19 – 21 Oct 2018
Fri – Sun
Fri: 7.15pm & 8.15pm
Sat: 6.15pm, 7.15pm & 8.15pm
Sun: 7.15pm & 8.15pm
With origins that trace back to the ancient temple dancers of Tamil Nadu in Southern India, bharatanatyam is one of the eight Indian classical dance forms. Its intricacy can be seen in the striking footwork, coupled with a sophisticated vocabulary of gestures in hand, eye and facial movements, all performed with the dancer's upper torso fixed upright, bent legs or knees flexed out.
This bharatanatyam presentation opens with the Alarippu (meaning “flowering bud”), an invocation piece that symbolises the offering of respect to God, the guru or teacher, and the audience. Different parts of the body are activated before the actual programme: the dancer's limbs are warmed up by simple movements; the mind is focused in the precise rhythms; while the emotions are activated by the harmony and beauty of the choreography, and the inner joy of dance, which sets the stage for the more complicated dance items that follow.
Following that are two descriptive dance pieces on nature: Mayura Nrittam is a dance piece which describes the beauty of peacocks and their interaction with nature, while the other, Keerthanam, is an original composition about Mother Nature and how mankind treats her. Ending the presentation will be a traditional Thillana (climax), a purely rhythmic dance performed at the end of a bharatanatyam recital.
Co-founder of Omkar Arts and classical dancer and choreographer Mdm Sreedevy Sivarajasingam will set the pace for the dancers as the nattuvanar (a person who plays the set of cymbals called nattuvangam), accompanied by a small concert ensemble.
About Omkar Arts
Omkar Arts was founded in 1987. Rooted in the classical form of bharatanatyam, the company focuses on contemporising Indian classical dance styles.