Press Esc to close
Tuesday 28 April 2015
News updated at 5:14 PM IST
Weather
Max: 33.4°C
Min : 21.6°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Dance and philosophy on a stage

Feb 26, 2013, DHNS

Contemporary work

Expressive gestures Rashmi Menon

Dega Arts recently presented ‘Essence of Life’, a music and dance performance inspired by Jiddu Krishnamurti’s teachings, at Chowdaiah Memorial Hall. Combining five different dance forms with existential issues, it brought back to life his simple philosophies for a contemporary and open-minded audience.

The dancers included Pali Chandra (kathak), Masako Ono (odissi), Rashmi Menon (mohiniyattam), Smitha Madhav (bharatanatyam) and Prateeksha Kashi (kuchipudi), while the music was rendered by B Sivaramakrishna Rao and D A Srinivas. Produced by Dega Dev Reddy, who wanted to share Krishnamurthy’s profound teachings about the truths of life with others, the multimedia production began with short pieces on the art of meditation. This part explored various aspects of the subject — from the basics and myths to questioning how awareness comes about and what true silence is.

While Rashmi captured the audience with her expressive gestures and eye movements, the kathak performance was done in total rapture by Pali, which made it enchanting to watch as she whirled and danced around the stage. The same went for the others, each as deserving of praise as the other.

“It’s been really nice. I came here because I’m fascinated by kathak and kuchipudi. But I’m going back as an admirer of all. The concept was interesting and the philosophy was powerful to see as dance,” says Sunita Hemchandran, an audience member.

This was followed by ‘Essence of Life’, where the dancers performed one by one on some aspect of the broader topic for 20 minutes each. Be it the odissi recital on ‘understanding our minds’ or ‘freedom from fear’ depicted through bharatanatyam, the dances evoked familiar emotions in the minds of the viewer, who could relate to what was being shown.

“The dances themselves were great to watch since they mixed contemporary elements with tradition. But what I loved was how each dancer brought her own interpretation of the philosophy forward,” shares Minu, adding that the costumes and production value were also great.

But the most spectacular part of the show was the 15-minute-long thillana, where all the dance forms came together. Each dancer connected with the other, while performing their own style with utmost passion and grace.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Indians evacuated from earthquake hit Nepal arrive at Air Force Station Palam, New Delhi

Indians evacuated from earthquake hit Nepal arrive at Air Force Station Palam, New Delhi

Indians evacuated from earthquake hit Nepal arrive at Air Force Station Palam, New Delhi

Indians evacuated from earthquake hit Nepal arrive at Air Force Station Palam, New Delhi

People who went for vacation, after being rescued from eathquake-hit Nepal, in Ahmedabad on Monday

People who went for vacation, after being rescued from eathquake-hit Nepal, in Ahmedabad on Monday

Bollywood actor Huma Qureshi performs during Sri Krishna Mahostav in Mathura on Sunday night...

Bollywood actor Huma Qureshi performs during Sri Krishna Mahostav in Mathura on Sunday night...

A boat sails through Dal Lake as heavy rains lashes in Srinagar on Monday. PTI Photo

A boat sails through Dal Lake as heavy rains lashes in Srinagar on Monday. PTI Photo

Locals remove debris and try to clear the road after a portion of an old building collapsed, in...

Locals remove debris and try to clear the road after a portion of an old building collapsed, in...

INS Tharangini, the first Sail Training Ship of Indian Navy is undertaking Lokayan-15 from...

INS Tharangini, the first Sail Training Ship of Indian Navy is undertaking Lokayan-15 from...

A tourist enjoys snowfall in Tezpur on Monday. PTI Photo

A tourist enjoys snowfall in Tezpur on Monday. PTI Photo

Smoke blew up when fire brigade personnel spray water to douse fire of a cloth store...

Smoke blew up when fire brigade personnel spray water to douse fire of a cloth store...

India's National Disaster Response Force personnel look for survivors in a building, in Kathmandu...

India's National Disaster Response Force personnel look for survivors in a building, in Kathmandu...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523