Two creative and innovative Artistic Directors are making waves in the arena of Bharatha Natyam, Indian Classical Dance.
Ajith Bhaskaran Dass and Nadarajan Muniandy are once again combining their talents to present their new work in Bharatha Natyam. They believe firmly in exploring the subtle nuances of Bharatha Natyam and in offering a wider range and choice of its themes, using it not only as a repertoire but even as a language of its own. Giving audiences 120 minutes of non-stop dance, their latest presentation Vismaya Vriksha…Dancing, The Tree on 30th and 31st July 2011 at the MaTiC Auditorium, Jalan Ampang, KL will feature Ajith and Nadarajan along with their dancers from Suvarna Fine Arts and Subraanjali Dance Theatre respectively.
Vismaya Vriksha is a thematic presentation pushing the boundaries of Bharatha Natyam. It is an interpretation of Bharatha Natyam from a new point of embarkation. Whilst traditionally Indian Classical dance productions have focused on themes revolving around the Hindu pantheon of deities, this production takes on a global theme centred around “trees”. It is an exploration across the boundaries of this classical style of some of the resonance and references that the word ‘tree’ conjures in our culture. Dance, poetry, literature and music were the muses that channeled the creative energy of Ajith and Nadarajan.
Vismaya Vriksha meaning The Enchanted Tree in Sanskrit describes the pivotal role a tree plays in our lives. The tree also features prominently as a protagonist in Indian Folklore and mythology. As young children, we play under the tree. Birds and animals take shelter under its widespread arms and even make their homes within its branches. As young adults the tree is the backdrop for youthful dreams and desires, romantic alliances and almost a confidante. As we grow older, it is from this tree that we draw wisdom from. It is strong and silent and teaches us the art of peace, making us one with nature.
“The poetry of Rabindranath Tagore was our inspiration, especially the poem Bano Bani – Song of the Forest.” said Ajith.
The chance reading of the poem and the specific line ‘Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven’ was the trigger point in mooting Ajith to choose this theme.
“Reading this verse made me realise that trees are an important presence on Mother Earth that should not be taken for granted and hence I toyed with the idea of presenting the need to protect our environment using my artform, dance, as a medium to communicate this message.” continued Ajith.
“What we have conceptualised and will be presenting, while modern in its theme and process, is still steeped in classicism. We have continued to adhere to the orthodoxy of Bharatha Natyam. In fact, the movements of Bharatha Natyam is so rich that it is able to lend itself to any theme or idea.” added Nadarajan.
Ajith and Nadarajan need little introduction. Both are artistes, creators and talents to be reckoned with in the field of Bharatha Natyam.
Meena Kumaree, who is the producer as well as the narrator for this production said, “The passion shown by these dancers in creating new works within the framework of Bharatha Natyam has continually excited me. I personally feel that creativity in classical dance is understated and often sidelined. Hence the voice that these dancers have given classical dance has mooted me to work on this third project together with them.”
This is Ajith, Nada and Meena’s collaboration together after Ananda Absolute! in 2009 and Raghava Yadhava in 2010.
Vismaya Vriksha features original lyrics and music score. This is the first time this kind of thematic presentation with original lyrics and score has been attempted in Malaysia. The lyrics were composed by V Balakrishnan, a Singapore based Bharatha Natyam dance artiste and the Artistic Director of Bharathaanjali, Singapore. Taking the concept and ideas of Ajith and Nada and what they wished to perform on stage, Bala then wrote the lyrics accordingly. The music score was composed by various musicians including T S Lazar from Singapore and Achyuthan Sashitharan Nair from Kuala Lumpur. Eminent flutist from India G S Rajan also scored some music as well as the complete music arrangement.
The production features live musicians including well-known Malaysian Carnatic musicians, Bhavani Logeswaran the vocalist and Theban Arumugam on the mridangam.
“We are using the vast vocabulary of Bharatha Natyam to write poetry through dance and to create brilliant original choreography and not just regurgitate old repertoire.” concluded both Ajith and Nadarajan.
Vismaya Vriksha…Dancing, The Tree will be staged at the MaTiC Auditorium, Jalan Ampang, KL on Saturday 30th, and Sunday, 31st July 2011 at 7.30pm.
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Meena Kumaree (017-3310609)
Santha Nantha (017-2402329)
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