Asmita Resource Centre For Women is organising an woman-centric Bharatanatyam dance ballet called Menaka, by Rajeshwari Sainath and her disciples, on 2nd May, at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium. Menaka is just a part, even if the foundation, of the ballet - it also focuses on other women characters such as Shakuntala, Mamatha and Rambha. The ballet tries to convey the message that these women are all not seductresses as written in the puranas, but are victimised by the sages and the kings. It shows the other side of the characters.
The dancers participating in this ballet are Rajeshwari Sainath, Vaishnavi Sainath, Ashruthi, Krithika and Nainita. The music has been directed by Bala Sai, and the ballet has been written by Vasanth Kannabiran.
The chief guest for the evening is the renowned dancer and yesteryear actress Vyjayanthimala Bali. The other invited guests are human rights activist Vasanth Kannabiran, mridangam genius Guru Karaikudi Mani, theatre director N S Yamuna and flautist Bala Sai.
Rajeswari Sainath is a Bharatnatyam dancer of international repute, from the Pandanallur school. She is known for her brilliant choreography, that has been commented on by many a maestro of Bharatanatyam. She is the director of Sruthilaya Kendra Natarajalaya in Secunderabad, through which she trains many youngsters in her style of dance. Look out especially for the layas, in which Sainath has received training from her maternal uncle, the reknowned mridangam vidwan Guru Karaikudi Mani.
Asmita Resource Centre for Women is a popular NGO in India, started in 1991. It works towards bringing about socio-economic and political transformation by trying to bridge gender inequalities and helping women be equal partners in the creation of a just society. It also works for Hindu-Muslim cordial relations, with the help of communal harmony programs.
Entry to the concert is free. Please contact Asmita Resource Centre at 2773-3229 for further details.