World Music Institute Presents
Dancing the Gods
Co-curated by Rajika Puri
Saturday April 22, 2017 8pm
Pre-Show Lec-Dem by Rajika Puri 7pm
Neena Prasad is considered one of the leading representatives of the Mohiniyattam dance form, performing at the most prestigious dance festivals in India and abroad. Dr. Prasad is a rare blend of successful academic and superb performing artist. She has been at the forefront of change in Mohiniyattam, with her innovative techniques and stylistic approach. Her performances have won enthusiastic acclaim in India's artistic circuits and she has also been the recipient of distinguished awards from the Kerala Sangeeth Academy and Madras Music Academy.
Her program of original works includes a piece on Amrapali, a famed royal courtesan of the 6th century BCE who became one of the Buddha's inner circle of preacher monks. Neena is accompanied by composer-vocalist Madhavan Nampoothiri, percussionist Ramesh Babu and violinist Padmanabha.
Sunday April 23, 2017 7pm
Pre-Show Lec-Dem by Rajika Puri 6pm
One of India's leading Kathak artists of her generation, and a stellar disciple of the legendary Kumudini Lakhia, Sanjukta Sinha is known for her technical expertise and immense artistry. Rooted yet modern, Sanjukta aims to create a new idiom of Kathak as a performing art, one that is an arresting blend of the traditional and contemporary.
She will be performing Angika, Journeys in Love, choreographed by Ms. Lakhia-and including music by the renowned Gundecha brothers-is a suite of dances that explores Sufi concepts of love of the divine. Sanjukta takes us from hope and longing to anguish and joy on a journey that is both contemporary and eternal.
"Various aspects of virtuosity become wrapped into a larger elegance of style; Ms. Sinha's dancing is most memorable." - The NY Times