Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Kuchipudi Performance - Sarvani Yadavalli - Vempati Margazhi Utsav - A Report - January 2018



Kuchipudi Performance 
Sarvani Yadavalli - Vempati Margazhi Utsav 
29th December 2017


Sarvani Yadavalli - Vempati Margazhi Utsav -  29th December 2017 
- A report by Bhavanvitha Venkat



A blissful Sri Siddhendra Yogi's golden statue  welcomed the rasikas to Vempati Margazhi Utsav, Chennai. The statue was unveiled by the Deputy Chief Minister of Tamilnadu Sri Panneer Selvam on the 26th December 2017,The festival was organized by and at Kuchipudi Art Academy Chennai.

Sarvani, a student of Smt.Sobha Naidu, Sri Vedantam Radheyshyam, Smt.Seetha Nagajyothy (she initiated her Kuchipudi from Guru Raja Ram early in her childhood) performed on the 4th day of the festival. She performed two items as the slot provided to her was for forty five only.  

The two items she performed were Sandhya Tandavam and an Annamayya Keerthana "Vacchenu Alamelu Manga". Sandhya Tandavam  depict Lord Siva dancing with Parvati dancing at a time the daylight fades and the world embraces darkness. The item is timed perfect with the slot she was in the evening. This Ragamalika in Adi Talam, is written by Sri K V Satyanarayan and Music composed by Gopala Krishna and Sarvani herself choreographed the item.

With Brahma, Vishnu, Saraswathi, and Indra in accompaniment with musical instruments, Shiva and Parvati dance with bliss on Mount Kailash.  A piece of such grand imagery needs matching choreography. This is a fast paced item in which words are easy to comprehend and follow and the piece is set to charecterastic rhythm adn vibrancy. 

Sarvani captured the attention right away, her comfort and ease evident. Her choreography so naturally aligned to suit her dancing style incorporating her natural strengths be it her expressive eyes or the powerful postures finished to perfection captured the audience. Her sculpturesque portrayals of the various character and quick transformation as Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati made this item stand out.  

The next item was an Annamayya Keerthana, "Vachhenu Alamelu Manga".  This piece flows with all the poetic excellence and describes the arrival of the Goddess. The item is created as a Pravesa dharu of Kuchipudi tradition is choreographed by her Guru Dr Sobha Naidu in a ragamalika set to Adi Talam.  The dance narrative depicts the navarasas with interpretations. The interpretation of navarasas with associated stories make it long and at the same time give scope to the dancer to show her caliber. 

Sarvani has the talent, energy and ease to make an impact through her performance and she looks even more comfortable to her choreography. Her performance naturally has the Andhra look, flavor and feel so essential and representative of Kuchipudi.

With her potential she should venture to study and perform the Vaggeyakaras keerthanas and present them through her own choreography. The classical nature of such items would be much closer to the tradition besides giving opportunity and scope to sharpen her dancing mind. There is certainly a need for such dance and dancers in the current times.



The dignitaries showered praise on the young dancer. 

Contributor: *Bhavanvitha Venkat is a Writer, Kuchipudi Dancer. He is also an advisor of cultural organizations. 



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Saturday, 3 February 2018

PriyaLasya - Newsletter & Magazine - February 2018



Kuchipudi dancer, Kala Ratna Guru Sri Vempati Ravi Shankar no more. 

Gudiya Sambrahma Festival and Gudi Sambaralu 



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Kalakendra

Sunanda Nair

Gowri


PRIYALASYA - DANCE REPORTS & REVIEWS
SARVANI - VEMPATI MARGAZHI UTSAV - December 2017
PRIYALASYA - ARTICLES - DR HAREESH - AN APPEAL TO DANCERS & ORGANIZERS
PRIYALASYA - REMEMBERING KALA RATNA VEMPATI RAVI SHANKAR

A POEM
Kuchipudi Dance Academy - Smt Lakshmi Babu



Surrender Through Art..
   "Surrender through art allows a surreal euphoria to engulf one's being. An experience made possible only through the guiding light and knowledge of a Guru, grateful to be a disciple of Padmashree Ranjana Gauhar ji who makes it possible"

- Vrindha Chadha. 

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Sunday, 31 December 2017

PRIYALASYA - JANUARY 2018 - NEWSLETTER


We now enter a new calendar year. The Margazhi season is with us to guide into 2018 and we all are happy that the year 2017 gave us a wonderful season. Another good news that came about was that Chennai  now has got international recognition and inclusion in the form of UNESCO Creative Cities Network for its rich musical tradition.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, congratulating the city: “Chennai’s contribution to our rich culture is precious. This is a proud moment for India.” Here is the news reportA total of 64 cities from 44 countries have joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, the organisation’s website said.

The season that we are experiencing has also brought in analytical and intense debates on various issues concerning the art. Some of them were about the very traditions that helped evolve classical dance Bharatanatyam, the need to respect the origins and to recognize the contributions of Devdasi community. 

We included some news that dimensions the scope of Bharatanatyam in the News-Bits section. Feel free to forward your opinions, thoughts and views. 

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MADHURIMA NARLA


DEVIKA



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The headgear adorned by the Odissi dancer is full of symbolism 

The flowers at the back represent the kadamb flowers which are said to be a favourite of Lord Krishna, the presiding deity in Odissi. The buds on the side represent the sun rays, 
While the centre piece represent the Jaganath Puri Temple tower

#myodissiodyssey 
PC: @Tim Dennell

Surrender Through Art..




Surrender through art allows a surreal euphoria to engulf one's being. An experience made possible only through the guiding light and knowledge of a Guru, grateful to be a disciple of Padmashree Ranjana Gauhar ji who makes it possible - Vrindha Chadha. 

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Saturday, 23 December 2017

PriyaLasya - NewsLetter - December 2017


PRIYALASYA - MARGAZHI SCHEDULES SECTION




JANAKI RANGARAJAN
PRATEEKSHA KASHI


DANCE FESTIVAL
THE MUSIC ACADEMY, MADRAS
SEASON 2018

VEMPATI MARGAZHI UTSAV 2017
RAGINI CHANDRASHEKAR
BHAVYA RAMACHANDRAN
Meenakshi Srinivasan
Kuchipudi - Mosalikantis
Natya Kala Conference - December 2017
MADHURIMA NARLA
KSHITHIJA KASARAVALLI
MANASVINI KR

PRIYALASYA - MARGAZHI - SOME INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES 
Mohiniyattam Recital
SREELAKSHMI NAMBOOTHIRI
International Sree Sankara Dance and Music Festival 2017 
DATE: 23rd of December- Saturday at 5:00pm
 Town/ City : Kalady




PRIYALASYA - ARTICLES SECTION

Chennai Margazhi - Performance Opportunities For Other Classical Dance Forms


PRIYALASYA - SELECT TOPICS SECTION

Appointing Director for Kalakshetra Foundation
Discussions about Devdasi Tradition 


PRIYALASYA ARTICLES - LINKS

Everything Possible Within The Margam - Rama Vaidyanathan knows how to infuse freshness into the traditional repertoire - The Hindu




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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

PriyaLasya - NewsLetter - November 2017



November 2017

Articles:
Movements in Bharatanatyam

 
Movements in Bharatanatyam - A Thought & Few Queries - Janaki Rangarajan

Natya Parampara - Report : Srividya 


  Natya Parampara 

Natya Parampara




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News of Interest

Review: Bending It Like Bharatanatyam By SIOBHAN BURKE - The New York Times

The Sunday Guardian-23-Sep-2017

Aptly referred to as the ‘adiguru’ of Odissi, Guru Pankaj Charan Das was the guru of all the founder-fathers of Odissi dance – Kelucharan Mohapatra, Mayadhar Raut and Debaprasad Das – apart from most of the next generation of Odissi gurus who are internationally known today. And ironically, he had been the most unsung Odissi legend.


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Saturday, 21 October 2017

PriyaLasya - Newsletter - October 2017

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News of Interest

'Bharatanatyam and ballet as dance forms are quite similar'

The Sunday Guardian-23-Sep-2017

For the love of Odissi

The Hindu-19-Oct-2017

Twenty one years ago, she left her home in Tokyo and came to India to establish a permanent link with the love of her life — Odissi

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