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V.P. and Shantha Dhananjayan and Kanak Rele

V.P. and Shantha Dhananjayan and Kanak Rele

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 artists. 

Multi Dance Style Presentation by Kanak Rele & Group
Bharatanatyam by V.P. Dhananjayan & Shanta Dhananjayan

Kanak Rele is a world-renowned classical dance exponent as well as a scholar of Indian culture. A renowned performer, educationist, research scholar and, above all, a guru par excellence, Rele has today become a legend in her own lifetime. The President of India has described her as ‘a pioneering dance educationist and topmost Mohiniattam exponent’. She has received several awards that include the Padma Bhushan (2013), Padma Shri (1990), Sangeet Natak Akademi Ratna Award, Kalidas Samman (2006) for her contribution to Mohiniattam and a lifetime of achievement.

Mohiniattanm exponent Kanak Rele will explore the various degrees of hasya through different characters. Rama, who is a pious figure, will smile with a few teeth but always with restraint. Sita, on the other hand, might smile on a coy fashion towards her husband or when expressing her desire upon seeing the golden deer. Shurpanakha, the sister of Ravana, will essay a demonic kind of laughter. While they all have hasya in common, they are all different in their own ways.

“Haasyam Soorpanakhamukhei"

Bharatanatyam by V.P. Dhananjayan & Shanta Dhananjayan

The dancing duo, V. P. Dhananjayan & Shanta Dhananjayan, have carved a unique place in the field of Bharatanatyam. Both are trained and distinguished in the Kalakshetra Baani. They exhibit high reverence for traditionalism in their art and have become role models for the younger generation. They have received several awards including the Padma Bhushan and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.

A scene from Raamaayana (Tulsidas Raamayana- Hindi) - Ravana's sister Soorpanakha encounters with Sriraama and Lakshmana in the forest.  

The brothers make fun of the demoness whose amorous approach evokes laughter. The demoness gets a nose cut and ran into the woods. 

Characters appearing in the scene:
Soorpanakha: V.P.Dhananjayan
SriRaama: Anand Satchidanand
Lakshmana: Satyajit C.P
Sita: Jayalakshmi Anand 

Vocal: Rajesh M.K
Nattuvangam/Taalam: Shanta Dhananjayan
Mridangam & other instruments: Vedakrishnan V
Violin: Easwar Ramakrishnan
Flute: Sujith S Naik

An NCPA Presentation

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