First presented at Rich Mix, Saturday 21 October 2017. 

An evening exploring revolution in Indian mythology. Featuring classical dances from South India – Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam – and the martial art Kalaripayattu.

“Akademi must be commended for for persistently pushing the agenda of bringing classical forms into the limelight”
Annapoorna Kuppuswamy

Reviewer, Pulse

In this programme the simplicity of Mohiniattam, performed by Upahaar Dance (Shalini Shivashankar), was complemented by the vivacity of Bharatanatyam, from Natyasri (Geetha Sridhar).

Kavacham | Armour

Natyasri, led by Geetha Sridhar

A portrait in dance that crowns the warrior Boy-God Lord Muruga. A peaceful revolution against
repression of any kind, expressed through
Bharatanatyam and the nuances of Kalaripayattu, a martial art with origins in Kerala.

Vijayam | Victory

Upahaar Dance, led by Shalini Shivashankar

The concept of Victory is explored in the Rama Saptham – a unique work of the Mohiniattam
repertoire, telling the story of Lord Rama’s victory over the demon King Ravana. Upahaar Dance will conclude with a thillana, highlighting the soft gentle movements characteristic to Mohiniattam.

Creative Team

Performance Coordinator: Nina Head
Lighting: Jai Morjaria
Stage Manager: Beth Hoare Barnes


Images: Simon Richardson



From Upahaar Dance School: Shalini Shivashankar, Daniella Zak Varghese, Pallavi Anand, Anekha Pillai and Rani Shenoy.

From Natyasri: SaiSupriya Sreecumaar, Deepti Umashankar, Aditi Bhatt.