Saturday, July 10, 2010

Sita-A Movement monologue by Veena Basavarajaiah

Veena Basavarajaiah presents her solo work Maya & Sita.

on 10th July 2010- Bangalore @ Kh Kalasoudha, Hanumanthnagar Bangalore 
@ 7-30 pm
Tickets Rs 100/

"MAYA"-Beyond the illusion of time and perception. A piece performed and choreographed by Veena Basavarajaiah created at the Gati Residency, New Delhi, August 2009

Can you go back in time? Is there time? What is the point of reference? Are we ageing? Have you experienced stillness? perception of the world is limited to the things that we can touch, taste, smell and see,Can we look beyond the sphere of perception ? Experience beyond light?
The dormant eye of the mind - the only vision capable of giving the whole picture, able to see things and make connections that the inferior senses couldn't even comprehend, lays low in a state of unused perceived extinction.. 'Maya' piece explores the concept of the illusion of perception and Mechanical time.

Music-Suchet Malhotra, Conceptulaization & Research- Suhas Kaundinya

Sita-A Movement monologue by Veena Basavarajaiah

"Snusha Dashrathasya thwam, raamasya Mahishee priya, janakasya sutharaagnaha, swagathamthe pathivrathe"

One who is Dashrathas' daughter-in-law, and the dear wife of raama, who is also the daughter of Janaka , I welcome thee, the chaste one!  

 Ramayana essentially a literary work on Indian politics and society portrays Sita as the archetype of an Indian Woman being the perfect daughter and an ideal wife..  This piece takes you on an emotional journey of the Ramayana from a womans' perspective. A movement monolugue that gives you an insight into her mind , body and soul. A contemporary performance exploring the abhinaya aspects of Bharatnatyam is set to the original verses of Valmiki Ramayana.  The movement vocabulary of Sita– followed the [histrionic] tenet of bharatanatyam ' yatho hastha , thatho drishti...'which demands of the performer that ‘where the hand goes, the eye follows’. As for the music, the rhythm of the verses from the text to add voice to movements. the music and movements stimulate each other and have some sort of a dialogue

Research- Dr Sharada Narayan( Sanskrit Scholar)

Veena Basavarajaiah has been trained in the classical dance form of Bharatnatyam along with training in Kalaripayattu contemporary dance and ballet. She has also had the privilege of working with the renowned Contemporary dance companies of U.K ,Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company and Angika Dance Company and has peformed on various platforms across UK and Europe A recipient of Special Mention Young Achievers Award in 2007 and also an epanneled artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.She is one of the upcoming contemporary and classical solo artistes of India. She is also a free lancer working with various dance companies including Natyantharanga, Kalari Academy , Nritarutya, Yana Lewis dance Company, Attakkalari , Gati Forum & does collaborative work with musicains, theatre and multi media artistes. She also conducts creative movement workshops for children, teachers & Individuals with special needs across the country and has been working towards incorporating performing arts in the main stream of education.

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