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Priyadarsini Govind and S. Balakrishnan

Priyadarsini Govind and S. Balakrishnan

Dance | Hindi | 6+ | 2hrs
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From Smile to Laughter through the Language of Dance

This year, we journey towards hasya. In the world of communication, hasya is the magic key. It is a powerful tool to put a difficult point across, to break the ice in a conversation or to simply be happy. We celebrate this rasa with a series of performances by acclaimed artistes. 

Bharatanatyam by Priyadarshini Govind  & Kathakali by Sadanam Balakrishnan 

A Bharatanatyam artiste of exceptional ability, Priyadarsini Govind has perfected a dance style marked by fluid movement and a sharp sense of rhythm. Among other appearances, she has performed at dance festivals around the world in countries like France, Tunisia, Britain, and Japan. Govind has received several honors for her work including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to Bharatanatyam.


‘Hasati’ will focus on humor and its different shades in Indian poetry through Bharatanatyam.

The programme will begin with a traditional invocation along with a short description of the definition of humor in the classical texts.

The main piece is strung together portraying humor in different regional languages.

A pure abhinaya piece will showcase the hasya rasa as portrayed by a nayika. The story that she is choreographing is one where a nayika goes to Krishna, upset that he is not giving her enough attention. She states that she is like a “pearl necklace on a monkey’s neck”, indicating that the lord is unable to appreciate her. The verse she uses is a classical verse by 14th century Sanskrit poet Vidyapati.

The focus of the presentation is not only to showhumorr in its myriad forms, but also the way it is treated in different Indian languages.

Ravanodbhavam (Sodaranmaare…)
By: Kallaikulangara Raghava Pisharadi
Kathakali by Sadanam Balakrishnan

Sadanam Balakrishnan was trained by renowned gurus Ramunni Nair and K. Kumaran Nair. He has specialised in the Kalluvazhi style, besides studying other styles of Kathakali. Balakrishnan has excelled both in performance and teaching of Kathakali. He has performed extensively travelling to over 25 countries, trained and guided several artistes, scripted and directed several new plays. He has received the Parishad Samman of Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Kathakali.

Ravana did rigorous and painful penance to Lord Brahma for thousands of years and obtained boons to conquer the three worlds. He is invincible and the only mere human being can defeat him.

Proud Ravana approaches his brothers to know what boons they have obtained. Kumbhakarnawho wishes to get the boon to destroy the all celestial beings (Devas) by slip of tongue instead of nirdevathvam he asked for nidravathvam (to sleep always) and he got that. His youngest brother Vibheeshana want to become an ardent devotee of Vishnu and he got that.

This reply made Ravana to laugh at them, he makes fun of them and ridicules them. Here the Hasya can have all the six variations, from Smita the gentle smile to Hasita, Vikasita, Avahasita, Atihasita and Apahasita), which gradually increases to its uncontrolled climax.

An NCPA Presentation.

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