Kuchipudi with SVET

2015-06-04 06:00

The Shree Veeraboga Emperumal Temple (SVET), in partnership with the consulate general of India, will be hosting a concert and gala dinner featuring the Kuchipudi dance troupe from Andra­ Pradesh, India.

The event will take place on Saturday, 6 June at the SVET Cultural Centre, Gandhi’s Hill, Tongaat commencing at 6.30pm.

Also featuring on the programme will be India-trained KZN music maestro, Thirupurasundarie Govender.

Kuchipudi is a classical Indian dance from Andhra Pradesh­, India. It is also popular­ all over South India.

The performance usually begins with stage rites, after which each of the characters come on stage and introduces herself with a dharavu (a small composition of both song and dance) to introduce the identity of the character in the drama and set the mood for the performance.

Performed to classical Carnatic music, Kuchipudi shares many common elements with Bharatanatyam. The songs in Kuchipudi are mimed with alluring expressions, swift looks and fleeting emotions evoking the rasa.

The Kuchipudi Dance Troupe, currently in South Africa as the guests of the Indian Consulate, is led by Prateeksha­ Kashi. Prateeksha Kashi comes from an artistic family and was trained in Kuchipudi under the guidance of her mother and guru Smt. Vyjayanthi Kashi is a celebrated performer and choreographer. Prateeksha is an A grade artist of the broadcasting media-Dooradarshan Kendra. She has the titles of Nalanda Nritya, instituted by the renowned Nalanda Dance Research Centre and Nritya Jyoti, awarded at the Naveen Kalakar to her credits.

The concert is free and the public is invited. Supper will be served.

The performance usually begins with stage rites, after which each of the characters come on stage and introduces herself with a dharavu

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