Ishwara – Dance of the Supreme

Bharatanatyam Performance

(90 mins)

Ishwara is a thematic repertoire dedicated to Lord Shiva highlighting his various facets – Adiyogi, Ardhanarishwara and Nataraja. Ramya Ramnath is a senior disciple of Dr. Prakriti Bhaskar, a dancer, teacher and choreographer of the traditional Pandanallur school of Bharatanatyam in the lineage of veteran nattuvanar T. S. Kadhirvelu Pillai. This school is known for its unique cross-rhythm technique in nritta choreography while remaining rooted in the old style of restraint and subtlety in movements and expression. Ramnath has trained for nearly 15 years under her guru and is one of the leading dancers of their dance troupe – Nrityamandala Dance Ensemble.

Concept & Choreography: Dr. Prakriti Bhaskar

Utkarsh: In Reverence to the Maestro

The Utkarsh series presents eminent masters from the world of dance, in recognition of their artistic prowess, knowledge and lifelong dedication and contribution to the art form. Founder and artistic director of Sanjali Centre for Odissi Dance, Sharmila Mukerjee’s lecture-demonstration will involve understanding the technical aspects of the dance as learnt from her guru, Kelucharan Mohapatra, interspersed with her creations over the years. She will also provide a deeper insight into abhinayas and short pieces of traditional repertoire as well as present choreographed pieces that revolve around the different shades of womanhood, such as Kaikeyi and Sookshma.