A 3-day digital occasion can be hosted by Anitha Guha’s dance college from November 21
For Anitha Guha and her college students, November is a particular month as they gear as much as have a good time their dance college Bharathanjali’s anniversary. This yr Bharathanjali completes three many years and to have a good time this milestone, a web based programme can be streamed on the varsity’s YouTube channel (November 21-23), and can be attended by Cleveland V.V. Sundaram, Anitha’s guru Ananda Shankar Jayant, and senior dancer Rama Vaidyanathan.
Guru Anitha Guha
Anitha Guha, the founding father of the varsity, is thought for her full of life Bharatanatyam dance dramas, principally based mostly on mythological themes. Reminiscing on the varsity’s 30-year journey, Anitha says, “I first obtained recognition in Chennai once I choreographed ‘Valli Kalyanam’ for the kids in my house complicated. That was about 20-25 years in the past. Nrithya Natakams had been fairly a rarity then, offered solely by Kalakshetra, Guru Krishnakumari Narendran, and some others.”
Common apply is her mantra, she says. Whereas the rhythmic parts and group sequences are straightforward to be taught, she spends a variety of time instructing abhinaya to college students, both individually or in small teams. “Physique language and understanding the importance of a personality are the idea of characterisation.” As a die-hard dramatist, she personally loves anti-hero roles. Heard the evil laughter of Keechaka? That’s her in full type.
“I’m from Secunderabad. Once I started instructing, in my lounge, I didn’t actually have a title for my dance class. From lounge to high school to temples to sabhas, it has been a beautiful journey. I didn’t plan something, it was god’s will. However I’ve at all times tried to provide my greatest,” the teacher-choregrapher had mentioned in an earlier interview.
On the anniversary, Bharathanjali additionally proposes to announce the names of some eminent artistes to be honoured with titles in 2021.
The programme will characteristic solo dances by senior college students; performances by some main dancers who’ve collaborated with Anitha in earlier productions; and a presentation of her newest work, ‘Nama Ramayana’, a 10-minute digital recording choreographed to M.S. Subbulakshmi’s singing, that includes 60 college students. “Studying to make use of Zoom, instructing this and recording it was a problem. The women look as if they’re collectively, however they don’t seem to be. Every thing was executed on-line,” she says.
From ‘Parishvanga Pattabishekam’
The piece, ‘Hanuman Chalisa’, can even be premièred. “It was choreographed by a few of my college students, and there’s one other piece that includes younger dancers. These segments had been made doable by my senior college students,” she says.
Because the lockdown introduced new challenges, Anitha’s college students helped her cope. “My college students helped me be taught the technical features of digital recordings, which has turn out to be useful for this occasion,” she says.
The Chennai-based creator writes on classical dance.