Date(s) - 30/09/2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
RUANG by ThinkCity
The Storytelling Of Bharatanatyam In NATYA – THROUGH TIME
During Navarathri, a nine-day Hindu festival dedicated to the Goddesses Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi, it is customary to witness natya (music, dance and drama) performances in temples around the world.
In conjunction with this festival, the Mahavidya Dance Theatre is presenting a one-night only special performance called Natya-Through Time that aims to introduce the history of natya, spanning over a 2,500-period to the 21st century. The performance will take place on Saturday, 30th September 2017, 5PM at RUANG by ThinkCity at No2, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur.
The dance performance will be interspersed with re-enactments of specific episodes that highlight the rituals, trials and tribulations faced by the art form and its practitioners, over this period.
“These episodes, which are drawn from various epigraphic inscriptions and texts by prominent scholars, will be presented in the form of mono-lingual acting,” said Mahavidya Dance Theatre co-founder and choreographer Sheela Raghavan-Tan, a veteran performer who was voted best dancer in the Bharatanatyam category at a national dance competition in 2002 and conferred the Natya Vithagar award in India in 2008.
Selected historical characters portrayed in this storytelling include Amrapalli, a dancer who lived during the times of Gautama Buddha, in the city of Vaisali; Chozhavalli, daughter of a Chola king turned dancer around 1,000 c.e.; and E.V. Krishna Iyer, a dance activist, Indian lawyer, freedom-fighter and classical artist who was responsible for popularising the dying art of Bharatanatyam in south India.
Natya – Through Time will be presented by 14 dancers, while music selection is by Mahavidya Dance Theatre co-collaborator, Nirmala Raghavan, an award-winning bilingual writer and Indian music and dance critic.
Mahavidya Dance Theatre is a non-profit dance school that promotes arts to all youth, irrespective of their social-economic backgrounds. The students recently participated in the ChildAid Asia 2017 Charity Concert that saw some 100 youths participating in music, dance and vocals from several Asia-Pacific countries.
Admission to Natya-Through Time, supported by ThinkCity, is free but donations are most welcomed at the door and all proceeds from concerts are used to support the teaching of classical arts to less privileged students. For more information on Natya-Through Time, please follow Mahavidya Dance Theatre on facebook.com/mahavidyadance.