Shankarananda Kalakshetra & SICA present
A R T: Celebrating the Trinity of Telugu poet musicians
Ravindra Bharati, 7pm
March 11 – 13, 2015 Hyderabad

February 26, 2015

Shankarananda Kalakshetra in association with the South Indian Cultural Association presents
A R T - Annamacharya  -  Ramadas  - Thyagaraja

•    a three day dance festival that  is a celebration of  the triumvirate of Telugu Vaggeyakaras
•    in a triptych of bhakti, music and dance
•    a three day celebration of solo and ensemble dance productions
•     that will showcase some of the signature choreographies of Ananda Shankar Jayant

A R T will showcase 3 evenings of solo and ensemble Bharatanatyam choreographies of Ananda Shankar Jayant that will celebrate the rich poetry and music of Anamacharya, Ramadas and Thyagaraja. The festival is dedicated to the music maestro Late Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, who coined the word ART as an acronym for Annamacharya, Ramadas and Thyagaraja.

Photo: G. Murali

Photo: Jayant Dwarkanath

Performed to live music, the festival is being planned as below:

11th March 2015: Shringara Darpanam
Rare Annamcharya kritis weave the divine romance of Lord Venkateswara and Goddess Alamelumanga, in an ekaharya similar to the moods and resonances of the Gita Govindam
Ekaharya by Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant

12th March 2015: Sri Rama Namam – Entha Ruchin ra
Brings alive   the life story of Bhakta Ramadas through his music and poetry
An ensemble production performed by the Shankarananda Kalakshetra ensemble 

13th March 2015:  Thyagaraja Ramayanam
An animated retelling of the Ramayana through the music and vision of Thyagaraja
Ekaharya by Dr Ananda Shankar Jayant

Venue: Ravindra Bharati, Hyderabad @ 7pm everyday

Concept note
The classical dance traditions of India have always drawn their insight and inspiration from the very rich and varied musical heritage that has been bequeathed to us. These musical gems span generations and genres, and continue to inform and enrich the aural and visual firmament of dance. The brilliant imagery, music and poetry of the many Vaggeyakaras, have enthused and inspired me to translate their exquisite music into the visual realm of Bharatanatyam.  I have, over the years, conceived and presented, solo features and ensemble productions which have been mounted only on the compositions of any one Vaggeyakara.

The music maestro Late Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, had coined the word ART, to succinctly and tellingly represent the colossal contributions of the Trinity of Telugu Vaggeyakaras – Anamacharya, Ramadas and Thyagaraja, that encompassed the world of art itself. Nedunuri had famously stated, that in the Bhakti poetry and musicality of the Telugu Trinity that spans four and half centuries, the world of Carnatic music and art itself had been shaped, formed and created in so comprehensive a way, that they continue to define the perimeters of Carnatic music and devotion.

Critics speak....
Thyagaraja Ramayanam
If you want to see Ram or Lakshman, Hanuman or Ravana - in dance - then do try to see Ananda Shankar Jayant. She has accumulated great talent from her past lives.
- Hima Devi, Femina

Sri Rama Nama Entha Ruchi Ra –
Adorable performance. I was moved to tears.
- Ranee Kumar

It was like watching poetry in motion…such fluid grace…such ecstasy …the dance elevated me into a higher state of being
- Mani Shankar, renowned film director

Shringara Drapanam
A carefully crafted string of 'shringara' sankeertanams composed by Annamacharya and tucked into the ekaharya, mirrored the earthy romance of the goddess leading to a celestial union.. And Ananda's adaptation to the Bharatanatyam idiom did just this. It dwelt on the visibly intimate details that form the surface of the songs and subtly took us along the sublime....
- Ranee Kumar,