STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Classical Mudras, Picture Book-style

Delhi-based bharathanatyam dancer Rama Vaidyanathan will present Chitravali — A Picture Book on Krishnamaya, that is based on miniature paintings, at the Natya Darshan Conference by Kartik Fine Arts on December 19

Published: 03rd December 2014 06:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd December 2014 06:03 AM   |  A+A-

Rama-Vaidyanathan

CHENNAI: For renowned dancer Rama Vaidyanathan, following the traditional format of bharathanatyam leaves immense scope for infusing an element of freshness and creativity. The renowned danseuse will present Chitravali at the Natya Darshan Conference on December 19.

Talking about her performances for this season and her latest production that will have hindustani music — tabla, bansuri and sarangi — Rama says, “Chitravali’s music will comprise khyal bandish, thumri and taraana, along with the instruments that are an essential part of Hindustani music.”  With live music, the vocal for the production will be rendered by a Hindustani artiste Ranita Dey.

Rama says that she is confident that a unique concept like this would be readily accepted by the Chennai audience. “The music is completely Hindustani and it sticks to the roots of the school of music completely. But the concept and the approach are different. It is a traditional bharathanatyam production. The city is a cultural hub, I am sure they will readily accept it,” she adds.

Apart from the performance at the Natya Darshan Festival, she will also be presenting Dwita — Duality of Life, a duet with her daughter Dakshina at the Brahma Gana Sabha, apart from performing at the Krishna Gana Sabha, Narada Gana Sabha and The Music Academy.

Learning the dance form under the tutelage of the legendary Yamini Krishnamurthi, Rama later also trained under Saroja Vaidyanathan. In the performance arena for more than two decades now, Rama has been picking contemporary themes for production. However, she maintains that the topic doesn’t dilute or change the basic grammar that guides the dance form.

Rama recently staged Brahma Kalpa that touched upon the big bang theory, the creation of earth and the eternal universe. “They may be about contemporary issues, but at the same time they are in a bharathanatyam format,” she adds.

Teaching at the Ganesha Natyalaya started by her mother-in-law, Rama has also been taking forward the legacy of her guru. While being raised in a city like Delhi has exposed her to a whole range of topics, languages and culture, she has been tackling the challenge of making a mark as an exponent in a dance form that is non-native. She says, “I got married into a family where dance was the order of the day. Living in a city like Delhi has an advantage of providing a holistic view of arts. The disadvantage was that I was a Delhi ponnu performing in Chennai. It took me time to establish that I was as good as a native dancer,” she says.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp