Saptaparni is presenting a program based on the Ramayana, titled "Ramayana Alive", on 17th January, at its premises in Banjara Hills. The evening will include a dance performance Thyagaraja Ramayana, an Ekaharya By Dr. Ananda Shankar at 6:15pm, followed by a story-telling on Ramkatha by Dr. Paula Richman at 7pm.
Thyagaraja Ramayanam is an Ekaharya (solo dance), wherein the story of Lord Rama, as visualized by Thyagaraja, is portrayed in two parts - from Rama's birth to Sita Kalyanam, and from Bharata's search for Rama to the final coronation of Lord Rama in Ayodhya. Selected kritis of Thyagaraja are used to describe the story of Lord Rama, as well as to depict Thyagaraja's reaction to the various episodes in Rama's life. Valmiki slokas are used for continuity, and have been set to music by Subhashini Shankar.
A choreographer who needs no introduction, Ananda Shankar Jayant has directed and presented 6 dance ballets - including Sri Krishnam Vande Jagadguru, Buddham Saranam Gachchami, and Jonathan Livingston Seagull. She graduated in Bharatanatyam from Kalakshetra, and learnt Kuchipudi from Pasumarti Ramalinga Sastry. She is a top-graded artiste of Doordarshan, and an established artiste of the ICCR, and has featured in several dance festivals in India and abroad.
Among her awards, the prestigious Kalaimamani award of the Tamil Nadu government in Nov 2003 (for her contributions as a Bharatanatyam dancer), the Nritya Choodamani from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in Dec 2006 and the Padmasri in March 2007 rank foremost. She is the director and architect of the dance academy Shankarananda Kalakshetra in Hyderabad.
Entry is free for everyone. Please contact Saptaparini at 6666-7707 / 6682-1789 for further details.