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KUCHIPUDI AND BHARATNATYAM (article first published : 2002-06-28)

In its quest to expose the rich Indian art form of Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam to South African audiences, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (New Delhi) and the Consulate of India (Durban) in association with Nateshwar Dance Academy will present an exciting evening of Indian dance.

Ananda Shankar Jayant, a Bharatanatyam graduate of the world-renowned Kalakshetra will perform in Durban and Pietermaritzburg as part of her South African concert tour. Also trained in Kuchipudi by Sri.P.Ramalinga, Ananda is a top grade artist of Doordarshaan, the national television network in India. She has featured in major festivals both in India and abroad as an established ICCR artist.

Ananda will also present her exquisite dance form at the Grahamstown Arts Festival. Dancing with joy, Ananda imbues technique and grammar with a sparkling quality, bristling with life. She has been hailed as an intelligent and thinking dancer with contemporary sensibility, adapting technique to modern themes as is seen in her choreography of solo, group and dance ballets, both traditional and modern. Her presentations are intense and emotionally charged, striking an immediate rapport with the audience, at the same time never deviating from aesthetic sensitivity.

Ananda is an honorary Director of Shankarananda Kalakshetra, a premier institution for music and dance in Secunderbad. In USA, she was the sole representative for India Dance and during a five week exchange programme of the Rotary International culture wherein she proved her prowess as an artist and a theoretician by giving many lecture demonstrations as well as programmes. She has toured Cyprus, Egypt and UAE in 1992 and South East Asia in 1997 where she represented India at the annual International Angor festival in Cambodia.

Known as an excellent choreographer, Ananda has directed and presented four path breaking dance ballets, which have been staged widely in India and abroad. Her recent contemporary presentation What about me, raised pertinent questions on gender issues and has received kudos for choreography, aesthetics and abstraction. Her latest works are Expressions of Truth based on the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, and a mixed media work titled Easel Called Life with paintings.

Ananda and her troupe of musicians will appear in Durban at the Gujerati Kendra Hall on July 3 at 19h00 and in Pietermaritzburg at the City Hall on the July 4 at 19h00. Tickets R20 available at the door prior to the performance or from Nateshwar Dance Academy. More details from 031 208-2832.




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