|Ticket Price:||₹ 450|
|Genre:||Kuchipudi Classical Indian Dance|
|Age:||8 years and above|
|Cast:||Srividya Angara |
Composed audio track credits:
Vidushi Smt. Ranjani Sivakumar Siddareddy – Vocals
Vidwan Sri G Gurumurthy – Mridangam
Vidwan Sri D V Prasanna Kumar – Nattuvangam
Vidwan Sri Jayaram Kikkeri - Flute
Vidwan Sri Pradesh Achar - Violin
Vidwan Sri Somashekhar Jois - Konnakkol
Vidwan Sri Akash Parva - Keyboard and effects
Sound design - Aravind Studio, and Omkaar Sound Studios
|Location:||JAGRITI, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield, Bengaluru, 560066|
Manthana is a Sanskrit term used to depict the act of churning. When prefixed with Mano, it becomes the stirring of and within the mind; an intense, and concentrated movement of thought that upon reaching a crescendo yields the object of desire. Through this inner debate, the protagonist delves into her deepest emotions, churning them with a manic passion that will ultimately lead to ONE answer that will quell all questions.
A spiritual seeker in a chaotic today, our protagonist, the dancer is in turmoil. There is a want to exceed the mundane, the everyday. But the determined pull of digression and diversion exist – both inside and outside. As a dancer, there is a need to be in the outer world, to interact with it, so as to get to a literal stage where it is possible to fully experience a sense of the sublime. However, this fullness of emotion only lasts a moment. And it is in recreating that moment that one is willing to put oneself through all the chaos, all over again.
The questions tumble in quickly.
A finite body, a finite time frame, and a desire to be one with the Infinite. Where does it begin? Where does it end? And how intense is intense enough?
Battling a downward spiral of doubt and despondency, our protagonist churns her emotions to a state of frenzied intensity. Is the emotion stirred intense enough to break the barriers she has erected in her mind? What then, happens next?
All this and MUCH MORE gets explored through this hour-long production that makes use of traditional Carnatic music from South India, in tandem with the dramatic idiom of KUCHIPUDI – one of the most celebrated classical dance styles of India. The music and lyric used is the work of saint-poet THYAGARAJA - foremost amongst the classical Carnatic vaaggeyakaaras. The lyrical pieces which are otherwise disparate when viewed individually, come together through the time-honoured tradition of vachana, or soliloquy that is distinctive to Kuchipudi.
The musicians who have come together for this mammoth task are Vidushi Smt. Ranjani Sivakumar Siddareddy (Vocals), Vidwan Sri G Gurumurthy (Mridangam), Vidwan Sri D V Prasanna Kumar (Nattuvangam), Vidwan Sri Jayaram Kikkeri (Flute), Vidwan Sri Pradesh Achar (Violin), Vidwan Sri Somashekhar Jois (Konnakkol), and Vidwan Sri Akash Parva (Keyboard and effects). Sound design is by Aravind Studio, and Omkaar Sound Studios.
Conceptualized, scripted and choreographed by Bengaluru-based Kuchipudi dancer Srividya Angara Sinha, this novel production aims to move beyond the ephemeral and touch the eternal using the timeless lyric of Thyagaraja and the kinetic theatre of Kuchipudi.
SRIVIDYA ANGARA SINHA:
Srividya Angara was introduced to Kuchipudi at a tender age. For more than twenty-five years, her journey with the dance style has continued. For her, dance is happiness - a complete and most potent of manifestations of a joyous heart.
A Computer Science and Engineering graduate, she also holds a diploma in Kuchipudi from the Telugu University in Hyderabad. Under the tutelage of her teacher Smt. Vijaya Valli Priya, she imbibed the rigorous technique of the Kuchipudi nritta along with the subtle art of abhinaya. After performing extensively in South India, her journey with Kuchipudi continued in the USA, her home for two years post-marriage, where she evolved as an independent performer and choreographer.
She has had the distinction of being the very first classical Indian dancer to present her maiden choreographic work, “MEL” at the 27th Annual Choreographers’ Showcase at College Park; and at the Norristown Dance Festival in Philadelphia. MEL explored a well-known story from the ancient epic Mahabharata, where the Kuchipudi dynamic was set to the Western classical genius of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.
Back in India and settled in Bengaluru, Srividya is not only a graded artiste with Doordarshan, but also an empanelled artiste with the South Zone Cultural Centre (Thanjavur) as well as SPICMACAY - India’s premier volunteer-based organization dedicated to the promotion of the classical arts.
The Spring of 2017 saw her touring the United States of America with her maiden collaboration “SAMAAGATI”. With Odissi dancer Shubha Nagarajan, Samaagati juxtaposed and brought together the two beautiful classical dance styles of Kuchipudi and Odissi.
In order to pass on her passion for the Kuchipudi dynamic to youngsters and adults alike, she has founded CITSABHA (pronounced CHI-TH-SA-BHA) Centre for Kuchipudi and Allied Arts, and has also co-founded (along with Shubha Nagarajan) CITSABHA COLLECTIVE, a non-profit organization set up for the promotion of ancient classical art forms.
Unafraid of experimenting with traditional kinetics and new music, and yet revering the age- old Kuchipudi movement, Srividya Angara blazes her own trail with her own unique brand of energy and style.
Jagriti is a Performance Arts space dedicated to Theatre, Music, Dance and Comedy. Founded in 2011 by Arundhati and Jagdish Raja, the space has hosted several productions from India and around the world. A 200-seat theatre, built around a full-thrust stage, it is fully equipped to cater to both artistes and audience. The main stage is designed for intimate performances, with adjoining spaces for informal lectures and gatherings, and an attached restaurant- 'The Fat Chef'. Jagriti is owned and operated by the not-for-profit ART Foundation, a registered charitable trust.
The Rooftop - above the main auditorium is an open-to-sky space with a staging area that can accommodate about 50 people. A raised and walled off platform can work as a perfect area for puppet theatre. The Rooftop has a restroom and a pantry.
The Terrace - alongside the auditorium, the Terrace can accommodate about 20 people as an informal gathering area.
Lumbini - extending out from the foyer, Lumbini has a stage and an open-to-sky terraced space for about 80 people.