By Guru Smt Aruna Mohanthy
By Guru Smt Gopika Varma
By Guru Sri Praveen Kumar
Abhinaya (acting) is an integral part of Indian classical dance which distinguished it from other classical dance forms. Abhinaya means to carry towards - to carry the spectator towards the meaning. Thus, Abhinaya can be called a vehicle of Natya through which the spectator experiences a particular emotion that lead towards Rasananda - the ultimate bliss which is the aim of Natya.
Training in Abhinaya is usually the last priority in a dance class and generally not taught as a skill from the beginning, only creeping in when a particular “item” has to be taught. Here at KimAham, we believe that a dancer should have strong foundation in abhinaya which is as fundamental as adugulu, that teaches rhythm progression in Kuchipudi.
We are privileged to have Guru Smt. Alekhya Punjala as a visiting scholar to train our students in Abhinaya. Alekhya Punjala does not need any introduction in the field of Kuchipudi. Over the past three decades, she not only has established herself as an outstanding performer of Kuchipudi dance, but also a dedicated teacher and researcher in the field. Currenctly professor and head of the department of dance at Potti Sri Ramulu Telugu University, she has received the Sangeet Natak Akademi award for Kuchipudi in 2011. She will be conducting an workshop in Belleandur campus on 13th and 14th July 2019.
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As we try to let go of control and surrender ourselves, we bring
out the best in us. The theme of this festival is Saranagati, which
means surrender. Surrender to a higher power.
“Saranagati” is letting go of controlling specific outcomes and
trusting the ultimate force to be the guide in your journey. Beyond
the dedication and hard work, an artist trusts a higher power to
guide him or her on the path to excellence.
Every time an artist goes on stage, he needs to build his presence
and prove himself. It takes a lot of courage, mental sharpness,
physical strength, grace, determination and total immersion in his
or her craft. This is possible only when their mind & body are
devoted to the art, finding their meaning of life in it.
The dancers in the festival will demonstrate what Saranagati
means to them and explore the various emotions connected with
the story they are going to depict.
As we often say Dance is a journey, each performance give us different experience. Dance requiers focus, many years of hardwork to be on stage to unflod and flod ourselves. Indian classical dance takes nurturing , dedication, diligence. How an artist go through their individual journey will be showcasing in SARANAGATI dance festival
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