Thrai Varnyam features three classical dance forms that draw on mythological stories
The fourth edition of Thrai Varnyam focuses on bringing together three dance forms of vast diversity – Kuchipudi, Odissi and Kathak. Featuring a versatile range of performances, the three-day dance festival is being organised by Lasyakalpa Foundation, an organisation led by city-based dancers Katyayani Ganti, DSV Sastry and Sahiti Reddy.
The aim of the organisation is to present a visual treat, through classical dance performances, to the rasikas in the city. Katyayini, who is a trained Kuchipudi dancer, says, “During my initial days in this field, I remember travelling to other cities to watch classical dance shows. With Lasyakalpa, we wanted to curate and bring them all to the city.” Started in 2013, the annual event was initially based on Kuchipudi alone, the classical dance form of the Telugu-speaking states. However, the organisers later decided to dedicate each year to a different theme, thus doing justice to the idea of bringing traditional art forms from across the country to the city.
This year, each day of the event is dedicated to the dance forms – Kuchipudi, Odissa and Kathak. As part of her solo recital, Katyayani will present renditions of Vinayaka recital, Navavarana Keerthana and Tillana (a Carnatic version of Tarana). Unlike usual Vinayaka recitals, Katyayani has designed a rather interesting composition interpreting the lord in different situations. “Storytelling is an important part of our choreography and I’m trying to tell stories through my dance,” she shares, adding that Kuchipudi has evolved from being a theatrical form to a classical dance genre.
Apart from Katyayani’s solo recitals, the event will also feature drama dance by Vizag-based Hari Ramamurthy and thematic presentation by Bhubaneswar-based dance exponent Aruna Mohanty.
At Ravindra Bharathi.