Classics! 


Dances of Traditional Communities (Film and Nonfilm)

> Rare Video Clips of Devadasis, Uday Shankar & Simkie, Ram Gopal, and More
> The Devadasi Video Mystery Solved! Gujarat and its Bharatanatyam Legacy
> Adventures in Date-ing the BritishPathe Devadasi Dance and Video
> Rare Video of Devadasis Gauri Ammal and Balasaraswati
> Found: Bala (1976, Satyajit Ray) and an Extant Recordings List
> A Better Quality Bala AND Sanchari, Bamboo Flute, and Kuchipudi Revisited Posted Full Length!
> Dance Footage of Balasaraswati at the 1963 Edinburgh Festival
> Devadasi-Like Dances in Classic South Indian Films
> Kalavantulu/Devadasi Dances in the Films Muddu Bidda and Periyar (An Ode to Davesh Soneji's Latest Book)
> Film Choreographies of Nattuvanar V.S. Muthuswami Pillai: Part One
> Found: Vyjayanthimala's Devadasi Dance in Piya Milan (Choreographed by V.S. Muthuswami Pillai)
> Muthuswami Pillai's Star Students, Sayee and Subbulakshmi, and the "Twin Dance" Phenomenon: Part Two
> Sayee and Subbulakshmi's Film Industry Relatives: R. Padma, P.A. Periyanayaki, and Others: Part Three
Muthukumara Pillai on Screen in Kannika (1947), and Other Nattuvanars in Indian Cinema
> New 1950s Footage at Net-Film: Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai, E.V. Saroja, Chitrasena, Vajira, and Padma Subrahmanyam!

Uday Shankar, Kalpana, and the Shankar Creative Dance Style

> Kalpana (1948) to be Screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival! 
> What's Next for Kalpana (1948)? 
> Finally! Kalpana (1948) is VIEWABLE ONLINE! 
> Rare Video Clips of Devadasis, Uday Shankar & Simkie, Ram Gopal, and More
> A Documentary on Simkie, Uday Shankar's Dance Partner 
> Kalpana's Dances Annotated at Pad.ma
> Uday Shankar's Kathakali Inspirations in Kalpana (Hindi, 1948)
> Simkie's Choreography in the Awara Dream Sequence (Hindi, 1951)
> How to Download Kalpana at Pad.ma
> Zohra Segal's Shankar-Style Choreography in Neecha Nagar (Hindi, 1946)
> Uday Shankar, Ruth St. Denis, and Ted Shawn in Utah!
> Rabindra Nritya/Tagore Dances in Bengali Films


Remembering Film Choreographers Series

> Series Kick-Off: Remembering Film Choreographers
Film Choreographies of Nattuvanar V.S. Muthuswami Pillai: Part One
> Found: Vyjayanthimala's Devadasi Dance in Piya Milan (Choreographed by V.S. Muthuswami Pillai)
> Muthuswami Pillai's Star Students, Sayee and Subbulakshmi, and the "Twin Dance" Phenomenon: Part Two
> Sayee and Subbulakshmi's Film Industry Relatives: R. Padma, P.A. Periyanayaki, and Others: Part Three
> Muthukumara Pillai on Screen in Kannika (1947), and Other Nattuvanars in Indian Cinema
Film Kathak Choreographies of Birju Maharaj



Film Classical Dances Of...

> Film Classical Dances of Lakshmi Gopalaswamy
> Film Classical Dances of Sridhar
> Film Classical Dances of Vineeth
> Film Classical Dances of Bhanupriya - Part 1 (Ode to Swarna Kamalam)
> Chiranjeevi's Classical Dance Debut in Subhalekha
> Malavika's Dances and the Film Ananda Bhairavi (1983, Telugu/Kannada)
>Visual Proof of Malavika Sarkar - Kathak Dancer and Ananda Bhairavi star!
> Sabita Bhamidipati's Dances and the Film Saptapadi (1981, Telugu)
> Gurus Gopinath & Gopalakrishnan Dancing in Mayabazar (Telugu, 1957) 
> Minati Mishra's Odissi Dances in Arundhati (Oriya, 1976) 
> Film Classical Dances of Roshan Kumari 
> Film Classical Dances/Appearances of Ram Gopal and Extant Dance Footage 
> Film Classical Dances of Madame Menaka and the Menaka Indian Ballet 
> Film Kuchipudi Dances of Sobha Naidu 
> Film Classical Dances of Shobana
> Film Dances of Gopi Krishna - Including Three Little-Known Videos
> Film Dances of L. Vijayalakshmi
Remembering the Film Bharatanatyam of the Late Adyar K. Lakshman
> Film Classical Dances of Manju Warrier
> Swapna Sundari Dancing in Kissaa Kursee Kaa (Hindi, 1977) 

Indian Dance in Western/NonIndian Films

> Choreographer/Dancer Jack Cole and "Hindu Swing"
> Indian Dances in Western Films about India: Part 1 (Classical Era)
> Indian Dances in Western Films about India: Part 2 (The Rare)
> Indian Dances in Western Films about India: Part 3 (Orientalism)
> Indian Dances in Western Films about India: Part 4 (Coproductions) 
> The "Indian" Dances in Kali Yug (1963, Italy/France/Germany) (January 14, 2015) 
> Mystery Indian Dancers in Seven Wonders of the World (1956, US) (February 21, 2015)
> Video of Jack Cole Performing "Hindu Swing" in Hollywood Palace (1965) (July 4, 2015)

Detailed Dance Comparisons

> Vyjayanthimala and Padmini's Dance-off: Vanjikottai Valiban vs. Raj Tilak
> Gopi Krishna's Tandav Dance: Bhookailas vs. Bhookailasa

Film Classical Dance Finds

> My Latest Collection of Lesser-Known Film Classical Dances
> Hamsa Geethe's Classical Dance Competition: Translation and Reflection
> Classical Dances from the Film Swathi Thirunal (1987, Malayalam)
> A Gorgeous Kathak Dance in Khudito Pashan (1960, Bengali)
> Another Kamal Hassan "Classical" Dance in Sanam Teri Kasam
> Film Thoughts: La Danse De L'Enchanteresse (France, 2007)
> Kinara is on YouTube! Hema Malini! Classical Dance!
> Natyacharya: An Upcoming Bharatanatyam Documentary
> Classical Dances from the film Sringaram (Tamil, 2007) 
> Found: The Classical Dance in Kann Sivandhal Mann Sivakkum (Tamil, 1983) 
> Upcoming Documentary: Odissi - From the Temples to the Contemporary Stage
> Found: Bhavantarana (and other lovely dance-related documentary clips!)
> Full-Length Bhavantarana is now up!
> A Better Quality Bala AND Sanchari, Bamboo Flute, and Kuchipudi Revisited Posted Full Length!
> Found: Devayani's Classical Dance in America Ammayi (Telugu, 1976) 
> Found: Sharon Lowen's Odissi Dance in Swarna Kamalam (Telugu, 1988) 
> Rare Video of Dancers Tara Chowdhary, Guru Gopinath & Indrani Rehman, Sitarist Ravi Shankar, & More (all thanks to Net-Film!)
> Remembering the Late Tara Chaudhri
> Two More Busby Berkeley Top Shots in 1930s Indian Film Dance
Bharatanatyam in Sri Lankan Sinhalese Films and in Sri Lanka
Classical Dances in Recent Indian Films - Including Sattriya and Kootiyattam!
> Found: Rangam (Malayalam, 1985) and Shobana/Mohanlal's Bharatanatyam and Kathakali Dances!
> Birju Maharaj Dancing Kathak in Khayal Gatha (1988, Hindi)...Yes, I'm Back, Hiatus Ended!
Guru Gopinath Dancing in Mahatma Udhangar (1947, Tamil) and BFIFootage, Plus Thoughts on His Legacy 

Dance Extravaganzas!

> Indian Classical Dance Extravaganza!
> South Indian Dance Extravaganza!
> Allu Arjun Dance Extravaganza!

Dance Archives and Academia

> The Mohan Khokar Dance Archives of India - Touring the US!
> Exhibition Catalogue for the Mohan Khokar Dance Archives of India Tour
> A Conference Dedicated to Dance & Music in Early South Indian Cinema!
> Rare Madame Menaka Find: The Menaka Archive

Indian Cinema

> The Indian National Film Awards Online Brochure Archive!
> Loads of Bengali Films at Angel's YouTube Channel!
> Celebrating 75 Years of Tamil Cinema: Part I (Galatta Cinema)
> Celebrating 75 Years of Tamil Cinema: Part II
> Fascinating Classic Tamil Film Stars (Galatta Cinema Article)
> The Freedom Movement Through Tamil Cinema (Galatta Cinema Article)
> Rare 1930s Tamil Film and 1950s Padmini Dance Footage from Ellis Dungan's Collection 

Other Projects and Fangirl Adventures

> The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble in Utah!
> Indian English Accent Extravaganza!
> How South Indian Films Stole My Heart
> Allu Arjun's Guest Appearance in Shankar Dada Zindabad!
> Top 7 Embarrassing Songs Featuring...Goris!

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