Sunday 25 March 2018

Dancing to poetry of liberated women saint poets - Taalam: column by Leela Venkataraman

An evening of dance centred round the poetry of women bhakti poets Andal and Meera, hailing from the South and North of India respectively, was in keeping with the mood of International Women’s Day celebrated in early March. Designed by cultural activist R.K. Usha, the evening jointly mounted with Sangeet Shyamala at the latter’s venue in Vasant Vihar, Delhi, featured two young dancers Shreyasi Gopinath and Shipra Joshi, representing two forms of Bharatanatyam and Kathak. In terms of taking programmes to audiences in different localities (the large formal auditoriums being too far away), this intimate performance area in Sangeet Shyamala’s basement facing a gallery style seating, attracted an enthusiastic turnout and seemed an excellent way of familiarising people in various areas. 

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