Amrita Lahiri presents Kuchipudi solo
Murchhana- the Spirit of Sangeet
Rukmini Arangham, 6pm
Feb 7, 2015 Chennai

January 24, 2015

Murchhana is based on stories from the oral tradition of the khol players of rural Orissa. These stories have roots in the Puranas but have evolved into many branches, being told over generations. The khol players of Orissa interpret sangeet as a combination of the three - nritya, geeta, vadya - plus a fourth element - the life - which is interpreted as Murchhana.

The story begins with a dialogue between the singer and dancer comparing the physical body to sangeet. Just as a physical body is lifeless without its soul, in that same way, sangeet comes alive with Murchhana - its soul. The singer asks what is the use of physical expertise without spirit? And what is this spirit? What is it that makes sangeet worthwhile and takes it towards Moksha? It is Murchhana.

This production is choreographed by Amrita Lahiri under the mentorship of Odissi guru Sharmila Biswas, with Kuchipudi inputs by Jaikishore Mosalikanti. It premiered at the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya’s festival, Tarpan, in March 2014.

Date: Saturday, 7 February 2015
Venue: Rukmini Arangham, Kalakshetra, Chennai
Time: 6pm
All are welcome.

Music composer: Sudha Raghuraman
Dancer: Amrita Lahiri

Vocal: Sudha Raghuraman
Nattuvangam: Jaikishore Mosalikanti
Mridangam: Haribabu
Violin: Easwar Ramakrishnan