In spite of the record rain in Mumbai and incessant rains in Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Bangalore and other places.

In spite of earthquakes and floods.

In spite of all lamentations on various issues in all the media.

In spite of the lurking security threat posed by the satellite pictures of every nook and corner of Bangalore.

Drishti is back.
This quarter, November-December-January, will be chock-full of music and dance programmes.
Bangalore Habba will happen from Dec.4 to 11, 2005.
Drishti is holding the Drishti Dance Festival on Jan. 12, 2006.
Vasantahabba will happen on Feb. 4, 2006 at Nrityagram.

For the last two years, Drishti has been carrying reports of music and dance festivals and programmes of various individuals and institutions. Guess it is time to hold Drishti’s own festival! Connoisseurs can expect an evening of exciting dance performances.

Responding to suggestions from readers and well-wishers. Drishti will be going national, covering important music and dance events all over the country.

From this issue, Drishti begins a new series: ‘Folk Forms of Karnataka’. The state has over thirty main styles of folk dances with innumerable variations. The series will explore this rich folk heritage.

For music lovers, we begin a series of excerpts from Euphony, the book by violin maestro. L. Subramaniam, and his late wife, Viji Subramaniam.

Leela Ramanathan concludes her piece on Kathakali. In ‘Legends of our Land’ we feature Veena Dhannammal and our tete-a-tete is with Suma Sudhindra, the veena artist who is, arguably, on her way to becoming a legend in her own lifetime.

In spite of everything, let there be dance, let there be music, to put a song on our lips and a spring in our step.

T.M. Vikranth & N. Narayan