November 15, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Nehru Centre
8 S Audley St
Mayfair, London W1K 1HF


This production brings together the works of masters across various disciplines in the format of a margam (bharatanatyam repertoire) comprising separate pieces. A fresh approach to the orchestral accompaniment sees the inclusion of a string section, with violins, violas and cellos, in addition to the traditional orchestra comprising the mridangam, the flute and the veena. The vocals are by Sri O. S. Arun, Pradeep Vijay and Krithika Aravind (senior disciple of Smt Bombay Jayashree) The string orchestra is by the Madras Chamber Orchestra.

The artists

Viraja Mandhre & Shyamjith Kiran are a dynamic couple trained from the illustrious Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai. Both have previously been a part of the Kalakshetra repertory company taking up major roles and also taught as part time faculty at their alma mater. They have had the rich experience of working with legends in their field like The Dhananjayans and Smt. Leela Samson. The duo has also been in trained in Kathakali under their guru Sadanam Balakrishnan. Some of their critically acclaimed works include, Pareekshana, Mudivil Oru Aarambam, Svam, Aham, Rekha, Eeram and Samaagati.

Celebrating 40 inspiring years.

2019 is Akademi’s 40th anniversary year and we want to celebrate the breadth and richness of South Asian dance in the UK. We’ve invited artists to submit information on London-based events that they are planning between April 2019 and April 2020 to form the Akademi Associated programme.