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Shankarananda Kalakshetra presents
Tales from the Bull and the Tiger
Bharata Kalakshetra Auditorium, 6.45pm
Nov 29, 2019 Chennai

November 22, 2019

In collaboration with Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai, dancer and choreographer Dr Ananda Shankar Jayant, an alumnus of Kalakshetra, brings to Chennai, her critically acclaimed latest dance production "Tales from the Bull and the Tiger", on Friday the 29th of November 2019 at Bharata Kalakshetra Auditorium, Kalakshetra, Chennai, at 6.15pm.

Tales from the Bull and the Tiger - An Ananda Shankar Jayant choreography, with musical soundscape by Sathiraju Venumadhav, Jathis by I.V. Renukaprasad, costume design by Ganesh Nallari, lights by Gyandev Singh, and digital design by Gunjan Ashtaputre, is performed by a vibrant ensemble cast of 20 dancers, with brilliant Bangalore dancer Mithun Shyam as guest artist, in the lead along with Ananda.

Says choreographer Ananda Shankar Jayant, "Every Indian dancer, has Him in her heart, seeks His blessings and will ascend stage only if He is alongside. We place Him at the core of our being, seeking His benediction, in life and in dance. His blessings have written the script of five decades of my life in dance and in four decades of Shankarananda Kalakshetra - through twenty six path breaking dance productions, dancing across five continents, and training a multitude of students. My years of yearning to encapsulate Him in a dance production led to the Tales from the Bull and the Tiger."

Praised by critics as:
- As a riveting production - Sunil Kothari
- Visually stunning - HANS India
- A lesson in precision and aesthetics. - The Hindu
- The choreography was power packed - The Satesman

Come immerse yourself in the tales that the bull and the tiger are waiting to tell us.

Photo: Harshavardhan

Photo: G Muralidhar

Photo: G Muralidhar

Photo: G Muralidhar

Tales from the Bull and Tiger
29th of November 2019 at Bharata Kalakshetra Auditorium at 6.15pm
The program is open to all.
Do be seated by 6pm as seating is on a first come first served basis

About Ananda Shankar Jayant
Dr Ananda Shankar Jayant inhabits the worlds of administration, academics and arts, straddling them with equal ease. Ananda is celebrated as one of India's renowned classical dancer, choreographer and dance scholar, and leads an acclaimed ensemble, besides training and presenting the next generation of Bharatanatyam artists. For her contribution to the field of classical dance, Ananda was conferred the 'Padma Shri' in 2007 and the 'Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar' for Bharatanatyam in 2009.

Ananda is a sought-after motivational speaker and actively engages with young India on a wide range of topics, at leading corporate entities, leadership programs, hospitals, universities and schools. A TED speaker in 2009, her TED talk, has been ranked as one of 12 Incredible TED talks, and is widely viewed. Harnessing Technology for Arts, Ananda has conceptualized and created Natyarambha, a pioneering digital arts initiative - a first of its kind Bharanatyam practice app, that is now followed by students and Gurus across the world.

About Shankarananda Kalakshetra
Shankarananda Kalakshetra - a premier institution for classical dance in Hyderabad - was established in 1979, and now in its 40th year, has under the artistic leadership of Dr Ananda Shankar Jayant, grown over the years to emerge as a pre-eminent national institution serving the cause of the performing arts. Dance productions of the institution, span the spectrum of traditional and contemporary presentations, mythologies and abstraction, historical chronicles and women studies, poetry, abstraction, philosophy and humour.

While Sri Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum (1987) , Buddham Saranam Gachchami (1995), Navarasa - Expressions of Life (2003), Mohana... Krishna beckons (2005), Darshanam - An ode to the eye (2005), 'Sri Rama Namam - Entha Ruchi Ra' (2007), Namaskar (2009) Taalapatra - Hymns from the Hills (2010), Shringara Darpanam (2011), Kavyanjali - An Ode to Gurudev (2012), SRI -The Goddess Within (2013), Nrityopahara (2014), Telangana Vaibhavam (2017), and Amaravathi Prashasti (2017) and Tales From the Bull and the Tiger (2018) explore traditional concepts, Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1991), What About Me (1999) and Dancing Tales…. Panchatantra (2006), brought to the stage, contemporary and socially relevant issues.

Shankarananda Kalakshetra, has been an oasis of classical arts, for the last 4 decades, engaging in every aspect of creative endeavour, taking Indian art to audiences across the globe.

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