Mangaluru: GNA and Nrityaangan to present DWITA-Duality of Life, a Duet Bharatanatyam

Mangaluru: Gaana Nritya Academy (GNA) and Nrityaangan, Mangaluru is organizing ‘ DWITA- Duality of Life’, a Duet Bharatanatyam presentation on the 8th of January 2016, 6.00 PM, at Don Bosco Hall, Balmatta, Mangaluru. An internationally toured production, presented by well renowned exponents of Bharatanatyam, Smt. Rama Vaidyanathan and Ms. Dakshina Vaidyanathan is going to be one of its kind in Mangaluru. The artistes of international repute will be part of the music ensemble for the production.

DWITA, a Sanskrit term that means duality, explores the double take on different aspects of Man and God. A mother and her daughter represent the duality in that very relationship, both of which are mutually empowering, since one symbolizes the present, the other the future. There are always two sides to a coin, two perceptions and two paths to a goal. The challenge is to recognize that both can exist – and do. Senior Guru Shri Ullal Mohan Kumar will inaugurate the evening’s presentation, accompanied by Srinivas Deshpande, Karnataka Bank and Chandrahas Rai, Asst. Director, Department of Kannada and Culture-DK

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DWITA – Duality Of Life, Expressed in the South Indian form Bharatanatyam

by Rama Vaidyanathan and Dakshina Vaidyanathan

DWITA, a Sanskrit term that means duality, explores the double take on different aspects of Man and God. A mother and her daughter represent the duality in that very relationship, both of which are mutually empowering, since one symbolizes the present, the other the future. There are always two sides to a coin, two perceptions and two paths to a goal. The challenge is to recognize that both can exist – and do.

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Artistes part of DWITA – CHOREOGRAPHY: Rama Vaidyanathan

Trained under the legendary Prima Donna Yamini Krishnamurthy and the celebrated Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan, Rama is a leading exponent of Bharatanatyam and is one of the most sought after artistes of her generation in India. Known for her unique thought process and fresh approach to dance, Rama has evolved her own individualistic style without forsaking the core principles of her traditional form. Having performed at almost all major dance venues of the World, Rama has been awarded by several State Governments and Dance Presenters in India for her unstinting contribution to Bharatanatyam. Her special master classes,lectures and workshops are attended by young aspiring dancers from all over World.

SUPPORTING DANCER: Dakshina Vaidyanathan

Belonging to a family of eminent dancers, Dakshina has undergone training from her grand mother Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan and mother Rama Vaidyanathan at Ganesa Natyalaya New Delhi. Dakshina has already been lauded by critics as an upcoming star and has been recognized for her extraordinary talent. Apart from a hectic performance schedule Dakshina takes time out to teach and inspire young children. She also delves successfully in choreographing unconventional themes using the medium of Bharatanatyam.

NATTUVANGAM (Playing the Cymbals) and VOCAL: Dr. S Vasudevan

An accomplished Dancer and Musician, Vasudevan wears both hats with equal ease. He learnt Music from Prof. Radha Venkatachalam and dance from Vyjayanthimala Bali. A Doctrate in Carnatic Music from Delhi University, Vasudevan is adept both in singing as well as uttering the rhythmic cymbals.

NATTUVANGAM (Playing the Cymbals) and VOCAL: K Venkateshwaran

Having undergone training in Carnatic music from Padma Natesan and Prof Radha Venkatachalam, Venkateshwaran is an extremely popular vocalist known for his strict adherence to tradition. His unwavering sense of rhythm is a great asset to the whole ensemble.

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MRIDANGAM ( Percussion ): Ramamoorthy Sriganesh

One of India’s top most percussionists, Sriganesh learnt to play this South Indian Instrument from his Guru A Premkumar. Extremely gifted in composing complicated rhythmic patterns, Sriganesh has his own percussion group called Dhwani which performs extensively.

FLUTE: Rajat Prasanna

Belonging to a family of traditional musicians, Rajat learnt his art from his own father Ravi Shankar Prasanna. He is one of those rare flautists who can can play Hindistani as well as Carnatic Music with equal prowess. Rajat has several music compositions to his credit.

The organizers :

Gaana Nritya Academy

Gaana Nritya Academy, the centre for Indian music and dance is creating the awareness of these arts since 1994. In a span of two decades, the institution has touched the lives of hundreds of children and shaping their dreams and aspirations with a living tradition, music and dance. It has its branches not only in the cities but also many rural places in the district of Dakshina Kannada, through which it ensures the preservation of our heritage for future generations. Director of GNA, Smt. Vidyashree Radhakrishna is imparting music and dance lessons and training students for Karnataka state Education Board exams, other state and national scholarship exams, competitions and TV programmes.

Nrityaangan :

Nrityaangan is a registered trust based out of Mangaluru, India. The organization aims at propagating the art form in and around coastal Karnataka by organizing workshops, lecture demonstrations & dance festivals that will nurture the next generation of artistes and provide them with performance opportunities. The organization also aspires to organize various workshops, seminars, National Level Dance festivals by local, upcoming and established artistes in the country. Nrityaangan aims to take the divine art forms to the common man. Today any form of Indian Classical Music or Dance has been patronized by only certain sections of the society, mostly by those who are artistically inclined.

Nrityaangan attempts to bring the common man to the auditoriums and appreciate the performer’s attempt to depict a piece of literature through expressions and dance. Smt. Radhika Shetty, Founder Director of Nrityaangan imparts Bharatanatyam training to aspiring performers in Bejai, Mangaluru.

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