Dhaara brings Kathak and Carnatic music together on one stage
Dhaara - A Collaboration of Music and Dance is a unique collaboration of kathak and carnatic music. The one-of-its-kind dance production features Bengaluru-based renowned kathak dancer duo, Nirupama and Rajendra, veena player Jayanthi Kumaresh, violin player R Kumaresh and percussionists Praveen D Rao and Pramath Kiran. The funds from the production, on stage this weekend, will go towards rehabilitating the flood victims in Kerala and Kodagu.
“We always do cutting edge work and push the boundaries with our choreography,” says Nirupama, adding, “We always wanted to collaborate with Jayanthi and Kumaresh, as their work also goes beyond just classical carnatic music and can't be boxed in one genre.” The production has 10 sequences, some more abstract than the others. A few sequences are completely silent.
Dhaara is based on the relationship between nature and humankind. “Dhaara means an outpour, and this production is a reaction to what has been going on in the world especially the floods in Kerala and Kodagu,” explains the dancer who is part of the Abhinava Dance Company. The production explores Indian cultures and how so much of our culture is based on nature. The pieces range from playful and romantic to serious. There is a piece in which the dancers play with water on stage as a metaphor for the situation in the country. Through art, Nirupama wants to raise awareness.
The production in support of the Coorg Wellness Foundation in Kodagu and children from the Tarur village in Kerala.“There was a lot of support extended at the time of the floods, but now is the time for rehabilitation. And we are helping the people with that,” she signs off.
Donor passes available. October 20, 7 pm.
At Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Malleshwaram.