Janaki Rangarajan premieres
Krishna Gana Sabha, 7pm
July 4, 2014 Chennai

June 10, 2014

Janaki Rangarajan premieres her latest production VOICES during the Yagnaraman July Fest in Chennai.

“Poetry can be dangerous, especially beautiful poetry, because it gives the illusion of having had the experience without actually going through it.” (Rumi, The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing). Through the creative juxtaposition of the spoken word, song and dance, ‘Voices’ celebrates the incredible human accomplishment of creating magic with words. Just as water flows in a river, sometimes with serenity, sometimes with turbulence, words flow to create splendid poetry that can ease the mind, engage the senses, and fuel passions. From the ancient to the modern, from the profound to the mundane, from the universal consciousness to the individual soul, poetry is a great river that traverses time and memory. 

“Voices” brings unusual poetry to life just as a river brings life to those along its banks. Using Tamil, Hindi, English and Persian, “Voices” sets out to create a multilayered visual and aural experience. The poets celebrated are Pablo Neruda, Jaishankar Prasad, Pramila Venkateswaran, Nalluthiran, Amir Khusrau, and Rumi.

Concept, Choreography and Dancer: Dr. Janaki Rangarajan
Spoken word: V. Balakrishnan
Sangam poetry resource guide: Vaidehi Herbert
Music composition: Dr. Rajkumar Bharathi and Sudha Raghuraman

Music ensemble: Vocal: Sudha Raghuraman, nattuvangam: Jayashree Ramanathan, mridangam: Vedakrishnaram, violin: Kalaiarasan, flute: Atul Kumar, lighting: Victor Paulraj

Date: July 4, 2014
Venue: Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai
Time: 7pm

All are welcome