SYMPHONY CELESTIAL seems like an apt title for the series of DVDs brought out by Invis Multimedia portraying ten dance forms of India. Other than the recording of the forms in a captive format, the DVDs are a boon to those who would like to use them as reference material. Each of the DVD is between 130 to 45 minutes with four to five of the traditional items in each style. Simple, lucid introductions before each item performed by leading exponents and subtitles for the lyrics accompanying the dance provide additional flavour
Kalamandalam Sivan Namboodiri performs the Kudiyattam, where his vast experience as senior faculty member of the Kerala Kalamandalam. The Mohiniyattom is performed by Dr. Deepthi Omchery Bhalla. The simple yet expressive feminine angle to the dance is further embellished by the soulful music. Kathakali is given expression by the artistes of the Margi Theatre, Trivandrum Inchakkadu Ramachandran Pillai, Kalamandalam Ratheesan, Margi Vijaykumar.
The essence of Kathak is presented by Pali Chandra Manipuri in all its swaying glory is performed by Bimbavati Devi along with artistes of Manipuri Nartanalaya, Kolkata.
Bharatanatyam is brought to life by cultural activist and the force behind the Arangam Dance Theatre, Chennai, Anita Ratnam. The DVD provides a comprehensive view of the beauty and rhythm of the dance form.
From the land of Jagannath Orissa comes the enchanting dance form Odissi, performed by sujatha Mohapatra. Manju Bhargavee shows how Kuchipudi from the village of Kuchelapuri in Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh, is still such a vibrant and colourful dance form. Not as familiar as the other nine forms is Satriya that comes from the Island of Majuli, one of the biggest riverine islands in the world in the middle of the Brahmaputra River, Assam. And Anita Sharma, the senior most disciple of guru Jatin Goswami, gives an elegant introduction to the dance form that is simple and delightful. Replete with theatre and laced with rich music and movements Yakshagana comes to life with the performance of the artistes of the Yakshagana Troupe Malla Sri Durgaparameshwari Yakshagana Kala Mandali.
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