November 17, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd
London E1 6LA
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Join Akademi for an exhilarating evening of classical Bharatanatyam and Carnatic music presented by Swati Seshadri and an ensemble of young musicians.

Swati Seshadri performs a new Bharatanatyam margam choreographed by multi-award winning Seeta Patel, accompanied by a group of talented, emerging musicians.

Margam refers the journey of discovery through dance, music and emotion that spans the evening. Peek into a captivating world of interplay and balance between dance and music. As a Carnatic vocalist herself Swati has a wonderous musicality and fresh expressiveness in her performances that is not to be missed.

The evening will introduce you to the world of the temple procession, as the deity is taken on a parade in the streets, then play with your emotions through an adrenaline-inducing piece, the Varnam. This will thrill your senses with complex rhythmic verses, and tug at your heart strings as Swati plays a love-struck protagonist who starts a conversation with Lord Krishna, asking him, “even after all this time, is it fair for you to treat me so?” How will he respond? Will her love remain unrequited?

In a traditional finish to an evening of Bharatanatyam, a Thillana, set in an unusual 5-beat cycle, will conclude the night.

Who’s involved

Since completing her dance arangetram in 2005 with Guru Vasanthakumare where the late Padmasri Adyar Lakshman graced the occasion, Swati Seshadri has continued with further training and dedicated practice. She currently trains with Seeta Patel and has begun her venture into choreography and teaching. She is an able vocalist – both a soloist and an accompanist for dance, currently training with O S Arun.
Abhiram Sahathevan learns Mridangam under the tutelage of Sri M Balachandar. He has established himself as one of the most captivating percussionists among classical dancers and musicians. He was awarded the title of “Kalalayaratnapooshan” by Late Padmasri Adyar Lakshman for the best Mridangist at the dance music festival in Chennai.
Vibha Selvaratnam began her Bharatanatyam training with her mother Kiran Ratna. As she develops her dance career, she performs throughout the UK, most notably with her solo shows which include her own choreographies. She is also leading regular classes in Exeter and Plymouth through the ISTD syllabus.
Aditya Venugopal, a young violinist, is a disciple of Guru Sri Balu Raguraman. He has performed as a solo artist and has accompanied his Guru on many platforms in the UK, Europe and India. He is a 2nd year Aerospace Engineering student at the University of Surrey.

Srutti Suresan began her Carnatic vocal training under her mother Smt. Sumathy Suresan, with whom she successfully completed her arangetram and now receives further training from Dr. Rajkumar Bharathi. As a vocalist and a lapsteel guitarist, she is a member of the UK’s national ensemble for Indian music, Tarang. Currently, Srutti holds a music scholarship at Barts and the London School of Medicine on the western violin, where she is currently studying medicine.

Madhusoodanan is a flutist based in London, who specialises in Indian Classical and film music, as a soloist and accompanying artist. Madhusoodanan is the first student of “Venuganamani” P. Gnanavarathan. He has also learnt from S. Shashank and “Sikkil” Mala Chandrashekar. Madhusoodanan has accompanied playback singers such as KS Chithra, Vijayaprakash, Srinivas and “Malgudi” Shuba amongst others. Madhusoodanan has had the honour of performing in front of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, in Puttaparthi India, in 2004, 2005 and 2007, which he considers as the greatest blessing in his life.Madhusoodanan is also a committed teacher and teaches Carnatic flute in Harrow.