In a medley of dance, fusion music, background interpretation and light and sound show, the state’s own dance form Mohiniyattam is reaching spectators in a different take. Named ‘Bhavasamhitha’, the composition created by danseuse Gayathri Govind captures the flickering emotions of the female characters in Swathi ‘kritis’.
The background interpretation is by dubbing artist Bhagyalakshmi and the music with a mix of different instruments is done by Sreevalsan J Menon.
“A different method of presentation is tried in the composition. Light and sound show will create an ambiance for the viewers to sync with the emotional changes presented by the dancer on stage. An element of drama is present throughout the one-and-a-half hour performance,” says Gayathri.
The dancer has been learning classical dance right from the age of three-and-a-half and now heads a dance troupe Silver Streak along with running a dance school ‘Thakadhimi’. She also works as a software engineer in Chennai.
Gayathri, who loves trying out experimentation in choreography, very recently introduced mural designs on the Mohiniyattam costumes, in which she also performed.
Feeling the experimentation in classical dance as challenging, she is looking forward to the reception to her latest venture. “I received both appreciation and criticism when the mural designs were tried on the Mohiniyattam costumes. So, I am prepared for both kind of reactions from the viewers and fellow artistes. I chose Mohiniyattam as it has more scope to showcase emotions on the face,” says Gayathri. The performance is at 6.15 pm on Sunday.