OTHER STYLES

KATHAKALI

NAVA RASA

The nine moods permeate all aspects of Indian art: dance theatre, painting, sculpture and music. Their expression in dance is highly codified and takes years to perfect

Choreography: traditional Kathakali Music: Traditional Kathakali percussion (chenda, mardalla) Voice: Tony Gaston

THE STORY OF RAVANA

Ravana is best known as the evil demon king slain by the hero Rama in the great epic, the Ramayana. The story of Ravana, choreographed by Anjali and her teacher Balakrishnan sheds light on the early life of the demon, and the influences which mould his character, his mother's affection and his consequent rivalry with his half brother.
Part I: Ravana the infant. Part II: The Sacrifice. Part III: The Lifting of the Mountain

Choreography: traditional Kathakali (Sadanand Balakrishnan) Music: Traditional percussion (chenda and mardalla) Voice: Tony Gaston

KUCHIPUDI

JATISVARAM

Jatisvaram is a combination of precision, rhythmic complexity, poses from temple sculptures and the robust and joyful movements usually associated with folk traditions.

Choreography: traditional Kuchipudi, Prahalada Sharma Music: Traditional: mridangam, vocal, clarinet; Raga: Mohana, Tala: adi (8)

MANDOOKA SABDAM

A beautiful maiden has been cursed to live as a frog, despite the curse she lives happily in the pond surrounded by fishes, birds, and turtles until the arrival of the demon king breaks the spell, and she returns to her former shape. The demon king falls in love with her and offers to make her his Queen, an offer she can not refuse.

Choreography: traditional Kuchipudi, Narasimachari and Vasantalakshmi Music: Traditional: mridangam, vocal, flute, vina Voice: Tony Gaston, Liliane Jenkins

DASAVATAR

The ten incarnations of Vishnu: Matsya (fish), Kurma (tortoise), Varaha (Boar) Narasimha ( half man, half lion), Bamana (dwarf), Parasurama (slayer of warriors), Rama (archer) Buddha and Kalki (the iconoclast).

Choreography: Traditional Kuchipudi (Prahalada Sharma) Music: Traditional Karnatic

SIVA STOTRAM (Ekasyantu)

A description of Siva's attributes and skills.

Choreography: Traditional Kuchipudi (Prahalada Sharma) Music: Traditional Karnatic

ASHTA NAYIKAS (Eight heroines)

The love-lorn maiden is a favourite theme in all Indian art: painting, dance and music. The heroine (nayika) in the eight stages of her romantic life are described.

Choreography: Traditional Kuchipudi (Narasimachari and Vasantalakshmi) Music: Traditional Karnatic

TILLANA

Sculpturesque poses and rhythmic steps combine to create a piece of joyous abstract dance.

Choreography: Traditional Kuchipudi (Prahalada Sharma) Music: Traditional Karnatic; Raga: Kedaragowla Tala: adi (8)


SERAIKELLA CHHAU MASK TRADITION

RATRI (NIGHT)

Ratri, the goddess Night, decorates the sky with stars and then beckons her lover the moon to play in the fields of heaven. At the approach of dawn she frantically tries to block his departure.

Choreography: Traditional Seraikela Chhau Music: Traditional dhol, flute

ARDHANRARISVARA

Siva as half male, half female performs both the vigorous tandava dance and gentle lasya dance.

Choreography: Traditional Seraikela Chhau Music: Traditional dhol, flute

SIVA and PARVATI

Siva and his wife Parvati are both dancers par excellence, one is virile, the other soft and graceful. Even in their everyday activIties they exhibit both these aspects.

Choreography: Traditional Seraikela Chhau Music: Traditional dhol, flute

SAGAR (The Sea)

The huge waves and beauty of the vast ocean is described.

Choreography: Traditional Seraikela Chhau Music: Traditional dhol, flute

MARSHAL ARTS

The play with sword and shield and the various martial jumps and movements unique to Chhau.

Choreography: Traditional Seraikela Chhau Music: Traditional dhol, flute