Dancers go on a solo journey at Ekam competition

The fourth version of Ekam competition could have six dancers exploring totally different themes

The fourth version of Ekam competition could have six dancers exploring totally different themes

Ekam might imply many issues — one, fact or longing. And all these are inherent to the fourth version of the Ekam Pageant, conceived and curated by Bharatanatyam artiste, Divya Devaguptapu, who can also be the creative director of Suryakala Basis.

Ekam reveals how solo dancing might be as thrilling. It permits particular person dancers to discover their creativity to discover a join with the artwork.

The competition encourages them to transcend the traditional repertoire and specific their inside ideas. What aids the dancer on this course of are the coaching and steering of gurus, particular person experiences and creativeness, and naturally, sadhana (apply).

Divya got here up with the thought of such a competition to supply artistes another area for expression. “Fame and awards are exterior decorations, but the one factor artistes lengthy for is a free area for unabashed expression. The social media has to a big extent given artistes a democratic discussion board, but, true artwork isn’t on the spot espresso and can’t be offered on a medium that caters to a 20-second consideration span. There’s artwork and there may be leisure. Although there may be a lot alternative for leisure in classical arts immediately, critical practitioners of Bharatanatyam are at all times searching for inventive, significant and thoughtfully curated areas,” says Divya.

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She sees Ekam not simply as a competition, however a motion primarily based on the shared love for the artwork. “Bharatanatyam is past physicality. The bodily is merely a medium to faucet into the inside limitlessness, the supply of all motion,” she says.

The fourth version (non-ticketed) being offered in collaboration with The ARTery might be held from October 14 to 16 (5.45 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.) at Rukmini Arangam, Kalakshetra.

The competition begins with Shijith Nambiar’s ‘Dhi’ (Ideas). It’s about how each thought expands into layers of various varieties to create a magical world. It is going to be adopted by Delhi-based Geeta Chandran’s ‘Anantaya – Journeys to Infinity’, celebrating her five-decades in Bharatanatyam.

Day two begins with Divya Devaguptapu’s ‘Paravartana — A private expression’ adopted by A. Lakshmanaswamy’s ‘Ikshana’, the place he shares his perspective of Sringara.

Bengaluru-based Sathyanarayana Raju presents Rama Katha on October 16. The competition concludes with Lakshmi Viswanathan’s padams and javalis. Every day the performances might be adopted by an interactive session with the artistes.

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