September 15, 2019 –
Reserve your seats now, contact:
Anju 239 994-7120; Mamta 239 292-6071
Lakshmi 239 281-4352; Viji 973 262 8449
Shaila 262 366-9369
Free Admission. Donations Welcome.
Antar Yatra is a dance theater production by eleven professional dance artists from India, with live English narration. This is a story depicting the inner journey of an Apsara (celestial dancer), in five different languages using three classical dance forms (Bharatanatyam, Kuchupidi and Odissi) and three different classical music styles (carnatic, hindustani and folk). This dance production is presented with a combination of dance & drama and colorful settings, providing a visual treat. This is an Admission Free/Donations Welcome event to help educate lesser privileged children of rural India.
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Why You Should Watch Antar Yatra..KALA RAJU
You can now do your bit for the underprivileged, as you enjoy a performance of Antar Yatra, a dance-drama that will give you a glimpse of the inner world of the women dancers of India. Choreographed and directed by Odishi performer Sharmila Biswas
WHAT IS IT
The show will make you travel between the real and the make-believe, through the art of shadow puppetry, Pinnal Kollattam (a harvest dance from Tamil Nadu using stick puppets), nudging you to interpret the scenario yourself. Elaborating on her vision behind Antar Yatra, Biswas says, “I am seeking to bring out the inner domain, the ‘aatma.’ The performance will highlight the point of view of traditional women artistes through these three classical dance forms, Kuchipudi, Odissi and Bharatanatyam.”The lead dancers are
Lakshmi Parthasarathy Athreya (Bharatnatyam),
Sreelakshmy Kallungal Govardhanan (Kuchipudi),
Shashwati Garai Ghosh (Odishi), and
Sharmila Biswas along with support from
Monami Nandy, Tri Paul, Ankita Kulabhi, Rohini Bannerjee
The music composition and vocal support is provided by Srijan Chatterjee.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The narrative highlights the journey of conflicting thoughts and emotions of three women dancers. Believed to be inheritors of the legacy of Apsaras or celestial dancers, the women dancers will perform temple dance forms, namely Odissi, Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, showcasing them engaging in an intimate dialogue with the abstract.
The visual enchantment attempts to capture the life, artistic vision and inner domain of female dancers of India through songs in six different languages. A marvel to look at, the narrative is explained through different dance forms where dancers unite to narrate the journey within. Each dancer – both individually and together – plays with lights, sounds, imagination and mystery. Attention to detail is paramount and can be seen through props, shades, design and lighting that lets one form melt into another effortlessly. Each scene creates a mood and tone through colours and props, and the narration also plays a significant role in tying the whole act together.
An intense and thought-provoking show, you’ll be treated to a myriad display of colours, emotions and music in one go – which is an experience, even for those who aren’t fans of classical dance forms.