Ek, Anant: Revisiting the Solo
Curated by Priya Venkataraman & Shagun Butani
CD Deshmukh Auditorium, IIC
Nov 21 & 22, 2014 New Delhi

October 18, 2014

“In a dancer, there is a reverence for such forgotten things as the miracle of the small beautiful bones and their delicate strength.”
- Martha Graham
Dancers Priya Venkataraman (Bharatanatyam) and Shagun Butani (Odissi) present a two day festival on solo choreographies in various classical styles, showcasing performative and educative aspects of solo choreographies in “Revisiting the Solo”, where Martha Graham’s miracle comes to life in the dance renditions of the country’s mesmerising talent of Neena Prasad, A. Lakshmanaswamy, Bimbavati Devi, Prashant Shah, Priya Venkataraman and Shagun Butani. Other highlights of the festival include lectures, audio - visuals and commentaries, portrayal of the lives of legendary gurus: a journey into their art-bound lives to gain a deep understanding of life and a formidable knowledge of dance, music and literature, to shape their choreographic works artistically curated and presented to enthrall connoisseurs of the solo in their scintillating avtaars EK, ANANT through November 21 and 22, 2014.
Close to the duo’s heart in the conceptualisation of EK, ANANT is an endeavor to establish a venue and a much required platform for solo in the capital, showcasing traditional dance at its pristine best, exhibiting artistes who are doing commendable work in exploring and presenting memorable performances that are inherent to timeless works of art. This festival over two consecutive days will attempt to give Delhi a much needed platform for the genre.  EK, ANANT is sponsored by Sudhaaya Foundation, in collaboration with the India International Centre.

Dates: November 21 and 22, 2014
Venue: C. D. Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg. Lodhi Estate, New Delhi

November 21, 2014
Morning Session 10.30am – 12.30pm
EK-ANANT… Dialogues. ‘The Substance of Solos’
Speakers: Ashok Vajpeyi, Malavika Sarukkai, Dr. Kiran Seth
Moderated by Dr. Subas Pani
Evening performances 6.30pm onwards
Shagun Butani (Odissi); Neena Prasad (Mohiniattam); A. Lakshmanaswamy (Bharatanatyam)
November 22, 2014
Morning Session 10.30am – 12.30pm
EK-ANANT… Dialogues. ‘The Substance of Solos’
Speakers: Leela Venkataraman, Aditi Mangaldas, Sujatha Vijayaraghavan
Moderated by Dr. Sunil Kothari

Evening performances 6.30pm onwards
Bimbavati Devi (Manipuri); Priya Venkataraman (Bharatanatyam); Prashant Shah (Kathak)
About the artistes
Co-Curator: SHAGUN BUTANI (Odissi), a leading exponent of Odissi and Seraikella Chhau, trained in Odissi under masters like Aloka Panikar and late Guru Gangadhar Pradhan and in Seraikella Chhau from the late Guru Lingaraj Acharya and Guru Shashadhar Acharya. Though she has always firmly believed in the timeless and multi-faceted nature of our traditional dance forms, she has constantly endeavoured to renew her sensibilities by studying other movement forms, such as American Contemporary Dance and Yoga. She was a part of a team that prepared the dossier on Seraikella Chhau on behalf of the Government of India to be presented to UNESCO, where it was given the status of Intangible Cultural Heritage of 2010.  Meaningful interactions with dancers, actors, puppeteers and musicians have constantly enriched her understanding of dance as a universal art form. A vision to introduce and connect a new generation of tech-savvy children to the profound beauty of traditional performing arts led her to start Madhyam, a dance institute that imprints teaching in Odissi and Seraikella Chhau to students. A multi-faceted, richly layered background and experience in both performing and teaching have helped Shagun to enrich her own teaching methodology that she uses effectively to work with children. Shagun is the founder-director of Sudhaaya Dance Foundation.

Co-Curator: PRIYA VENKATARAMAN (Bharatanatyam) is known for her adherence to the classical traditional repertoire. Priya spent twelve years of her initial career in the United States where she performed extensively and taught Bharatanatyam through her dance school Kalakriti. Thirteen of her students have completed their arangetram under her guidance. Priya has done some experimental work in collaboration with international artistes. She has had the opportunity to perform at some prestigious venues across the globe having performed for US President Barrack Obama's official visit to India in 2010, the royal couple in Bhutan, 2011; also at the Black Arts Festival, Senegal; International Festival of Bangkok, 2010, Jeonjhu Sori International Festival, South Korea, Festival of India, Bogota, Colombia and has toured extensively in North America, West Indies, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Europe and Africa. In recognition of her effort to propagate the art form in the United States, she was awarded a fellowship by the Illinois Arts Council in 1995 and again in 2002. Between 1995 and 2003, six of her students were also given scholarships to pursue their training under Priya. A recipient of the Lakshmi Viswanathan award for abhinaya and the Rohini Krishnan Endowment award from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Priya is a sought after performer, choreographer and television anchor.

Dr. NEENA PRASAD (Mohiniattam) is a rare blend of strong footing in academic study and the fine aesthetic sense of a performing artist, having undergone rigorous training in Mohiniattam, Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Kathakali, being the recipient of prestigious awards from the Kerala Sangeeth Academy and Madras Music Academy.
A. LAKSHMANASWAMY (Bharatanatyam): “Lakshman was born for Bharatanatyam …..” hailed no less a critic than the celebrated Subbudu. Initiated into the art under Guru Veera Venugopal of Bharatha Kalanjali, Malaysia and Guru  K. J. Sarasa, he continues his journey into Bharatanatyam as a performer of great repute and a much sought after teacher heading Nrithyalakshana, an institute for classical arts in Chennai.
BIMBAVATI DEVI (Manipuri), being the daughter of renowned classical Manipuri dancers, Guru Bipin Singh and Guru Kalavati Devi, was initiated into the world of dance and music at a very tender age. She has performed in various prestigious dance programs and festivals in India and abroad. Besides being a classical dancer par excellence, Bimbavati is now engaged in various choreographies based on Manipuri dance, even trying to experiment with new idioms.
PRASHANT SHAH (Kathak) is one of the very few critically acclaimed male dancer -choreographers residing in India and New York. Prashant’s virtuosity in the Kathak technique enables him to perform a vast repertoire, with unique masculine grace and effortless vigour without any flowery affectations, which makes him one of the outstanding male dancers of his genre today. He is also the first recipient of Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for Kathak dance from Sangeet Natak Akademi.

For information:
Call: +918130317937
e-mail: sudhaayadance@gmail.com
Priya Venkatraman: www.priyavenkataraman.com 
Shagun Butani: www.shagunbutani.com