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In the last three months not many cultural activities have taken place and there have been more of music concerts than dance performances. The world of art and culture has been bereaved by the death of a few legendary artists Odissi dancer Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra’s death has left us wondering whether we will see the likes of him again.

Some highlights of this issue of Drishti

Ashish Khokar pays an obitribute to Ram Gopal (a Bangalorean). India’s first truly international-level, classical dancer. Ashish also writes on a hotly discussed issue Indian Contemporary Dance enlightening us with his views.

Leela Ramanathan continues her interesting series on classical dance – this time she delves into the origin of Bharatanatyam.

There has been considerable debate about the prototype of the modern South Indian veena. Dr. R. Sathyanarayana tries to conclusively settle the origin of the Saraswati veena in a well-researched article.

The phenomenal violin maestro, L. Subramaniam, engages for a change in a duet of words, in a charming tete-a-tete with us.

Bangalore has had the wettest and coolest May in 47 years, and the weather folks say that the monsoon has set in early. Here’s wishing for a lot of rain and a lot of singin’ and dancin’ in the raid!

T.M. Vikranth & N. Narayan