VIPLAV @ Rich Mix
October 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm£10 - £12
Moments of revolution in Classical Indian dance
Akademi presents Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam, a rarely seen dance style from Kerala, in VIPLAV, an evening exploring the moments of revolution in Indian mythology.
The concept of Vijayam or Victory is emphasised through Lasya based movements and elaborate Abhinaya, characteristic to Mohiniattam. A revolutionary piece, Rama Saptham was resurrected by Late Kalamandalam Kalyanikuttyamma in late 1900s. Traditionally, Saptham was performed through the entire evening but Kalyanikuttyamma pursued the idea of including it into the modern repertoire whilst retaining some salient features. It tells the story of Lord Rama’s victory over the demon King Ravana from the famous epic Ramayana.
Kavacham or Armour is a portrait in dance that crowns the warrior Boy-god Lord Muruga. The poetic hymn urges the lord to design an armour to protect oneself from various predicaments of life, both mental and physical. Though this 16th century text is pertinent to a bygone era, its contemporaneousness enables it to be appropriated with the current issues be it human violence, epidemics, injustice or suffering.
Kavacham – a peaceful revolution against repression, expressed through the idiom of Bharatanatyam, and nuances of Kalaripayattu.