Kuchipudi –Jai Kishore Mosalikanti and Group, Chennai

Kuchipudi one of India’s eight main classical dances styled combines fast rhythms with fluid movements, creating a nice blend of control and abandon, strength and delicacy. The little village of Kuchipudi in Andhra Pradesh is the birth place of this quick silver and scintillating dance form. Performed to classical carnatic music, it shares many common elements with Bharatanatyam. Born into an artist family with Chennai violinist M.S Rao for father, Sri Jaikishore Mosalikanti began his career in Kuchipudi under the guidance of Padmabhushan Guru Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam. With rigorous training Jaikishore developed a deep understanding of the nuances of the art, which he sees as an unbroken thread of cultural memories of myth, religion, music and rhythm. Jaikishore’s thoughtfulness and depth also marks his highly acclaimed choreography. His compositions honour the precedents set by his Guru while developing a unique personal style with his innovative use of rhythms and rhythmic variations. The presentation begins with a traditional prayer song to the goddess Balatripurasundari of Kuchipudi village. Followed by a composition by Mauthuswamy Dikshitar in praise of Saraswati , the goddess who is the personification of wisdom and knowledge,who removes darkness of ignorance. This will be followed by Tarangam unique piece in Kuchipudi repertoire wherein the dancer must dance upon a brass plate. The finale of the show would be through thillana the rhythmic movements, footwork and patterns set to the musical genius of Dr. M Balakrishna Murli.

14th October, Tuesday

Ananya - Purana Qila, New Delhi -  October 11  -  October 15, 2008

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