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SADIR Tour: Dancing for Rajahs, Nawabs, and the Officers of the Raj
Presented at Asia House, Storey’s Field Centre (Cambridge) and LSO St. Luke’s
Dr. Swarnamalya Ganesh shares the experiences of seeking out hereditary dancers; piecing together closely guarded anecdotes and repertoire pieces.
“For the first ever time, audiences in the UK had the opportunity to watch Sadir in its most authentic incarnation”
★★★★ “It was fascinating to see Sadir brought to life again – rather like watching Alexei Ratmansky’s reconstructions of 19th century ballets with the original mimed passages and a less virtuoso technique than in modern productions. ”
Dr. Swarnamalya Ganesh and Chitra Sundaram explored the narratives, the women, and the repertoire of Sadir Āttam: the command performance of the 17th – early 20th century that was presented in darbars and salons for royalty, aristocracy and officers of The Raj.
This event presented the her-story of the Sadir dancer; her repertoire and her reputation as an articulate, charming and sophisticated performer. Dr. Swarnamalya Ganesh shared the experiences of seeking out hereditary dancers; piecing together closely guarded anecdotes and repertoire pieces.
Akademi 40th Anniversary Producer: Nina Head
Programme Host at Asia House and LSO St. Luke’s: Chitra Sundaram
Programme Host at Storey’s Field Centre, Cambridge: Dr Avanthi Meduri
Performer: Dr Swarnamalya Ganesh
Mridangam: Guru Bharadwaaj
Harmonium: Srikrishnan Balasubramanian
Vocalist: (Mysore) Sangeetha Sudhir
Asia House, SAMA Arts, Cockayne and The London Community Foundation.
With thanks to
Brij Kumar Guhare, Vibha Mehdiretta, Jay Visvadeva, Srinivas Gotru, Pamela Kember and the team at Asia House