India Cultural Center and Temple in collaboration with Kuchipudi Art Academy of Chennai presents Kuchipudi Dance Balet Festival.
Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam started the Kuchipudi Art Academy at Madras in 1963. The Academy has to its credit more than 180 solo items and 15 dance dramas composed and choreographed by Dr. Satyam. These solo items and dramas have been staged all over India and abroad over the last 40 years.
The ballets will be performed live by 30 world-class artists. Please do not miss this unique opportunity to see two of the best dance-dramas in our city.
Chandalika :: Friday Nov 1 @ 7:30
Rabindranath Tagore's Chandalika (The Untouchable Girl) is one of the phenomenal works of the noble laureate Rabindranath Tagore portraying the diverse emotional shades and colours of Prakriti (the Untouchable Girl), who after repeated insults from high caste girls falls in love with Buddhist monk Ananda who asks her for water, telling her that all humanity is equal, so her touch cannot be impure. She convinces her mother, Maya to use the supernatural powers of untouchable rituals to draw Ananda into her web of desire. But when he arrives, Prakriti realizes that her love for him is only a symbol of freedom she has achieved through him
Ardhanareeswaram :: Saturday Nov 2 @ 7:30
The story of Parameswara uniting with Parvathi and taking the form of ARDHANAREESWARA. The Ardhanarishvara (Sanskrit: अर्धनारीश्वर, Ardhanārīśwara) is a composite androgynous form of deities Shiva and Parvati. Ardhanarishvara is depicted as half-male and half-female, equally split down the middle. The right half is the male Shiva, illustrating his traditional attributes and left half is Parvathi representing Mother Nature.
** A lite dinner will be served on both days prior to the event.