Shashikala Ravi and Suman Sarawgi present
August 17 & 18, 2012 Pune
July 27, 2012
Shashikala Ravi (Pune) and Suman Sarawgi (Kolkata) and troupe will present a thematic classical dance production NRITYA SANGAM, an aesthetic symphony exploring Creation of Life blending Bharatanatyam and Manipuri, a production aided by Ministry of Culture (Govt. of India).
-17th August 2012, 6.30pm
Venue: Namdeo Sabhagraha, University of Pune
Hosted by ICCR, Pune as a part of Horizon series in collaboration with Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune
- 18th August 2012, 6.30pm
Venue: Amritanjali Dance Studio, Viman Nagar, Pune
Hosted by Amritanjali School of Bharatanatyam, Pune
Contact: Shashikala Ravi for further details: 996062798 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: www.amritanjali.com / www.sumansarawgi.com
The mystery of creation has foxed mankind for ages. Even science cannot exactly pinpoint how creation has occurred though there are several existing theories. The puzzle of creation has been explained in various places in our Hindu religious texts - the Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas. We are going to unravel the puzzle of CREATION through this exciting choreographic presentation blending two classical dance forms.
The Rigveda contains several mythological and poetical accounts of the origin of the world, hymns praising the gods, and ancient prayers for life, prosperity, etc. It is one of the oldest texts in any Indo-European language. The Nasadiya Sukta, of the Rig Veda questions the attribution of creation and the origins of the universe. The Upanishads bring out the significance of OM in creation. How the Brahman created the five elements through one word OM. Thereafter, the sun, the moon, the stars, planets, deserts, heaven and earth were created. The Puranas speak of the creation of the Trinity – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, their consorts and all other gods. They speak of creation, preservation and destruction as roles taken over by the Trinity to continue the cycle of the universe.
This exciting choreographic presentation of 75 minutes blending two very different dance styles Bharatanatyam and Manipuri brings out all these concepts from the Hindu sacred texts. This production is the outcome of long research capturing the abstract concept of CREATION in the form of a dance drama.
Shashikala Ravi (www.amritanjali.com) is the founder director of Amritanjali School of Bharatanatyam in Pune. She is the senior disciple of late guru Swarna Saraswathy (from the Tanjavore Devadasi Parampara) of Bharatanatya Academy, Delhi. Shashikala also learnt abhinaya from Guru Kalanidhi Narayan.
She holds a postgraduate degree in Bharatanatyam and is pursuing her PhD in Bharatanatyam under Dr. Malati Agniswaran, Head of Bharatanatyam Dept, Nalanda Institute, Mumbai. She is trained in Carnatic vocal music under her mother Thanga Varadarajan. A recipient of Natya Ratna and Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Natya Parishad Awards, she is an empanelled artiste with the ICCR, New Delhi and IRCEN - India International Rural Cultural Centre. She is a member of the International Dance Council and World Dance Alliance – Asia Pacific. She is a graded artiste with Doordarshan and has been featured in magazines like Citadel and Business India.
Shashikala Ravi has released two Bharatanatyam DVDs titled THE DANCE OF SHIVA exploring some of the cosmic dances of Lord Shiva and TYĀGA BRAHMĀNJALI, a tribute to Sṛi Tyāgaraja. These DVDs are released as a part of Sanskriti series by Swathi Soft Solutions, Chennai. She is the owner of Amritanjali Dance Studio where she regularly hosts classical dance and music festivals.
She has performed widely in India and abroad in countries like Germany, Greece, Sri Lanka, UK and Malaysia. Besides achievements in the field of dance, Shashikala Ravi also holds postgraduate degrees in Zoology and Education.
Suman Sarawgi (www.sumansarawgi.com) started her training under Priti Patel and Sruti Banerjee in 1990. She specialized in all four aspects of classical Manipuri dance i.e. Lai- Haraoba, Thang-Ta, Sankirtana and Rasleela. She received further training under the guidance of eminent Gurus Ojha Th. Babu Singh, Ojha Kh. Thorani Sabi Devi, Lokendrajit Singh and Lakshmi Devi, senior artistes of Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal.
She is a graded artiste of Doordarshan and an empanelled artiste of ICCR. Along with Priti Patel she has performed in major dance festivals in India and abroad such as Khajuraho Festival, Uday Shankar Festival, and Festival of New Choreographies in Delhi and in Bangladesh, Nepal, Poland and Germany. Independently she has performed for the Dover Lane Festival, Uday Shankar Festival, Jaipur, and in UK and Malaysia. She was selected by Rotary International to perform and conduct workshops in Australia in 2004. She has successfully conducted workshops in Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia and UK.
Suman was awarded the Shiromani Puraskar by Rotary International for her contribution towards dance, received the Uday Shankar Award for the best talent of the year 2000, and was nominated by Aparajita awards for young achievers 2012. At present she works with hearing impaired children at the Oral School for the Deaf in Kolkata and at Kolkata Sanved, she is training dancers to be the future dance therapists. She is the treasurer / secretary of World Dance Alliance - Kolkata Chapter.