As Bharatanatyam and Manipuri come together in this one hour and twenty minute ballet, one can witness a choreographic presentation that combines the beauty and grace of these two different dance forms. The theme of the ballet is based on the concepts of creation mentioned in the Hindu sacred texts. This production, which is aided by the Ministry of Culture, government of India, is the outcome of elaborate research done on the subject of dance and creation.
Bharatanatyam exponent Shashikala Ravi, who is also the founder of Amritanjali School of Bharatanatyam, will be presenting a thematic classical dance production called the Creation of Life. Along with Manipuri dancer Suman Sarawgi from Kolkata, she will be presenting a performance that delves into deeper meanings of life and creation.
“Nritya Sangam is an aesthetic symphony that will explore dance through the concepts of Rigveda and sacred Hindu religious texts. This is an abstract concept presented through a dance form where it is talking about evolution, cycle of life and portraying that through music and emotions,” explains Shashikala Ravi.
Ravi reveals that work on the music and choreography of the production started about six months back. “The show will be live and there will be visuals shown in between the dances. The music will not be live as it would have been difficult for us to perform, as 11 of us are performing on the day,” adds Ravi.
A lot of work had to be done with respect to the music and choreography. “We did our individual set of music and choreography and sent it across. We then brought the audio together in the studio,” shares Ravi.
The dance highlights the mystery of creation, a topic that has foxed mankind for ages. Though there are several existing theories in science and mythology, there is not a single one that is universally accepted. The puzzle of creation has been explained in various places in our Hindu religious texts — the Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas. This production attempts to unravel this mystery through a choreographic presentation that blends two classical dance forms.
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