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Rudram

Rudram

Rudram is a dance worship (aradhana) performed for the purpose of connecting and bonding with the divine, Shiva—who is recognised as the absolute truth (satya), love (sneha) and bliss (ananda)—and whom choreographer Neewin Hershall dedicates this complete bharatanatyam maargam to. With pure bhakti, he immerses himself in the consciousness of Shiva, while revelling in the bliss of the sages, religious devotees and wise men who have attained that absolute connection. Neewin Hershall is a choreographer, performer and dance instructor at Bhaskar’s Arts Academy. He performs extensively in...

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Rasanubhava

Rasanubhava

The compositions of Swathi Thirunal and Balamuralikrishna embody the complete and synergistic elements of music and dance.As composers for dance, their works were a fine balance of rhythm and gait—with much scope for panchanadai (the five basic gaits) and theermanams (rhythmic patterns)—making the pieces highly danceable. As musicians, their ragas (scales) and lyrics lent themselves so well to abhinaya (expressions), that in the hands of sensitive musicians and soulful dancers, had the ability to move the audience. Join us as Bhaskar’s Arts Academy explores the compositions of these...

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Rudram

Rudram

Rudram is a dance worship (aradhana) performed for the purpose of connecting and bonding with the divine, Shiva—who is recognised as the absolute truth (satya), love (sneha) and bliss (ananda)—and whom choreographer Neewin Hershall dedicates this complete bharatanatyam maargam to. With pure bhakti, he immerses himself in the consciousness of Shiva, while revelling in the bliss of the sages, religious devotees and wise men who have attained that absolute connection. Neewin Hershall is a choreographer, performer and dance instructor at Bhaskar’s Arts Academy. He performs extensively in...

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Bhaskareeyam 2017

Bhaskareeyam 2017

Inaugurated in 2015, the annual Bhaskareeyam Festival celebrates the life of the iconic Shri KP Bhaskar, founder of Bhaskar’s Arts Academy & Nrityalaya Aesthetics Society. The idea for a Festival was mooted by Shri KP Bhaskar many years back as a platform for all artistes to come together and celebrate the Arts. Although it was eventually launched only after his demise, the intention remains true. The legacy continues. The three-day music and dance festival will run from 30 June to 2 July 2017 and will feature Performances by Guest Artistes & Bhaskar’s Arts’ Artistes Special...

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Bhaskareeyam 2017

Bhaskareeyam 2017

Inaugurated in 2015, the annual Bhaskareeyam Festival celebrates the life of the iconic Shri KP Bhaskar, founder of Bhaskar’s Arts Academy & Nrityalaya Aesthetics Society. The idea for a Festival was mooted by Shri KP Bhaskar many years back as a platform for all artistes to come together and celebrate the Arts. Although it was eventually launched only after his demise, the intention remains true. The legacy continues. The three-day music and dance festival will run from 30 June to 2 July 2017 and will feature Performances by Guest Artistes & Bhaskar’s Arts’ Artistes Special...

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Bengapathiya

Bengapathiya

Let’s just dance! Bengapathiya refers simply to an Odissi dancer’s belt. It allows the dancer to achieve the illusion of a perfect tribhangi, or the three bends in the body; likewise it holds the on-going traditions of Orissa, it’s classical dance and music. Veshnu Narayanasamy commenced his exploration in Odissi in 1997 at Melbourne-based Bharatham Dance Company under Dr Chandrabhanu. Embracing all three styles of Odissi pioneers Pankaj Charan Das, Debaprasad Das and Kelucharan Mohapatra, Veshnu’s presentation of Bengapathiya promises to be a scintillating one. Bengapathiya – a...

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FACADE – SOLD OUT!!

FACADE – SOLD OUT!!

“Many know me as a dancer. Many have commented I look like Shiva when I dance, but who am ‘I’ really?” “FACADE” explores the untold story of a dancer’s life. We witness the dancer on stage and applaud or criticise them, but do we know what happens offstage? Catch Neewin Hershall in a never-before seen form.   We will be playing to a FULL HOUSE on 20 May 2017 (Sat) & 21 May 2017 (Sun)!                                ...

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Vellai Vattam

Vellai Vattam

Adapted from the German play Caucasian Chalk Circle, the story revolves around a child and his rightful parent. Does he belong to his wealthy natural mother or to the poor young woman who raised him? BAA artistes will present this classic tale by playwright Bertolt Brechtin in the unique art form of Therukkoothu (Tamil street theatre). Cast: Actors: Kattiyakaran: Kalaimamani Purisai Kannapa Sambandan King Simha Varman: S Harikrishnan Queen Mandakini: Maragatham Minister Meyyappan: Priyadarshini Nagarajah Singgan (soldier): Neewin Hershall Major Pulikeshi: Poojitha Kushboo Varadarajoo Gangga...

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Reminiscing the Past, Celebrating a New Beginning

Reminiscing the Past, Celebrating a New Beginning

BAA’s first ever Dinner & Dance!! Students past & present, teachers past & present, & anyone and everyone who has in some way walked a common path with us at some point – you are all welcome! A chance to reconnect with Nrityalaya students from eons ago, or to meet up with former teachers – definitely not to be missed 🙂 It is also an opportunity to give back to the arts. If you have been touched by the arts in some way, even in the smallest possible way, you’ll know that the arts played a part in making you who you are. So join us and let’s...

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Bhaskareeyam 2016

Bhaskareeyam 2016

Following the successful launch of our Music & Dance Festival last year, we are eager to present this year’s Bhaskareeyam 2016! The festival celebrates the immense contributions of our founder the late Mr KP Bhaskar to the Arts field. It is made all the more special this year as it coincides with his birthday. We are truly humbled by the number of prominent artistes who have come forward to be guest artistes at the festival. Deepest appreciation to Ajith Bhaskar Dass, Maalika Girish Panicker and V Balakrishnan. The three-day festival promises to be food for the senses and will open...

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Vinayaka

Vinayaka

                                      A collaborative effort with dear friends from Sasana Budaya Art Troupe (Indonesia) and Singa Nglaras Gamelan Troupe (Singapore), the local premiere of the reworked Vinayaka will be staged in October 2016. Vinayaka was first staged in 2003 and then again in 2005 purely in the bharatanatyam style. The reworked piece with Balinese elements made its world premiere in Bali in 2010. Now, it is undergoing another metamorphosis to include Javanese movements and music. Naturally, the choreo is going to evolve under the artistic direction of Santha Bhaskar, and...

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Na Mah

Na Mah

A collection of repertoire items in Bharatanatyam and Kathak vocabularies, Na Mah centres around mutual respect between all living things – the spirit within me salutes the spirit within you! Featuring 10 of BAA’s best Bharatanatyam dancers and our in-house Kathak soloist in demanding and exacting choreographies, all this work asks of you is to appreciate the visual beauty of movement, and the emotive aesthetics of abhinaya. Nothing more – no storyline, no characters, and certainly no complex philosophical concepts. Sometimes all you need is to see, feel and live the DANCE!...

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Prahalada Charitam

Prahalada Charitam

A familiar tale of a non-believer and his pious son. A father so consumed with being the supreme lord of the universe, that he’s willing to kill his son for it. A lesson in faith and omnipresence. A boon of immortality nullified. Presenting Bhaskar’s Kathakali Troupe in the premiere of Prahalada Charitam: Kathakali artistes Hiranyakasipu: Kalamandalam Biju Sukran: Kalarangam Santhosh Prahalada: Priyadarshini Nagarajah Kimkaranmaar: Neewin Hershall, Sarath Narasimhan: Kalarangam Bijulal Musicians Vocalists: Kalabharathi Ganesh, RLV Sajith Chenda: Kalamandalam Venumohan Maddalam:...

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