Dance performance andNational Seminar on Classical danceOctober 25 - 29, 2011 Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan
Sri. K.C.JosephHon. Minister for Culture
Sri. A.P.AnilkumarHon. Minister for Tourism
Mudra Festival hosted by Department of Cultural Affairs, Kerala has become synonymous with Indian Classical Dance performances. Highly appreciated by the cognoscente, Mudra 2011, the eighth edition of the festival will be presented from 25th to 29th October at the Koothambalam of Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram. Exquisite performances by maestros and lec-dems and seminars by scholars of classical dances will entertain and stimulate the connoisseurs and laymen alike.We earnestly request your presence at this memorable event, to be part of a heavenly experience.
K.C.Joseph Sajen Peter IASMinister for Culture Principal SecretaryChairman, Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan Department of Cultural Affairs
Dr. M.G. Sasibhooshan Dr. Vilakkudy RajendranVice Chairman Member SecretaryVyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan
Dance performance and National Seminar on Classical DanceOctober 25-29, 2011 Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan
Welcome : Dr. Vilakkudy Rajendran Member Secretary, Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan
Presided by : Sri. A.P. Anil Kumar Hon. Minister for Tourism
Inauguration : Sri. K.C.Joseph Hon. Minister for Culture
Lighting of the lamp byDoyens of Sacred dance formsGuru Durga Charan Ranbir andKalamandalam Kshemavathy
Inauguration25th October 5.30 pm
Felicitaions : Sri. Sajen Peter IAS Principal Secretary, Cultural Affairs Department Dr. M.R.Thampan Director, State Institute of Languages Prof. Thumpamon Thomas Director, State Institute of Encyclopaedic Publications Dr. M.G.Sasibhooshan Vice Chairman, Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan Sri. Babu Kuzhimattam Secretary, Kerala State Bookmark Vote of Thanks : Dr. Neena Prasad Co-ordinator, Mudra Fest 2011
10.30 am - 12.30 pmRegistration
6.15 pmOdissi Rahul Acharya
7.30 pmMohiniyattamKalamandalam Kshemavathy
Kalamandalam KshemavathyKalamandalam Kshemavathy, a versatile artist, better known as a Mohiniyattam dancer is also adept at Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi from illustrious Gurus of the country.In consideration of her substantial contribution to the field of Mohiniyattam, Kshemavathy has been honoured with the senior fellowship for Mohiniyattam, by the Ministry of Human Resources Development and in 2011 Government of India had deservely bestowed the Padmasri on her.During her distinguished career she has received many awards from institutions in India and abroad and State and National awards including Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademy Award for Bharatanatyam, Kerala Kalamandalam Award for Mohiniyattam, National Academy Award for Mohiniyattam and Nritya Natya Puraskaram of Kerala State.
Rahul AcharyaRahul Acharya, the young Odissi maestro, took his first step as a dancer at a very young age of 4 under the tutelage of Guru Sri. Durga Charan Ranbir. While continuing his Odissi training, he received the Junior scholarship and later the Senior Scholarship in performing arts from the Department of Culture, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Government of India. He ia an `A graded artist of Doordarsan and an empanelled artist of Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Sri. Acharya is the first male Odissi dancer to be awarded the Ustad Bismilla Khan Yuva Puraskar by the Sangeet Natak Academy, NewDelhi. He has worked as a guest Artist of Trinayan Collective, Newyork and has been honoured by the Oriya Society and the Jagannath Society of America. He is doing research in Jagannath culture and contributes articles for Sacred Dance Guild Journal USA and various international dance journals and websites. He is a regular contributor on www. narthaki.com.
ber 10.30 am - 12.30 pm &
2.30 - 4.30 pmClassVempati Ravi ShankarEmphasizing Nrita and Nritya aspects of Vempati School of KuchipudiItem 1 - Swathithirunal Bhoopalam Thillana Item 2 - Mudukare Yesoda
6.15 pmKathak Aashimbandhu
7.30 pm MohiniyattamKalamandalam Hymavathy
Kalamandalam HymavathyKalamandalam Hymavathy, a virtuoso performer of Keralas own dance form Mohiniyat-tam is also a brilliant choreographer and an excellent teacher with impeccable track record. Taking up a teaching career in Kerala Kalamandalam that culminated in her reaching the exalted post of the Head of Department, she received good teacher and good dancer award from the Kerala Kalamandalam. As a dancer Hymavathy has many solo performances to her credit, in addition to innumerable performances under the banner of Kerala Kalamandalam all over India and many places abroad. During her renowned career, she has received many awards including Kala-Darpana Award, Kala Praveen Award and Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award. An A Top Artist of Doordarsan she now runs Nrithyathapovanam an institution for teaching Mohiniyattam.
Ashimbandhu BhattacharjeeAshimbandhu Bhattacharjee, the Kathak Maestro, combines the softness and subtlety of the Lucknow Gharana and the rhythmic vigour of the Jaipur Gharana, in his performances. Ashims pleasing stage presence and graceful movements coupled with masculine grace, clarity of footwork and elegant pirouettes are a result of his meticulously acquired techni-cal excellence. His initial training was under the eminent dancers and gurus of the Jaipur Gharana, Pt. Ramgopal Mishra and Smt. Susmita Mishra. He learned the intricacies of the Lucknow gharana from the renowned exponents of that school of Kathak, Pt. Vijay Shankar and the legendary Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj. A Kathak dancer par excellence, Ashimbandhu is also a matchless teacher and an innovative and creative choreographer and has carved a niche for himself in the sphere of performing arts.
Sushama RanganathanSushama Ranganathan, a multi dimensional artiste is an exponent of Bharatanatyam, who follows the style of the Balasaraswati tradition. She was trained in Bharatanatyam under Nattuvanar Sri. K. Ganesan. An accomplished dancer of impeccable pedigree, she is the grand daughter of Sanskrit scholar Dr. V. Raghavan and daughter of Smt. Nandini Ramani, the prime disciple of Smt.T. Balasaraswati. She was trained in Sanskrit drama and has performed in dance dramas in prestigious festivals like Kalidas festival at Ujjain. In the Balasaraswati tradition of exploiting the intricate interrelation between classical music and Bharatanatyam, Sushama was trained in Carnatic Music under renowned exponents to take the dance form to greater heights. Her husband Sri. T.S.Ranganathan is a well known media personality and singer.
Uma ThapasyanandaUma, an innovative danseuse, started learning Bharatanatyam at an early age of five. She was trained under eminent gurus in other classical dance forms and even in folk dance style. Uma underwent a one year special course in Mohiniyattam in Kerala Kalamandalam under Guru Kalamandalam Leelamma and continued under Guru Kalamandalam Ksh-emavathy. Kalamandalam Shylaja guided her in her studies about the facial expressions of Koodiyattam, with a view to widening her abhinaya skills. She also studied classical music under Shri Diwakaran and further training under Shri Perumbavoor G Ravin-dranath. Uma experimented with the rhythms and instruments of Sopana Sangeetham after learning the nuances of that genre from Kavalam Narayana Panicker. Her major compositions are Krishnayanam, Kena Thathwam and Aranyakam.
10.30 am - 12.30 pm &2.30 - 4.30 pmClassVempati Ravi ShankarEmphasising Nrita and Nritya aspect of Vempati School of KuchipudiItem 1 - Swathithirunal Bhoopalam Thillana Item 2 - Mudukare Yesoda
6.15 pmBharatanatyamSushama Ranganathan7.30 pmMohiniyattamUma Thapasyananda
ber 10.30 am - 12.30 pm
Lecture DemonstrationJaikishore MosalikantiThe process of Choreography as achoreographer and performer
2.30 - 4.30 pmLecture DemonstrationEttumanoor P. KannanPakarnnattam - its scope andmanifestations in Kathakali
6.15 pmKuchipudiJaikishore Mosalikanti
7.30 pmBharatanatyamAlarmel Valli
Jaikishore Mosalikanti & PadmavaniJaikishore Mosalikanti and Padmavani, his wife and disciple, perform as a Kuchipudi duo with flawless co-ordination and perfection. Son of violin maestro Shri M.S.Rao, Jaikishore began his career as a dancer at the age of seven, under the great Kuchipudi exponent and guru Padmabhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam. While seeking to establish his unique style in choreography with innovative rhythms and rhythmic variations, Jaikishore honours the precedents set by his guru. His body of work is highly appreciated by critics, scholars and connoisseurs. Jaikishore and his ensemble have performed to great acclaim in all the prominent and prestigious dance festivals in India and abroad.Padmavani Mosalikanti, better known as Vani, Jaikishores wife, disciple and his part-ner in duets, is an accomplished Kuchipudi dancer in her own right. An intrinsic part of Jaikishores ensemble, she provides active support as a performer, teacher and an accompanist on the cymbal.
Alarmel ValliAlarmel Valli, admired and adored by critics and connoisseurs is a leading Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer, with an uncanny ability to escalate the traditional grammar of the dance form into subtle, internalised dance poetry. Critics have only superlatives to describe her performances, evocatively describing movement as pure joy. Though, uncompromisingly classical - her dance style has been blurring the boundaries between tradition and individual talent and invention. In consideration of her significant