Classical South Indian Dance Co. Abhinaya's Next Generation Show
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Abhinaya Dance Company presents their special spring concert selection -- Sadhika -- a celebration of Artistic Director Mythili Kumar's 50 years (and then some) spent dedicated to dance. Since 1962, Kumar has been learning, performing and teaching Bharatanatyam, an ancient style of Indian classical dance. Performing since she was 11 years old, and only recently returned from a performing tour of temples and cities of India, this special presentation will feature many of her signature, critically acclaimed choreographic works. Kumar's solo performance will be preceded by a special work from other Abhinaya Company dancers. Learn More
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Presented in the Bharatanatyam-style, this performance features solo portrayals by company dancers of abhinaya—the art of expression. In Indian classical dance, nritya or expressional dance is an important aspect of the dance wherein through facial expression and the stylized language of gestures; the dancer portrays stories from Indian mythology as well as the universal emotions of love, jealousy, fear, wonder, anger, grief, and compassion.
These emotions are best brought to the fore through special classical music compositions such as padams, javalis_, devotional hymns (slokas_) and lyrics (bhajans).
A padam is usually an expression of divine love, where the heroine (nayika) yearns for the Supreme Being (the nayaka or hero). A javali is a more light-hearted lyric in melody and verse that deals with wordly and mundane love. Devotional hymns and bhajans portray the devotees’ praise of Hindu deities through mythological episodes and pleadings to obtain the god’s blessing. In addition, heroines are portrayed expressing varied moods towards their lovers such as affection, confidence, repentance, and annoyance.
In this performance by Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose, Next Generation dancers Rasika Kumar, Malavika Kumar, Anjana Dasu, Sindhu Natarajan, Yatrika Ajaya, and Lakshmi Venkatesan will each present one of the above compositions.
- The show runs approximately two hours, with no intermission.