Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Day 11 -- One Sutra, many stories

Over 60 people crowded into Amethyst at Royapettah to watch Anita Ratnam and Anil Srinivasan perform "One sutra, many stories". The performance, which included percussionist Krishna Kishore, was an intriguing mixture of music, dance, speech and audience interaction. The performance started with an echo of the saatphere and moved through several well-known female archetypes such as Sita and Penelope, the wife of Odysseus. "Why did Penelope wait for several years for Odysseus," Ms. Ratnam asked the audience. "Love", "she was a good wife", "maybe she just liked the solitude" --- were the answers the audience gave. Each act was interjected with soulful melodious music by Anil Srinivasan. The evening ended with dimmed lights and the audience voicing their frustration with violence through noise without words.

A big thank you to the artists and everyone involved who worked hard to make the evening a great success. 

About the artists:
Anita Ratnam is one of India's most recognized dance icons. She founded Arangham Trust in 1992, a foundation for the promotion and international collaboration of dance and allied performance disciplines. She co-founded and directed The Other Festival (1998 - 2006) - India's only annual contemporary arts festival. In 2000, she created, the award-winning Indian dance portal with over 300,000 hits each month.

Anil Srinivasan is an acclaimed classical pianist, who combines his training in Western music with his Carnatic aesthetic. He is particularly well-known for his collaborative efforts with other celebrated musicians, including Sikkil Gurucharan, with whom he has released several music albums. He has taken his unique style of music to venues across the world.

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