Ameya Jammi

Dance blogger, former reporter for W&M News and Flat Hat
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Feb 8, 2019
A little bit of joy

I received this lovely gift today from one amazing woman who has encouraged, mentored, and inspired me for the last five years. I certainly did not know when I first met her that she would become one of my biggest cheerleaders. I moved back home to…

Jan 22, 2019
ICAPS, ICAPS, ICAPS

I’ve been a lot quieter here than usual because I’ve spent the past few weeks getting things geared up for the sixth year of ICAPS. That’s what’s on my mind, so that’s what I shall write about. First - the origin story. It was January 2014. We were…

Jan 21, 2019
Thoughts on self-assessment

I had this drafted a couple of weeks ago, so it’s long overdue. Hopefully, it’s as helpful to you as it was for me. I was recently talking with my grandfather, Sri Tumuluri Satyagopal, when he was laying out three ways a student of the performing…

Dec 30, 2018
A look back, a look forward

I didn’t plan to take a hiatus for the month of December, but as John Lennon sang, life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. I realized a couple of days ago, with a bit of surprise, that this time last year, I was waiting…

Nov 30, 2018
A question of identity

I have always envied people who have a strong sense of self and identity, whether it is their culture, or their profession, their hometown, sports team, their passion… I feel like every marker of identity I’ve had has come with an asterisk, starting…

Nov 18, 2018
This weekend's lec demo

The last ICAPS event of the year is typically a lecture demonstration. We wrapped up the fifth season with Sri Vijay Ganesh’s interactive lec-demo about the differences in the way the music is rendered and accompanied for kutcheries and dance…

Nov 11, 2018
The Power of Ritual

Just a quick thought this time… One thing we can learn from the way our classical arts are structured is that ritual and practice are the key. One can read about the theory of music or dance (or yoga or meditation or skiing or any other number of…

Nov 7, 2018
Finding balance with rhythm

One misconception that I keep running into is that tala is “innate” or a talent of a select few. We always talk about how complex the Indian tala system (which is true), and how difficult some tala structures or rhythmic phrases are to attain (which…

Oct 21, 2018
Kamakshim Kalayami

Navaratri has become my favorite time of the year, as much as it always ends up being a whirlwind period of rehearsals, practices, and programs. This year was no different, and the nine days were coupled with my own midterm projects for university.…

Sep 21, 2018
The Nayikas of Hamilton

Sorry for missing last week’s post - some sort of nasty bug was making its way through our house. Here’s one that’s been kicking around in my head for a few months. I’ll do my best to have a few up for the next several weeks. Cover photo is from Dr. …

Sep 4, 2018
The Role of Dancers in Society

My second semester has begun at the University of Silicon Andhra, and I am back to thinking about the role of dancers in society, but this time, from the perspective of Sanskrit texts. Dr. Sumithra Velury was discussing the primary treatises for the …

Aug 17, 2018
As the summer winds down

From middle school on, I can mark my summers with what happened in dance. There was the summer in Pittsburgh. There were summers when classes went from daily from 9 am to 5 pm. There was the summer spent at dance class in Vizag, the one touring for …

Aug 2, 2018
Tala & Dance: An Introduction

This is an updated version of an introduction to tala and rhythm I wrote several years ago for our dance class students. Note: This does not go into the sapta talas (or 35 talas) or differentiate between that tala system and the chapu tala system. …

Jul 27, 2018
Thoughts on Guru Pournami

Om Sri Gurubhyoh Namah My mother has often told me, a Guru is one who removes darkness. That is a beautiful definition, for all its layered implications. For someone to remove darkness, there must exist darkness, and there must exist something beyond …

Jul 22, 2018
A Mirror to the Soul

The following piece is part of a series being written for the Sri Sai Narayana Organization newsletter. One of the major initiatives here at the Sai temple has been providing a platform for Indian classical music and dance forms through the annual …