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Sr Wilma Pinto, headmistress, St Gerosa Girls High School, Jeppu, Ester’s music teacher Usha Praveen, dance teacher U K Praveen, parents Valerian and Janet Noronha were present on the dais. At the same time, Ester felicitated her music teacher Usha Praveen and dance teacher U K Praveen. Carol Rodrigues compered the programme.

Ester Noronha, student of St Gerosa High School has performed Carnatic classic vocal concert on Sunday here assisted by K Balachandra Bhagavat Udupi (Mridangam), Vidyadhar Rao (Tabla), Shridhar Achar Padigar (Violin), Chidambar Kakathkar (Flute), Devaraj Arya (Keyboard) and Balakrishna H Puttur (Morsing).



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Mangalore: Enchanting Musical Show by Teenage Sensation Esther Noronha

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=45691&n_tit=Mangalore%3A+Enchanting+Musical+Show+by+Teenage+Sensation+Esther+Noronha

April 13, 2008, Mangalore: Ester Noronha, a teenager who has barely answered her SSLC exams has created history in the field of Konkani music through her enchanting singing performance. Her independent performance was held at the Town Hall on Sunday, April 13. Organized by Mangalore Diocese to raise money for the diocesan medical relief fund, the show attracted a big crowd. She is a good performer of Bharatanatyam dance and an excellent Carnatic musician.

Ester Noronha [was] felicitated by. Fr Denis Moras Prabhu, Vicar general of Mangalore Diocese.

SELECTED READERS’ COMMENTS AT ABOVE WEB PAGE:

1. We appreciate your parents and priest-uncle Fr. Charles Noronha who have inspired you and have helped you to reach this stage. A word of thanks to Fr. Francis Lewis and his team for their excellent organisation. Irene D’Souza, Kadri

We are proud of you. Congratulations and God Bless you. I congratulate your parents too. FR. VICTOR, Panir



2. God bless you and we appreciate your parents and priest-uncle Fr. Charles Noronha who were your inspiration. A word of thanks to Fr. Francis Lewis and his team for their excellent organisation. FR. FELIX MONTEIRO, Fr Muller Hospital

3. Congratulations, you have won hearts of Mangalore by your melodious voice and dance. May God bless you. It was excellent. FR. RICHARD LASRADO, Derebail

ONE COMMENT at http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=45689&n_tit=Mangalore%3A+Esther+Show+-+Album+1:

Congratulations to Esther for the wonderful performance. I wish her success in life. May God given talents be used profusely for the community and as a inspiration to the younger generation. Good wishes to her parents and Fr. Francis Lewis and his collaborators. MSGR. DENIS MORAS PRABHU, Bishop's House, Mangalore Tuesday, April 15, 2008



TWO COMMENTS at http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=45690&n_tit=Mangalore%3A+Esther+Show+-+Album+:2

1. Congratulations for your wonderful performance. You have really discovered God given talents and grown. May God Bless you to grow higher and wish you all the best. Keep it up....hope to see you soon in Kuwait. FR. MELVIN D’CUNHA OCD, Madanthyar-Kuwait, April 15, 2008

2. I, accidentally, "fell" into daijiworld and was thrilled to see this little girl's excellent performance. I wish more and more catholic children learn Bharatnatyam… FR. MIKE M. SHENOY OCD, Mapusa, Goa, April 19, 2008

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Ester Noronha – Budding Music & Dance Virtuoso on Horizon

Interview by: Nidhi Shetty Edited by: Nina Rai December 26, 2009

http://www.mangaloremithr.com/news/story.aspx?News-ID=6778&Cat=Special-Article&Loc=Mangalore&Title=Ester%20Noronha%20%E2%80%93%20Budding%20Music%20&%20Dance%20Virtuoso%20on%20Horizon

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The very name ''Ester'' brings to mind a very vibrant personality, a smile full of joy and honor on the face of a young teenage girl, who happens to be a multi-faceted personality. Ester is indeed blessed with great talents and her interests have no bounds right from music to dance, be it from eastern or western culture. I consider it my privilege to be interviewing such a talented Mangalorean.


Starting off early on any project has been a trend with Ester Noronha. She grew up learning Bharatnatyam and Carnatic music, ever since she was just 7 yrs old. From then onwards, there has been no looking back for her. Being born into a musically rich family, she inherited her love for music and dance from her father Valerian Noronha and mother Janet Noronha, who were both highly enthusiastic about her talent and therefore always encouraging and supportive towards her prime twin interests of music and dance. They have in-fact been the driving force behind her great success.

Born on 12 September, 1992, the Virgo girl Ester Noronha has attained a whole lot of fame and success along the way from both the music and dance fields. She completed her ‘Rangapravesha’ while doing her 8th grade of schooling and classical singing whilst doing her 10th std. She has also completed her 8th grade in piano from the Trinity College, London. Presently she is doing her 12th std., from the prestigious Xavier’s College in Mumbai and simultaneously also learning Hindustani vocals. At the same time she is also preparing for her 'Bharatanatyam Vidwath'. She has till date given over sixty public performances on dance and music all over the globe.


In a face-to-face interview, Ester speaks at length about her passion and love for dance and music and other personal aspects of here life.

Could you talk about your first show please?
My first show was really a memorable, for one it was on the 60th birthday of Wilfy Rebimbus in Don Bosco hall. I was just a 9 year old then but was really excited. It has completely made me a different person now. The honor, the applauses, the name and fame completed boosted my self-esteem at that point in time. It actually became the driving force for me to do many more shows in future.
Who were your dance and music gurus?
U.K Praveen and Usha Praveen of the Nritya Vidyalaya from Kadri in Mangalore (were my gurus).
And who was your guru for piano?
Oscar Weltha. I have even learnt guitar and violin under Wilma Lobo.
Tell us about your first cassette release?
It was a cassette by Melvin Peris. It was highly motivating. I was only 9 and my song was recorded and released. It made a whole lot of difference again, I felt truly blessed!
How many shows have you given till now and where?
I have given about 50-60 shows both in dance and music in India and abroad. I have given a charity show, named the Ester show in Mangalore city. It was a charity-show organized for cancer patients.
Have you composed any songs?
Yes, I have sung my first song in Konkani composed by me. It has now been recorded and getting published on 27 Dec, 2009 in Mangalore. I am now also composing some songs in English.
Do you prefer any particular language to sing songs?
No, not at all, in-fact I sing songs in almost all languages such as Konkani, English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil etc.
At any juncture do you feel you should have opted for something else other than dance or music?
No never, I have any regrets whatsoever.
What are your future plans?
I dream to see myself as an IAS officer, political science being my favorite subject. I have opted for arts as my stream now. I also want to continue in music and dance field.
Do you have any role models?
Not really. But (I give credit to) my parents (who) are the sole reason for me reaching till this stage.
You were doing your schooling, while you did your 'Rangapravesha'. How has school contributed to your success?
My school has been a great support. Right from my principal to my teachers; from my friends to my classmates; all of them were very encouraging and highly supportive.
How did you in the midst of all these activities, manage to cope up with your studies?
Yes, it was not that easy as it would look. I had to go out and give many shows. During those times I would miss my classes. But then with the help of my teachers and lecturers I would make it up. I did score a distinction even though I juggled and handled many busy schedules. 147.

So far as Konkani music is concerned, no teenager has reached the heights as you have, how did you do so?
It’s purely due to my hard work and dedication. And yes the blessings of my well-wishers and my loved ones and not to forget god's grace.
What is your feelings, as you are all set to release your first ever Konkani album 'Kalza Thavn'?
I have no words to say. I am speechless; I am excited (she says with a broad smile).
Any plans to move on to the film industry?
It would depend on the situation. If I feel I should go for it, then I will. If you need to be heard, then (first) you need to be famous.
Do you have any message for the youth of your community?
Please spend time in knowing yourself, your weaknesses and your strengths. Everyone is blessed with some unique qualities, make use of them to showcase your talents and utilize time (productively).
Is anybody supporting you financially?
Yes, Ronald Colaco a Social worker, who helps us when in need.
Name few people who are valuable to your life so far?
There are too many to mention. First of all I would like to thank god for his grace and his blessing and the special talents found in me. Then I would like to thank my parents without whom none of this would have been possible. It was they who discovered this talent in me and then motivated and guided me to go forward with it. They have always stood by me through life's every juncture. And then comes a whole bunch of special people like Fr. Charles, Wilfy Rebimbus, Claud D’Souza, U. K. Praveen, Usha Praveen, Oscar Weltha, Aunty Wilma, Melvin Peris, Uncle Prem Kumar, my Headmistress, school teachers, friends, classmates, the priests, the nuns, elders with their blessings, my family and my well-wishers. Just about everyone who have been involved in my life. I want to give a big thanks to you all.
We, the Mangaloremithr team wish Ester all the very best in her future endeavors and would be extremely happy to see her reach even greater heights in her career in both music and dance. May God bless you.

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ONE COMMENT ON THE NEWS REPORT:

Dear Ester, you are good secular singer. There is no doubt about this. But dance in front of Nataraj not suits good and not meant for Christian. Bharatanatyam itself is a occult for christians. Please stay away with this. Francis Lobo, Bangalore


YOUTUBE VIDEOS

1. http://www.daijiworld.com/tvdaijiworld/tvhome.asp?tv_id=384 TVdaijiworld Interview August 31, 2010

Also at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-msmPyIK39c and



http://mangalorelink.com/movies/tulu/tulu-tv-show/an-exclusive-interview-with-ester-noronha/

From 01.07 to 01:16 minutes in the 18.22-minute video paying obeisance to the deity Nataraja at the start of her “Rangapravesha”:

Questions asked by the interviewer:

As a Catholic, the tendency to join for Bharatanatyam is very remote. How did it happen? Not many girls from Catholic families take to Bharatanatyam or Carnatic vocal singing. What has been the reaction of your community?

Ms. Ester Noronha’s response:

-My parents must be given the credit for introducing and encouraging me to do Bharatanatyam.

-My community is rather ignorant about this dance form and I am enlightening them about it.

The video shows a number of certificates awarded to her by the Catholic Sabha, Mangalore.

One can also see a few fairly large Nataraja idols among the display of her souvenirs and trophies [minutes 14:33 – 14:45].

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2. WE SEE AGAIN THAT BHARATANATYAM AND CARNATIC MUSIC GO HAND IN HAND.

3. ESTER NORONHA PERFORMED A DANCE IN “PRAISE OF GANAPATI” [GANESHA, A HINDU DEITY].

4. IN THE PHOTOGRAHS ON PAGE 145, ESTER NORONHA PERFORMS BEFORE A LARGE NATARAJA [DANCING SHIVA] IDOL, NUNS IN THE AUDIENCE SPORT HINDU MARKS [BINDI, TILAK] ON THEIR FOREHEADS, THE NATARAJA IDOL IS FLANKED BY A LITTLE STATUE OF THE INFANT JESUS AND ANOTHER OF THE HINDU DEITY GANESHA [GANPATI], ESTER NORONHA LIGHTS THE HINDU LAMP WHILE A PRIEST APPLAUDS. PAGE 146: SHE IS FELICITATED BY BISHOP ALOYSIUS PAUL D’SOUZA.

5. IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT SHE IS CALLED A “VIRGO” [ASTROLOGICAL SIGN] GIRL, PAGE 147, AND THAT THE NEWS REPORT ON PAGE 148 USES THE SMALL CASE “g” FOR GOD. BOTH TIMES.
II. SHAILA SALDANHA

Shaila Saldhanha -- Natya Vidushi

http://www.daijiworld.com/chan/talents_view.asp?t_id=1

Indian Christians have mostly been being accused for replicating Western culture while ignoring the rich Indian arts and culture like Karnatic music, Bharathanatyam, or even Yoga. There have been a few exceptions but sadly, Christians have mostly proved to be lethargic and have shown losing enthusiasm much before graduating these forms of traditional skills. We have recently found one of such seldom exceptions: "Natya Vidushi", "Vidhwath" Shaila Saldanha Kamath.

Proud daughter of Sri. Francis Saldhanha Kamath & Smt. Mercy Saldanha of Pedamale (Mangalore), Shaila has recently passed out the most prestigious "Vidhwath" degree in Bharathanatyam and is now all set to enthrall the art-loving public of Dakshina Kannada.  Shaila is performing with the intentions of setting an example to the youngsters, and populating the art of Bharathanatyam – a splendiferous part of Indian culture. And most of all, to make Mangalorean Catholics proud and honoured for having such a great talent blossomed in our garden!
Her passing out with the honour of "Vidhwath", the Graduation Salutation rendered for excelling in this form of the dance, is no less than the "Kohinoor" to the crown of Mangalorean Christian community. It feels proud to state here that no one else among the Mangalorean Catholics has ever achieved this mastery and glory, a flourishing result of Shaila's devotion towards Indian culture, her intensive and zealous practice, a whole-hearted and perpetual back-up by her parents and family members, quality and selfless training by well known Bharathanatyam Gurus like Sri. U.S. Krishna Rao, Vidwan Sri. U.K. Praveen & Smt. Usha Praveen, and constant financial support by Konkan Kogull Sri. Wilfy Rebimbus, Sister Marialita of Bethany Convent (Bendore) and others.
Shaila passed out her Junior examination in Bharathanatyam in June 1997 and recently she came out with bright colours at her Senior Examination.  She has performed on stage in numerous group dances in various religious and cultural functions in and around Mangalore.  Shaila is now busy practising for her "Guruvandana", which will also be her first ever solo performance. A B.Com student of St. Agnes College, Shaila is a brilliant student in her academics, apart from being very active in co-curricular activities like participating in competitions, seminars, singing, dancing, playing piano and teaching the art that she has mastered. Her wardrobe is full of prizes, awards, trophies & merit certificates which evidences her brilliance in many fields.

Shaila Saldanha Kamath, a beautiful but humble girl, was born on 23rd September' 1982 in a lower middle-class family.  Her parents who have had great regards to Indian tradition and arts, admitted Shaila to a training school of Bharathanatyam at an early age of eight.


Shaila's ambition is to spread the fragrance of this art to many other young children of our community, and her most favourite dream is to be one of the fine Bharathanatyam dancers in India and perform worldwide.  Let us hope that Shaila reaches the peak of her fame and reigns there as the dancing queen, with full of exuberance and charm, serving the rich Indian arts and culture to be as glorious as it is, and thus making our Community ever proud and honoured.

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Meet Natya Vidushi Shaila Saldanha Kamat

http://www.daijiworld.com/chan/exclusive_arch.asp?ex_id=1098

June 19, 2009, Mangalore: Natya Vidushi Shaila Saldanha Kamat has been working to bring out the latent talents of the poor and middle class children from rural places. Kamat is a multi-faceted talent who has been imparting skills in Bharatnatyam, music, key board, musical instruments, computer etc., to the needy students from the city and surrounding villages, since the last nine years.

Besides getting high marks in Bharatnatyam Junior, Bharatnatyam Senior, Bharatnatyam Vidwat and MA examinations in first class, she has also excelled in academics, having passed SSLC, second PUC etc., in first class and securing the seventh rank from Mangalore University in the final year BA examination.

Francis Saldanha Kamat, father of Shaila saw his daughter gyrating to the music played on television when she was very small and recognized her interest at an early age. He extended courage, support and confidence to his daughter and helped her to emerge as a model for the entire Christian society of Mangalore.



Shaila is the first Christian girl to have got the Vidwat degree from Karnataka University in Bharatnatyam. In the 73 years of existence of Kadri Nritya Vidyanilaya, Shaila is the first Christian student to have pursued Bharatnatyam for 12 years and getting this degree. In the year 2002, Shaila presented a three-hour non-stop dance performance at the city's Town Hall and introduced to the Christians of the city about her abundant talent.  She is also the first Bharatnatyam dancer to have attracted over 1,500 Christians to her performance. 149.


In spite of being from a Christian family, Shaila has performed in scores of temples several of which, even many of the Hindu brethren would not have visited. Through Kadri Nritya Vidyanilaya, she has performed at Mumbai, Poona, Sringeri, Mysore, Udupi, Kerala, Nasik, Belgaum and many other places. She not only won the hearts of the people at these places but also won recognition, shields, awards and felicitations. She opened a dance school named 'Nrityangana' near her residence in the year 2,000, in which about 70 students are undergoing training. In Shaktinagar too she has opened dance classes.

Although she is working as a teacher in Cambridge Central School, Neermarga, she continues to take time off her busy schedule, to visit various schools in the city where over 300 children are being given training in dance. At her house, she also conducts key board and computer training classes. Shaila was guided in her illustrious dancing and music  education, by the late U S Krishna Rao, Natya Rani Shantala awardee, Vidwan U K Pravin and Usha Pravin. She learnt the key board from Adolph Lobo of Geetanjali. Shaila gratefully recollects, that Konkani singer Wilfy Rebimbus and sister Marialita of Bethany Convent extended their wholehearted support to her, when she faced financial crunch that threatened to create hurdles for her education. With the financial assistance rendered by these great souls, Shaila could complete her dance examination in first class.

Shaila is a much sought-after teacher for the children who are desirous of learning dancing skills. She has functioned as a judge in various dance competitions. Shaila possibly, is the only girl to have earned the 'Vidwat' degree in Bharatnatyam out of the approximately 4.5 lac [450, 000] people belonging to Christian community who are settled in the region.

Father of Shaila, Francis Saldanha Kamat rues, that the Christian Community is yet to identify the talents of his daughter. While writers, poets, novelists and other talented persons from various fields are being offered felicitations, awards, rewards, financial assistance etc., the Konkani organizations working in the regional, state and international level have not noticed the contributions made by Shaila, he feels. 

Shaila, who has erected a stage, an open air theatre and open class room for dance besides key board class room near her house by raising loan from the bank, has been repaying the loan in installments. She and her father want to develop her home into an educational centre, but shortage of funds has been a major hurdle that has been blocking their dreams from becoming a reality. She therefore, has decided to earnestly request the organizations and institutions, both Christian and otherwise, to extend help to her to realize her dreams. She is confident, that these organizations, after realizing the services being rendered by her, will come forward with their helping hands.  If the organizations make up their minds to help her, she is confident that her educational institution will earn fame and name in the coming days.

In the present circumstances, so many youngsters have risen to fame by publicizing their talents through various means of communication. Shaila has mastered Bharatnatyam dance form, after engaging in it for the last 16 years.  Those who want to contact Shaila may do so at the following address.

Shaila Saldanha, Shaila Shiny Home, Near Kelarai Cross Junction, Keliye, Pedamale Post, Mangalore - 575 029
Phone: 2272881 (R), 9481444104 (mob) E-mail: shailasal@yahoo.co.in.

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Talent abound - Shaila is a rising star

http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=local&newsid=136206 By Violet Pereira

July 21, 2009, Mangalore: Sometimes an accomplished person can be unsung and unknown but it doesn’t take long for talent to get noticed.  One such talented young person is Ms. Shaila Saldanha Kamath. This "Natya Vidhushi" in Bharatanatyam, is a unique achiever of the Konkani Community. The unassuming young lady not only holds the high "Vidwat" degree in dance, but also has qualifications in Carnatic Vocal, Western Keyboard, as well as excellent academic laurels adding up to the Masters Degree. 150.


 
Ms. Kamath was born on 23rd September in Mumbai to Mrs. Merine Saldanha and Mr. Francis Saldanha. She completed her early studies in Mumbai and Goa and continued her further studies in Sacred Heart Girls High School, Kulshekar after which she pursued her degree in St. Agnes College. Ms. Shaila's academic carrier has also been full of noteworthy merits, awards in school and college debates, Kannada Baghavathgithe, Rajyapuraskar certificates from the Governor of Karnataka, distinctions in studies and certificates of appreciation from various Institutions and parishes.


Shaila’s interest in dance and music started at an early age, two and a half years to be precise when she used to stand in front of the TV and emulate dance programs. Her father recognised her talent and interest and gave her his wholehearted encouragement.  At the age of six, Mr. Francis admitted Shaila to a dance class in Neermarga, to learn more about dance.  After some months, this dance class was closed and all the students were shifted to Sandesha at Bajjodi. After a year, Shaila joined Nrithya Vidya Nilaya, Kadri. Within a year’s time, she completed her junior exam in classical dance with 78%. After two years, she completed her Junior Sangeeta exam and got first class marks. Within two years, she appeared for her senior dance exam and completed her "Vidwat", the final exam of dance in August 2002. A great feat indeed, since Shaila is the first ever Christian student, who has completed and passed her "Vidwat" examination with enviable credentials. She has also given her first performance "Guruvandana". "Vidwat" is a final degree in dance (Post graduation in dance). "Guruvandana" is a performance to thank the teacher after the completion of "Vidwat". Before giving the exam in "Vidwat" if anyone performs Guruvandana it is called "Rangapravesha".
Shaila credits her father for being the first person who inspired her in her life. Her second inspiration is her teacher, Mr. U.K. Praveen (Natya Rani Shakuntala) and Mrs. Usha Praveen. They recognized her talents and encouraged her. She certainly walks the talk when she resonates that "Dance is a flower", music is a fragrance, and expression is the colour". Probably she is the first Christian raised to qualified levels in what is generally thought as Hindu culture to the simple thinker, despite art and culture being universal.
Ms. Shaila is now dedicated in teaching "Bharathanatyam" and Carnatic Music in many institutions.  With the support and encouragement of her father, she has set up an open school called "Nrityangana", at her residence to encourage and bring out more and more dancers from her area. She teaches dance to 30 students, computer classes and music like Piano, Organ and western dance. Her dream is to develop the present school into a bigger institution and to train the poor students from all the sections without giving any importance to caste and creed. She says in the rainy season, it is not possible to train the students with a roofless school.  Whatever she earns, she spends for the development of her school building.
 
Glimpses of her recognition and awards:

Recognition from Catholic Sabha, Manglur - 2003


Catholic Sabha, Kulshekar - 2003
Catholic Sabha, Kelarai - 2003
St. Vincent Pellotti Church, Kumta
St. Vincent De Paul Church, Katpadi

Sri Mallikarjuna Temple, Hosadurga, Kasargod
St. Agnes College parents-teachers association, Bendur, Mangalore (Thrice)
Events judged:

Fr. Muller's College, Mangalore
St. Sebastian school, Bendur, Mangalore
St. Aloysius College, Mangalore
St. Agnes College, Bendur Mangalore
Kulshekar Church, Mangalore

She has also trained a number of students from various educational and cultural institutions. They are:

B. Ed. College, Capitanio, Mangalore- 40 students
Rosa Mystica High School  & B. Ed. College, Polali - 60 Students
St. Joseph’s School, Vamanjoor, Mangalore - 20 students
St. Ligori’s School, Merlapadav - 30 students
St. Antony’ School Phermai - 30 students
Sacred Hearts Girls High School, Kulshekar, Mangalore - 50 students

 
She has performed on stage in group dances in various religious and cultural programs in Mangalore, Kalasa, Alake, Udupi, Kudremukh, Moodabidri, Kantavara, Kerala, Belgaum, and Nasik.

Her ambition is to spread the light of this rare art form that she had imbibed from her teachers to her community.

Her message to our readers is "In our community many do not accept this form of art or dance. People think going to a temple and performing is not correct; it does not go with our religion. But, art is art; it does not belong to any religion. Art is a way of life, a way of expressing our joys, emotions and sorrows. Apart from learning education, it is good to learn dance and music. When we don’t get jobs from our education, we can utilize this art and earn our daily bread. We can also develop dancing skills within ourselves and preserve our culture too."

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Natya Vidushi Shaila Saldanha Kamat

http://www.mangaloremithr.com/news/story.aspx?News-ID=5196 By Richard D’Souza

Mangalore: Shaila Saldanha Kamat is a multi-faceted talent who has been imparting skills in Bharatnatyam, music, key board, musical instruments and computer. She is the first Christian girl to have got the Vidwat degree from Karnataka University in Bharatnatyam. Her passion towards Bharatanatyam secured high marks in Bharatnatyam Junior, Bharatnatyam Senior, Bharatnatyam Vidwat and MA examinations in first class. She is hailing from a middle class family of Mr. Francis Saldanha & Mrs. M Saldanha residing at Kelrai, Mangalore. She is working as a teacher in Cambridge Central School, Neermarga
Passion towards Bharatnatyam:
In the 73 years of existence of Kadri Nritya Vidyanilaya, Shaila is the first Christian student to have pursued Bharatnatyam for 12 years and getting the degree. In spite of being from a Christian family, Shaila has performed in scores of temples. Through Kadri Nritya Vidyanilaya, she has performed at Mumbai, Poona, Sringeri, Mysore, Udupi, Kerala, Nasik, Belgaum and many other places. She not only won the hearts of the people at these places but also won recognition, shields, awards and felicitations.
In the year 2002, Shaila presented a three-hour non-stop dance performance at the city’s Town Hall and introduced to the Christians of the city about her abundant talent. She is also the first Bharatnatyam dancer to have attracted over 1,500 Christians to her performance.

Academic Excellence:
Shaila Kamath had also excelled in academics; she passed SSLC, second PUC in First Class. She secured the seventh rank from Mangalore University in the final year BA examination. She did her post graduation through Mysore Open University and now she is perusing B Ed from IGNOU.
Guiding Forces:
Francis Saldanha Kamat, father of Shaila was a proud father now. It was he who saw his daughter gyrating to the music played on television when she was very small and recognized her interest at an early age. He extended courage, support and confidence to his daughter and helped her to emerge as a model for the entire Christian society of Mangalore.
Shaila was guided in her illustrious dancing and music education, by the late U S Krishna Rao, Natya Rani Shantala awardee, Vidwan U K Pravin and Usha Pravin. She learnt the key board from Adolph Lobo of Geetanjali.
Konkani singer Wilfy Rebimbus and sister Marialita of Bethany Convent extended their wholehearted support to her, when she faced financial crunch that threatened to create hurdles for her education. With the financial assistance rendered by these great souls, Shaila could complete her dance examination in first class.
Support and recognition:
The society is yet to identify the talents of Shaila Kamath. Many writers, poets, novelists and other talented persons from various fields are being offered felicitations, awards, rewards, financial assistance etc. Unfortunately the Konkani organizations working in the regional, state and international level have not noticed the contributions made by Shaila.

Preparing others:
Shaila is a much sought-after teacher for the children who are desirous of learning dancing skills. She has been working to bring out the latent talents of the poor and middle class children from rural places. She is the guiding force to the needy students from the city and surrounding villages, since the last nine years.
She opened a dance school named ''Nrityangana'' near her residence in the year 2,000, in which about 70 students are undergoing training. In Shaktinagar too she has opened dance classes.
She continues to take time off her busy schedule, to visit various schools in the city where over 300 children are being given training in dance. At her house, she also conducts key board and computer training classes.

A humble request:
Shaila, who has erected a stage, an open air theatre and open class room for dance besides key board class room near her house by raising loan from the bank. She along with her father had a dream to develop her home into an educational centre, but shortage of funds has been a major hurdle that has been blocking their dreams from becoming a reality.
She therefore, has decided to earnestly request the organizations and institutions, to extend help to her to realize her dreams. If the organizations make up their minds to help her, she is confident that her educational institution will earn fame and name in the coming days.
Shaila has mastered Bharatnatyam dance form, after engaging in it for the last 16 years. Those who like to respond this humble request from Shaila, they may contact her on following address…
MY COMMENT SENT TO ABOVE WEB PAGE, MARCH 10, 2011, 10:36 PM: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=52Q5Z9SL.

See the above link to know why Bharatanatyam is not for Catholics. It is HINDU! Michael Prabhu NOT PUBLISHED 152.




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2. WE SEE AGAIN THAT BHARATANATYAM AND CARNATIC MUSIC GO HAND IN HAND.

3. SHAILA SALDANHA PERFORMED DANCES IN “SCORES” OF HINDU TEMPLES.

4. ON PAGE 150, ONE SEES A PROFUSION OF NATARAJA IDOLS IN HER CATHOLIC HOME.

5. ON PAGE 150, ONE SEES A CARDINAL OR SENIOR BISHOP FELICITATING SHAILA SALDANHA.

6. ON PAGE 152, ONE SEES SHAILA SALDANHA PERFORMING UNDER AN “OM”, THE SIGN OF SHIVA
III. STENITA LEWIS

Rising Bharathanatyam Star - Stenita Lewis - "I believe in my strength."

http://www.mangaloremithr.com/news/story.aspx?News-ID=7591&Cat=Special-Article&Loc=Udupi&Title=Rising%20Bharathanatyam%20Star%20-%20Stenita%20Lewis%20%22I%20believe%20in%20my%20strength.%22 Report & Pics by Michael Rodrigues, Udupi


Udupi: The very name 'Stenita' brings to mind a very vibrant personality, a smile full of joy and honor on the face of a young teenage girl, who also happens to be a multi-faceted personality. Stenita is indeed blessed with many great talents and her interests have no bounds right from dance onwards.

Stenita grew up learning Bharatanatyam ever since she was a chit of girl of 10 years old. From then onwards there has been no looking back for her. Born on 7th August is an only child of prominent business man Stephan Lewis (Proprietor of Mayur Studio & Mayur Cyber World, Barkur, and Gretta Lewis - Member of Saligrama Municipal Council, Saligrama. Both of them were highly enthusiastic about her talent and therefore have always been encouraging and supportive towards her prime interest viz., Bharatanatyam. They have in-fact; over the years have been the driving force behind her great success.


In a face – to – face interview Stenita talks at length about her passion and love for dance and other personal aspects of her life & talent.
Tell us something about yourself
I am Stenita born and brought up by very supportive parents. Presently I am pursuing my post Graduation in Smt. Rukmini Shedthy Memorial National Govt. First Grade College, Barkur which is in Udupi Dist.
What about your educational background?
I completed my primary education from St. Anthony’s Higher Primary School, Sasthan, Secondary & PUC education from Viveka Junior College, Kota, and did my Graduation from Sandesha Fine Arts College, Mangalore. At present I am pursuing my Post Graduation in Smt. Rukmini Shedthy memorial National Govt., First Grade College, Barkur.
When did your dancing stint all begin?
I used to dance during my school days. Therefore, my dad encouraged me to pursue dance.
Tell us something about the dance form ‘Bharathanatyam.’
Bharathanatyam is an art form, which is like an ocean. You can’t empty the water of an ocean, similarly the more you go into this field, you feel that there is some more to go ahead. 153.

Could you talk about your 'Ranga Praveshm'? Where did you do it and when?
My Ranga Pravesham was held on 4th December, 2005 in Maithri Hall, Sasthan. A gathering of more than a thousand-strong agog audience had come to witness this art form being performed by a girl from a ‘different socio-cultural background.’
Who is your Guru? Could you tell us about him?
I don’t have any single guru as such, but definitely I would like to name my master Bhageerathi U Rao and thereafter Sridhar Rao Bannanje; and in Sandesha, Mary Bini, Arathi Shetty, Vani Rajgopal, Babitha under whose tutelage I mastered the art form of Bharathanatyam.
Who else has been giving you support besides your parents?
My matriarchal and patriarchal family supported me. They motivated me and even stood by me through all my difficult times.
How was the support for you from the media?
Media has helped me to gain popularity as well as to grab the opportunity, especially the print and electronic media.
How many performances have you given till date and where?
Till now I have given more than a hundred stage performances and I have even been invited as a judge to many events, in my field of excellence.
Do you have any role models?
I believe in my strength. I love myself.
What are your future plans?
I want to pursue my Masters in Bharathanatyam and also want to start a dance school in and around Brahmavar.
Other than Bharathanatyam, do you have other interests?
Yes, I do. I like to sing and also act. I have passed out of the junior examination from Karnataka Special Music Exams with a first class. I have even acted in a regional social drama 'Dubai Hudga' by Alwyn Andrade, from Brahmavar. I also like to paint, do craftwork. Moreover I have a special interest in music.
How was the support for you from your own community?
I admire the support of the local community from Saligrama, who witnessed my shows and encouraged me, including the media who highlighted my performance and helped me to grow independently.
Any moments of failure or disappointment or disgrace or something that put you to shame? Any turn off’s?
I did not face any turn-offs since my parents were there to support my acts and to give me plenty of encouragement.

How long do you practice before your show or performance?
I usually put in at least one week of preparation, behind each performance.
Tell me about your foreign tour?
Recently, I had been to London for a period of two months, on a cultural exchange programme, which was conducted by Pilton Bluecoat School, at Barnstaple, North Devon there. The said school belongs to the Church of England. It was indeed a great opportunity for me and therefore I too responded quickly.
People of England love Indian culture. They particularly adore the ancient dances of India. They appreciated my performance. In fact over there, I taught Bharathanatyam to the students of Pilton Bluecoat School as well as conducted an Indian cultural orientation programme at the Pathfield Community College, and also presented a paper along with a demonstration at an International Art Festival held at North Devon College. I also got the opportunity to dine with the Mayor of Barnstaple.
Any plans for opening a Bharathanatyam School in Udupi?
I have plans to share my knowledge with the art lovers of Udupi District very soon.
Do you have any message for the youth of your Community?
There is no boundary for dance. Anyone with coming from any socio- cultural background can avail of this knowledge, which ultimately gives you utmost satisfaction. Yes, you need a lot of determination and hard work to pursue it but the fruits of Bharathanatyam are very sweet indeed.
Team Mangalore Mithr wishes Stenita all the very best in life and great success in all her endeavors. We would love to see her reach great heights in future, making our land Udupi very proud of her.

MY COMMENT SENT TO ABOVE WEB PAGE, MARCH 10, 2011, 9:45 PM: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=52Q5Z9SL

See the above link to know why Bharatanatyam is not for Catholics. It is HINDU! Michael Prabhu NOT PUBLISHED


"Bharatnatyam Rangapravesha" of Miss Stenita F. Lewis

http://www.barkuronline.com/News/News73.html December 2005

The nimble-footed and talented daughter of veteran photographer Stephen and Gretta Lewis (Barkur) Saligrama, Stenita F Lewis, is all set to create history at 6.00 pm on Sunday December 4 at Maithri Hall, Sastan near here, in the presence of distinguished guests and a number of art-lovers. It will be her "Bharatnatyam Rangapravesha" day, indeed a great day for the young and emerging talent Stenita.

Bharatnatyam is a popular and well-disciplined classical dance format in India. It is said ‘all are invited, a few are selected’.

Stenita is the only issue of her parents. But having come from a devout family, it is indeed a rare choice that she took up Bharatnatyam to excel in. So is art. One can choose, cherish and excel in any discipline, but only a few master in his/her chosen field.

She has not only learned the art under the able guidance of Vidwan Sridhar Rao, Bannanje, Udupi, an accomplished teacher, but she is all set for her 'aramgetram'. 154.

Supported and encouraged by her parents, Stenita, a II year PUC student, is known for her keen interest in the art. 

She has recently passed the Bharatnatyam Senior grade exam with flying colors. She is also practising Karnatic Music and learning violin.

The stage programme will be presided over by Jayaprakash Hegde, MLA, Brahmavar. Fr Denis D’Sa, director, Sandesha Lalitkala Mahavidyalaya, Mangalore will grace the occasion and light the lamp



Fr Louis D’Sa, parish priest, St. Ann’s Church, Thottam, Fr Vincent Martis, parish priest, St. Antony’s Church, Sastan, Valentine D’Souza, Kundapur police circle inspector and Kishore Gonsalves, Barkur will be the chief guests of the evening. Stenita is perhaps the first from the minority communities to reach this level at this young age in the whole district of Udupi. [Fr. Tony Andrade]
Fr. Tony’s Spiritual Corner [STENITA IS A CLOSE RELATIVE OF FR. TONY]

http://www.barkuronline.com/Tony/Tony43.html

Dear brothers and sisters, and the viewers of this web site Barkur.com, I am Fr. Joseph Anthony Andrade better known as Fr. Tony Andrade. I was born and brought up in Barkur. My primary education was in Barkur. In 1980 I joined the seminary to become priest and was ordained to the Holy Order of priesthood on the 19th of December, 1992. I served a short period of time in Bangalore (India) and then went to the USA to serve in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in the state of Minnesota. Presently I am the parish priest of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church located in St. Paul, Minnesota (visit our web site:- www.stthomasap.org).

All those who browse through the Barkuronline.com web site certainly must recall the performance of Bharatnatyam Rangapravesham last December, 2005, by the talented young woman Stenita Lewis. At the time she received many congratulatory wishes and words of appreciation for her outstanding work.

Last year, during my annual visit to my beloved hometown of Barkur, I personally met Stenita and was able to congratulate her on her wonderful rendition of the classical Indian dance Bharatnatyam. What an achievement for her! We are blessed to have such a talented celebrity born in our midst who prefers the Indian classical arts rather than what her peers seem to prefer who attempt to embrace western culture in their daily life style.

I asked her a few questions such as; who influenced her to enter this field and would this be her life long carrier? She gave credit to her parents Mr. Stephen and Gretta Lewis for their constant encouragement and ongoing support. They have helped her to remain disciplined and focused on her life long goal. Her uncle, Mr. Alwyn Andrade, who is a well-known videographer and photographer of Mayura Studios in Brahmavar also has encouraged her in many ways.

Gretta Lewis, the mother of Stenita and also my cousin, invited me to visit their home in Saligrama. As I entered their home I saw a large portrait of Stenita in a dance pose from Bharatnatyam. This portrait of Stenita welcomes guests to their loving home. I wanted a picture of her in action so I could write about her achievements in our Barkuronline.com website. Her father, Stephen Lewis, gave me permission to take a picture of her beautiful portrait which you now see attached to this article. This young, talented celebrity has future dreams of continuing her studies in classical Indian art and dance and eventually obtaining a Masters degree in this field. She has joined the Sandesha Lalitkala Mahavidyalaya (affiliated with the University of Mangalore) recently. She plans to work with children and help them to cultivate an interest and love for Indian art and dance.

What a wonderful gift she has and so willing to share it with others. May God bless her and may all her future dreams become a reality someday. Fr. Tony Andrade


MY COMMENTS ON THE STENITA LEWIS NEWS REPORTS:

1. ON PAGE 153, ONE CAN SEE THE HINDU DEITY SARASWATI ADORNING THE RANGA PRAVESHAM INVITATION OF STENITA LEWIS.

2. SHE IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DIOCESAN INSTITUTION “SANDESHA” [SEE PAGES 46-48, 88] THAT PROMOTES BHARATANATYAM.

3. FR. TONY ANDRADE, A COUSIN OF HER MOTHER, IS ONE OF SEVERAL PRIESTS WHO ENDORSE STENITA LEWIS’ DALLIANCE WITH BHARATANATYAM. SEE ALSO THE INVITATION, PAGE 153.
YOU HAVE JUST EXAMINED A REPORT ON THE EPIDEMIC OF BHARATANATYAM DANCING IN THE INDIAN CHURCH. PERMITTED AND ENCOURAGED BY BISHOPS, PERFORMED BY PRIESTS AND TAUGHT IN CATHOLIC INSTITUTIONS, THIS TRADITIONAL HINDU TEMPLE DANCE HAS INVADED THE LITURGY OF THE MASS, AND THE TRADITIONAL CULTURE OF CATHOLIC PARISHES, SCHOOLS AND HOMES, DISGUISED AS AN INDIAN “ART” FORM.

IT IS NO LESS THE BRAHMINISATION OF THE INDIAN CHURCH THAN YOGA AND THE CHANTING OF THE “OM” AND GAYATRI MANTRAS ARE IN THE GUISE OF INCULTURATION.
DANCING DURING THE LITURGY OF THE HOLY MASS IS A SERIOUS LITURGICAL ABUSE.
A SEPARATE ARTICLE WILL DEAL WITH WHAT BHARATANATYAM DANCE REALLY IS. 155.

WHILE I WAS COMPLETING THIS REPORT, I RECEIVED THIS NEWS RELEASE:

VATICAN OFFICIALS SAY BAD MASSES LEAD TO WEAK FAITH

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service March 3, 2011


ROME (CNS) -- A weakening of faith in God, a rise in selfishness and a drop in the number of people going to Mass in many parts of the world can be traced to Masses that are not reverent and don't follow church rules, said two Vatican officials and a consultant.
"If we err by thinking we are the center of the liturgy, the Mass will lead to a loss of faith," said U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, head of the Vatican's supreme court.
Cardinal Burke and Spanish Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, spoke March 2 at a book launch in Rome. The book, published only in Italian, was written by Father Nicola Bux, who serves as a consultant to the congregations for the doctrine of the faith and for saints' causes and to the office in charge of papal liturgies.
The English translation of Father Bux's book title would be, "How to Go to Mass and Not Lose Your Faith."
Cardinal Burke told those gathered for the book presentation that he agreed with Father Bux that "liturgical abuses lead to serious damage to the faith of Catholics."
Unfortunately, he said, too many priests and bishops treat violations of liturgical norms as something that is unimportant when, in fact, they are "serious abuses."
Cardinal Canizares said that while the book's title is provocative, it demonstrates a belief he shares: "Participating in the Eucharist can make us weaken or lose our faith if we do not enter into it properly" and if the liturgy is not celebrated according to the church's norms.
"This is true whether one is speaking of the ordinary or extraordinary form of the one Roman rite," the cardinal said, referring to Masses in the form established after the Second Vatican Council as well as the Mass often referred to as the Tridentine rite.
Cardinal Canizares said that at a time when so many people are living as if God did not exist, they need a true Eucharistic celebration to remind them that only God is to be adored and that true meaning in human life comes only from the fact that Jesus gave his life to save the world.
Father Bux said that too many modern Catholics think the Mass is something that the priest and the congregation do together when, in fact, it is something that Jesus does.
"If you go to a Mass in one place and then go to Mass in another, you will not find the same Mass. This means that it is not the Mass of the Catholic Church, which people have a right to, but it is just the Mass of this parish or that priest," he said.

See MASS, IRREVERENTLY CELEBRATED, CONTRADICTS OUR FAITH by Fr. Anselm Poovathani, page 64
LETTER TO SHAILA SALDANHA ALONG WITH MY COMMENTS ON THE SHAILA SALDANHA NEWS REPORTS:

From: prabhu To: shailasal@yahoo.co.in Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 10:01 PM Subject: BHARATANATYAM

Dear Shaila Saldanha,

I am a Catholic apologist.

I write about the Catholic Faith and defend it against error.

My web site is www.ephesians-511.net.

I have just completed a 160-page report on Bharatanatyam dancing. In that report, I have shown that this dance form is not to be performed by Catholics, just like doing yoga and saying "Om".

While researching and compiling information, I came across the Internet reports about you.

This is to inform you that I have reproduced those reports along with some photographs, in my report.

And finally, my comments on the section on you as an exponent of Bharatanatyam are copied below*.

You are free to write to me in the Christian spirit of love as I have written you.

At your service in Jesus' Name,

Michael Prabhu



PS. Only the first 138 pages of the report are available at http://www.megaupload.com/?d=52Q5Z9SL.

You click on the link, page opens. The right side of the page is obscured. Move the page till you see the button that is winding down the count from 45 seconds to zero. It takes 45 seconds to open.

When that is complete, you will get the regular download button on which you must click. Because it is a huge file with almost 100 photographs, it takes about another 2 minutes plus -- to open.

In that portion of my report, your involvement is not yet included.



The full 160- page report will be released in a few days.

NO RESPONSE 156.
INDEX

SECTION A

What the Church says about dance in the Liturgy 1-17, 105, 106

Condemnation by the Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship in 1975 1-3

In Zenit, Father Edward McNamara on the prohibition of Liturgical dancing 3

In Adoremus, Cardinal Francis Arinze on Liturgical dancing 4, 11, 12; see also 168-179

In Catholics United for the Faith and other sites, "Is Liturgical dance permitted at Mass?" 5

Pope Benedict XVI in "The Spirit of the Liturgy" on Liturgical dancing 6

Cardinal Roger Mahony on Liturgical dancing 6, 15

"Spiritual and Liturgical Terrorism" by Fr. Alvaro Delgado 6, 7

In "Semper Fi Catholic", James Akin and Pope Benedict XVI on Liturgical dancing 7-9

The Second Vatican Council and the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences 10

In CatholicCulture.org, Cardinal Francis Arinze on Liturgical dancing 10, 11

Bishop Peter John Elliott of Melbourne on Liturgical dance and inculturation 12, 13

In the west, photographs of dancing in Liturgical areas during and outside of Mass 14, 15

A summary [of pages 1-13] of the Church’s mind on Liturgical dancing 16, 17

SECTION B

IN INDIA, DANCING BY PRIESTS, DANCING IN LITURGICAL AREAS AND AT HOLY MASS 17-95

Konkani Catholics, an Indian Catholic site, does not condemn Bharatanatyam 18-20

Catholic Priests, an Indian Catholic site, condemns Bharatanatyam 20, 21

CATHOLIC INSTITUTIONS AND PRIESTS WHO WERE OR ARE PROMOTERS OR EXPONENTS OF BHARATANATYAM 21-95

Fr. Jerry Sequeira SVD, award-winning dancer abjures Bharatanatyam 19, 21, 142, 143

Fr. Francis Barboza SVD and Gyan Ashram, Atma Darshan, Archdiocese of Bombay Mumbai 21, 22-36, 91, 103

Fr. Charles Vas SVD, Sangeet Abhinay Academy and the Gyan Ashram, Mumbai, Archdiocese of Bombay 37-42

Fr. Joachim Andrade SVD Provincial in Brazil teaches Bharatanatyam 42-45

Other SVD religious promoting Bharatanatyam/performing dance during the Mass 45, 87

Fr. Dominic Emmanuel SVD, spokesperson - Archdiocese of Delhi, produces a Bharatanatyam video 45

SANDESHA LALITKALA MAHAVIDYALAYA, Mangalore, Diocese of Mangalore 46-48, 88

The Bishops of Mangalore, Bellary and Bangalore promote Bharatanatyam and Yoga 46-48

KALAI KAVIRI, Fr. S. M. George, Tiruchirappalli, Diocese of Trichy 49-52, 68, 70, 90, 102

NAV SADHANA KALA KENDRA, Varanasi, Diocese of Varanasi, a tri-diocesan enterprise 53, 85, 90

The Bishops of UP, Uttaranchal & Rajasthan founded the KALA KENDRA to promote Bharatanatyam 53

NRITYAVANI and the National Biblical, Catechetical and Liturgical Centre [NBCLC], Bangalore, Archdiocese of Bangalore 54-66, 92

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India [CBCI] promotes Bharatanatyam through NRITYAVANI [NBCLC] 54, 85 / The NBCLC is a founding member of the heretical Catholic Ashram Movement 54, 55

The NBCLC and CBCI’s Indian Rite of Mass 57-64

Fr. Thomas D’Sa, Director, NBCLC, promotes the recital of Bharatanatyam during the Mass 57-65

Fr. Michael Gonsalves dramatizes the NBCLC’s Indian Rite of Mass 62, 63

The Focolare Movement, inter-religious dialogue, ecumenism and Bharatanatyam 65, 66

Fr. Saju George Moolamthuvuthil SJ, Kolkata/KALAI KAVIRI, Trichy, Diocese of Trichy 67-76, 89, 101, 103

The modern revival of Bharatanatyam: Kalakshetra, Chennai – the Theosophist connection 71, 72

Fr. Francis Gonsalves SJ, Gujarat province eulogises Fr. Saju George, Bharatanatyam and New Age 73-75

Fr. Michael Amaladoss SJ, Delhi province composes songs for Bharatanatyam dance 76, 84

Fr. Paul Poovathinkal CMI, CHETANA SANGEET NATYA ACADEMY, Thrissur, Diocese of Trichur, Carnatic music and Bharatanatyam dance 77-80

The Bishops of the CCBI led by the Apostolic Nuncio to India, Salvatore Pennacchio, in procession to the Carnatic music of Vathapi Ganapathim Bhajeham, an ode to Ganpati 78, [103]

Carnatic music 80-84

The inculturation of Christian music in India: Fr. Joseph Palackal CMI and The Christian Musicological Society of India [CMS] 80-83

Fr. James M. L., CMI, Navchetana Communication Center, Archdiocese of Bhopal and Bharatanatyam 83

Fr. P. T. Chelladurai SJ, Madurai province, Tamil Nadu, and Carnatic music 83, 88, 89

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India [CBCI] and Bharatanatyam 86, [54]

Dance at the Pope’s Mass in New Delhi 86, 89

The Archdiocese of Bombay, Interreligious dialogue, and Bharatanatyam 86, 87

The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences [FABC] is tainted by Bharatanatyam 87

Bharatanatyam dance in Catholic publications – Jivan, The New Leader, The Examiner 88-90

SATHANGAI ACADEMY, Madurai, Archdiocese of Madurai, Tamil Nadu 90

Influenced by our Catholic priests Raul D’Souza 91, 23, 86

THE EXPORT OF THE INDIAN "ART FORM", BHARATANATYAM DANCE 92-95
SECTION C

WHY DO THE INDIAN BISHOPS AND ROME CONTINUE TO REMAIN SILENT? 95-99

WHAT HINDUS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT CATHOLICS’ ADOPTING BHARATANATYAM 99-105

THE VATICAN BLAMED, HELD RESPONSIBLE BY FAITHFUL HINDUS 99-102
SECTION D

BHARATANATYAM - SPIRITUAL DANGERS

Is it a sin/spiritually dangerous for Catholics to perform or promote Hindu Bharatanatyam? 107-115, 160, 163

Testimony of Fr. Rufus Pereira, exorcism and deliverance ministry 108-115

Corroboration of and enlargement on the testimony of Fr. Rufus Pereira from Francis MacNutt and other sources 110-113

My April 2006 letter to some leaders of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal regarding the testimony of Fr. Rufus Pereira in CHARISINDIA and in Francis MacNutt’s book 114-115

From Hinduism to Catholicism 160, 161

Spiritual Warfare: The occult has demonic influence - A pastoral letter 163
THE CHURCH AND THE RENEWAL IN INDIA: A SPIRIT OF FEAR, A SPIRIT OF COMPROMISE, AND A WALL OF SILENCE 115-143

Why does Fr. Rufus Pereira speak fearlessly only outside India? 119-121,

FR. RUFUS PEREIRA CONTRADICTS HIMSELF ON HOMOEOPATHY 122-132, 138-141

Can gifted, learned and holy priests of the caliber of Fr. Rufus Pereira err? 133-141

The use of the Hindu "OM" mantra in bhajans in the Charismatic Renewal’s Praise the Lord hymnal 135-136

CHARISINDIA 136-139

FORMER SVD BHARATANATYAM-DANCING PRIEST FR. JERRY SEQUEIRA DMS REFUSES TO TALK 142, 143
SECTION E

THREE MANGALOREAN CATHOLIC BHARATANATYAM-DANCING GIRLS WHO ARE ENCOURAGED BY THEIR FAMILIES, THEIR COMMUNITIES, AND THE LOCAL CHURCH: ESTER NORONHA, SHAILA SALDANHA AND STENITA LEWIS 144-155
SECTION A continued

MASS, IRREVERENTLY CELEBRATED, CONTRADICTS OUR FAITH 64

MORE CATHOLIC INFORMATION ON MUSIC AND DANCE IN THE LITURGY 105, 106

LITURGICAL RENEWALS: SHOULD WE CONTINUE? 105

APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION ON THE EUCHARIST, PAPAL LITURGICAL CEREMONIES UNDER REVIEW 105

CONGREGATION FOR THE SACRAMENTS AND DIVINE WORSHIP, Notitiae, JUNE-JULY 1975 106

CARDINAL ARINZE ON LITURGICAL DANCING – VIDEO 106

VATICAN OFFICIALS SAY BAD MASSES LEAD TO WEAK FAITH 156

THE TEN MOST COMMON LITURGICAL ABUSES AND WHY THEY’RE WRONG 161

WHAT’S BEHIND LITURGICAL ABUSES? 161, 162

CONCERTS IN CHURCHES/LITURGICAL DANCE 162, 163

HOLLYWOOD, US BISHOPS SPOTLIGHT "THE RITE", INTERVIEW WITH SAN JOSE DIOCESAN EXORCIST 163

THE CHURCH AND EXORCISM 164
INDEX 157, 158

LIST OF EMAIL ADDRESSES 159

158.

PRIESTS, CATHOLIC INSTITUTES AND DIOCESES THAT ENCOURAGE BHARATANATYAM

NBCLC, Bangalore: dirnbclc@yahoo.com;

Fr Cleophas Dominic Fernandes, Director, NBCLC, Bangalore: cleophasfds@yahoo.co.in;

Francis Barboza, New Jersey USA: francis@drbarboza.com; francisbarboza@hotmail.com; dr_francisbarboza@yahoo.com;

Fr Charles Vas SVD, Sangeet Abhinaya Academy, Mumbai: saa123@airtelbroadband.in;

Kalai Kaveri, Trichy: kalaikaviri_offcamp@yahoo.co.in; kalaikaviri@rediffmail.com;

Fr Dominic Emmanuel SVD, Delhi: frdominic@gmail.com; svddelhi@gmail.com; [cibdelhi@gmail.com]

Fr Francis Lewis, Sandesha, Mangalore: sandesha_d@yahoo.co.in; sandeshacollege@gmail.com;

Nav Sadhana Kala Kendra, Varanasi: admin@navsadhana.org.in; navsadhana@yahoo.co.in;

Fr Saju George SJ, Kolkata: sajugeorgesj@rediffmail.com;

Fr Paul Poovathingal CMI, Chetana Sangeet Natya Academy. Thrissur: singingpriest@gmail.com; p_poovathingal@hotmail.com;

Fr Joseph J. Palackal CMI, Aluva/New York: info@thecmsindia.org;

Joshymon Ernakeril, Kairali Nikethan School, Vienna: jernakeril@hotmail.com;

Chaplain do, Fr. Thomas Thandappilly CST: thandappilly@aon.at;

Asst. Chaplain do, Fr Joy Plathottathil SVD: joypasvd@googlemail.com;

Anglican Canon Michael Rusk, Leicester: m.f.rusk@leicester.anglican.org

Arnold Vikas Sanchar [SVD] Jharsuguda, Orissa: savs@sancharnet.in;

Ishvani Kendra [SVD] Pune: ishvani@dataone.in;

For Digital Film and Multimedia Production and Research on Indian Religions & Missions,

Contact: Ishvani Kendra, Pune – 411 014

Tel: 020-27033820 / 27033507



ishvani@dataone.in

For God Experience & Counselling,

Contact: Atma Darshan, Anderi East, Mahakali Caves Road, Mumbai-400093

Tel: 022-28363120



atma@mtnl.net.in

Ishopanthi Ashram [SVD] Puri, Orissa: kuriantk4@yahoo.co.in;

Shaila Saldanha: shailasal@yahoo.co.in;

MOST REV. ISIDORE FERNANDES, BISHOP OF ALLAHABAD bpisidore@yahoo.com; bp_isidore@yahoo.com;

MOST REV. BERNARD MORAS, ARCHBISHOP OF BANGALORE archbishop@bangalorearchdiocese.com;

MOST REV. SALVADORE LOBO, BISHOP OF BARUIPUR baruipurdiocese@rediffmail.com; lobobp@vsnl.com;

MOST REV. PETER MACHADO, BISHOP OF BELGAUM belgaumdiocese@rediffmail.com; machado.peter@rediffmail.com;

MOST REV. HENRY D'SOUZA, BISHOP OF BELLARY bphousebly@hotmail.com; hdsouzain@yahoo.com;

MOST REV. LEO CORNELIO, SVD., ARCHBISHOP OF BHOPAL archdiocebpl@gmail.com; lvcornelio@gmail.com;

MEMBER, SOCIAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION, CATHOLIC BISHOPS' CONFERENCE OF INDIA

HIS EMINENCE OSWALD CARDINAL GRACIAS, ARCHBISHOP OF BOMBAY diocesebombay@gmail.com;


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