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Presented at Rich Mix, Saturday 17 November 2018
Akademi’s exhilarating evening of classical Bharatanatyam and Carnatic music presented by Swati Seshadri and an ensemble of young musicians.
“Dazzled everyone with her stamina, energy and power”
“Clean lines…confident presentation of steps defined Swati’s pure dance sequences.”
Swati Seshadri performed new Bharatanatyam works, accompanied by a group of talented, emerging musicians.
The evening captured an interplay and balance between dance and music. A Carnatic vocalist herself, Swati used her wonderous musicality and fresh expressiveness.
The programme first introduced the world of the temple procession, as the deity was taken on a parade in the streets, then played with the audience’s emotions through an adrenaline-induced Varnam. In a traditional finish, a Thillana, set in an unusual 5-beat cycle, concluded the night.
Producer: Nina Head
Lighting Design: Jai Morjaria
Performer: Swati Seshadri
Choreographer: Seeta Patel
Mridangam artist: Abhiram Sahathevan
Nattuvangam artist: Vibha Selvaratnam
Vocalist: Srutti Suresan
Violinst: Aditya Venugopal
Photographer: Thackshila Udage
Swati Seshadri’s cotume was sponsored by Kanakavalli
With thanks to
Guru Smt Vasanthakumare, O S Arun, Rama Vaidyanathan, Julien Kottukapally, Sudha Seshadri, Seeta Venkatraman, Kiran Ratna & Family, Christopher Gurusamy, Kamala Devam, Shivaangee Agrawal and Shyam Patel.