[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Three Aksha Presents Natyashastra and Pushkara

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Sat Jun 17 17:00:01 EDT 2017



Three Aksha Presents Natyashastra & Pushkara

Part One:

Natyashastra by Three Aksha

The world's oldest stagecraft takes the stage again in the vibrant performance of traditional Indian music and dance from Three Aksha, a group dedicated to preserving and promoting Indian culture. Natyashastra is the oldest surviving text on dance and music in the world. Experience the artistic direction of Viji Rao, whom the Philadelphia Inquirer has called a "theatrical visionary" along with choreography by Kiran Subramanyam.

Concept: Viji Rao

Choreography: Kiran Subramanyam

Music: Praveen D Rao

Video design concept, costume design and lighting design: Viji Rao

Video mapping creation: Laia and Isabella

Lighting execution: Yan.

Part Two:

Pushkara by Three Aksha

Hindu philosophy says that life is temporary. It is created, sustained, and ultimately destroyed. Moksha, or “release,” is the final liberation of the soul from this cycle of death and rebirth. In Pushkara by Three Aksha Dance Ensemble, choreographed by Artistic Director Viji Rao, this journey through a life is revealed through the marriage of the rhythms of traditional Indian percussion instrument, and the extraordinary beauty of Bharatanatyam, a South Indian classical dance form.

The Sanskrit verses for Pushkara are chosen from the Upanishads, a collection of philosophical writings that were transcribed from the ancient oral tradition. Historians date their composition from around 800 to 400 B.C. “Upanishad” means inner or mystic teaching, and is derived from upa (near), ni (down), and s(h)ad (to sit), or “to sit down near.” The Upanishads form an early Hindu source at the very core of Indian philosophy.

Concept & Choreography: Viji Rao

Music: Ajay Warriar

Video design concept, costume design and lighting design: Viji Rao

Video mapping creation: Laia and Isabella

Lighting execution: Yan.



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